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Old 09-11-2015, 06:01 PM   #1
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We are looking hard at Redwood. Bought a Heartland Toy Hauler product a year ago, for good reasons, but now realize we don't need the garage and want something with a lot more fit and finish. The one item that I have been researching and struggling with is the suspension, brakes, and tires. I've just joined and am seeing threads regarding all of this but, in a nutshell, can you get independent suspension and 17.5" wheels a an option, in addition to disc brakes? I see nothing on the manufacturer website that clearly denotes this. Thanks!
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Old 09-11-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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You can get upgraded 171/2 Goodyears & wheels but not the IS system at this time but it's my understanding that Redwood is looking hard at making that an option.
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Old 09-11-2015, 07:30 PM   #3
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We are looking hard at Redwood. Bought a Heartland Toy Hauler product a year ago, for good reasons, but now realize we don't need the garage and want something with a lot more fit and finish. The one item that I have been researching and struggling with is the suspension, brakes, and tires. I've just joined and am seeing threads regarding all of this but, in a nutshell, can you get independent suspension and 17.5" wheels a an option, in addition to disc brakes? I see nothing on the manufacturer website that clearly denotes this. Thanks!
We recently took delivery of a 2016 RW. What we did, with the dealers approval, as we had not actually taken possession of the unit (no $ changed hands yet), was to have the RW taken directly from the factory to MORryde to have the IS and disk brakes installed. The dealer and RW made arrangements to have it transported to MORryde. When it was done, the dealer had it transported from MORryde to his location and then we picked it up from the dealer. One thing to note is that MORryde would like to have the coach attached to your truck to take some measurements - if at all possible. However it is my understanding this not required. It worked out for us as our RW was done just after the 2015 Rally so we were already in Indiana.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:11 PM   #4
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I don't think any of that is absolutely necessary immediately before/after purchase! I've had mine almost 3 years & nothing has broken, fell off, or blown up yet! Had an alignment & 1 tire replaced under warranty in the first 8 months, replaced all 4 brakes assemblies at 1 year old due to grease contamination with reimbursement from RW, replaced shackles & bushings at 2 years old, & so far (knock on wood) no issues with the g rated tires. If you order the 17.5 wheel option on 8k axles with disc brakes you already took care of a couple of the known problems. I would like to have the IS & disc brakes, but until something horrible happens I'll have to wait.
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You can get upgraded 171/2 Goodyears & wheels but not the IS system at this time but it's my understanding that Redwood is looking hard at making that an option.
I really don't understand why this is such a big deal for RW. We were told by RW 2 years ago that Lippert balks at the idea of allowing RW to offer the IS, but there are other 5th wheels out there using a Lippert chassis, in the RW price range, that have the IS either standard or available as an option.
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Old 09-12-2015, 03:14 PM   #6
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Instead of Lippert balking at owners taking their components off of RVs in search of a better built, better design, more reliable replacement component, why does Lippert not build a better built, better designed, more reliable component themselves ???

Oh yea, I forgot its all about the $$$
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Old 09-12-2015, 03:42 PM   #7
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Other than the President swings a golf club with the Lippert exec once a week and their kids play together, the Falcon trade name would be violated by going outside of Lippert for a chassis component.
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Old 09-13-2015, 12:46 AM   #8
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Well don't know if you could convince them, but we did have Mor/ryde IS installed on our 2016 MB. It went to Mor/ryde before going to paint. So you could really put pressure on your Dealer & Redwood and maybe make it happen.
As for RW making it an option, last word I heard was "NO", but they do plan to offer something else that's several steps above the standard but not quite a good as IS as it will still have leafsprings.
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Old 09-13-2015, 11:55 PM   #9
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As long as Lippert is the main structure on the RW... You will never see Mor/Ryde anything as options.....
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Old 09-14-2015, 01:47 AM   #10
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Ford truck guy: You are correct! We had a Morryde Rubber Pin box installed on ours. The Dealer didn't understand why we didn't want the Trail Air. I am not happy with Trail Air products, had them before and just don't like them. Plus, we have a Trailer Saver Hitch with Air Bags! I will in all likelihood put an IS system on our Unit once our warranty is up! My Opinion: Morryde makes a superior product!
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