HI, I just stumbled upon this web site and found that you wanted info on the VR1 with the big front windows. We purchased one 2 years ago, it's an 2006, the first year they came out with the VR1's. This is the model we have the 297. We love it. We like the big bathroom and we're able to get around the bed with no problem. We've had 7-8 people in ours to eat and we had room to put up a cardtable and still get around it. The underbelly is insulated but it seems to be pretty sound proof too. It can be a gentle rain and we hardly hear it. The only thing I don't care for is the remote control furnace/ac. It seems like the AC is turning off and on all the time. Just 1-3 mins. in between it turning off and back on again. Myself, I would have rather had the one with the front kitchen, it has more counter space. But my husband wanted the one with the big windows. We can see everything that goes by! We own property in a private campground, so our unit is permanently park, so can tell you anything about towing. We've had a lot of compliments from people that see it because it is so new and no one else in the park has a trailer with the V front. We were at the Sport show in Omaha a couple of weeks ago, and there are several others that are now coming out with the V front trailers. Hope this answers any doubts you have Molly.
Just found this site and joined today. I was looking for other people that may have had some issues with the VR1 trailers. We purchased the 305fks model of the VR1 and made our first trip in it. Day one we only made it 100 miles out and I stopped and called the dealer the same day. I had a terrible tail wagging the dog issue with this trailer. The dealer suggested I fill the fresh water tank since I was towing it empty and see if that would help. The full water tank only made the situation worse. The dealer said I needed to install some sway bars to go along with the equalizer hitch we had. We emptied the tank and returned to the dealer. So day two of the trip with an empty tank and new sway bars we did manage to make it to our destination but could only pull the trailer between 55 and 60 mph. Anything over that and the tail of the trailer started swaying and got worse the fast you went, and if a semi-truck passed you !!!!!!! We'll you better start praying and hold on for the ride of your life. Long story short we took the trailer back to the dealer after our trip to have it looked at again. We found tires were wearing bad after only 1000 miles on them and they were also cupping bad. The tongue weight was also found to be too lite and not heavy enough. The dealer confirmed that a full fresh water tank also took more weight off the tongue. We (dealer and I) are contacting Keystone and requesting they purchase this trailer back because the axels are not in the correct place and is giving this trailer a bad design safety flaw. As far as we know our trailer is not the norm. Wish us luck in dealing with the big company, and we will see what kind of customer satisfaction program they have.
We just purchased a 2008 VR1 305 FKS model. We chose it over other models because of the layout, and we got a one heck of a deal. I had been looking for a used one, but every used one I liked, this new VR1 was just a few thousand more, so we went new. I will be using it for a second home, staying in it 2-3 times a week, while I'm out of town at work. The cost of the trailer and the Travel Camp saves me close to $300 a month over a small apartment. We also get the added benifit of having something to show for the money we've spent. I've stayed in it for 5 nights so far. These are my observations so far:
1. The Auto AC/Furnance is a pain going on and off frequently. The AC unit is pretty loud.
2. I replaced the RV queen matress witha a standard queen pillow top matress I already had. It's tighter and I can't walk around the sides, but it's comfy which is what I want. I'm not towing it everywhere, so comfort is my #1 thought.
3. The table was to close to the back slide out wall, so I had to re adjust the spacing. No big deal. Easy fix.
4. We had heavy rains one night. I found water in the cabinets above the couch that are in the slide out. Now I'm not sure, but I either have a leak in the roof of the slide out or water somehow got up and under the rubber seal and leaked into the cabinets. It wasn't a lot, but none the less, I'm going to bring my ladder my next trip and take a look. Luckly its new, and still in warranty, but without a positive verification, I know the standard answer, "we were unable to duplicate the problem".
Other than that, it's been a good trailer. When I towed it, it stayed straight and true, so I hope Hanniwks can get his problem addressed soon.
You might look into having an awning put over your slides, we had water problems with slide outs before and our dealer said on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being most necessary he gave it a 8 depending on how you use your trailer. The cost for installing 2 awnings total was 1000.00 and well worth the extra for the confort and lack of worry about water. Also, keeps the slide free of debre that can get into the camper when closing up. Doxielover
I did find a solution to my towing problem with the VR 1 (305 model ) The dealership installed an additional 320 pounds of weight in the nose of the trailer. We found out the hitch weight was to lite and that was causing the bad sway issue. Keystone placed the fresh water tank to far back on the trailer so when it is filled the hitch wieght becomes to lite. But I also found another fix to the problem of this trailer swaying bad, I traded it in on a motorhome.
That was a good solution...the fifth wheel as a rule does not have the same problems that a trailer has being pulled because it is in the back of the truck, more stable and the weight is helped by the truck itself. I love the room in a fifth wheel..feel right at h ome and they have so much storage room...
I am new to this place just signed up...!! But like you, I am very interested in the VR1 also from keystone. My husband and I are also in the means of selling things and the house off and going on the road also to play for a while then make it a full time thing. I have not seen one for myself either and have not had any good luck finding one close by to look at. I live in Arizona. After all the research we have done the front kitchen VR1 looks like the best one for us, and looks easy to pull too. We have a 27 foot jayco jayflight right now with no slides on it but its crowded with two of us and 2 dogs. We need 2 slides for room. Remember the best advise, have your hand on the trailer with the keys dangling from your little finger and the paper work in the thumb and fore finger. Then with the other hand give the dealer or seller the money. (make sure all is sign, sealed, legal,) Then and only then enjoy... !!! Take care, Iris
My wife and I bought a VR1 30'. We have had great success with this trailer it has two slides which increases the living area, with the insulation underneath the carraige helps it stay warm longer and easier to heat which in return saves on propane also there is alot of storage inside. The one thing that you need to make sure of if you are camping at a site without elect. hook up is that you purchase a good generator, through a lot of hit and misses we finally found one that works perfectly,
it's a Honda 2000i coupled with a Honda 2000 companion best purchase we ever made for camping .