Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-30-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 16
Smile Questions about 2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2503S

Hello - Very nice to have a forum to ask questions, receive help and also offer advice to others.

We have a 2017 Rockwood Mini-Lite 2503S that's about 2 months old. There is much to like about this trailer but there are a couple of things we could use advice on:

1) Two different pieces of long rubber - like a gasket of some sort - have dislodged from somewhere under the kitchen slide. One is about 3 feet long while the other is closer to 6 feet long. Has anyone else had this problem and do you know where they came from, whether they are really important and/or how to re-attach?

2) We have a Maxx Air fan in the bathroom with a large smoke cover so it can stay open during the rain. Well, we can open the "hatch" but the fan itself doesn't turn on. Any suggestions?

3) Has anyone else had trouble with leaking in and around the kitchen sink? First the faucet wouldn't turn off but my husband took it apart and finally got that fixed. Then the pea trap was leaking and now sometimes it's ok but at other times something else under the sink does some dripping. Again, has anyone else had a similar issue and, if so, what did you do?

I guess we could take things back to the dealer but it's almost 100 miles one way and not a pleasant trip through Phoenix traffic.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Cathleen
__________________

__________________
Cathleen
2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2503S
2012 F-150 Ecoboost
Cathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2017, 07:38 PM   #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 2
Hi Cathleen - We purchased a new 2017 mini-lite 2304ks in May 2017. Within 3 months we had a leak in our kitchen slide. Upon checking, we noticed 2 sections of D seal had become detached. Our dealership is also around 100 miles away, through San Antonio AND Austin traffic to get there. After their inspection and approval from Forest River, a warranty repair was completed. Rain water had infiltrated the slide and damaged the floor of the slide. So glad we took it in! I would highly recommend you call the dealership and schedule an appointment to take yours in. Those gaskets/seals are definitely there for a reason! We also had them install a slide topper while they had it in the shop to help keep rain and debris from collecting on the top of the slide.

As for the Maxxair fan, it is controlled by the light switch in the bathroom. If you want to run it without the lights on, simply push on the center of the lights to turn them off and on.

Can't help you with the leaks around the kitchen sink. We've had no issues there.

Good luck! And enjoy your new TT!
__________________

__________________
krosales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2017, 09:02 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 16
Smile Thanks and another Question

Hello - thanks so much for the quick response and suggestions. The idea to turn on the bathroom light switch makes sense and we'll try that tomorrow when we take a battery to the storage facility and try it out.

Re: D seals - I don't know what those are but will do some online research as that may be what has come loose.

On another note, your TT model (2304KS) is the one I originally wanted but my spouse convinced me that having 2 doors was the way to go - especially to be able to get to the refrig and bathroom without having to put the slide out. This works well for us when either traveling or when we have the TT in front of the house to load up for a trip. I do like your model though since it's a little shorter and lighter. :-)

Again, thanks for your assistance and Happy Trails!

Cathleen
__________________
Cathleen
2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2503S
2012 F-150 Ecoboost
Cathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2017, 09:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 6,946
Cathleen:

I have not had any problems with my seals, so I can't help you there.

If what krosales said regarding the fan doesn't help, then you have a broken fan or bad power to it.

I had a fitting split on the line from the kitchen sink drain back to the grey tank. With the slide in, you can see it if you look into the side of the slide from in front of the refrigerator. I simply replaced it with a new one from Home Depot. The clamp that holds the hose didn't seem to be straight in line with the pipe, as you can see in the first pic; I moved it over to the right so it was in line. See pics.

As found:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Drain slip joint connection - cracked end.jpg
Views:	87
Size:	248.8 KB
ID:	157467

Split ring:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Drain slip joint nut - old - side view.jpg
Views:	89
Size:	229.3 KB
ID:	157468

New ring from HD:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Drain slip joint nut - new.jpg
Views:	87
Size:	226.6 KB
ID:	157469

My wife was interested in the 2304 until she saw the huge bathroom in the 2503S. That sold her. And I liked the U-dinette. We've been very happy with ours over 3 seasons. However, here are some issues to think about/check out (NOTE: #1 seems to be specific to Roo's/Shamrock's and Mini-Lite/Micro-Lites. #2 and #3 are common to many TT's. #4 is common to 2503S's, and maybe others).

