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Old 03-04-2014, 08:30 PM   #21
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We purchased from Bill Thomas Campers in Wentzville in January. It was the only 2504s they had in stock. I see you're in O'Fallon. Did you purchase from Bill Thomas?

Ours doesn't have the night shades, but otherwise has all the bells and whistles, including the 15,000 btu air conditioner.

Did our PDI last Thursday when it was about 18 degrees so we couldn't test the water system (swore I'd never purchase another travel trailer in the winter, but here I am). Didn't check the heated mattress, but everything else seemed tip top.

We absolutely love all the space inside the 2504s. Outside storage is a little tighter than our Vibe, but we fit everything in, with plenty more storage available inside. Looking forward to our de-winterization trip to Cuiver River State Park when the weather gets better.

Hope you're enjoying your new 2504s soon!



Can you elaborate a little more on the outside storage? That's the one area I've seen very little information about. We are scheduled to pick ours up in 3 weeks.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:17 PM   #22
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The front storage is a pass-thru, but it's not very tall or wide. We had to switch to some smaller containers for sewer supplies (disappointed that my sewer hose will not fit in the bumper storage).

The rear storage is a little taller so we put all of our water hoses and electrical supplies there. By the way, this is how you access your water heater bypass, water filter and pump. You can also access this from inside under the rear bunks.

The only thing we couldn't fit in outside storage is our little charcoal grill.

I'm sure we'll add a few more items, for which I'm saving the spot under the booth. Again, this model has ample interior storage.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:30 PM   #23
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The front storage is a pass-thru, but it's not very tall or wide. We had to switch to some smaller containers for sewer supplies (disappointed that my sewer hose will not fit in the bumper storage).
Look at the vinyl post cover mod that a lot of folks have done. It makes a great storage place for sewer hoses and will free up some space in your storage hatch.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:39 PM   #24
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The front storage is a pass-thru, but it's not very tall or wide. We had to switch to some smaller containers for sewer supplies (disappointed that my sewer hose will not fit in the bumper storage).

I can't imagine that they'd use a different bumper for yours... I bought one of those rhino's at Wally and it fits perfectly in mine... It's tight and needs to be put in a certain way, but it does fit.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:22 PM   #25
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New Owner, new to the forum, Rockwood Mini Lite 2504S

Hello everyone. I am a new member to the Forest River community, as well as a new member to RV ownership. Wife and I have been researching RVs for about 6 months to find that perfect floorplan (like that exists, lol).. Anyway, I have read dozens and dozens of threads on this forum and have gotten a great deal of advice (sort of in secret, since I wasnt responding, just absorbing, haha). I found this thread about the 2504S and thought this is a good time to introduce myself to the group.

The wife and I are first time RV owners (but my parents have owned for years, so we arent new to camping/RVing). We wanted something that didnt feel small when you were inside, but didnt feel huge when you were towing, and we just ordered our 2504S from RV Outlet USA near Danville VA.

We dont currently have children but they are in the plans, so we had a few "must have" items in our trailer. The must haves were small for towing, but spacious for living (as I mentioned earlier), bunk beds, a couch (that actually faces the tv) and a bed for us. We originally stumbled upon the Jayco White Hawk 25MB (maybe 23MB, having trouble remembering at this point, they all blur together) which is almost the same thing as the 2504S. When we found the jayco model we knew that there is a model for us. But we continued our search to see if we could find one that was "better". That is how we found the 2504S. And when the dining room slide out is in the out position, with the murphy bed stowed, it feels every bit as large inside as my parents 5th wheel (though it is clearly an illusion).

There are a few differences between the 2 models: Jayco has 2 doors and we preferred 1. Jayco had the bathroom sink outside the bathroom and we prefer it in one room. And the 2504S seemed to have more storage. There were other minor things like door handle/assists and cosmetic differences, but those arent show stoppers for us.

I saw a mention of Wana RV, and we got a great price quote from them, and were just about to put in our order with them when we stumbled onto RV Outlet USA. Saw nothing but great reviews from both locations. We live about 4 hours from Danville VA (and my parents are about 30 minutes south of there), and we are 9 hours from Wana, so it just made more sense to purchase closer to home. Especially when you consider that when we tow it off the dealers lot, it will literally be our first time towing anything (other than the tiny little trailer behind a lawn mower, lol).

The only bad thing is waiting for the RV to get finished, and since it just got ordered, we have some time to wait. They said 6-10 weeks. I tend to think closer to 10 but we will see. I should mention we got it about as close to loaded as you can get with the options, so it is literally the perfect trailer for us. We will be towing it with a 2013 F150 Ecoboost.

Any tips, suggestions, "dont do this" type of advise would certainly be appreciated. I dont want to be the "newbie" breaking camping etiquette, lol, especially since it might be annoying one of you, ha. So thanks for the advice and knowledge I have taken from these forums already, and thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

If this was long and rambling, I apologize, just trying to give as much info as possible in order for all of you to be in better position to share any advice that you may have for us.
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Old 03-07-2014, 01:38 PM   #26
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Congrats on the new camper. Sounds like you have read a lot of comments on this forum so you should be in good shape. Plus you will have another 10 weeks to keep learning. I'm a year into our camper and I'm still learning.

