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Old 08-21-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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'21 Rockwood Ultra Light 2608BS

Just ordered this model with the new Newport Ash interior as we're downsizing with the kids all now in college. Maybe they will visit us some time...

We ordered since we wanted the both the couch and the dinette. They were showing up with either theater/dinette or couch/table&chairs

Options:
- Carpet in bedroom
- upgraded single 15k AC
- add MaxxAir in kitchen/living
- slide toppers
- 12v fridge which also drags in a roof mounted 190w solar package
- the upgraded blinds

Our last 32' 2008 keystone montana quad bunk lasted us well, both as a tow and seasonal. I think my truck will be more comfortable with this one - so long as the DW doesn't try to shove all the stuff we took out of the old into the new. ;-)

Suspected delivery in 'late Sept' and hopefully grabbing a few trips before the snow flies in the northeast.

Will be blasting pictures out when I get her.

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Old 08-22-2020, 03:47 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new trailer. I hope it comes in on time. Fall camping can be great.
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Old 08-22-2020, 03:51 PM   #3
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Hope your wait time goes quickly for your 2021 Rockwood Ultra Light 2608BS so you can get out and enjoy it this fall.
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Old 08-23-2020, 03:02 PM   #4
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Congrats!! We bought 2020 in Dec.'19 but only picked up in June due covid. We camped couple times so far & really enjoy it!!
We also added maxxair fans both in bedroom & livingroom, 15K ac, slide toppers, bike tongue mount, theatre seats, & dinette. We have done few mods too. Issues so far was the dometic refrigerater. Getting too cold food was icing up. Orig thought it was a bad thermistor, so that part was ordered. Then we checked circuit board & realized thermistor was not connected, the plastic connector was actually broken off. Now circuit board was ordered. Both parts covered under warranty. Took few weeks to get both parts. Replaced it ourselves & seems to work fine now, but we will monitor closely w/digital thermometer.
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Old 08-23-2020, 03:06 PM   #5
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Welcome to the 2608 group.
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Old 08-23-2020, 06:19 PM   #6
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Yes, welcome to the 2608 group. Just returned from a week at the lake, cleaned up the 2608 today and getting ready for two weeks in South Dakota...

