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Old 09-06-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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Hello new to the TT scene but looking forward to enjoying our new '17 2504S this weekend for our first trip. We upgraded from a 1976 Apache hard side pop up so a lot of learning to do! Looking forward to all the future adventures. The forum looks like it has tons of helpful info. I am sure I will be asking a lot of questions in the near future. Anything to look out for before our first trip? We seem to be missing our lock slide does someone have a picture of this? He is a quick pic. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-06-2016, 04:54 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome from northern Arizona! Congrats on the new rig; you should really enjoy it! Slide lock? I know larger rigs come with them but I haven't seen them on smaller rigs like ours (our 25' FR Surveyor doesn't have one). If it were me, I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure the slide is brought in to where you know the motor can't bring it in anymore. Just enjoy getting to know your new toy the first couple of trips and then worry about modifications or whatnot. But, be sure to make sure the water heater has water in it BEFORE turning on the ELECTRIC switch! (your on/off switch might be outside in the water heater cabinet, the little black switch under the wires down low). That's a hard to lesson to learn as some of us have as the electric heating element will burn up in seconds with no water in it. A good modification at a later time if that's the case is installing an interior gas/electric switch so you can leave the switch on all the time at the water heater and use the inside switch for on/off. There's several posts on that mod here, just search. Anyway, have fun!!
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:56 PM   #3
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Hello and welcome from northern Arizona! Congrats on the new rig; you should really enjoy it! Slide lock? I know larger rigs come with them but I haven't seen them on smaller rigs like ours (our 25' FR Surveyor doesn't have one). If it were me, I wouldn't worry about it, just make sure the slide is brought in to where you know the motor can't bring it in anymore. Just enjoy getting to know your new toy the first couple of trips and then worry about modifications or whatnot. But, be sure to make sure the water heater has water in it BEFORE turning on the ELECTRIC switch! (your on/off switch might be outside in the water heater cabinet, the little black switch under the wires down low). That's a hard to lesson to learn as some of us have as the electric heating element will burn up in seconds with no water in it. A good modification at a later time if that's the case is installing an interior gas/electric switch so you can leave the switch on all the time at the water heater and use the inside switch for on/off. There's several posts on that mod here, just search. Anyway, have fun!!

Thanks for the heads up on the water heater. Yeah it has a place for the lock and a warning about removing it before moving slide. I called the dealer and the are going to give me one. I can't wait until this weekend!
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Old 09-06-2016, 09:59 PM   #4
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On my 2504s it came with a slide lock but I have never used it. I found the bunk ladder under the mattress of the bottom bunk. As to the hot water heater, I turn off the circuit breaker and the outside switch and the switch on the panel. When I hook up to a water supply, I bleed out the air using the relief valve lever. Then I turn on the outside switch. It is very easy to flip the wrong switch on the panel, allready happened twice! Good luck and happy camping! Jay
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:23 AM   #5
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On my 2504s it came with a slide lock but I have never used it. I found the bunk ladder under the mattress of the bottom bunk. As to the hot water heater, I turn off the circuit breaker and the outside switch and the switch on the panel. When I hook up to a water supply, I bleed out the air using the relief valve lever. Then I turn on the outside switch. It is very easy to flip the wrong switch on the panel, allready happened twice! Good luck and happy camping! Jay

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Thanks for the tips on the water heater. We have the ladder also and it came with the grill. Any other tips or things I need to look for the first time out?
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One thing that I read here is most people don't use the water filter that comes with the unit. I guess they have a bad habit of comming unscrewed and leaking all over the inside of the camper. Take out the three screws on the right side of the compartment next to the water heater. I took delivery in Feb, so the filter wasnt in the canister. The canister however was falling off the wall! I resecured it with new screws. Some have deleted the filter and put a jumper in its place. One person set up a bumper mount and a short hose to use outside the unit. I would recommend that you at least take the panel off and put duct tape around the filter and housing so it can't come unscrewed going down the road. Easy to do and then no worrys until you figure out a long term solution that you like. The memory of our first Campout is still fresh in my mind. I know how excited you must be. Jay
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:17 AM   #7
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Hello new to the TT scene but looking forward to enjoying our new '17 2504S this weekend for our first trip. We upgraded from a 1976 Apache hard side pop up so a lot of learning to do! Looking forward to all the future adventures. The forum looks like it has tons of helpful info. I am sure I will be asking a lot of questions in the near future. Anything to look out for before our first trip? We seem to be missing our lock slide does someone have a picture of this? He is a quick pic. Attachment 119574
happy owner of 2504S. lots of storage for the size. can sleep 6 if needed. One thing I would suggest is to drive it around in the rain and check for water getting in under the slide out, this happened to me recently and of course its out of warranty
few of my mods:
1. mounted power management in storage bay
2. slide out drawers in pantry
3. added fireplace
4. made magazine rack
5. outdoor sink that connects to outdoor shower hose
Also changed out thermostat, added blue streak toilet sanitizer, removed drawer under sofa, remove on-board water filter, added mounting track on end of sink base to use outside grill table as counter extension

have fun,

craig
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:24 PM   #8
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One thing that I read here is most people don't use the water filter that comes with the unit. I guess they have a bad habit of comming unscrewed and leaking all over the inside of the camper. Take out the three screws on the right side of the compartment next to the water heater. I took delivery in Feb, so the filter wasnt in the canister. The canister however was falling off the wall! I resecured it with new screws. Some have deleted the filter and put a jumper in its place. One person set up a bumper mount and a short hose to use outside the unit. I would recommend that you at least take the panel off and put duct tape around the filter and housing so it can't come unscrewed going down the road. Easy to do and then no worrys until you figure out a long term solution that you like. The memory of our first Campout is still fresh in my mind. I know how excited you must be. Jay

Thanks for the info! I will have to look into that.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:25 PM   #9
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happy owner of 2504S. lots of storage for the size. can sleep 6 if needed. One thing I would suggest is to drive it around in the rain and check for water getting in under the slide out, this happened to me recently and of course its out of warranty
few of my mods:
1. mounted power management in storage bay
2. slide out drawers in pantry
3. added fireplace
4. made magazine rack
5. outdoor sink that connects to outdoor shower hose
Also changed out thermostat, added blue streak toilet sanitizer, removed drawer under sofa, remove on-board water filter, added mounting track on end of sink base to use outside grill table as counter extension

have fun,

craig

Very nice upgrades! What do you mean water under the slide? Like drive it around then put the slide out to see if it is wet?
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:32 PM   #10
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I've had no issue with the water filter just make sure it's tight and clicks into place. Enjoy your Rockwood!


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