Year 2 of Fulltime Traveling
Last month ended year two of my fulltime traveling. I posted on here a year ago about how well my Rockwood RV has held up under all of the traveling. Year two continues to prove, to me, that Rockwood is a quality built RV.
Over the last two years, I have towed my RV, named Liberty, 23,220 miles. I've traveled in 44 of the states and camped in 143 different campgrounds, of which 64 have been state/federal/public campgrounds. I've seen the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, been to both the Canadian and Mexican borders and many places in between. Liberty has been covered in ice during an ice storm and baked in the desert in 100+ temperatures. I use my fresh water tank and water pump exclusively so it has been in constant use for 2 years without a problem. My A/C units keep me comfortable in the summertime and two ceramic heaters keep me warm in the winter.
Liberty is the only RV I've owned, so my opinion is based solely on it. The problems she has suffered from seems to have been minor considering the mileage she has been towed.
A quick summary:
1) I replaced all four tires before they wore out due to my concern after getting a leak in the sidewall of one. No, it was not due to running over a curb.
2) I replaced the one battery with two AGM's for boondocking purposes.
3) The hydraulic assist on the entry door popped a rivet. The original rivet was not properly located. The repair has lasted 23 months and I'm satisfied.
4) The plastic seal under the shower door continues to rip. I have found replacements at a local RV parts store.
5) I have some soft spots in the flooring near the stove/sink/refrigerator. I'm pretty sure this is due to improper support around the floor mounted heating duct.
6) A regulator on one of my propane tanks seems to have stopped working. It is not a major problem since I have two tanks and can easily move tanks around. It is more of an inconvenience, but one tank lasts me several months.
7) After the first year, I put a 4 inch mattress topper on the bed. The original mattress was getting weak. This is not a problem with the RV but instead more related to my "healthy" size.
8)The roof material needed resealing where it joins with the front cap. I got lucky and caught this early while on the ferry between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. It is a great way of seeing it during a nice breeze blowing over it.
9) A few of the rivets holding the steps in place on the entry step box have broken. I have replaced them with nuts/bolts but it has become difficult to open and close.
10) The seal on the fantastic fan cover will not stay in place. It is the seal that goes around the clear plastic dome.
11) Both LED lights over the bathroom sink have quit working. One quit after one year, the other just recently. I have not found replacements for them yet and am considering some puck lights on the side.
12) The slide gearbox on the wardrobe slide quit working. I bought and installed a replacement.
13) One of my A/C units has frozen up twice. The two times were separated by several months. I didn't do anything except clean the fins and filter. I think it may have been associated with a 100% humid day and high temperatures.
That's all I can think of right now and 13 items seem like a lot, but overall, I've been very, very satisfied with my purchase. I don't considered any of the problems major with the exception of the soft spots in the floor. The magnitude of that problem is yet to be seen.
I keep a blog of my travels if anyone wants to see some of the places I've been. The address in listed below in the signature part.
Overall, I would highly recommend Rockwood RV's to anybody considering full-timing or part-timing.
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