Enjoy your new Rockwood!
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Old 08-24-2020, 01:35 PM   #7
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Thanks all! New England has some great fall camping. Hoping for 3 or 4 trips in before Thanksgiving. Many/most campgrounds in VT, NH & ME close after Columbus weekend so will have to dig around into MA & RI. If I say CT, the DW will point us towards the casinos there. ;-)
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Jeff, we ordered 2604SW 8/5 and have no idea when we will see it.
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Old 09-09-2020, 10:54 PM   #9
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Hi peers,
My wife & I just ordered a Y2021 Rockwood 2608BS (just us two, & dog). While shopping around, as soon as we saw the UltraLight's weight & Big kitchen countertop space & the 'direct-frontal-view' TV & fireplace, we said Ah HA! We live in central Florida. We're expecting delivery near end of October. The options we ordered are: 1) 2nd AC, 2) 15000 BTU ACs, 3) FreeStand tableChairs, 4) "Stone" fabrics color, 5) "NewportAsh" cabinetry, 6) extra MaxAirVents/Fans, 7) CarbonMonox-detector, 8) Water-Filtration, 9) 12volt 11cf Fridge+Solar+inverter, 10)Theater seating. Over the past few weeks I've purchased a whole bunch of supplies from Amazon & Walmart (in prep for ownership). We've learned a BUNCH of tips & tricks by watching many informative YouTube videos. My Tow vehicle is a new 2020 RAM 1500 +5.7L +3.92 differential (incl. added 5Klb-AirBags & Equalizer-distrib-Hitch & e-Brake-controller). I feel pretty darn prepared so far. But I have further detailed questions about... 1) will Solar keep fridge cold enough? 2) What 'version' of Theater seating will I endup with? 3) Do all outside hatch doors have Locks? 4) Exactly what is the situation about the "WifiExtender" box? 5) Exactly what does "Prep for RearView Camera" mean? 6) Does the "OneControl" bluetooth work good? 7) Does the Solar-Controller's bluetooth work good? 8) what is cost to Upgrade the solar&batteries to Doubled their capacity? WHEW! Dats a lot of Q's! Anyway... We're very excited to say the least. I'm looking fwd to seeing & sharing chat with this forum as we explore our great nation's parks. Any shared pics/info about the questions I listed would def be appreciated. Peace everyone! --Dean&Cristy
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:27 PM   #10
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All good questions that your salesperson should be able to answer. You've ordered a brand new unit that very few people on here have any experience with.
One note of caution, that's a 12v refrigerator and it's questionable as to how long those batteries with a solar charger will operate 'off grid'.
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:49 PM   #11
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Hi peers,
My wife & I just ordered a Y2021 Rockwood 2608BS (just us two, & dog). While shopping around, as soon as we saw the UltraLight's weight & Big kitchen countertop space & the 'direct-frontal-view' TV & fireplace, we said Ah HA! We live in central Florida. We're expecting delivery near end of October. The options we ordered are: 1) 2nd AC, 2) 15000 BTU ACs, 3) FreeStand tableChairs, 4) "Stone" fabrics color, 5) "NewportAsh" cabinetry, 6) extra MaxAirVents/Fans, 7) CarbonMonox-detector, 8) Water-Filtration, 9) 12volt 11cf Fridge+Solar+inverter, 10)Theater seating. Over the past few weeks I've purchased a whole bunch of supplies from Amazon & Walmart (in prep for ownership). We've learned a BUNCH of tips & tricks by watching many informative YouTube videos. My Tow vehicle is a new 2020 RAM 1500 +5.7L +3.92 differential (incl. added 5Klb-AirBags & Equalizer-distrib-Hitch & e-Brake-controller). I feel pretty darn prepared so far. But I have further detailed questions about... 1) will Solar keep fridge cold enough? 2) What 'version' of Theater seating will I endup with? 3) Do all outside hatch doors have Locks? 4) Exactly what is the situation about the "WifiExtender" box? 5) Exactly what does "Prep for RearView Camera" mean? 6) Does the "OneControl" bluetooth work good? 7) Does the Solar-Controller's bluetooth work good? 8) what is cost to Upgrade the solar&batteries to Doubled their capacity? WHEW! Dats a lot of Q's! Anyway... We're very excited to say the least. I'm looking fwd to seeing & sharing chat with this forum as we explore our great nation's parks. Any shared pics/info about the questions I listed would def be appreciated. Peace everyone! --Dean&Cristy
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Congrats from central Iowa. We have the 2020 Flagstaff sister to your TT. We also have the free standing table and chairs which we like, seems to open up that side of the room. The floor plan is great and we really enjoy the bedroom, so much space and the closet is great.
Only question I can answer is #5 prep for rear view camera. You have a furrion fin in the top middle on back of TT, this is where you can mount a camera. When you take off the plate there is a wire you will see that plugs into the camera and you mount it on the fin. I installed a Haloview camera which comes with an adapter that fits the Furrion wire. Install was easy and Iím not a handyman. Really like the camera especially when traveling down the road. You can see whatís behind you and make lane changes less stressful. Also handy when backing into campsite.
Enjoy your new TT and wish you many memorable trips
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:46 AM   #12
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Congrats! You will love it!! Front window is nice to have...just be aware with sun coming in, it does get hot. We use portable usb fan to keep air circulating & close shades during hottest part of day. Also, hubby built shelf organizer in the huge bedroom closet. Love it!! (See pic)
The wifi extender allows you to connect privately when wifi is available at your camping location. What we really needed was a cell dignal booster, so we ended up getting the weboost for RV.
Enjoy!! Post pics!!
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:48 AM   #13
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Sitting in my 2608BS typing this post using my WiFi extender. As noted above the extender provides better security than just logging onto the campgroundís WiFi. By using the extender you log onto their website and access the campgroundís service thru your extender. It is supposed to boost you signal too but I canít speak to that as we donít stream while in the campground but simple internet surfing/email works great.

All exterior bins do have locks on my 2020 model.

My fridge is the propane/110 set up which works fantastic on either. Canít speak to a 12v set up.

No one touch pad here, my IVR stereo with Bluetooth pairs with my phone just fine but no other Bluetooth experience.

Enjoy your new RV and as you mentioned, the floor plan is very well done.
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Since we're waiting on delivery as well, I don't have firm answers but I'll offer my thoughts on a few of your questions.

1) will Solar keep fridge cold enough?

With the invention of a high-efficiency 12volt compressor motor, these new refrigerators are essentially 'just like' home 120volt refrigerators - just running on mobile power. If there is no power, they do not run. The Solar is only there for when you are not plugged into shore power, eg boondocking or driving down the road.

Each manufacturer has their own specs on power consumption. The RecPro, as one example, uses 7 Amps at start-up and 1 Amp at operating temp. Very rough math, a 100 amp/hour battery lead-acid battery should run this for about 30-40 hours (highly dependent on external temps, how often it's running, what's in the fridge, etc etc). There are reviews on YouTube of real experiences.

The 190 watts that the Rockwood package comes with is assuming peak efficiency - bright sun directly on panel, etc. volts*amps = watts, so this setup should provide enough power during the day to keep the battery charged, and running the fridge - in theory. At least Forest River is trying to help for boondocking.

2) What 'version' of Theater seating will I endup with?

Only your dealer can 100% tell you, but it appears that the 2021s are coming with the new setup with the fold-up center armrest. I changed my order from the couch to the new theater seating based upon this.

8) what is cost to Upgrade the solar&batteries to Doubled their capacity?

That's a whole different discussion on what your goals are. There is a ton of good information out there in forums. my favs at the moment are www.mobile-solarpower.com and www.diysolarforum.com

Like you, I have similar questions. Ultimately, I want see what solar controller is actually installed in the rig I receive, how it can best handle panel add-ons and it's features/functionality. I think at the top of this rockwood forum there is thread from a hard-core modder that has major modifications to his power system at least 4 times. Solar and batteries are a very deep rabbit hole - spend lots of time reading and researching before $$$.

