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Old 12-17-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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Rockwood Mini Lite Roof and Floor concerns ?

We are very close to buying a new camper . We have narrowed our choices to a few makes . Rockwood/Flagstaff is one . On the forums here there are a few threads about the quality or lack of quality in the Rockwood roofs and floors. Some say you should not walk on a Rocwood mini lite roof because it doesn't have a ladder . They say its weak and flimsy . They say Rockwood says to not go on your roof if the trailer didn't come with a ladder .The floors are weak also . There is a thread or 2 about people adding structure to the floors. We are older folks who can't afford to make a mistake as this , very likely, will be the last camper we buy . Please help with some input on this . If you have other concerns about any part of these trailers please let us know ! If you own a Rockwood or maybe you didn't buy one because of concerns let us know why. We have to stay south of 5000lbs actual (as in real) UVW. We are considering the mini lite 2503S or the ultra lite 2304S . Thanks for all the input and we love this forum!

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:11 PM   #2
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I have been on the roof of the one in our signature & it was fine as is the floor. Been very pleased with "The Little One"

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Welcome Jim, check you PM box.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:01 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by FarmerJim View Post
They say Rockwood says to not go on your roof if the trailer didn't come with a ladder .
Just a clarification, I own a Mini-Lite and my owner's manual says that you can go on the roof but if the unit does not come with a ladder then they recommend adding some plywood to help distribute the weight. I also called the factory about going on the roof and the rep said I should be fine to walk as normal with my weight (170 lbs. before wife's Christmas cookies...LOL). They added that language in the owner's manual to protect themselves as not everyone weighs the same so use your discretion.

I love our unit and bought it because of the floorplan and features. There just wasn't a unit that we liked better for the size and weight. So far it has been great but I have felt a difference in the floor from our previous stick and tin model that had a solid plywood floor. It's not bad but it just doesn't have that firm "hardwood floor" feeling of the previous one. I don't regret getting this unit for a minute though. Good luck with your decision!!
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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all the mini lites have sandwich core type of floor and roof. Two sheets of luan: top and bottom with foam core. (approx 1.5 to 2 inch). I go on my roof with no problem but on the ETC models there is a fiberglass outer sheet but on other mini the roof is TPO style . This construction makes for a lighter trailer. They are great little trailers and I would like to move up to the 2503S which is perfect couples trailer. Best of luck in your selection
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:08 PM   #6
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We have a 2304s Ultralite and love it. No floor or roof issues, feels very solid. We have a ladder. FYI the ultralites have features the minilites do not, such as enclosed underbelly, day/night shades in place of curtains, etc., etc. We looked at both models but the 2304s felt like a much larger trailer with the huge dinette slide compared to the 2503s minilite. The Murphy bed is super easy to use, the only issue being it is a bit high off the floor, so requires a bit of agility if you are short! The bathroom on both models is nice and big, but the 2304s has the toilet off to the side, so you are not looking at "the throne" if you want to leave the BR door open to get more light from the nice big back window! Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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Do your homework, FarmerJim, on the light weight models and their construction.
You'll want to consider how you will use your unit in regards to non-plywood floors. Take your time if this is your last camper to buy, especially if you don't want a unit that will require surgery to fix structural items.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:25 PM   #8
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I recently toured the RW/Flagstaff plant. The rep talked about the weak floor issue. It has been addressed. Rockwood now uses 1/4 Luan on top and bottom of the floor/roof panel. Also has aluminum joists 16" on center. I would not be concerned about this as this change took place a couple years ago and since then it hasn't been an issue.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the replies ! Please keep them coming as we are getting close to decision time on which trailer to buy . This forum is great! Jim
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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Jim, also note the AC ducting is in the roof so be aware of those routing areas. I use an 8' alum step ladder to keep away from the gel coat and wear socks minus the shoes, also if you have any tools with you layout a small rug to protect the roof covering. Don't forget your beer.

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