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Old 09-20-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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Opinions from 2306/2504s owners, or anyone!

Alright seasoned campers/towers, looking for opinions/advice.* Looking at purchasing either a rockwood mini 2306 or 2504s, or the flagstaff equivalents.**

I think the 2306 is great; super lite and appears to fit our needs for the most part.* The 2504s is sweet though; more space and more storage.* But...* 1100 pounds heavier and a little taller overall.* However,* it's only $1000 more than the 2306 around here.

My TV is a 2008 ram 1500, 5.7L.* I live in the mountain west so everywhere I go I deal with canyons, inclines, declines, etc.

Should I stick with the 2306, and spare the truck some strain or go with more space and storage and bite it on towing and mpg some more?* I really can't stand suckin it up the hills towing but also don't want to regret not getting the 2504s.* Can't afford to upgrade the truck too, so that's not an option unfortunately.

What do you think?* Maybe some experiences from anyone towing either of these two with a 1/2 ton? Not enough storage on the 2306?

Thanks for letting me rant, hope i got my questions and thoughts across okay. Love this forum; a lot of good info on here!

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Old 09-21-2015, 07:00 AM   #2
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As you can tell from my signature line, I have the 2306. Family of three, and we find the size to be perfect. Could we USE more space? Sure. Do we NEED more space? No. (It's kind of like asking if you need to make more money - everyone WANTS to!)

Living space is ample. Storage space is ample.

Personally, I am concerned with towing safety - almost to the point of being paranoid. I really like that the 2306 only weighs 3850#, well under the capacities of my tow vehicle. I am comforted by the fact that if my WD hitch somehow failed, or if the brake controller failed, I could still safely handle the trailer. Also, I'm in the upstate of SC and routinely camp in the north GA and western NC mountains. Granted, these aren't 9K ft mountain passes like you have out west, but they are still quite steep. And most of our mountain roads are 2-lane, and VERY curvy - so there's no way to maintain speed. Having a surplus of power is really nice.

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Old 09-21-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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I have a 2504s and tow it with a 2003
Silverado 1500 with the small V-8 engine. I just came back from a 6,500 trip to the west coast from Missouri. I made it just fine over the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:13 PM   #4
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I can only speak for the 2306 as well. We first looked at the 2504 and it has a roomy open feel to it but we wanted less weight in a camper. 2 adults an 2 kids we are fine with our space inside our 2306 because we mostly stay outside or out on adventures while camping. It is a bed, kitchen and shower for us and not a hang out inside unless its raining. More storage = wanting to pack more because you have the room for it. I tow it with a 5.2 dodge ram and a 4.7 toyota 4runner. I have to say that the 4runner is my go to for towing in our mountians in the east. The truck struggles more and uses more fuel. The truck does better at 65mph flat terrain though. Both seem to be good light campers for the size. Just depends on your style and expectations of camping. My brother uses a dodge 5.7 hemi for a 6500lb 26footer and has no issues towing. We both use the equalizer wd hitch as well
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:17 PM   #5
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I have the 2503s and my '14 Silverado 5.3L has no problem whatsoever with the weight. The extra room is worth the extra weight.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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We have a 2013 2504 and pull it with a 2015 Silverado 5.3 and we have no problems towing and love the room and storage of the TT.

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Old 09-22-2015, 12:41 PM   #7
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We have a 2306 and find there is more then enough storage for the four of us. The only time it can be a bit tight is when we are all getting ready in the morning to go somewhere. The slide would be nice then, however, we just take turns getting ready now. I think both are very easily pulled by a 1/2 ton. I've easily pulled our 2306 in mountain regions, but wouldn't hesitate with the 2504 either. I think you can't go wrong with either trailer.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:12 PM   #8
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The extra weight of the 2504 shouldn't be an issue for your Ram. I pull a Shamrock 23ikss with a 2013 Ram 1500 hemi. My hybrid is 500 to 700 lbs heavier than the 2504 and I have never felt I needed more power. Disclaimer....I live in Indiana where the biggest hills are usually the dormant landfills...not quite as high as Pikes Peak. But still, I don't think you would any problem towing the larger unit. Good luck with your choice.
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Old 09-22-2015, 01:28 PM   #9
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We love our 2504S, wouldn't change a thing about it. I would say, you are going to be ok with either trailer as far as towing, I would just recommend a WDH. So your decision at this point (just my opinion) is just your own personal preference.

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Old 09-23-2015, 09:18 AM   #10
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We purchased a 2015.5 2504s this last February. Since then we have traveled 7500 miles with our Ford Expedition. No problems with hills in the Georgia area. We too were torn between the 2306 and 2504s but once inside both it was a simple decision. Hands down the 2504s is a 30 footer with a 25 footprint. Also using an Equalizer WD hitch. If you are raising the question, than you should go with the 2504s with no regrets and your truck will be fine if well maintained.

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