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Old 01-20-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Looks like a great forum here. My wife and I are starting to shop around for travel trailers. I think we have the model picked out that we want. Rockwood Signature Ultra lite 8312SS.

Question is, after you have now owned a travel trailer is there any options you wish you had or a must have that I should get? Looks like these are good products. Thanks.

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Old 01-20-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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Welcome Travis,

AWESOME! How exciting for you and your wife.

My hubby and I purchased a 2010 Cherokee Gray Wolf 19RR in October 2009. The Graywolf we have is a small toy hauler and we just love it! Works well for us, our two dogs and Triumph Bonneville.

We did research for several year and knew we wanted a toy hauler. We looked at used units and new units. When it came down to it... we could get a BRAND NEW unit with the features we wanted for a few hundred dollars more than an used unit...so a new unit was it.

If we had it to do over again and had an "unlimited budget"...we would have gotten a bigger tow vehicle. We have an Ford F-150 gas and would really like to have a Ford F-250 diesel.

Don't know what you have for a tow vehicle, but keep that in mind. Make sure what ever you get is within your tow capability.

Soooo... if we had a bigger tow vehicle we would have gotten a little larger trailer. Maybe a 27 or 29 footer. Maybe even a fifth wheel.

I would of liked to have had more counter space in the kitchen. We REALLY do use ours...many folks don't.

A bed where you could walk around it... ours is in a small front birth and the bed is a bear to make. Also getting up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and having to climb over my hubby isn't fun.

We had an outdoor shower added. Works for us, we have tow dogs and can clean them off when they get dirty. We also had a skylight added to the shower. Soooo nice! You can actually stand up and brings in lots of light. So worth the small cost.

I would add Maxxair vent cover with a turbofan We may be adding this to our little camper at a later date. You can drive with the vent open, also keeps rain out.

We also ordered bigger wheels and tires. I think standard was 15" and we got 16" wheels. If you have a blow out...easier to get a replacement tire.

If you plan on doing any winter camping... see if there is an arctic package. Double paned windows, tank heaters, all ready for cold weather camping.

I am sure there are several other thing I would have gotten with an unlimited budget. But what we have for what we do is just right! We are still very happy with our decision.

Good luck on your choice...and there are sooo many trailers and floor plans out there to pick from. It's just mind boggling.





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Old 01-20-2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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the best option that i would recomend is a heated mattress out 30f cherroke has a heated king mat and it is great during those spring nites and fall nites
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My wife and I just traded in our TT for a new one in Nov. Here are a few things that we felt were a must on our new camper from our experiences in our previous one and why. create-a-breeze or fantastic fan bathroom fan (exhaust steam from shower & odors), Fiberglass siding (easier to clean than metal siding), Living area slide out (alot more room to relax on a rainy day), gas & ELECTRIC hot water heater (saves on gas usage), Ducted A/C & Furnace (better air circ. throughout the camper), Day & night shades (Mini blinds to me are not as sturdy), Range hood (less smoke alarms while cooking), awnings over slide outs (helps keep leaves... water off top of slide outs), one last thing was the hot water heater bypass (saves you several gallons of antifreeze when/if you winterize). Hope this will help out with your decision in purchasing a TT. Good luck and happy camping!
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Added a couple maxxair II vents.

Just about perfect otherwise.

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Old 01-21-2011, 07:37 AM   #6
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the best option that i would recomend is a heated mattress out 30f cherroke has a heated king mat and it is great during those spring nites and fall nites
j2detroit is sooo right!

We just purchased an electric heated mattress pad and its wonderful.
You can keep the heat turned down a little in the trailer during the night... you sleep so nice and warm. We love ours so much my hubby said to get on for our house!
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I would take a look at the axle's. What are they rated at compared to the trailer loaded weight. On my trailer the axle load rating and the trailer loaded are the same.
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Old 01-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Hey Chuck...
You are so right!!

We ordered the LARGER axles to go with the bigger wheels and tires...True they DO weigh a little more but soooo worth it!
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My wife and I just traded in our TT for a new one in Nov. Here are a few things that we felt were a must on our new camper from our experiences in our previous one and why. create-a-breeze or fantastic fan bathroom fan (exhaust steam from shower & odors), Fiberglass siding (easier to clean than metal siding), Living area slide out (alot more room to relax on a rainy day), gas & ELECTRIC hot water heater (saves on gas usage), Ducted A/C & Furnace (better air circ. throughout the camper), Day & night shades (Mini blinds to me are not as sturdy), Range hood (less smoke alarms while cooking), awnings over slide outs (helps keep leaves... water off top of slide outs), one last thing was the hot water heater bypass (saves you several gallons of antifreeze when/if you winterize). Hope this will help out with your decision in purchasing a TT. Good luck and happy camping!
Hey wfkssvlite,

We had our mini blinds in our trailer for just a few months... when I change out the blinds in our bedroom birth. We put in room darkening cellular blinds with the up down option... Easy to put up too. Just a few minuets and a drill! Soooo worth the cost and time!
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That is a nice rig you are looking at. You love the large slides! It looks very well equiped. Because of the lengh and weight don't skimp on a brake controller or hitch. I would go with the Tekonsha Prodigy or P# controller and an Equil-i-zer hitch. Make sure you have enough tow capacity and payload - what will you be towing it with?
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