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Old 01-01-2018, 12:59 PM   #1
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2703WS vs. 2650WS

Hello all;

I am currently running a 2501 Rockwood with the single large slide and murphy bed. As our first trailer we like it very much, however thinking about moving up a little. One of the main features we think we need is the separate bedroom. I get up early and have to work, literally impossible to not wake up the wife as the 25 is compact and one space.

I have been eyeing the 2703ws for the three slides, and also the 5th wheel 2650. Wondering if anyone had insights on these units and pros/cons. My tow rig is a RAM Ecodiesel.

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Old 01-01-2018, 01:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum iceclimber.

I've been in a 2703WS travel trailer (TT) but not the 2650WS fifth wheel (5er). Looking at both floorplans, I'd prefer the 2703WS for a few reasons.

1) The big U-dinette offers better space for eating than the regular dinette with the bonus of more under-seat storage.
2) More counter space.
3) More space under the awning.
4) Much less weight on your truck. Your RAM EcoDiesel likely has a low payload capacity. (You didn't say if your RAM is 4x4 or 4x2.) If you had a 3/4 ton or more, this advantage would be immaterial.

Having said that, the 2650WS may have an advantage for pantry space in the kitchen and definitely would be easier to hook up than a TT but, again, you'll need to have the payload capacity in your truck. The pin weight will likely be between 1450# and 1500# when fully loaded.
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Forget using your Ecodiesel for a 5th wheel.
Doesn't have enough payload for a 5th wheel pin weight.

Unless you get a 19' Escape fiberglass 5th wheel.
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Definitely check the payload on the sticker on the door jam. I just got rid of a 2010 Ram 1500 crew cab Big Horn that only had 1099 lbs payload. By the time you drop a bigger camper on the hitch you're about out of payload capacity.
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Thanks all, please keep the observations on the models coming !

My RAM is beefed with max tow package (doesn't affect payload) and aftermarket air bags rated for 5k on top of the stock payload. However I have listened to enough RV'ers around the campfire talk about towing a 5th wheel that I'd probably lean towards the tow behind regardless.

It's a 4x4 and the factory rating is 1510 lbs.

I often forget my 25 footer is there even with a full load.
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Doesnít seem to be a lot of difference between the two floorplans. I like them both.

We love our 2703WS. We got the table and chairs and the countertop extension. We found that we donít need the extension so we leave it at home. We bought a small recliner (Samís Club) that fits into dinette slide when traveling. We slide it over to the end of the counter when set up.

We got the 15k AC instead of the 2nd AC and 50 amp service. That was a mistake. If youíre in the South without shade the 15k AC will not keep up.

Biggest drawback is not being able to get past the counter with the slides in. Also miss the pass through storage. You loose some storage without the U-shaped dinette.

The tongue weight is close to 1000 lbs without the hitch (Equal-I-zer 10k). Probably over 1k if you include the weight of the hitch. We towed it with an F-150 EB but we were way over the payload capacity of the truck. We went to an F-250. No problems towing with either truck.

Not to muddy the water, we stumbled across an Open Range Light 318RLS 5th wheel this summer that has a similar floor plan. It seemed brighter and more open inside. Weíre a little leary about switching brands. We have only had a few minor problems with the Rockwoood.
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Interesting, I really struggled over the Ecoboost vs. the Ram for a tow vehicle.

One of my other wishes is more windows, the 2501 is cave like. I think the 2703 may have the advantage there. We are going to look at one tomorrow, obviously the wife needs to stamp approval.
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I forgot to say “Welcome!”.

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One of my other wishes is more windows, the 2501 is cave like. I think the 2703 may have the advantage there. We are going to look at one tomorrow, obviously the wife needs to stamp approval.
I think that’s what we liked about that Open Range, the two big windows in the back end seemed to brighten up the living area. The 2703WS isn’t bad with all of the shades up.

I think she’ll approve.
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There are lots of members here who have the Rockwood 2703WS and its sister the Flagstaff 27RLWS.

Here's a thread devoted to the Flagstaff but the comments will apply to both brands' units.
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I looked hard at three slide units but dislike having the encroachment into the outdoor living space on the outdoor camping side of the rig. We have gone with a 2606ws as the slides are only on the back side of the rig. We love to be outdoors and anything pushing into our outdoor area I find distracting. Good luck with your hunt!
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