woolfski
Wife and I looked at a Riverside 199FKS at a local RV show last week and fell in love with the retro look and how smart the layout appeared for a travel trailer this size.  Would love to hear from owners about the pros and cons of this model and what tow vehicle you use.  Thank you for responding to my request.
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Crazycuban
Hello! We've had our 199 since mid August and used it 3 times. We really love it! As you've mentioned the layout is great for a smallish trailer. We pull it with our v8 Toyota Tundra double cab with tow package. I've never towed before but it seems to handle it just fine. My max capacity is 8200 lbs and 199 weight about 4300

What could be better, the crazy configure of the kitchen sink draining into black tank. Silly design. If you look elsewhere here they are apparently addressing this issue. I know of someone on the FB retro group that somehow had it changed. We are pursuing this as well. If I had to nitpick, they could have made the outside opening to the under bed storage larger.

What is great: the whole thing! Even with the annoying sink configuration we really love it! I love the birch veneer interior, the loads of closet and drawer space. The smell of the parts that are real wood. The front kitchen is great! I find it roomy enough and like having the front window there by the sink. You can chat with folks just outside if you're busy cooking. The slide out dinette really opens up the space and makes it seem very open and large. The dry bathroom. The thoughtful touches like angling the the sink within the cabinet so it's more user friendly.

I think it's ideal for 2 people. Roomy enough if you're stuck indoors yet still cozy and not too big. It could be good for 3 if that person is a child or someone very close to you. The dinette opens up and I fit just right in it and I'm 5'8.

Best of luck!
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mikes
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I love the birch veneer interior, the loads of closet and drawer space. The smell of the parts that are real wood. 
The interior isn't veneer, it's printed vinyl clad paneling. Not real, but easier to clean. If you like the wood smell, buy some woody essential oil (we got some cedar oil), and wipe the bottom of the table with it occasionally using a cotton ball.
Mike
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woolfski
Yes I read the article about the design change for the holding tank configuration and this is very encouraging news. My question would be is this going go be a mid year change or a change they will make for their 2018 model years.

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rlcpe
I was told by the factory rep, in an email two days ago,that the change of holding tank to correct the issue will begin with "the next run of 199's'
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Crazycuban
mikes wrote:
The interior isn't veneer, it's printed vinyl clad paneling. Not real, but easier to clean. If you like the wood smell, buy some woody essential oil (we got some cedar oil), and wipe the bottom of the table with it occasionally using a cotton ball.


Actually some of the interior like the cabinets are real wood. They are pretty well made as well. It does smell nicely of wood.
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