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Old 04-03-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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Hi there,
Although we've rented a couple of motor homes, we've never owned an RV let alone used a travel trailer (29 yrs married). A few weeks ago, we took delivery of a 2014 Rockwood 2604WS. We don't have a free weekend 'til May, but she's setup just out front in our driveway (we live in the middle of a lemon orchard ).

We're super anxious to go camping and planning our first outting to somewhere local. We still need to get some essentials, but looking for the best place to order / purchase from. We bought a 30 / 15amp pigtail from a local RV store and later found the same thing online for 1/2 the price with free shipping... argh

We've got a lot to learn, but the biggest thing that bugs me is all the non-standard explanations around trailer and tow vehicle weights and calculations. According to the Manuf. sticker, the max cargo weight can be 822lb. By adding a 2nd battery, a full tank of water (250lbs) for dry camping, plus all the other cargo and utils let's say I have 550lbs of total cargo. Does that mean that the total weight of people staying in the camper can be no more than 322lbs?

We're not new to forums since we are pretty heavy in the car scene, but still learning the RV acronyms and culture. But, glad we found this forum and have already learned a great deal We're looking forward to meeting new RV friends and learning all this new stuff
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums and congrats on your new Rockwood TT! Until you are able to get out and camp why not just do what many members do - driveway camp. Your scenery has to been pretty nice with all those lemon tree around.
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Old 04-03-2014, 10:49 PM   #3
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:07 AM   #4
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Welcome to FRF, from a former Ventura County resident(20 years).
although we left for Napa Valley, we still would rather still be back in V.C.

miss all my surf spots and Sycamore Canyon!
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:29 AM   #5
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Welcome to the Forums and congrats on your new Rockwood TT! Until you are able to get out and camp why not just do what many members do - driveway camp. Your scenery has to been pretty nice with all those lemon tree around.
I'm trying to find a night we can do that. We had a BBQ recently using the ext gas grill and entertained our parents in the trailer for a bit. But, that's about it. We need to find a couple free weekends in May and June and hit it!
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Old 04-04-2014, 03:33 AM   #6
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Welcome to FRF, from a former Ventura County resident(20 years).
although we left for Napa Valley, we still would rather still be back in V.C.

miss all my surf spots and Sycamore Canyon!
Thanks for the welcome - VC is just right. Near the ocean, just outside of LA yet far enough to still have farmland in the view. We want to move eventually, but it's gonna be a sad day when we do... How's the Napa Valley this time of the year?
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:03 AM   #7
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We've got a lot to learn, but the biggest thing that bugs me is all the non-standard explanations around trailer and tow vehicle weights and calculations. According to the Manuf. sticker, the max cargo weight can be 822lb. By adding a 2nd battery, a full tank of water (250lbs) for dry camping, plus all the other cargo and utils let's say I have 550lbs of total cargo. Does that mean that the total weight of people staying in the camper can be no more than 322lbs?
Welcome! Firstly, I'd love to see pictures of your lemon orchards. Sounds neat.

The weights only matter as the camper is going down the road. You can load up 10 people clown-car style while it is parked and generally not cause any issues. It's the loaded weights while it's being towed that you have to be careful of.

A few of us are proponents of going to a scale and getting weighed. You want to take 3 weights:
1) Truck + camper with WDH engaged
2) Truck + camper without WDH engaged
3) Truck only

Once you have those, you can start to calculate your numbers. If you hit a CAT scale and get separate weights, you can use a calculator such as this to crunch the numbers:
Actual Weights - Travel Trailer/Bumper Pull Weights from CAT Scales - Towing Planner

Or, just post your numbers here and we'll overwhelm you with responses!
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:25 AM   #8
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Thanks for the tips, ependydad - I plan to get it to the scales and I'll bring the #s back.

I'm thinking that I should try to get thru to FR and ask the below questions since the dealer didn't seem to know: "If at a dry camp and my TT is loaded with water and all the other cargo, leaving me with 350lbs of the 822lb cargo capacity (according to the manuf sticker) does that mean the total weight of the people that enter the TT can't exceed the 350lbs?

How do I extend the cargo capacity? Jacks under the frame? (The jacks are added payload weight when towing).
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Old 04-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #9
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Welcome! Firstly, I'd love to see pictures of your lemon orchards. Sounds neat.

The weights only matter as the camper is going down the road. You can load up 10 people clown-car style while it is parked and generally not cause any issues. It's the loaded weights while it's being towed that you have to be careful of.
I guess I was in a hurry, when I read this the first time It's unclear to me why the load capacity # is not defined as a pulling or moving weight. The axles show 3,000lbs capacity each. So, if it's ok to have 10 people in the trailer when sitting still (150x10 = 1,500lbs) I don't get why we get fussy about being a couple hundred lbs over. I've got a lot to learn
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Hello and a warm welcome from Arkansas.
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