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Old 08-16-2011, 09:14 AM   #51
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Originally Posted by gtkato View Post
I have now added (spice rack, towel racks, bathroom skylight filter, swing away TV mount with Vizio 22", magazine rack, catch all containers, Inside/Outside thermometer, Tornado bath vent, and multi containers, rear 2" reciever and storage box, battery cut off switch) amenities.

Used a lot of dry wall plastic anchors and velcro......
regarding the TV mount for my 22" Haier in my 1809...

- i used 1/2" marine starboard to create a mounting plate for my articulating TV mount
- the mounting plate is about 8" wide and runs from the top of the refrigerator to the ceiling of my 1809
- at the ceiling, there's a 1" x 2" beam behind the wall which serves as a secure fasten point
- i also fastened directly to the top of the fridge (the 3/4" laminate top, that is)
- then i placed a couple of screws thru the thin paneling to bring it all together

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Old 08-16-2011, 06:39 PM   #52
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Murphy bed

Originally Posted by Campski65 View Post
2011 Mini-Lite 2304 by Rockwood

I noticed you had the murphy bed option. Do you have any problems with having a lot of bedding and the bed not going up? How comfortable is the mattress, have you had to add to that as well, and if so have you had problems with folding it back up?


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Old 08-16-2011, 07:47 PM   #53
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dblaettler04---- i know you were writing to campski, but i am going to give you my opinion,--- we have the murphy bed option and absolutely LOVE IT, we actually ordered the 23lb because of that option. easy to fold up, and down, no problems with bedding, there are straps with snaps to hold it all in place,and when it is up, you have SO much more room in the camper, plus a sofa is there in its' place, so you done have people sitting on your bed... as far as comfort.. i think it's great, DH back is killing him the next day - maybe suggest eggcrate or something. in our camper, one of the hooks to lock the bed back up is off, so the slider won't fit, but the other side is fine, so we just lock in one, no big deal. best decision ever!!! hope that helps!
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:31 PM   #54
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I have a 2010 1809S. It is the perfect size for us and we love it! I have one thing I'd like to change though....I'd like to replace the front window with one that opens. I called a local dealer and he's never heard of it being done. I called Forest River and they said the same thing. When the protective cover is up it lets a lot of light into the trailer but it would be additionally nice to have a functional window that would let in more air, especially on those nights when it is not quite warm enough for the A/C but it is just warm enough to make sleeping difficult.
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Old 08-24-2011, 07:55 PM   #55
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ontheroadagain: I dont think this modification will work for our trailer. I know that it is very nice to have a front window that opens but it will be a lot of modifications and you have to find a window of this size will be next to impossible. Think about most of the trailers that dont have a window in the front and we are a very small amount of trailers with a front window. I know that most of the oldies trailers had a front window that opened and some of them had 3 panes of windows that you could opened. Sorry but we will live with our front window as it is. At least we have one. I own a mini lite 1809s model 2011 fully equipped to the maximum and we love it. Do you have the 14 inches wheels? We took this option and it was a good choice.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:28 AM   #56
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We just returned from a 3 weeks (3500 mile trip) to Glacier NP and PNW in our 2011 1809S. The trailer handled well with the Blue Ox Sway Pro and handles well with the independent suspension.
We had a complete failure of our Husky Power Jack the second night on the road and caused a one day delay (replaced with a manual hand crank jack with Swing up fatsway jack stand). The only other problem we had was the bottom refer support came out three times and front refer decor panel fell down. This bottom support bracket seems to just snap in with a lot of finess. Anyone else have a solution to keep the bracket in place? Of course the black water tank sensor NEVER worked (read full all the time, even with some extreme cleaning).
We love the front window for light. Yes it would be great to have that window open since the awning side bed window DOES NOT OPEN because of the awning support. The window above the sink also will open only about 2 inches when the door is open and secured. Those TWO WINDOWS should have been SLIDERS (what were they thinking?)
Overall, the Mini Lite was great for our travels (we were also happy to secure smaller NP camp sites with our small footprint).
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Old 09-12-2011, 12:42 PM   #57
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My wife and I are looking for a smaller travel trailer like the 1809s. Has anyone done any winter or cold weather camping? It doesn't look like the bottom is sealed, nor does it look like it has heated tanks. I am ok running it dry in the winter I just want to know how well they are insulated and how well the heater works.
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:08 PM   #58
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We have a Rockwood 2306 that we used for winter camping last year. I did not get the heated tanks we camp in Mi. In the winter and the water is off. We used a ceramic heater and we were plenty warm. We are anxious to do more winter camping this year last year was our first year. Half of the winter we were in a funfinder. The Rockwood appears to be a better quality unit.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:46 AM   #59
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The 1809S with the preferred upgrade package comes with holding tank heating pads (these run on 12V) that automatically turn on with temps below 41 and off at 65. I fly fish in the fall, and will test the heating pads when temps get into the low 20's. I have always owned true 4 Season campers, and this will be the first without the enclosed/heated tanks.
I think the 12V heating pads will use a lot of amps/night....and will just have to wait to see. I have 2 AGM batteries, and not too concerned. Will be adding solar next spring.
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Old 02-22-2012, 12:00 PM   #60
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I'm resurrecting this thread as I was wondering how everyone likes their Mini-lites after having some time to camp in them for a while. I know everything seems great when brand new but how do you feel about them now? We will be picking up ours in a few weeks (hopefully). Anything we should watch out for?

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