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Old 11-30-2013, 09:01 PM   #1
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Your 2 cents

My wife and I just walked through a 2104 Rockwood 2109s and are thinking of buying it and would like to know what you think of yours. Thanks from Oklahoma.
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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We have a 2104. We looked at both and decided we wanter a dinette rather than a sofa. We really enjoy our 2104, its great dor the 2 pf us.
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:06 PM   #3
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Same here. Take a look at a 2104S if you haven't. There seems to be more interior living space with the deeper slide and not having to put the table somewhere to keep from having to walk around it. The slide motor setup is different on the 2109S as well and there are several posts here about problems with the way they were mounted (possibly isolated events overall and may or may not be just a nuisance). The only downside to the 2104S for me is the lack of counter space as opposed to the other floor plan. Either way, most people seem to be happy with both models. I really like mine.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:30 PM   #4
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Wow, how much time do you have? I have a 2013 2109S (built May 2012). In Sept I completed an 11,000 mile trip to Alaska and back. I am very happy with my TT. For the most part it worked flawlessly. Is it perfect? No, not by a long shot but the negatives were outweighed by the positives.

I selected the 2109 for it's weight so I could tow it easily with my Durango. I also wanted the sofa rather than a dinette. I never use the table and took it out. It is heavy. I use a small collapsible camping table if I want to use one. I also liked the extra countertop space that the 2104 does not have.

The slide out gives you a lot more space inside. There is ample storage. The shower is small but functional.

On my extended trip I did not have any water leaking issues and the refrig, water heater, TV, heater and AC all worked without any problems.

As stated above, there have been problems with the slide motor on 2109s. The motor detaches from the wall. It is affixed with 4 short worthless screws. Luckily before my trip, the motor pulled itself out of the wall and twisted around itself. I took it to a local dealer and they reinstalled it with some serious bolts. I have not had any problems since.

The biggest problem I had on my trip was on gravel roads. I did at least 300 miles on gravel and after a long stretch my camper was full of gravel dust. The dust seemed to be getting in around the wheel wells on both sides. I found that the wheel well was put in poorly and had a buckle which left an open gap into my camper. I had quite a clean up job, the floor, under the sofa, in the drawers, everywhere. I have taped the seams and will continue to work on this.

I did get rid of the OEM tires and put on Maxxis. I had no tire problems at all for 11,000 miles!

I am sure you understand that the 2109S is a light weight TT and a basic RV. I treat it as a hobby. There are always things that need to be done. Forest River used ineffective staples to hold things together inside when screws should have been used. There are a number of places I want to strengthen or secure better. You will see this on the sides of the kitchen unit and the minimal structure that holds the drawers.

Besides the tires, I installed an Oxygenics shower, the Wingman antenna attachment, the Winegard SensarPro meter, 2 vent covers, a fan in the refridge, LED lights, a 4" mattress pad, new outlet covers and other mods. Again, view RVing as a continuing hobby.

But as I said, the positives far outweighed the negatives on my trip. Other than the gravel dust, I had a terrific, trouble free trip. Half of the time I stayed in commercial campgrounds. The other half of the time I stayed at state parks or boondocked.

This has gotten to be a long response but I'm trying to give you the full picture. If you understand that there will be projects for you to do to improve the TT, you will be happy with your purchase. I would buy a 2109S again. The weight and length work well with the Durango SUV. 11,000 miles was certainly a good test and the 2109 handled the trip easily.

Good luck with your search. (A picture of my TT in northern Mn a couple of weeks ago.)
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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I meant to say we walked through a 2014 Rockwood 2109s........
We actually plan to buy it Monday and it's technically a 2014 1/2 model.....
I hope that means many of the little things we've read about have been resolved.....
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #6
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Thank you for the gracious replies. Our research had lead us to the Forest River brand and our personal needs have lead us to the Rockwood Mini Lite 2109s. Thanks again and we'll be following this forum for ideas on comfort mods and maintenance. Randy
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Randy, welcome to the forum. Good luck with your purchase. This forum is a great place to learn what is going on with Forest River products. There is much to be learned here.

As you are an Ok resident, do you have any trips planned soon in your new 2109S? I would like to hear how your initial trip worked out. And we require pictures as well! In Mn, the Rvs are down for the winter.

One more thing. Make sure you get a good weight distribution/anti sway hitch.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:30 PM   #8
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We don't plan to take the new camper out until spring. We are not nearly as cold as Minnesota, but it still gets icy here. We also ride a motorcycle, but not much during the winter.
We plan to journal our camping trips next year and will post pictures. Take care and thanks again.
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Old 12-02-2013, 11:40 PM   #9
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Bought it today and pick it up next Tuesday!
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:35 PM   #10
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We have a 2012 2109s and just love it. We take it on extensive road trips and it has close to 30,000 miles on it. Tows well and is a perfect TT for 2 people. That being said, here are a few of the issues that we have experienced with it over the past 2.5 years. You can get more details on these issues by doing a search in this forum using the key words.

- leak in kitchen cupboard over stove as a result of poor caulking where exterior antennae wire goes through roof. Repaired under warranty;
-melting rocker switches on interior light switches. (Replaced with LED lights.) Forest River failed to claim responsibility, however light manufacturer did say they had a bad batch.
-bent fresh water tank brackets. Caused by poor venting apparently. Repaired under warranty;
-slide motor (under sofa), became detached from wall. Repaired by dealer with longer screws but as it is still affixed to the fibre board wall, not sure how long this will work. Warranty expired.
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