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Old 03-15-2011, 06:46 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Rockwood Mini Lite ETC model?

Any Rockwood Mini Lite ETC owners out there? I am waiting for the ETC 185 model but I have seen very little information written from an owner on this unit!
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:07 PM   #2
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I have been looking as well since we just bought a ETC 181 yesterday. Dealer is fixing a couple of things before we do our walkthru. So far I have heard mainly good things, just a bit of preventive maintaince & checking of components when you get it home.
On another forum I heard about issues with the windows not staying open & if you try to force them open or closed they will break. Guess we'll need to take that slow...
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Old 08-29-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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Thats great! I'm enjoying mine and so far so good! Good luck with yours.
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:24 PM   #4
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We bought our ETC 184 a year ago April. Loved it. It came with everything we wanted; permenant bed, big bathroom and very light weight. We were towing with a compact truck, so this unit seemed to fill the bill....seemed to. For towing on the flat with the occassional "rises" all was well. Serious hills caused the purchase of a serious TV. Hence the RAM. Untill a visit from relatives while camping last month, our choice of trailer bliss was tested and put in serious doubt when the skies opened and the heavy rains came. The lack of floor space became appearent when we all tried to get in the trailer. Sardines have more space!!!
Anyway, we now have a Mini Lite 2304. The ETC is a very capable trailer with a lot going for it, like I said we loved it, but space is not one of its fortes. Good luck with yours and may you never be rained on while company is visiting.
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:02 PM   #5
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We have an 185 etc. Great little trailer. Had issues with oven pilot light and LP water heater (the electric portion of the water heater worked). Need to check the AC, the fan is now making a hideous noise. Luckily, my RV dealer is 5 minutes away and very helpful. Construction of the trailer is solid. I just hope all the accessories are more reliable.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:02 PM   #6
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Any Rockwood Mini Lite ETC owners out there? I am waiting for the ETC 185 model but I have seen very little information written from an owner on this unit!
We have the 181 model & as mentioned in other threads check the AC unit we you get home & before washing. The mounting screws thru the roof were loose (up to 1/2 inch on 3 of the 4). I had to remove the filter & the 8 screws holding the control panel to get to them. After snugging them down I washer our's without a leak.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:08 PM   #7
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We have an 185 etc. Great little trailer. Had issues with oven pilot light and LP water heater (the electric portion of the water heater worked). Need to check the AC, the fan is now making a hideous noise. Luckily, my RV dealer is 5 minutes away and very helpful. Construction of the trailer is solid. I just hope all the accessories are more reliable.
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When you can would you go into details about the issues. We are planning our first trip as soon as we buy a TV.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:39 PM   #8
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So far, I have tried out all of the systems but have yet to use the oven, stove, furnace...I hope to use these on the next trip..but unfortunately, just discovered a water leak on the bottom bunk after some heavy rains we had a couple of weeks ago. Also, drops of water were coming in by the antenna. Am going to have someone look at it to see what is going on. Other than that disappointment, I am very happy with the 185. Love the floor plan and versatility and it is easy to handle and tow, which was important since I am often by myself and trying to watch a 5 year old and dog while setting up/towing/etc. I get a lot of compliments on it.
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When you can would you go into details about the issues. We are planning our first trip as soon as we buy a TV.
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The oven pilot light would not stay on. The replace it ( very quick) and the hot water tank switch had to be replaced. They both work like a charm now. Too bad the season up here in Canada is almost over.
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We purchased a ETC 181 this summer and have just completed a 4751km trip to PEI and thru Maine,New Hampshire, Vermont,Quebec and back to Ontario. We have no leaks and the ETC 181 is easy pull using 2002 Tundra 4.7 V8. Need to warn you of a safety issue unique to the 181 Murphy bed. My wife got trapped in the bed as it can close quickly if someone is near the hinge point. It auto rotated into storage mode in seconds. They have a small knob which is suppose to hold a latch connected to bottom of murphy bed but this can come loose. No other safety to avoid the bed from closing with some one on the bed. I notified FR engineering as this must be fixed. Tie a rope around the latch and secure to the knob as backup.
I havent tried the oven but everything works fine. (the smoke detector is a bit sensitive and can be set off using a toaster). Enjoy your new ETC 181
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