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Old 08-11-2007, 07:42 PM   #1
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Surveyor or Rockwood???

I'm a newby looking for our first camper. Need recommendation for 264 Surveyor or 2605 Rockwood. Both have the same floorplan, but one has a rubber roof compared to vinyl, enclosed underneath compared to open, etc. Which one do I need? TKU, Garry

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:34 AM   #2
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Go with the vinyl roof and enclosed underbelly.

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Old 08-12-2007, 08:49 AM   #3
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Have to buy both. RW has the vinyl roof and Sur. has the enclosed underbelly. Thanks, Garry
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:00 PM   #4
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Rockwood or Surveyor

Since we are dealing with the same question, I'll put in my 2 cents worth(which is worth just what you paid for it). We are looking at a RW 2603,2605, or a Surveyor 264, and haven't decided which works best for us.
The Rockwood is 27.1 ft long and 7.5 ft wide. The Sur is 28.5 ft. long and 8 ft. wide which gives you more walking around room inside. The difference in weight is negligible.
The Surveyor has an enclosed underbelly, the Rockwood doesn't. I have never decided whether enclosed underbelly is a positive or a negative.
It's a tough decision since both the RW and Sur are nice TT's and have many plusses.
Good luck and let us know what you decide and why.

Cliff and Diana Mayes
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Old 08-12-2007, 04:26 PM   #5
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Thanks Cliff. Besides the underbelly, rubber roof or vinyl? 264 has rubber and the 2605 has vinyl. I have found a 1 owner '03 2602 that we are considering buying but trying to decide what to offer. Have any idea what it's worth? We'll keep you posted, please do the same. Was also told that the 264 had a little more insulation and was made a little sturdier. We are still leaning toward the 2602. TKU, Garry and Pauline
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Old 08-13-2007, 07:20 AM   #6
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I like the inclosed underbelly as it keeps things cleaner but that shouldn't be a deal breaker as you can always do that yourself. I'm not familier with a vinyl roof only rubber. While looking at a used rig the roof needs special attention in the inspection process. Look for cracks, dry-rot, pin holes..... 03 isn't very old but depending on how it was maintained and stored the roof may become an issue. I keep my rig covered but not everybody can and UV can take its toll on the roof.

You state that the 246 has more insulation and in my opinion more is better. Helps keep you more comfortable in both hot and cold.

However you decide to go about purchasing a rig, new or used, do your homework, and inspect the heck out of 'em. If you are handy and can do minor repairs (which most RV repairs are) you could be very happy with a used rig. I purchased a 5 year old rig as my 1st 5er and was very happy with it.

Keep us posted on your hunting and keep the questions coming.

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Old 08-14-2007, 05:27 AM   #7
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The 8' wide camper is great. That extra 6" is worth alot. All roofs need to be taken care of. Inspect them very carefully and then go with what you are most comfortable with.
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:42 AM   #8
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I read in another forum that the enclosed underbelly would help with fuel cost, not sure if that's true. I still get about 10 miles to the gallon. We have the 07 Surveyor SV291 and so far have only had time to take it out the month that we've owned it. The fit and finish are very good and I'm pleased with the way the trailer pulls. for a 30 footer, we hardly know it's there unless we are going up hill, but it was the same with our 21 foot Hybrid.

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