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Old 01-16-2012, 07:12 PM   #11
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If you do the Power jack - I would install a 2nd Battery

I have the storm windows - they are just a plexy glass and makes the windows inoperable except the emergency window.

most of the options you are looking at belong to the convenience group -

get the double step with the 14" wheel upgrade -
wouldnt do the aluminum wheels unless you want to throw money into it.

Install two Max Air II covers over your vents - you will be happy with that.

I have the wood look floor and like it alot better then the standard floor - you will like it.
I would do a few other upgrades once you get your purchase home - like add the Heating Element to your A/C Unit cost you $50 - I have a thread on this install

Battery Cut off switch to keep the battery from going dead - I have a thread on this install

I added a Locking door for my Water fill so I didnt have to worry about mysterious stuff being put in my fresh water tank. - I have a thread on this Install

I would do the Heated tanks if you live in the North or are ever going to do any winter camping cause the under belly is exposed - I did it as I may move to a place that is colder then florida and for piece of mind if I ever needed them I have them

I highlighted to help you out.
  • Murphy bed - Optional - didnt go with it cause not for me
  • Double bunks (vice the standard triple) - changes due to Murphy Bed Option
  • 14" wheels/tires - upgrade to the double steps with the 14" wheels
  • Wood-look floor - I did this and Love it over the standard flooring
  • Awning - part of the convience package
  • Gas oven - I did and have used it a few times - well worth IMO
  • 13,500 BTU AC - part of the convience package
  • Outdoor shower - Standard Option
  • Outdoor grill - either standard option or convienence group
  • Outdoor speakers - either standard option or convienence group
  • Large grab handle - I did this and love it - had dealer install it to
  • Spare tire - part of the convience package
  • 22" TV - part of the convience package
  • Microwave - part of the convience package
Here's what's available that I don't know if I want (i.e. is it worth the money):
  • Heated tanks - I would if you plan on doing any winter camping - I did
  • Heated mattress - I think this is a standard option
  • Vent covers - Max Air II's - I recommend
  • Create A Breeze fan - one is convience package and 2nd one is added option - didnt do the 2nd one
  • Stainless steel appliances - waste of money unless you like stainless look IMO
  • Water Pur filtration system - I think this is standard option
  • Aluminum wheels - I wouldnt bother unless you want to spend extra money
And here's what's available that I'm pretty sure I DON'T want:
  • Power awning - Didnt do
  • Raised refrigerator panels - Didnt do
  • Storm windows - I did but not happy that you cant use the windows
  • Power tongue jack - didnt do but may eventually do this since I have now upgraded to two Gel Batteries
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Old 01-17-2012, 10:59 PM   #12
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Good choice buying new vs. used. The extra year warranty is only $150. That gives you a two year warranty which is well worth it. We got most of the stuff on the first list except wood look floor and gas oven. We opted not to get the gas oven because we have never used it...ever. They all come with stove-top burners (which we do use all the time) but if you don't get the oven then it is replaced with storage. That was more practical for us. Here's a link of a trailer which doesn't have the gas oven so you can see what it looks like New Forest River Rockwood for sale in Taylor MI | 2012 Forest River Rockwood 2306 Travel Trailer For Sale from Vicars Trailer Sales in Taylor Michigan - Vicars Trailer Sales It's all personal preference though.

We also didn't get aluminum tires, heated tanks, stainless steel appliances, storm windows or a power jack (although I am rethinking that one.) We did get a power awning because I am stupid and can never remember the steps to wind up the thing. I always end up winding up the cord or something. That will now be one less aggravation for me. Good luck!
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Old 01-18-2012, 06:01 AM   #13
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I am flatlander down here in the bayou (Louisiana) and know absolutely nothing about living in a mountainous state. I have only been a visitor to the mountains in the summertime only and do admire their beauty. Since you live in the very beautiful state of Colorado, I would probably get the heated tanks. I do have them on mine, but I am retired as of very recently and wanted to be prepared in the event I find out I am subject to outburst of spontaneous travel to faraway places (time will tell).

With my other trailers (including my popup), I had manual stabilizers and always used a drill to lower and raise them. On this trailer, I have the electric stabilizers. For me personally, electric stabilizers are not a must, but they are nice. Someone prone to back problems, knee problems, or arthritis might find these as a must have. (For any of us, our medical/physical condition is subject to change at any moment.)

Agree with the others – get the power tongue jack. My first trailer did not have it. I installed it on the second trailer, which made a believer out of me. By the time I purchased the third trailer, it was a must have. (Personal medical/physical considerations – especially hand issues – should be applied here as well.)

If you have pets, the anti-scratch flooring is good.

When considering some of these options (automatic verse manual), do include your age and how long you intend to keep the trailer in the equation. (Do NOT forget your spouse’s needs if married! Otherwise, you may need to really consider personal orthopedic needs (lol).)
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:46 AM   #14
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I need to get in that trailer and head south! Retirement can't come soon enough.
Retirement is great!!!
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #15
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I'm looking to buy a new Rockwood 2306 from Wana RV. I *think* I know which options I want, but being new to the whole game I'd like to get inputs/suggestions from the experts.
I don't see as one of the options you have available, but if it is and you plan on doing any summer camping in the hotter states, the upgrade to the 15k AC may be something worth looking into. Down here in S. Florida is a must.
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Thanks for all the replies! Check this out: Bought a new Rockwood 2306!

(hint: I bought a trailer )
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I don't mean to hijack PG's thread but after reading everyone's recommendations it seems like a power jack is unanimous. I've never had one so I don't know what I'm missing. What do you do if your battery is low or out of juice? Is there a manual crank option in those circumstances?
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I don't mean to hijack PG's thread but after reading everyone's recommendations it seems like a power jack is unanimous. I've never had one so I don't know what I'm missing. What do you do if your battery is low or out of juice? Is there a manual crank option in those circumstances?
Yes. I had to use the crank once (blown inline fuse) and to my surprise it wasn't bad at all.
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I don't mean to hijack PG's thread but after reading everyone's recommendations it seems like a power jack is unanimous. I've never had one so I don't know what I'm missing. What do you do if your battery is low or out of juice? Is there a manual crank option in those circumstances?
If it's just the battery dead (or low) I just plug the trailer into the TV. It will provide plenty of juice to run the jack.

I won't ever give up my electric jack and powered awning, they're just awesome.
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If it's just the battery dead (or low) I just plug the trailer into the TV. It will provide plenty of juice to run the jack.

I won't ever give up my electric jack and powered awning, they're just awesome.
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