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Old 08-21-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Purchasing 2017 282DBHS

Hello, I'm a new member here and we are in the process of purchasing a 2017 Aerolite 282DBHS. We absolutely love the floor plan and the features of the Happy-Jack bunks in the rear. When we were looking at other Aerolites at the dealer, they didnt have a 282 on the lot, but they did have the 242 which is fairly similar. We were looking at the interior colors and really liked the Onyx and the Granite. When our salesman told us he found two at the factory that were being built and we could take one of the we were thrilled. Then he called and said that the new model is coming with an interior color called French Roast. None of the brochures nor the website shows anything called French Roast as an option. I'm just curious, has anyone here heard of this interior color in the 2017 models? I found this color in an earlier 2013 and it is a horrible tan color. Now thinking of pulling my order until something else comes up.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:45 PM   #2
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Awesome, welcome to the forum and that is one bad unit, I'm picking mines up Wednesday that the wife and I are excited to get, this will be our first. Don't forget to take some pics when you get it.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:19 PM   #3
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Big1, thanks for the welcome. We really like the layout of this trailer, especially the adjustable bunks in the rear. As soon as we find out about the interior color option, we will make a final decision. If we like it, it will be here around the 15th of Sept. If we dont like the French Roast color option, we may have to wait a little longer or do something different. What color did you get in yours?
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Big1, thanks for the welcome. We really like the layout of this trailer, especially the adjustable bunks in the rear. As soon as we find out about the interior color option, we will make a final decision. If we like it, it will be here around the 15th of Sept. If we dont like the French Roast color option, we may have to wait a little longer or do something different. What color did you get in yours?
I wouldn't worry about colors, if the floor plan works for you. You can do things to add colors that you like, buying the wrong floorpan and your going to kick yourself in the backside.

There isn't a camper built that has a color scheme we like, but new duvet cover and some toss cushions, a few wall hangings/pictures, makes it your own.
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Good point Jim! To me it wasnt that big of a deal overall; however, we didnt mind the original colors that were shown and could make them work. The problem with this color for my wife is that it is almost a dried mustard yellow/tan, almost retro. My hope is that the fact that it was a 2013 color and not from the 2017 brochure has me thinking it wont be the same.
As for the floorplan, its definitely what we are looking for. Now to just sell the Toy Hauler we currently have and we'll be even better.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:33 PM   #6
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We have a 2016 282DBHS and absolutely love it. The bunks are great for our kids and that dog door in the back is the most beneficial part of the entire trailer. I don't know what color we got and frankly we don't care. Like Jim stated, you can make it your own with just a few changes. Good luck.
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Thanks for the input jcs1377. The bunks in the rear with the dog/storage door access and them being adjustable were a couple of the main selling points. We wanted to have the bunks for sure and them being adjustable like we have in our toy hauler was awesome. Plus it give us a spot for our 4-legged family members who often go camping with us.
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Wish you could trust that "French Roast" is the color of French Roast!

I'm a coffee junky (espresso, actually) and the accurate term of French Roast is a dark roast. Almost burnt coffee beans. The oil is even escaping and the bean will be shiny and very dark brown. (Over roasted, in my opinion. But we yankees seem to like it)

However, I DON'T think we can trust the accuracy of color naming. Martha Stewart is who I blame.
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I have to agree with you on that one Snakebitten. I would hope, that if they call it French Roast that its dark and bold, just like I like my coffee.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:50 PM   #10
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We finally took delivery of our new 282 this past Friday. So far we absolutely love it. It meets and exceeds our expectations. Hopefully we'll be able to take it out once before Winter arrives. I did get one unexpected addition to the trailer that even surprised the dealer. Instead of the normal stabilizer jacks, the new trailer has a self-leveling system. I'd seen these on the larger 5W's and motor coaches, but hadn't seen one on a TT. As with anything you buy these days, there are so many electronics. To be honest, some of this is not comforting, just one more thing to potentially develop a problem. But, it seems that you cant get around that anymore.
As for the color concerns I'd mentioned awhile ago, those are resolved and the color is fantastic, it is a dark chocolate brown color, as we had hoped.
Can't wait to get on the road!!!
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