1. The fresh water tank supports are probably not so hot. If you search the forum for "failed fresh water tank supports" you'll find a lot of issues. We only travel with a few gallons in it for flushing the toilet, so it hasn't been a big deal for us, but before I'd travel with a full tank, I'd beef up the supports.

2. Look up under your wheel wells and see how well they sealed the plastic wheel well to the side (skirt) of the trailer. They don't seem to do that very well. I caulked the heck out of this area so I don't have to worry about it in the rain. In the pic below you can see some of the floor between the plastic liner and the skirt.

Click image for larger version

Name:	Wheel well #2.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	221.7 KB
ID:	157470

3. If they gave you a KW1 filter, you may want to remove it and replace it with a 1/2" coupling. They have a reputation for cracking and leaking. Either plumb it up to use externally, or use one of the blue Camco filters outside.

Filter:

Name:   FR1 filter pic.jpg
Views: 623
Size:  4.1 KB

Filter removed, replaced with coupling:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Filter replacement coupling.jpg
Views:	85
Size:	259.5 KB
ID:	157474

Filter removed, blue Camco installed:
Click image for larger version

Name:	Filter removed.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	329.9 KB
ID:	157472

4. Unless they've gotten smarter since 2016, be aware that your black tank flush doesn't really do much. It OUGHT to enter the tank on the opposite side of the tank than the drain (i.e., on the curb side), but mine goes in right above the drain line. So it won't really do much flushing. Think of it as a "black tank fill" connection rather than a "black tank flush" connection. I don't bother to use mine.
Click image for larger version

Name:	Black tank flush connection 1.jpg
Views:	78
Size:	227.4 KB
ID:	157475

There's also a Mini-Lite specific forum here:
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...iler+talk.html
__________________
1988 Coleman Sequoia - popup (1987-2009) - outlasted 3 Dodge Grand Caravans!
2012 Roo19 - hybrid (2012-2015)

2016 Mini Lite 2503S - tt (2015 - ???)
2011 Traverse LT, 3.6L, FWD
2009 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab, 5.3L, 4x4, 3.73
2016 Silverado 2500HD Dbl Cab, 6.0L 4x4, 4.10
rockfordroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 10:02 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 16
Smile Thanks and another Mini-Lite 2503S Question

Thank you so much RockFordRoo - as noted before it is so wonderful to have a forum like this and even better to have folks like you willing to take the time to respond.

Your detailed responses and photos are very helpful for sure. Yes, the larger bathroom area in the 2503S is certainly an attractive feature.

Here's another question if you have time. Do you know the location of the insert point for the manual crank override for this trailer? We looked after seeing several options described in the Rockwood Manual. However we haven't found it yet. Hopefully we won't ever need it but it would be nice to know.

Thanks again and Happy Trails!

Cathleen
__________________
Cathleen
2017 Rockwood Mini Lite 2503S
2012 F-150 Ecoboost
Cathleen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 11:24 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 6,946
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cathleen View Post
Thank you so much RockFordRoo - as noted before it is so wonderful to have a forum like this and even better to have folks like you willing to take the time to respond.

Your detailed responses and photos are very helpful for sure. Yes, the larger bathroom area in the 2503S is certainly an attractive feature.

Here's another question if you have time. Do you know the location of the insert point for the manual crank override for this trailer? We looked after seeing several options described in the Rockwood Manual. However we haven't found it yet. Hopefully we won't ever need it but it would be nice to know.

Thanks again and Happy Trails!

Cathleen
My slide is a Schwintek slide. It doesn't use a crank for manual. You have to disconnect the motors and push it in/out. I don't know if the newer models are still using Schwintek or another make. Maybe someone with a 2018 can tell you. You can open the panel below the wardrobe that has 3 hinges on it. If it's a Scwhintek, there will probably be a controller behind that panel (or to the right of it behind the solid panel). I've attached a pic of the panel and the controller. I haven't had any problems with mine (knock on wood!).
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cabinet #2.jpg
Views:	66
Size:	207.4 KB
ID:	157480
Click image for larger version

Name:	Slideout control.jpg
Views:	70
Size:	215.7 KB
ID:	157481

If you DO have the Schwintek, I've attached a number of documents regarding it.

