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Old 06-25-2019, 03:54 PM   #1
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Pop up Newbie- Rockwood Premier 2514g

My wife and I just bought a brand new Rockwood Premier 2514g. We pick it up this weekend. We are upgrading from tenting for years and years. Have done a ton of research and reading. Tent trailers sure have evolved since I was a kid camping in them (not yesterday!). I have tons of questions, but I'll wait to ask them until after the dealer does all the demo stuff when we pick it up. Maybe I'll have fewer questions after that. I hope. We'll be boondocking quite a bit. Many of the campgrounds around here are unserviced. I'm interested to find out how long we can dry camp with this camper. We usually do 5 nights at a time. Just 2of us and our dog. Lots of great info on here. Feel free to send any tips and tricks for first timers. There's no stupid answers. And hopefully I won't post too many stupid questions!!
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:26 PM   #2
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That looks really nice!
You're correct, pop-ups have come a LONG way since they were first built. We just sold one a couple months ago that would have been considered luxury by any standard when I was a kid as well. It had a slide, and a front trunk, much like the model in your picture.

My best piece of advice for you is to take your time on setting up, and packing up. I don't know how many times I was in a hurry (mostly because dealing with 2 kids as well) and forgot something simple like to plug in the A/C unit before I went all the way up, or forgetting to remove the shepherd pole before starting to go back down with the top. I never damaged anything, but it was close at times.

Just take your time, and happy camping!
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:33 PM   #3
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Congrats and enjoy your new Rockwood Premier 2514g.
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:38 PM   #4
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yep - they are very nice these days. Enjoy!
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With two 6 volt batteries and using lights, water pump conservatively and fridge/water heater on propane I'd count on 2 maybe 3 nights.. If you use your furnace one night is about it...

If you boondock a lot, best to get a portable generator to charge the batteries up occasionally ... 2000 watts if you don't need to run the air conditioner, 3000 watts if you do...
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Old 06-25-2019, 04:56 PM   #6
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Good advice. What's a Shepherd pole?
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Old 06-25-2019, 05:03 PM   #7
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I did pick up a 50Watt portable solar panel and controller on sale. Hopefully that helps.
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Sheperd pole holds up your punk ends and in your case the dinette top canvas. The white bars that stretch out your canvas.
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That's a better term than bunk thingies. Thanks!
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Our first camper was a 2516G. Loved it, but we quickly outgrew it. But I loved camping in that thing. Even more than a travel trailer.

I have three pieces of advice right off the bat for you:

1. Get yourself a BAL light trailer tire leveler and a pizza bag to store it in. Makes leveling super easy.

2. Make a checklist for setting the thing up. There is likely a sequence for setting it up without causing a problem. IIRC, I had to pull the dinette canvas out first (without pulling out the dinette) so that when I pulled out the bed, it wouldn't grab and rip the canvas. Simple things like that you want to remember to do in the right order.

3. Don't ever, ever store it with a wet canvas.

Other than that, pretty simple to handle overall. I think you'll really, really enjoy it. The first time you camp and realize you woke up warm and dry you'll be hooked.

Have fun.

EDIT: I just looked and I still have my checklist. Let me know if you'd like to see it and I'll try to post it.
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