Trail Runner Video Walkthrough

Here is a video tour of the Trail Runner Trailer, so you can learn more about the features and options in this price competitive travel trailer line. Note the storage rack on the back, not something you see in very many trailers…

This video is from the 2012 model, but the features and thought put into everything is still the same, but with different colors in the current models.

We currently have 10 different Trail runner floor plans in stock and ready to roll, and we are very excited to have them.  They look great, they are built sturdy, and will help you create a stress-free platform in which to spend quality time with your family… or away from your family if that’s your thing…

Either way, a Trail Runner is a great choice.  Come on over and see them, you wont regret it.

The History of Forest River

In July 2013, Forest River became the largest RV manufacturing company in the US, and therefore the whole wide world.  This is not a small accomplishment, and congratulations to them.  It takes a lot of help from the individual brands like Flagstaff and Sabre; as well as help from their dealers, such as Westland Camping Center; and of course you guys, the consumer, the real reason they do this in the first place.

To commemorate the occasion, I thought I would post this history of the Forest River Company.  Not earth shattering information, but still very interesting stuff.

 

http://westlandcamping.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/FRHistory.pdf

Westland Camping Visits The Forest River PDI Facility

Forest River PDI Facility

Forest River PDI Facility

Recently, I had the Opportunity to tour the Forest River PDI Facility in Goshen Indiana.  And I came away impressed, and more confident than ever that Forest River is committed to the highest quality in the RV industry.

What is PDI?

PDI stands for Pre-Delivery Inspection.  PDI can stand for several different things: When the Trailer factory does its final inspection before sending the unit to the dealership, when the dealership checks it in from the manufacturer, and when the customer comes in and does a “walk-through” of the unit are all examples of PDI.

Forest River’s PDI facility is charged to inspect units right off the assembly line from around 50 different Forest River manufacturing facilities in northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.  They are independent of any particular FR company, reporting directly to FR’s corporate office.  They inspect and test all types of RV’s, from the smallest pop up campers, to the largest motor homes.  They are all subjected to the same rigorous testing procedures, to make sure each plant and each product is right by the time it reaches the RV customer.

 

What do they do?

The Rain Room

The Rain Room

Each unit that comes into the Facility first gets put into the Rain Room.  There, an inspector sits inside the unit while the trailer is sprayed with water from all directions for 15-20 minutes while the inspector checks all of the windows, doors, roof seals, skylights, and vents to make sure there is no visible water leakage, because everyone knows, water is the enemy.

Then the trailer is pulled out and put in the line where another inspector starts checking everything functional about the trailer, such as drawers, cabinets, appliances, electrical systems, LP systems, etc.  Everything on the unit is checked to make sure that it is both working, and looks good, noting any scratches and nicks in walls, curtains that may have stains on them, wall borders that aren’t straight, everything.

From there, it moves up the line and enters the plumbing section, where everything is tested from the freshwater system to the gray and black water tanks (with water… not… ewww).

Bubble Testing

Bubble Testing

Then the outside of the unit is inspected, and after all seals and exterior surfaces are checked, they spray the exterior with a soapy water solution while a machine creates positive pressure inside the unit.  The soapy water creates bubbles anywhere that air is escaping.  If air can get out, theoretically water can get in, and well, water is the enemy.

 

 

What Happens Next?

Problems Are Marked Clearly

Problems Are Marked Clearly

As the inspectors find problems or issues, they mark the issue with colored tape, and then write the problem on the tape.  After the inspection is complete, the inspectors write a detailed report about problems, and observations about the functionality of any design.  These reports go back to the factory and to FR’s corporate office, and the factory is graded on these scores.  The factory managers seem to be quite competitive with each other about their scores, so they take these reports very seriously.  These reports can uncover design problems, personnel problems on the line, and issues with products they buy to install in their units (water heaters, stoves, lights, whatever).

How do they pick the units from the factories?

The units sent to the PDI facility can come from a couple of different avenues.  Every day, each factory picks out a random unit off the line to send, or sometimes the PDI facility notices that they have seen none of a certain model in a while, so they request one.   Factories are always coming out with new models, and after they design it, they send the prototypes over to be inspected to try to find any issues they can iron out before moving on to full production.  Also, when a Factory does any major remodels of their plants, or build a new plant, they send all of the units that come out of the factory until they are assured that production is coming out high quality.

 What does this mean?

The Forest River PDI facility is something they are very proud of.  And they should.  It is a great way to keep all of their brands performing at the peak of their abilities, and identifying both the trailers, and personnel that aren’t doing their jobs.  The end result is a higher standard of quality and accountability to those making decisions in their respective brands.  This makes for a very high quality RV for the customer.  For more information about the Forest River products that we carry, call us, or email us, or comment here, and we will be happy to talk quality with you!