Here's a video on replacing a motor that will help you:
__________________
1988 Coleman Sequoia - popup (1987-2009) - outlasted 3 Dodge Grand Caravans!
2012 Roo19 - hybrid (2012-2015)

2016 Mini Lite 2503S - tt (2015 - ???)
2011 Traverse LT, 3.6L, FWD
2009 Silverado 1500 Ext Cab, 5.3L, 4x4, 3.73
2016 Silverado 2500HD Dbl Cab, 6.0L 4x4, 4.10
rockfordroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 12:00 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Posts: 2
Ours is the same as rockfordroo's. No problems with the slide yet except the seals noted above. Thanks for the pics, rockfordroo!
__________________
krosales is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 03:40 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: 8300 Feet - Rocky Mountains
Posts: 419
I'll focus on the P-trap.
If your problem is related to things loosening up from vibration on the road, after checking the "nuts" and tapered "gasket" in the fitting and replacing as needed:
A) Use water pump pliers to carefully snug the nuts.
B) Use Gorilla tape to wrap around the nuts and pipe and prevent them from loosening.
__________________
Jim & Renee
2014 Forest River/Rockwood HW 277
2006 Ram 1500 4WD Crew with Firestone Airbags
Typical season is about 30 nights camping, usually nearby boondocking in the National Forests or at Lake Wellington
jimmoore13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 04:09 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cathleen View Post
Hello - Very nice to have a forum to ask questions, receive help and also offer advice to others.

We have a 2017 Rockwood Mini-Lite 2503S that's about 2 months old. There is much to like about this trailer but there are a couple of things we could use advice on:

1) Two different pieces of long rubber - like a gasket of some sort - have dislodged from somewhere under the kitchen slide. One is about 3 feet long while the other is closer to 6 feet long. Has anyone else had this problem and do you know where they came from, whether they are really important and/or how to re-attach?

2) We have a Maxx Air fan in the bathroom with a large smoke cover so it can stay open during the rain. Well, we can open the "hatch" but the fan itself doesn't turn on. Any suggestions?

3) Has anyone else had trouble with leaking in and around the kitchen sink? First the faucet wouldn't turn off but my husband took it apart and finally got that fixed. Then the pea trap was leaking and now sometimes it's ok but at other times something else under the sink does some dripping. Again, has anyone else had a similar issue and, if so, what did you do?

I guess we could take things back to the dealer but it's almost 100 miles one way and not a pleasant trip through Phoenix traffic.

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Cathleen
We have the same unit about 4 months old.

Re #2. About the fan. In ours the bathroom light needs to be on before the fan will work.

About the other two I’d get back to the dealer pronto.

We have enjoyed the TY very much. Only problem so far is the electric tongue jack blew up. Dealer replaced right away.
__________________
BullHalsey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-01-2017, 08:14 PM   #10
Canoeing and camping fun
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Posts: 38
Leak under sink

Hi we have a 2017 Mini Lite 2503S, we also had two different water leaks one was the hot water under the kitchen sink the connection worked loose after camping in the Adirondacks. We also had a leak in the cold water line from the kitchen sink this one was at the connection right under the oven. Both fixed with plumbers tape and carefully tightening the plastic nut and replacing the clamp on the line under the oven. Had to be a bit of a contortionist to get the one under the sink.
The only other problem we had was the fresh water tank drain was clogged on our first trip, had to empty the tank by opening the faucets. It was a pain because we were boondocking.
Dealer is almost 90 miles one way so did our own repairs.
Love our 2503S no modifications yet other than putting sweater hanger pieces in each of the small closets by the bed to put folded clothes in.
__________________

__________________
Jean D is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
lite, rockwood, rockwood mini lite

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:15 AM.