Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
I have a 2015 Forest River Rockwood Premier 2516G, and it's *not* a High Wall. Was the 2516G a High Wall back in 2005, or is that simply a miscommunication in the model number you posted?
Ours has shower/cassette-toilet, furnace, 3-way fridge, air conditioning (an aftermarket option), a 35A converter, water heater, sink, outside shower, bbq grill, slide-out dinette, fold down gaucho (sofa/twin-bed), 70x80 forward bunk, 60x80 rear bunk, the dinette converts into a 43x72 bunk. My lights are LED, but that became standard equipment in the 2015 model year. I have dual propane, and upgraded to dual batteries.
The roof is reinforced with internal steel beams to support an air conditioner. It uses a power lift. The galley is fold-down with a 3-burner stove and sink. The mattresses have warmers built-in (which don't seem to do much). There's a water pump and filter built in (under the gaucho), so it does have pressurized water. The freshwater tank is 20 gallons. The cassette toilet has a 6-gallon holding tank. There are no grey water tanks.
We like the floorplan, though it would be better if the gaucho were forward instead of aft, because in its current location it faces the galley instead of facing the cabinet where someone might want to set a television. But that's a really minor consideration -- we never bring a TV anyway.
This unit has the forward storage compartment that is accessible from outside, either from two side doors, or from on top. That's convenient. Our GVWR is about 3200 pounds, and with the options we have installed, that leaves about 600 pounds available for "stuff".
The one you're considering is ten years old, so verify that the roof is in tact, and that there are no signs of water intrusion or rot. Verify the canvass is in good shape, with no tears, no rot, and so on. Make sure the door installs properly. Verify that the floor isn't rotten, that the water heater's anode is ok (which will help you ascertain if the water heater has been cared for), and check the plumbing to make sure it isn't split from freezing. Check the toilet to verify its water pump works, as well as the main plumbing's water pump.
On an older trailer you may expect that the batteries are on their last leg. You'll probably be looking at replacing it (or them). The propane tanks may be approaching the end of their certification (which I think is 12 years), so you may need to recertify them or replace them. Certification is a little inconvenient, and is only good for an additional five or six years before you have to do it again.
Expect that the freshwater system will need a thorough flush and cleaning. And expect to find that you need to re-caulk some of the roof fittings. If it's been stored under a cover or in a garage, that's best. If it's been left out in the elements, really really pay close attention to the roof.
Run the lift up and down a few times to make sure it operates smoothly. Expect that it will need lubrication. Assume that the water heater's anode is probably nearing its end of life (they're sacrifical -- you're supposed to replace them every couple of years, and they're not expensive). Don't be surprised if there are a few burned out bulbs. But do be alarmed if water has gotten into any of the interior fixtures (this would indicate water intrusion in the roof).
The frame may need to be sanded and repainted, but that's usually not a deal breaker. Check the brakes! Check the tires. Check the break-away switch is in tact. Look for water intrusion around the forward storage compartment.
Run the furnace, run the stove, run the water heater, and turn on the fridge in propane mode to verify that after 20 minutes the fins at the back are warm to the touch.
You can tell the difference between the high wall and a standard wall by looking at the galley configuration. If the galley has to be folded down before the pup is lowered, that's a standard wall. High Walls don't require the galley to be folded down. High walls may also have a microwave, a larger fridge, and hard-side bathroom instead of a shower curtain / privacy curtain.