Originally Posted by newcampfam.
Hi there, we're a new family onto the scene. We're looking at the Surveyor sv-235rks and Rockwood 23RS new 2010/2011. We've finally outgrown our boler! They both have rear slides. Just wondering people's experiences with them. What options we should be considering. How to properly negotiate with sales people. Any tips and of course fun family camping spots! Thanks!
I am an owner of a '09 surveyor 235 rks. While the trailer is very nice, if I had a second chance I would have bought the surveyor 291 for a couple reasons.
1. The weight difference was only 300 lbs. between the two models (actual sticker inside each trailer)
2. A full length bed (80") that is not in a slide (the bed in the slide is 74" not such a big deal but it is a cooler place to sleep vs. not being in a slide)
3. The bathroom (read shower especially) is much larger in the 291.
4. It was only going to cost me $1500 more at the time for the 291.
5. Much more wardrobe storage.
6. No table to fold up and down when setting up.
7. An even bigger awning! (not that the 235's is too small...)
One big advantage of the 235 rks is the folding bed with the 1/2 door. We can fit the family's bikes in this area, not sure if this would be possible with the 291.
While the bed is not full length (74") it is extra wide. We are not tall people but I have started to sleep diagonally keeping my feet on the bed at night. This is something that I have never gotten used to, good thing my wife is 5 foot nothing, I don't get in her way!
I've mentioned this before, the 235 rks has lots of space but not much storage (read cabinets). It does tow great and we can live with it but if I was to do it all over again...
Be sure that you purchase the 2nd year warranty for approx. $150 from forest river, it's a great deal that covers the WHOLE trailer. I paid $22000 + taxes for my trailer... in june '08. Of course, that is canadian. I saw list prices online as high as $31,000 at that time... I know, they are just that, list prices.
Again, this is my experiences. I have two children who are now 6 and 8, camping is a way of life for them!