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Old 03-26-2016, 09:29 PM   #31
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jbfunfinder,

Thanks for that information since it is specific to a tow vehicle with the same specs as mine. It sounds like I would be better/safer to think more along the lines of a 189 without slides so I'll start looking more closely at those models.

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Mark
Our first FF was a 2006 X189FD. We had lots of fun with it but several things caused us to upgrade to our current 2012 X189FBS...not all of which are reasons everyone would agree with.
The most important reason for us, bar none, was because CruiserRV finally caught up with most of the rest in the industry and started crowning the roof sometime in the early 2010s. This causes water to shed rather than puddle...and we know it always puddles in the wrong places. You can read lots of past forum entries regarding water damage.
The next reason was because we wanted a flush-floor slide-out to give us more room. We love the slide and it is especially helpful on a 7' wide TT. We tend to be in the minority in that we prefer the jackknife sofa in the slide rather than a dinette. If we were dinette people, we would likely have upgraded to the raised-floor side found in models around 2008-2011. These models have the distinct advantage of riding much lower (maybe as much as 10" lower?) because the raised floor slide goes over the tires. Our 2012 has over-slung axles which raise the height of the trailer considerably but make it possible for the flush-floor slide to roll above the tires.
Back to the 4Runner. I will likely upgrade to something with more torque once my 4Runner it too old to be reliable. Maybe even a used Lexus GX460. It has the same V8 engine but is a high output model with more torque plus a six-speed tranny.
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Old 03-29-2016, 02:16 PM   #32
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I'm late to this, but thought I'd add my 2 anyway. We have the x210 and pull with a F150 6.4 L engine. For most driving, it is great, but the Ford does struggle up big hills. We love the trailer and have a done a lot of mods to it. We didn't want a slide because of the weight, but that is my one regret. One of these days, if all goes well, we are going to upgrade to a trailer that has a shower tall enough for dh to stand in upright, and we'll trade pickups then too.
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Old 05-12-2016, 03:52 PM   #33
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New question: While searching for a used 210 I've noticed in several of the pictures of the front of the trailer that the surface appears to be "wrinkled" almost as though it is delaminating. Has anyone noticed a similar situation on Fun Finders and if so is it cosmetic or something more serious and to be avoided?

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Mark-
You might do a search on that. I recall that others have discussed the delaminating front sheet in posts at least a year or two ago. Our former FF (2006 X189FD) developed an orange peel bubbling on the front panel which did not seem to worsen during the six years we had it, but others reported such bubbling getting increasingly worse. Our 2012 came with what appears to be a one piece cap made in a mold similar to how they do fiberglass boat hulls. It is completely different than the old way where they just took sheet material and bent it flat around the aluminum structure. So far, four years later, it looks as clean as a baby's bottom. Good luck.
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