My dealer won't give me a discount if I decline the lead-acid battery, however my first real substantial upgrade is moving to a LiFePO battery system and I'll probably try to shove it someplace inside the trailer, instead of sitting on the tongue. There are some very real advantages to lithium over Lead-acid or AGM simply by changing the battery. (don't get arbitrarily driven away by the initial cost, as lifespan costs and actual usability make lithium very price attractive).

Impatiently waiting for my delivery...

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We have a 2608bs and love it! Have added a couple of items
1, lights under the cabinets in the kitchen (battery ones that recharge with a ubs cable)
2, I sewed a couple of bags that hold mouthwash bottles mounted them to the right of medicine cabinet with command hooks.
3, sewed a curtain for the bedroom door window (campground lights were shining in)
4, purchased a couple of metal shelves with legs to help out with a tall cupboard storage problem
5, use a cut pool noodle to anchor the microwave glass tray on travel days
6, ditched the grill that came with ours and bought a two burner camp chef stove (love it! just made a fabric carrying case for it)
7, added a sewer hose carrier under the back bumper
8, used Velcro to attach over door hooks on bathroom and bedroom door no more taking them down on travel days
We have the table and chairs (don't like bench seats) also went with the sofa as our dog doesn't like theater seats (she is a chocolate lab and sleeps on the sofa)
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:05 AM   #16
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We love our 2020 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2608BS. It is perfect for the two of us. When shopping I had my requirements and my wife had hers. Our Rockwood fit the list for both of us.
My #1 requirement:Torsion axles.
If you have very many conversations with people who have leaf spring suspensions, you'll hear them talk about using bungee cords to keep cabinets closed. They have to tie everything down. With the torsion axles, the trailer rides so much smoother. The concrete interstates can't beat your trailer to death. You're going to love going into your trailer after a long day of hauling and be pleasantly surprised NOT to find items scattered across the floor due to cabinets popping opening.
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Old 09-24-2020, 06:58 PM   #17
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Any of you pull your 2608BS or 2614BS with a half-ton truck? Iím really interested in these two similar trailers. I know my GMC Sierra wonít exceed the 1600 pound payload capacity, 9200 pound tow capacity, and combined GCWR of 15,000 pounds even if I were to fully load the trailer to the max cargo capacity. My wife and kids follow in a separate vehicle, which gives me a bit of wiggle room as far as weight in the truck is concerned before getting close to the truckís max payload capacity. As such, I donít anticipate I will ever get close to maxing out either the trailer or the truck capacity.

Specifically, for those of you that have pulled these or similar travel trailers, how does it handle? I have a 2015 5.3L V8 4WD GMC Sierra short bed with a 3.42 axel ratio and an equalizer anti-sway WD hitch. The truck can pull it, but I would like some feedback from those whoíve had actual experience pulling either the 2608BS or 2614BS with a half-ton. A bigger truck isnít in the budget right now and I am coming from pulling a Rockwood Roo 22 foot that weighed about 4500 pounds on a typical trip with the same truck. I am generally comfortable towing.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance.

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Any of you pull your 2608BS or 2614BS with a half-ton truck? Iím really interested in these two similar trailers. I know my GMC Sierra wonít exceed the 1600 pound payload capacity, 9200 pound tow capacity, and combined GCWR of 15,000 pounds even if I were to fully load the trailer to the max cargo capacity. My wife and kids follow in a separate vehicle, which gives me a bit of wiggle room as far as weight in the truck is concerned before getting close to the truckís max payload capacity. As such, I donít anticipate I will ever get close to maxing out either the trailer or the truck capacity.

Specifically, for those of you that have pulled these or similar travel trailers, how does it handle? I have a 2015 5.3L V8 4WD GMC Sierra short bed with a 3.42 axel ratio and an equalizer anti-sway WD hitch. The truck can pull it, but I would like some feedback from those whoíve had actual experience pulling either the 2608BS or 2614BS with a half-ton. A bigger truck isnít in the budget right now and I am coming from pulling a Rockwood Roo 22 foot that weighed about 4500 pounds on a typical trip with the same truck. I am generally comfortable towing.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance.

Jason
Jason, I canít help you with your primary question as I tow with a 3/4 ton but here are some weights to consider based on running my 2608 over the Cat Scales.

With a full water tank, loaded with everything except food and clothes my trailer weighs 7500 lbs with 9.9% tongue weight. Loaded exactly the same but without water it weighs 7000 lbs with 14% tongue weight. When towing behind my F250 with full water the trailer is definitely more squirrelly than empty. I would estimate that this feeling would be enhanced behind a half-ton. With the location of the F/W tank in the rear adding water really makes a difference. Hope this helps.
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what kind of slide toppers did you put on? In process now and want to ensure good fit and lines.
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what kind of slide toppers did you put on? In process now and want to ensure good fit and lines.
If you're asking the OP, they ordered the toppers from the factory. So it's whatever Rockwood/Flagstaff is installing.
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