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Old 08-21-2016, 06:43 PM   #1
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New Rockwood 2109s Owners - Our First Week on the Road

Hello Y'all,
Twelve days ago my wife and I drove for two days from the west coast to arrive in Texas and purchase our first RV, a Rockwood Mini Lite 21fbrs. After a few months of reading as much information as I could, trying to determine what model would suit our needs the best, provide the best comfort and features, was a good value, AND, could reasonably be towed with our Tacoma (crew cab V6 w/ tow pkg), I chose the 21fbrs.
As soon as the dealer connected the unit to our truck, along with an equalizer hitch, we headed for the Colorado mountains for our first ever RV camping experience, the first of several stops as we planned to travel on to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Upon arrival at the first site, my wife opened the refer door only to have the optional wood panel door insert come sliding down like a guillotine right in front of her feet, breaking the bottom of the thin plywood that holds it in place. I searched the issue on this site and found the problem and solution existed in 2011!!! I did a bandaid fix on it for now and I shim the bottom of the door with wood wedges each time we break camp. I'll do a permanent fix when we get home. This could have easily injured her feet, or damaged the floor or electrical panel below, costing the manufacturer WAY more than simply installing it correctly the first time. Rockwood, you can do better than this!
A few questions::
Slide Lock Bar - when the dealer's "Prep Man" instructed me how to operate the various features on the trailer, he showed me the slide lock bar and stated that it isn't necessary because the slide is very small. He basically encouraged me not to use it. My immediate thought was, does this guy really know what's needed better than the mfr? So after leaving the dealer I stopped and installed it a few blocks away. As you know, it is supposed to be installed on top of the slide between the outer wall and the slide's crown molding for travel. When I installed per the instructions, it came out of position and ended up sliding and bouncing around while on the road. IMO, the crown molding is not strong enough for this purpose, hence the warning from the mfr to not "over tighten" the lock bar. It would also make for an extremely bad day (read horror) if you forgot to remove it before extending the slide. I believe that if I tighten it enough to stay in place, it will damage the crown molding over time, loosen its connection points. My slide lock bar now resides near the firewood in the bed of my truck. I'm interested in reading other 21fbrs owner's experience with the slide lock bar?

The Prep Man also advised me that I should not drive very far with the fresh water tank full, and that due to the straps holding the tank in place I should only fill it 1/3 for travel purposes. Due to the tongue weight limit of 650 lbs for my current TV, I'm already maxed out with full propane bottles and minimal gear in the front storage (I store heavy gear in the truck bed, in front of the rear axle). So at this time I drive with all tanks empty, not ideal at all for stopping in the evening to dry camp for a night. If it turns out that we really like RVing, (so far it's great), I'll get a larger TV and will then of course want to carry at least some water in the tank(s). I like to hear other owners experience regarding the quantity of water you carry, for how many miles, and any problems you have had?
At this moment we're relaxing in Grand Tetons NP and sipping an ice cold water melon smoothie (yes, we brought our blender), after a day of hiking and fishing. Despite the minor issues mentioned above, I love our new home on wheels.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:55 PM   #2
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I have a 2503S, not a 21FBRS, but mine did not come with a slider lock bar, even though it has stickers for it. I haven't missed it.

Haven't had a problem with the fridge door (yet).

Some of the Roo/Shamrock (hybrid) folks have had problems with their fresh water tanks falling out or almost falling out. I've looked at mine and so far it seems to be pretty well attached. You might want to crawl under and scope it out. You could add some extra supports and stiffeners if you think you need to. Here's one of several posts, with one guy's solution:

water tanks falling out

For some reason, Mr. Havercamps pics aren't showing.

Here's another thread. Post 11 is a guy with your camper (Model year 2014) saying he had his supports beefed up.

