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Old 03-18-2014, 09:11 AM   #1
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2703WS Awning Size

Hi! New to this forum, but not new to camping. My husband and I have been looking to purchase the Rockwood 2703WS. We love everything about it - the layout, the quality, the size, the storage. It basically has everything we are looking for in an extended stay RV. However, the only downside - and it may just be us! - that we see is the size of the awning.

With one slideout on the entry door side, it takes away from total usage of the awning. We're thinking that a picnic table would have to go to the right of the entry door, and that space is really tight for a standard 6 ft. picnic table.

I realize this is not the most critical of issues, but since we enjoy eating and spending alot of time outdoors while camping, it is important to us that we can utilize the awning.

Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what did you do with the picnic table? Thanks!
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With one slideout on the entry door side, it takes away from total usage of the awning. We're thinking that a picnic table would have to go to the right of the entry door, and that space is really tight for a standard 6 ft. picnic table.
I realize this is not the most critical of issues...
It was a critical issue for us and that is why we never considered buying a trailer with a curb-side slide. You can't have it both ways unless you go really big. That big ol' slide takes up most of your outdoor space. The 2703WS is made for indoor camping. (Which is why we got its cousin, the 2604WS).
Your solution will be to pack an E-Z Up and set it adjacent to the awning. Unfortunately, this is one of those "Can't have your cake and eat it, too" situations.

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Dear Teach - Thanks for your reply. Unfortunately, that is the conclusion we're coming to also - ugh! We are also looking at the 2604WS. Do you find the indoor living space comparable to the 2703WS ? We definitely don't want to be messing around with an EZ Up! Thanks for your feedback.
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Do you find the indoor living space comparable to the 2703WS ?
Glad to help. If you go here Rockwood Ultra Lite Travel Trailer Specifications by Forest River
you'll see how much longer the 2703WS is. I wanted a trailer under 30 feet. We still do a lot of state and federal parks. Penny wanted more floor room than our non-slide Sunline had and lots of clothes storage.
There are just we two so we took a chair out of Rocky to increase floor space for our two cats' bowls to be out of the way. The 2604WS has plenty of galley storage and enough counter surface w/o using the counter extension.
Since you are concerned about losing awning space, I'll assume that you all, like we, are outdoor livers and cookers? Both units come with an outdoor gas grill and work table. So here is the 21' awning with no slide in the way.




The choice is, of course, yours. All I can say is if I were you, I'd look at the 2604WS and if you want more galley space see the 2608WS.
But - they are smaller trailers, no doubt, and you will give up 2 feet of living area.

Good luck and keep us posted,
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Dear Teach - Thanks for the great feedback and pictures. Unfortunately, the awning issue may be a deal breaker for us since we do spend alot of time outdoors - weather permitting. On a good note, we are planning on looking at a 2604WS this weekend. We really appreciate the information you've shared. Enjoy your trailer - keep on camping! We'll keep you posted!
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Interesting point. We've been considering a move to either the Rockwood 2703WS or its Flagstaff twin the 27RLWS. We're OK with not having the full length awning but it hadn't occurred to me that there might be an issue with placing the picnic table in front of the door and not having it completely under the awning. I agree that that is a deal breaker.

Do any owners of these models have pictures of your setup that you can post here, or comments on this?

This page is the closest I could find that shows this model with the awning deployed.
http://www.cheyennecampingcenter.com...aders/FS27RLWS
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This page is the closest I could find that shows this model with the awning deployed.
Flagstaff 27RLWS Super Lite Rear Living Room Travel Trailer
And you noticed when photographing the grill, table and awning, the slide was IN? Wonder why that is? Things that make you say, "Hmmmmmm...."
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Even with long awnings, we had issues with their placement and how we would use the camper. We struck a few really nice units from our list due to it.
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I did check out this website, and yup, the slide is in when the awning is out. And the door is closed. I still can't get a good idea of size from those pictures. I need to see some real-life pictures, with a 6 ft. picnic table under it somewhere! I have also posted this question on the Flagstaff forum for the 27RLWS and received similar responses. Hopefully, someone will come thru with actual pictures. Need to make a decision soon to be ready in time for the season. Just frustrated that manufacturers can't give me a TT with everything I want, that isn't 35 ft. long and weighs 8000 lbs! We will keep up the search.
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Need to make a decision soon to be ready in time for the season.
Roger that. I heard tell the build time is now approaching 8 weeks and climbing.
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