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Old 04-22-2016, 12:24 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Ejs4029 View Post
Ordered a Rockwood 2703 in mid April of 2015 it was delivered in June of 2015 as a 2016 Model.

Yes sir, 10th position of VIN is G=2016. I'm betting the OP has a G also.

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Old 04-22-2016, 12:44 PM   #12
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Been doing some research on this one and my past experience along with what I'm hearing is basically, if you're built before Aug. or Sept - ish, you have the last year's model with the current year on it. I just ordered a 2017 and, after looking at one on the lot, it's identical to the 2016 model made after September. Same exact thing on my 2014 that I bought in 2013 around June. Changes get made towards fall. Model years change in the spring evidently. It's kind of confusing. On the bright side, it helps resale value a little if you don't know what you're looking at.

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Old 04-22-2016, 01:01 PM   #13
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Sometimes this issue works in favor of the RVer. There are times when early models of a year might have standard equipment that, in a cost cutting measure, becomes optional or not available at all on later models of the same year.

Donít give yourself a stroke over this. You bought your RV because you liked what you saw so quit worrying about what RVs produced later in the year have. No one screwed you and no one is trying to take advantage of you. Please take your Rockwood out and enjoy it.

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Old 04-22-2016, 01:20 PM   #14
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Your error is in assuming that RV's are like cars in that changes are only made with year model change overs. Not the case. RV's can and do get changes throughout the year. They depend heavily upon outside sources for components, for one thing. For another, construction techniques can be modified to speed up production, as an example. I just recently sold my Mom's 2014 Rockwood 2306 TT. The gentleman that ultimately bought it started measuring and looking it over at one point before telling me it wasn't a 2306. I firmly stated it most certainly was. He said that it couldn't be because it had a slanted entrance door to the bathroom whereas the new ones he'd been looking at were straight and the brochure showed it straight. It was a design change that had been made at some point that probably sped up the construction process- 90 degree angle walls are much quicker and easier to build.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:22 PM   #15
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Another example- Our Puma TT that we purchased in February 2015 had a free standing table. Nothing on the brochure or the web indicated that was now standard- had always been an option. I hate free standing dinettes. Fortunately I have a great dealer that gave me 3 of the pedestal kits to change it (RVWholesalers, btw.)
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:24 PM   #16
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Change over each year is in March. April units begin the next model year.

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Old 04-22-2016, 01:36 PM   #17
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Greytraveler, as several others have mentioned, model year changeovers generally begin in the spring, around March or April, and some components and features can change during a model year.

Further confusion can enter in the case of motorhomes, especially in Class C models. Federal law dictates that the model year of a motorhome is the completion model year. Because we have to order and receive chassis from various suppliers -- Ford, Chevy, Mercedes, Freightliner, for example -- to have them on hand to build, it's entirely possible that a 2017 motorhome can be built on a 2016 chassis. By law, it's a 2017 model.

If you'd like more specific information on your Rockwood trailer or fifth wheel, you can call Doug Fought in Rockwood's sales division at (574) 642-5165.

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Old 04-22-2016, 02:02 PM   #18
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Here ya go.........

All information contained on this web site is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. However, during the model year, it may be necessary to make revisions and Forest River, Inc., reserves the right to make all such changes without notice, including prices, colors, materials, equipment and specifications as well as the addition of new models and the discontinuance of models shown on this web site. Therefore, please consult with your Forest River, Inc., dealer and confirm the existence of any materials, design or specifications that are material to your purchase decision.

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Old 04-22-2016, 03:03 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Oakman View Post
Nope, you are wrong about when next year's models. Almost all manufacturers begin building next years models in March and in some cases February.

Yep, you are incorrect.
Just like the Auto industry. 2017 autos/trucks will start being manufactured this year.

All RV manufacturers have a disclaimer on their brochures and websites, that states there may be changes done at any time of the year.
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OK, OK, thanks all. My mistake for thinking there some logic behind what the industry does. Well, there may be but it is what it is. And changes throughout the year does explain a lot. My fault for assuming consistency and not checking more closely the details.

To their credit the rig seems to be well thought out with some nice features not in other manufacture's even at higher prices.

So, thanks again for all the responses to a cranky old man.


p.s. after a few days of nice weather it now snowing hard with at least two inches of the stuff on the deck. Another assumption on my part that summer was coming.

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