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Old 07-30-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Not happy with my Rockwood

Last July my wife and I traded in our 2004 Nash for a 2013 Rockwood 2608WS. We really liked the looks and many features of the Rockwood. Then after camping in it we have found that we have some issues with it.

Whoever designed this TT must never have been camping before or even knew what a TT was used for.

Starting with the outside, the lamp on the outside is located at the front of the trailer and serves no purpose when the door into the trailer is open. The door blocks any light that may shine on the steps. Same as the speakers, located at the very front of the trailer. When the door is open, it blocks the music. The electric stabilizer jacks are not very good. With them down, the trailer still moves like it is on water.

Inside, the bathroom lamp is located behind whoever is standing at the sink and you cannot see.

The worst thing is the location of the fresh water tank. It is a 36 gallon tank and is located at the very back of the TT. At 8.34 pounds per gallon, that is 300.24 pounds lifting the tongue of the trailer. The first time that I towed it with a full tank of water and my generator (140 lbs) on the back carrying rack. When I got up to 55 mph, the trailer wagged so bad that I chase other vehicles off the road. It was up on 2 wheels and very close to flipping.

With the new hitch, it has settled down while towing. I have not tried it with the generator on the back yet.

Other than these issues, we enjoy our trailer
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Old 07-31-2013, 05:33 AM   #2
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It's common to find issues after you start using your new camper.. I mostly just try to compensate by making adjustments or modification (but of course there are certain things that you just have to live with).. I'm in the same boat, we find things that are better placed somewhere else or positioned in a different way. Other than that we also enjoyed our trailer. Good luck!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:04 AM   #3
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Hello,
I have had to make some modifications such as adding an additional light over a counter.
On towing with a full tank of water - there have been many posts on that and you should check with Rockwood to see if that is advisable with your particular model TT.
My TT would rock and I solved that issue with X-Chocks as many other people have done.
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:19 AM   #4
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We've had our 2608 since April and absolutely love it! We have not had a single problem requiring dealer help. Sure, there are a couple of things I'll change/modify like the outside speakers. But, overall we love the trailer. The layout is perfect for us with the front kitchen/rear bedroom.

We have an abundance of counter space and storage. We did have a learning curve on the right balance of weight distribution. A few pounds in front or behind the axles makes a massive difference. We never travel with fresh water. As the OP states, that's a lot of weight behind the axles.

We're new to camping and maybe weren't smart enough to know the placement of the lights and speakers weren't all that great...but, after reading all the issues others have with their new TT's we count ourselves as pretty darned fortunate.

Since buying this one we've gotten addicted to looking at floor plans and other models. We're yet to find a single model that has a more functional layout for our camping style.

Hate hearing of your issues, but it sounds like these are mostly preferences, rather than problems. Good luck to you and happy camping!
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Old 07-31-2013, 07:36 AM   #5
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I think the combination of a generator AND full water tank on the back of your trailer might be a bit much. Perhaps just one or the other (I actually do not know how heavy the generator is.) I only have a 28 gallon water tank, and like yours it's in the back. Running full it has not seemed to cause any handling issues. But I also make sure to load other stuff to the front of the trailer. Are you able to haul your generator in the the TV?
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Old 07-31-2013, 08:47 AM   #6
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Last July my wife and I traded in our 2004 Nash for a 2013 Rockwood 2608WS.
Considering what a Nash sells for v. a Rockwood .... We had a similar feeling going from a Sunline to our Rocky. But you can't beat the new floor plan. (We have the 2604WS)

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The electric stabilizer jacks are not very good. With them down, the trailer still moves like it is on water.
Blame the torsion bar, independent suspension. The same suspension that makes it ride so smoothly. When we camp for a week, we put a scissor jack under each plate that holds the torsion tubes. This removes bounce. X-chocks take away front-to-back motion.
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Inside, the bathroom lamp is located behind whoever is standing at the sink and you cannot see.
True. We bought a battery operated LED light and set it over the medicine cabinet. Here's the light and make up mirror:


As for the swaying, you discovered you can't haul water and a generator.

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Other than these issues, we enjoy our trailer
All easily dealt with, as you're discovering. Each trip will reveal another minor issue to be solved. That's part of the fun.

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Last July my wife and I traded in our 2004 Nash for a 2013 Rockwood 2608WS. We really liked the looks and many features of the Rockwood. Then after camping in it we have found that we have some issues with it.

Whoever designed this TT must never have been camping before or even knew what a TT was used for.

Starting with the outside, the lamp on the outside is located at the front of the trailer and serves no purpose when the door into the trailer is open. The door blocks any light that may shine on the steps. Same as the speakers, located at the very front of the trailer. When the door is open, it blocks the music. The electric stabilizer jacks are not very good. With them down, the trailer still moves like it is on water.

Inside, the bathroom lamp is located behind whoever is standing at the sink and you cannot see.

The worst thing is the location of the fresh water tank. It is a 36 gallon tank and is located at the very back of the TT. At 8.34 pounds per gallon, that is 300.24 pounds lifting the tongue of the trailer. The first time that I towed it with a full tank of water and my generator (140 lbs) on the back carrying rack. When I got up to 55 mph, the trailer wagged so bad that I chase other vehicles off the road. It was up on 2 wheels and very close to flipping.

With the new hitch, it has settled down while towing. I have not tried it with the generator on the back yet.

Other than these issues, we enjoy our trailer
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:01 PM   #8
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awellis3, I really like the light you have in the bathroom. Good idea. We do use the X-chock between the tires. I have also found that if the S. jacks are all the way down, they work better. With my Nash, I had blocks that I put under the crank downs so that I did not have to crank so far. If I do that with the electric jacks, it makes it really unstable. So now they go all the way down.

Since we do a lot of dry camping, I have to have a full tank of water. Our old hitch set up was almost 18 years old and the bars were rated at 1000 pounds each side. The dealer told us that was to heavy so we bought a new round bar E2 hitch which we did. Towing without water was great on the way back from Spokane with the new hitch. I looked down and was going 83 so I then slowed down. First try with water it towed good also. I had the generator in the back of the truck. Next time out, I am going to try it on the trailer with a full tank. I did see a setup where you can mount the generator on the front above the propane tanks. May have to check into that.

Well, thanks for your replies. I think I am going to like this forum.

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Tom... Do you have a support under your steps? It made a big difference for us.
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Tom... Do you have a support under your steps? It made a big difference for us.
X Eleventy!

We just got back from a trip to Lake of the Pines in TX. This is the first time we used very inexpensive step supports we bought a month ago.

HUGE difference! LOVE 'EM!
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