Flagstaff Classic Superlight Features and Options

2014 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 831 BHDS

2014 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 831 BHDS

Travel Trailer Features

These awsesome features are part of what makes Flagstaff an industry leader in Travel Trailers.  A lot of these are part of what Westland Camping orders for our Stock units!

INTERIORS

  • Solid Wood and Raised Panel Doors and Drawers
  • Screwed and Glued Cabinetry
  • Residential Full Extension Metal Drawer Guides in Kitchen
  • Flooring: Carpet and an Engineered Mold
    and Mildew Resistant Floor Covering
  • Floor Ducted Furnace
  • Monitor Panel
  • Battery Disconnect Switch
  • 55 Amp Converter w/ Charger
  • Directional Reading Lights on Sofa Slides
  • MP3 Player Hookup
  • 22” LCD TV Mounted in Bedroom (Select Floorplans)
  • End Table w/ Attached Lamp (Select Floorplans)
  • Designer Valances w/ Lambrequin Arms
  • Aluminum Bed and Dinette Frames
  • 44” Family Style Dinette (Select Floorplans)
  • Free-Standing High Pressure Laminated Table
    w/ Swing Level Leg
  • Free-Standing Table and Chairs (Select Floorplans)
  • Auto Gas/Electric Refrigerator
  • Three Burner High Output Gas Range
  • Tub Surround
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Water Heater Bypass Kit
  • Decorative Slide-Out Fascia
  • Interior Floor Light by Entrance Door
  • Residential Dome Style Lights Over Sofa and Table
  • Upgraded Recessed Lighting Around Medicine Cabinet
  • LCD TV w/ 5.1 Digital Dolby
    Surround Sound Speaker System
  • Digital AM/FM/DVD w/ “Bluetooth” Technology
  • Drop Down 22″ LCD TV in O/S Kitchen (Select Floorplans)
  • Air Hide-A-Bed Sofa w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
  • Swivel Chair(s) (Select Floorplans)
  • Day/Night Shades
  • Upgraded 22″ Gas Oven
  • Flush Mount Stone Cast Sinks w/ Lift-Off Kitchen Faucets
  • Residential One-Piece Sink Cover/ Cutting Board
  • Trash Can in Kitchen (Most Floorplans)
  • Six Gallon “Quick Recovery” 110 DSI
    Gas/Electric Water Heater
  • 13,500 BTU Ducted Roof Air
  • Fireplace (Select Floorplans)
  • 12 Volt Power Plug w/ USB Charging Port
  • LED 12 Volt Interior Lighting
  • Microwave
  • Residential Serta Mattress Upgrade
  • Residential Style Porcelain Bowl Foot Flush Toilet

EXTERIORS

  • Fully Laminated Aluminum Frame (Floor, Sidewall, & Roof)
  • Insulation Factors R-7 Sidewall, R-12 Floor and R-14 Roof
  • Electric Slide-Out
  • Decorative Frame Skirting
  • Outside Shower
  • Outside Antifreeze Station for Convenient Winterizing
  • Molded Bottle Cover
  • Surface Coated Steel I-Beam Frame
  • Stabilizer Jacks
  • Torsion Axle, Rubber-Ryde Suspension
  • Easy Lube Axles
  • Enclosed Holding Tanks
  • Black Water Flush
  • TV Antenna w/ Cable & Satellite Hookup
  • 30” Entrance Door (Most Floorplans)
  • Lighted Entry Step
  • Large Grab Handles
  • Outside Grill Prep w/ LP Hookup and Backer
  • Slam Latch Pass-Thru Storage Doors (Select Floorplans)
  • Two (2) 30 lb. Gas Bottles
  • 15” Tires w/ Triple Step
  • Radius Roof w/ Vaulted Interior Ceilings
  • One-Piece Seamless Roofing Membrane
  • Laminated Fiberglass Sidewalls w/ High Gloss Finish
  • Deluxe TPO High Gloss Front Cap
  • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump
  • Windows w/ Tinted Safety Glass
  • Atrium Slide Windows (Select Models)
  • Outside Speakers
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Spare Tire Carrier & Cover
  • Electronically Controlled Heated Holding Tanks
OPTIONS