Warning. Fresh water tank issue.
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Old 08-21-2016, 09:16 PM   #3
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I have a 2007 Rockwood Roo and almost always travel with a full tank of water.
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:06 PM   #4
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We have a 2013 Rockwood 2109s, which is almost identical to the 21FBRS. Our refrigerator door also slid down on our first trip, just missing my wife's toes! The slide motor also pulled loose on that trip. Both problems were fixed under warranty. We have towed 20,000 miles since then, including to Alaska and back, with no issues. We were also warned about the fresh water tank brackets and don't usually drive with more than 1/3rd tank (There are some posts on this forum about this). However, we have filled the fresh water before going into a boondock campground and then driven as far as maybe 100 miles on those occasions with a full tank, with no issues. We never use the slide out bar and have traveled some pretty rough roads with no problem. We love this trailer! It is the perfect size -- big enough to have all the amenities and small enough to get into some great camping spots. Plus, as you noted, you don't need a big tow vehicle to handle this trailer. There are many posts on great mods people have made to this trailer. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we have!
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@Rockfordroo, Thanks for the info, I'll read the thread and look into adding some additional supports, for peace of mind if nothing else. I'm really looking forward to getting a bigger truck now so we comfortably overnight while on the road in between destination sites with hookups.
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We have a 2013 Rockwood 2109s, which is almost identical to the 21FBRS. Our refrigerator door also slid down on our first trip, just missing my wife's toes! The slide motor also pulled loose on that trip. Both problems were fixed under warranty. We have towed 20,000 miles since then, including to Alaska and back, with no issues. We were also warned about the fresh water tank brackets and don't usually drive with more than 1/3rd tank (There are some posts on this forum about this). However, we have filled the fresh water before going into a boondock campground and then driven as far as maybe 100 miles on those occasions with a full tank, with no issues. We never use the slide out bar and have traveled some pretty rough roads with no problem. We love this trailer! It is the perfect size -- big enough to have all the amenities and small enough to get into some great camping spots. Plus, as you noted, you don't need a big tow vehicle to handle this trailer. There are many posts on great mods people have made to this trailer. I hope you enjoy yours as much as we have!
Thanks for the reply Emerson. You made me realize I screwed up my own thread!!! I had been looking at a Flagstaff 21fbrs on epay, very well optioned, for $1,599, seemed like a great deal. I bought it and paid the deposit. A week later I was informed that the one I purchased was different than the last one they had in stock, mine if I still wanted it. I ended up getting a refund, and purchased the sister Rockwood 2109s in Texas. I just confused the models when I wrote the thread. I wish I could edit the title. In any case, it's reassuring to hear of your successful experiences with these issues. I'm very happy with the choice we made.
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Welcome to a great community!

As far as the wooden fridge door covers....don't get me started!

We've had problems with both in the two trailers we've owned. (I'm an engineer so it just KILLS me that they would use a thin, plastic strip to hole up about 10 pounds of wood!) In fact, my current wood fridge facing is sitting in the back of my truck along with the two plastic strips...one goes on top and one on the bottom. The strips aren't even broken...the one on the bottom just cannot support the weight.) (Okay, you got me started!)

I don't see any reason to drive around with the water tank empty....at least put 5 gallons in there for rest stops. (I do advice people to drain the water out of the water heater if it's going to sit there longer than a week...after about a week it'll start to stink really bad which is a pain to get rid of....actually the same for the fresh water tank.)
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I edited your thread title for you. Did I get it right?
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I edited your thread title for you. Did I get it right?
Yes, it's correct now, thanks a bunch!
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:57 AM   #10
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We have 2015 21FBRS. We have not experienced the panel issue you have. Regrading the water though, we did have to get additional supports for our water tanks as it was visibly sagging.

We have used the slide lock once, when our slide mechanism came apart (fixed under warranty) the first night of our vacation. We used since the slide was basically being held in by friction. The wood that slide lock rest in isn't exactly bomb proof so I just don't mess with it. (plus, someone would forgot that we used it and extend the slide)

We love our 21FBRS, its been to Tetons, Yellowstone, Rockies and Smokeys with Very little problems
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