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Old 07-16-2015, 02:41 PM   #1
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Getting Started w/ 2306

Hello, I have been following this forum for the past year in anticipation of buying a Rockwood soon. This is my first post after recently signing up. After extensive research I am planning on buying a 2015/16 2306. So my first question is what additional necessities does a trailer owner need to purchase along with a trailer? My family and I are completely new to the whole trailer scene and I have no idea what else I NEED to buy to be ready to camp. We live in southern California and are planning on doing camping in full hook up sites but would also like to do some dry camping. I have my eye on a dealership in central California that seems to have a large parts department. I am hoping to get everything I need in one stop. I know I will need a WDH and a brake controller, which this dealer does. Can anyone give me a list of necessities I will need to go from driving off the lot to a full hook up site? And maybe a rough estimate of what those will cost? Thanks for any input and I'm glad to be part of the forum.


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Old 07-16-2015, 02:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. A BIG necessity is a surge guard, it will protect your RV and your wallet

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Old 07-16-2015, 04:29 PM   #3
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I do use a surge guard now. It is a very good ideal. I also use a volt meter plugged into a standard outlet inside the trailer to monitor incoming voltage. The sewer hose that came with our Rockwood was very light duty so I replaced it with heavy duty. Also remember that the sewer dump at your campsite may not be close to where your sewer outlet is so you may need either an extra long hose or a extension. The first time that happened to me I was able to use the light duty one Rockwood provided as an extension to reach to sewer dump and later purchased a 2nd heavy duty hose. I also use a clear plastic elbow so I can see what kind of "stuff" I am flushing out of my black water tank. My dealer gave me a kit with sewer hose, water hose, one pair of plastic gloves and a bag of black tank treatment packs. I use a second inlet water hose for black water tank flush to keep my clean water hose away from my sewer tank flush connection. That is one for fresh water inlet and one for black tank wash. You will need some sort of blocks for your stabilizer feet. I purchased 2 packs of the plastic variety from camper world. In fact, most everything I mention here can be purchased at camper world. Caution, there may be a better price someplace else. Even though your trailer should come with a water filter we purchased a brita filter picture to filter our drinking water a second time. After last years camping we removed our factory water filter which was inside the trailer and now use an inline filter hooked to the water hose outside the trailer.

Always make sure your hot water heater has water in it before you turn the electric switch on. You will fry your heating element if you do not. Voice of experience.

Memorize or take pictures of where your valve handles should be to winterize and dewinterize.

Watch your tires. Most if not all Rockwood trailers come from the factory with cheap tires that are prone to blow. Monitor their pressure before and during every trip. Get them off as quick as you can. When I replaced ours I also replaced the cheap rubber valves with metal valves and went from 6 ply rated to 8 ply rated tires. I now use a TPMS on all four tires that shows pressure and temp. Also has an alarm threshold if any one of them loose pressure.

My dealer did not set up my WDH correctly nor did they sell me the correct tongue weight hitch based on the tongue weight of our trailer. My trailer manual showed tongue weight at 983 pounds and I weighed it at close to 1200 pounds. The hitch they put on was rated at max of 1000 pounds. 6 months later after I talked to the factory and got the complete owners manual from Equalizer I challenged my dealer and they gave me a replacement hitch. I changed it myself and made an adjustment so that it was set up correctly. Make sure the dealer has it set up correctly and challenge them if they do not. I trusted them to set mine up correctly so I had to learn about WDH setup to get it right. Owners manual for Equalizer brand hitch showed no more than 1/2 inch rise on the front and no more than 1 inch drop on the rear. When they set it up the front end rose 1 1/2 inches and the back squatted 2 1/2 inches.

I remember someone posted a check list of setting up and breaking camp. If you cannot find one then develop your own.

A lot of info here. But, I know I did not hit everything here. There are folks on here that have been RVing a lot longer than me. I have learned more from others on here than I have learned on my own.

Good luck and happy camping.

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Old 07-16-2015, 05:10 PM   #4
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Old 07-16-2015, 05:14 PM   #5
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Good thread.......

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Old 07-17-2015, 04:28 AM   #6
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to the forum. Rockfordroo's link to the prep details is spot on. The rest is up to you. Get out there and do that RV thing and along the way you'll discover what works best for ya.

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Old 07-17-2015, 04:38 AM   #7
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I would have the dealer install a vent cover and fantastic fan. I wish I would have done that when I made the purchase.


EMS surge protector
Sewer hose
Potable water hose
Anderson levelers
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Small toolbox with assorted tools
30 amp to 15 amp plug
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Old 07-17-2015, 12:46 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Klbrown53 View Post

Memorize or take pictures of where your valve handles should be to winterize and dewinterize.
Since you're from So Calif, you won't need to winterize unless you live in the mountains or snowy areas. We've had some type of RV since 1979 and never had to do it.

If you need a list I have my camping excel spreadsheet I'd be willing to email to you.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:05 PM   #9
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Thank you all for your help and input. Combined everyone pretty much answered all my questions. I'll let you all know once we are trailer owners!
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Old 07-22-2015, 01:08 PM   #10
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One item to note is to make sure your tow vehicle is adequate. Myself and 1 other member here started out with Tacoma's and 2306's and both of us went to full-size trucks within 2 trips.

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