  • Minimum Carpet available
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted Roof Air
  • CSA
  • Air Hide-A-Bed Sofa w/ Storage (Select Models)
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Raised Refrigerator Panels
  • Countertop Extension (Select Floorplans)
  • Extra Create-a-Breeze fan
  • Rear Ladder (Select Floorplans)
  • Awning Slide Topper
  • Outside Gas Grill and Worktable
  • Power Stabilizer Jacks
  • Hickory and Cherry Interiors (w/ Solid Cherry
    Hand-Rubbed Cabinet Doors)
  • Fireplace (Select Floorplans)
  • LCD Bedroom TV w/ Outside Mounting Bracket
  • La-Z-Boy Leather Recliner Option:
    Available ILO All Units w/ Barrel Chairs
  • 48″ X 84″ Spacious King-U-Style Dinette
  • Free-Standing Table and Chairs
  • Heated Mattress
  • Thermo Pane Window Upgrade
  • Atrium Slide Windows (Super Slides)
  • Power Front Jack
  • Diamond Package
    • Upgraded Decorative Wood Slide-Out Fascia
    • Upgraded Cabinetry Hardware
    • Upgraded Air Hide-A-Bed “Tufted” Sofa
      w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
    • Deluxe Interior Window Treatment
    • Solid Surface Countertops
      in Kitchen and Living Room
    • Laminated Taupe Color Fiberglass Sidewalls
      w/ High Gloss Finish and Color Keyed Roof
    • Shielded Awning Covers
    • Tinted Bonded Frameless Windows
    • Slam Latches on Most Exterior Storage Doors
  • Platinum Package
    • Upgraded Decorative Wood Slide-Out Fascia
    • Upgraded Cabinetry Hardware
    • Upgraded Air Hide-A-Bed “Tufted” Sofa
      w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
    • Deluxe Interior Window Treatment
    • Solid Surface Countertops
      in Kitchen and Living Room
    • Tinted Bonded Frameless Windows

STANDARD OPTIONS

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Water-Pur Filtration System
  • Create-a-Breeze Three Speed
    Fantastic Fan w/ Vent Cover
  • Heated Mattress
  • Convenience Package E
    • 13,500 BTU Ducted Air
    • Microwave
    • Residential Serta Mattress Upgrade
    • Fiberglass Exterior w/ High Gloss Finish
    • Deluxe TPO High Gloss Front Cap
    • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump
    • Windows w/ Tinted Safety Glass
    • Outside Speakers
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Spare Tire Carrier & Cover

Video: Disconnecting Your Battery During Storage


Here is a video I made, hopefully the first of many, spotlighting a cool feature about the trailers I carry, or little facts or tidbits I find interested while I am working.  This one has to do with disconnecting your battery during storage.  Any time you leave your trailer, there is a draw on the battery from different things inside the trailer that threaten to kill your battery.  Leaving a dead battery to sit can destroy it, and that can become pricey.

As it happens, Westland Camping sells and installs battery switches, and the switches cost around $30 dollars.  However, Flagstaff Trailers and 5th wheels come equipped from the factory with switches, so that makes life easier right from the box.

 

 

Top 10 Reasons To Buy an Equalizer Hitch Video

Equal-i-zer Hitch by Progress Mfg.

Equal-i-zer Hitch by Progress Mfg.

This is a silly little video highlighting how awesome the Equal-i-zer hitch is for towing travel trailers, and even larger pop up campers.  American made, lifetime warranty, and at least 8 other reasons.  BTW, I found this video while playing on youtube, I cannot claim ownership of this.  For more on the functions of this hitch and its benefits in towing, check out this educational video.

Equal-i-zer 4 Point Sway Control Hitch Video

Equal-i-zer 4 point sway control weight distribution

Equal-i-zer 4 point sway control weight distribution

When you are towing a travel trailer, one of the main concerns people have is about swaying.  There are several ways to control sway, but the best way in our opinion is with the Equal-i-zer hitch. This unique hitch combines weight distribution and sway control into one unit, and makes add-on sway control devices unnecessary.  Here is a video that explains the hitch in a way that is easy to see the bebefits immediately.  I will be posting more helpful videos about the Equal-i-zer hitch to give everyone a better feel for it.

 

RV Slide Out Maintenance Video

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

Most travel trailers and fifth wheels being produced today have some sort of slide out.  Some are small wardrobe-only slide, and some are the “Super Slides” that run a significant length of the side of the trailer.  In all of these cases, some sort of maintenance will be involved.  Here is a short little video about how to maintain and lubricate your slide system.

Flagstaff 30 WFKSS Video Tour

 

This past weekend saw Westland Camping at the RV show in Novi Michigan, where We got the opportunity to show off one of our favorite Flagstaff Travel trailers, the Flagstaff 30WFKSS.  This Trailer is part of the V-Lite series, identified by the distinctive V shape in the front.  Come on and take a look.  you can also read more about it in this article on the Gr8 lakes camper blog.