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Old 10-02-2018, 11:08 AM   #1
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Considering a Mini Lite/Micro Lite

New to this forum so first off Hello everyone!

Wife and I are starting our shopping in earnest. We have looked at the Micro Lite 25BRDS and Mini Lite 2509S equivalent and really like them. Just curious if there's anyone out there that liked them like we do and cross shopped them with other brands/models?

I am of two minds about the laminated walls vs a corrugated unit. I do love the sleek appearance and the front window on the new units is great, plus the weight savings. We have a Jayco hybrid right now that has suffered some leaks (one due to a latent manufacturing defect several years out of warranty), so I am no stranger to delamination. Thankfully our issues have been mostly cosmetic, but it does weigh on my mind with a new camper purchase.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:29 PM   #2
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I am of two minds about the laminated walls vs a corrugated unit.
Just in case you don't know, the ones with laminated walls(filon)have aluminum framing.
The corrugated ones(known as stick and tin)have wood framing and aluminum siding, therefore are heavier.
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Old 10-02-2018, 12:32 PM   #3
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DW and I purchased a Microlite 25BRDS in April. Have towed about 4k miles to date and no problems with the unit. We compared quite a few units and decided this was for us. We located a great dealer (family owned, not a big box store) about 45 miles from us, got a great deal as well as discovering the owner of the dealership and I have a lot in common. Good luck with your search and I know you will be pleased with one of the units you mentioned if that is the floor plan for you.
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:05 PM   #4
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Wife and I are very happy with our Micro-Lite (we have the smaller 19fd). Be advised that some of these may need to have the fresh water tank supports beefed up if you plan on travelling with water in the tank. Not a big deal so long as you're aware.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:21 PM   #5
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Just in case you don't know, the ones with laminated walls(filon)have aluminum framing.
The corrugated ones(known as stick and tin)have wood framing and aluminum siding, therefore are heavier.
Yes, I know. There are supposedly some corrugated campers with aluminum framing as well. I also equally know that typically the next layer underneath the filon/gelcoat is a nice sheet of cheap luan that can rot and delaminate.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:35 PM   #6
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We have had the Microlite 25brds for over a year. No problems so far and really like the floor plan. We opted for this model with the bunks since we take our three grandsons with us quite often. And when they are not with us the bunks double as some extra storage. No matter which one you choose
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:37 PM   #7
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40,000 miles

We put 40,000 mi LLP es on our Microlite Great trailer.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:48 PM   #8
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Almost 1.5 years with Mini Lite 2509S

We bought a 2018 (Flat front) Rockwood 2509S last year. We have been in it almost 50 days and have loved it. We have had minor issues (hot water heater controller, furnace fan noise, torn front jack cover, leaky showerhead, etc.) all covered by warranty. We boondocked about half of the time and was out last week camping in the sagebrush 16 miles off the paved road.

We have made a number of mods to it: Reflectix window shades, Maxflow on the front vent, outdoor thermometer, extension gas hose for the BBQ, body pillow to cover the "Hole of Doom" on the headboard of the bed, solar panels, changed out the compartment locks to match the door key instead of the famous CH751 key, and mounted the countertop extension on drop down hinges.

There are only two of us but we have the grandkids from time to time and we can sleep 6 of them in beds. We would do this again.

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Old 10-03-2018, 12:49 PM   #9
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Our Minilite 2109 has been running fine for 4 years and over 6000 miles towed with a Nissan Frontier. Would buy another without hesitation
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:59 PM   #10
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I have a 2016 FR 21 DS, never an issue.
I tow with Limited 4 runner.
Would like to sell.....
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:39 PM   #11
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I have a 2016 FR 21 DS, never an issue.
I tow with Limited 4 runner.
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The DS or the 4Runner?
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Old 10-03-2018, 01:46 PM   #12
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Rockwood Mini Lite 2304 KS

We recently purchased a Rockwood Mini Lite 2304KS and love it. With the murphy bed and slide out kitchen it almost has as much interior space as many 25ft trailers. It also weighs less!.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #13
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Bought new Rockwood mini lite 2109 in 2015, and still love it going into 4th year. We had minor issues like cabinet slide, led scare light problem, and entertainment system replacement ALL covered under then what was a 2 year warranty. Did a lot of shopping before we bought this, and we are very happy to find we made a good choice.
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Old 10-03-2018, 02:31 PM   #14
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Red face Micro-Lite owner

Have had our 21ft Micro-Lite for 3 years. About 20,000miles on it. Needed to figure out the water tank switch so we weren't adding water to the storage tank when hooked up to city water. Also, with corner shower, be sure the glass shower door is in the track and the door is fastened shut when traveling. One panel totally shattered on our first trip. Still under warranty, so it was replaced. It was a surprise one morning when it spontaneously shattered.
Very roomy. We are camping after all. Kitchen is great with the fold down counter extension. We love it and highly recommend this product.
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Old 10-03-2018, 03:38 PM   #15
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Both...2016 21 DS and the 2018 forerunner limited.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:10 PM   #16
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Bought our 21FBRS in 2014. Only issue was I had to beef up the fw tank supports. Dealer was 800 miles away, so $28 worth of steel and a couple of hours of work took care of it. We now are good to go with a full fw tank with no worries.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:17 PM   #17
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microlite steps and jacks

We really like our 2013 microlite. We especially like the large bathroom. We have had to replaced both steps and all jacks last winter. They rusted. The replacement steps have already rusted but will get a sanding and painting this week.It seems that to make the trailer "lite" means thin steel.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:40 PM   #18
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We went through the Rockwood/Flagstaff plant 28 Sept 2018. The Flagstaff and Rockwood are identical unit, the decals are different. The fresh water tank has been beefed up, additional support bracket and structure. Also Steps are MORryde which should not have a problem of rust, but much more sound while using. I posted a complete write up but it has not been approved for publication under the Rockwood Thread.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:45 PM   #19
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Had a 2015 2109s minilite, a great couples camper. Upgraded a notch to a 2019 2011s for mainly the dinette options, ( theater seats ) ,a larger bath, and more storage in general , not to mention the wardrobe slide. Satisfied so far.
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Old 10-03-2018, 05:23 PM   #20
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I would sell the 21DS first!
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