One thing I would suggest is to have the salesman take you to a parking lot and reach you how to back the camper. This was a big before our first trip and gave me some confidence. Also research PDI's on this site as they walk you through the camper for the first time. Good luck and happy camping.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:45 PM   #27
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Thanks DisDad. I have been doing some research on the PDI aspect. Even found some sheets you can take with you. I think the best advice I have come across is to video tape the walk through. Then you can go back and watch that portion of the video if you forget how to operate something, etc.

The backing up aspect is also something I have been researching, they even have vidoes out there on the net. How the heck did DIYers learn how to do anything before the internet, lol... We have discussed a few options, one of them being to have my parents meet us there, and have my step father drive it somewhere like a parking lot (with us watching and learning everything we can), and then spend some time with some cones or something to help maneuver the vehicle. 1,000s have figured it out on their own with no help, so I am confident that with some assistnce from those with experience, we should be able to handle it. It is nerve racking for sure, but we hope to be able to minimize the risk with good planning. Our biggest concern is actually locally to where we live (just outside the beltway of Wash DC). So until we get really comfortable with it, we are planning on leaving the house in the middle of the night to minimize traffic volume, and when coming back home, leaving at what ever time will get us home during a low traffic volume hour. Because the last thing we want to do is get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, towing a vehicle we have never towed, etc...

We may be going over board, but we are also purchasing a camera system for the trailer (1 rear cam, 2 side cams, possibly a 4th cam inside the rv). Hopefully that will be helpful in traffic, and in the tight quarters of the camp grounds. It still amazes me that campgrounds have roads barely wide enough for a 4 wheeler, lol. On that note, why is every campground located 7 miles down a 1.5 lane bumpy, curvy road, haha?
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Old 03-08-2014, 12:44 AM   #28
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SemperFi, you're me! I'm you! Heck, I live in outside if the DC beltway and all (north of there, in HoCo).

Before getting my fifth wheel, my towing experience started with kayak guiding for LL Bean. That started with "trailer training" the day of our on water drills/trainings. What that consisted of was they threw you the keys to the van with kayak trailer attached and said, here- back it into this spot (which was 4 cones sort of laid out like a parking spot). Then, the 3 eldest know-it-ally's stood outside and yelled different directions in some foreign language until you either ran over 2 cones and were enough in the parking spot to be freed, cried like a little girl, or figured out- if you roll up the windows, you couldn't hear the shouts anymore. The only thing that I had going for me was I remembered 2 old fogies tell me many years before to hold the bottom of the steering wheel; whichever hand you raise is the direction the trailer will go. Ultimately, I sort of hit the spot and it was someone else's turn to suffer.

After that, we pulled the trailer from the parking lot, around the walking path to the lake and back for 3 more years. If you couldn't get it backed into the parking spot, you got it close enough (sometimes, 10' away), unhitched and just pushed.

I then bought a 3,000 pound popup that I couldn't move by hand. It took me a while getting it parked, but I ultimately got used to it for the one season and dozen+ trips that we took. Never hit anything and decided I didn't care how bad it looked to those around me.

And then, I got stupid and bought a 42' fifth wheel and crew cab/long bed truck. Bumper to bumper we're 59 1/2' long. The very best thing that happened was that the dealership sent one of their techs on a "test drive" with me just before I signed papers. He gave me pointers on turning, what to watch out for and pay attention to. He didn't help me with parking, but gave me a world of confidence towing. Since then, with parking - I've had only 3 minor mishaps (2 in the same parking attempt, actually).

When you park- 1) don't worry about the audience- they've all been there, done that. 2) where practical, don't worry about making people wait. Again, they've been there, done that. Usually there's another way around and if they're impatient, they can take it.

As for towing the beltway and stop and go traffic- that doesn't bother me in the slightest. In slow/stop and go traffic, there are no surprises because everyone is going really slowly! Just plan lane changes a mile or two ahead of time, put your turn signal on and lean to the side of your lane (don't cross the line)- a good samaritan will make room eventually.
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In my opinion, backing into campsites is one of every newbies biggest fears. So... We've all been there. A couple suggestions that helped me... 1. If possible, try to back into your site with the hooks-ups closest to the driver so you can clearly see where you want to be. 2. When you pull up to your back-in site, drive forward a little more than you think you should. It takes a few feet for your camper to begin its turn back. 3. Keep your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel and move your hand in what ever direction you want the camper to turn.
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:23 PM   #30
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I have had minilite 2504s on order now for 2 weeks through RVW. Got another 4 to 5 weeks before it's delivered to our home. Would love to hear from some folks that have that model and any concerns or problems to look for once it arrives. Also just some general thoughts about the camper, I have not actually physically seen that floor plan. I'm so excited to get camping in it, I can't sleep!

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