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Old 07-26-2021, 06:30 AM   #1
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Newbie Looking to buy a Rockwood Windjammer

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I am looking to buy a used rockwood windjammer. Wondering peopleís general luck with this unit, how easy it is to repair, renovate and maintain. I found one in my price range with water damage to the bathroom floor, I was planning on remodeling the bathroom anyway and putting in a composting toilet, so Iím not that worried about having to tear up the floor there. Also planning on using this as a full time home for a little while for myself and my husband and I am wondering peopleís experience with wintertime solutions and how good this model is by itself in winter.

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Old 07-26-2021, 06:55 AM   #2
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Rockwood V's and Flagstaff V's are the same thing except decals and interior decor. As to your 4 seasons in Vermont, like most tt's that could be iffy. We haven't found a tt that we liked as well. Repairs, I've done my share, after all it's a rv!
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Which year and model Windjammer?

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Rockwood V's and Flagstaff V's are the same thing except decals and interior decor. As to your 4 seasons in Vermont, like most tt's that could be iffy. We haven't found a tt that we liked as well. Repairs, I've done my share, after all it's a rv!
Thanks for the insight, I checked out the Flagstaff Vís, what I really really love about the rockwood is the front kitchen with lots of counter space. I plan on having this in Missouri so not quite as cold as Vermont, and we were thinking of doing some insulation panels underneath and maybe some sort of skirt for the winter (a friend mentioned hay bales). Do you think that might make a difference during winter months?
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Which year and model Windjammer?

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I am not set on a particular year or model, what I have fallen in love with with this model is the front kitchen in the V with a ton of counter space and the back bedroom with the slide out making for a much more comfortable bedroom area since we plan on living in it. I would love it to be newer than 2005 or so (not sure if they even made that model that long ago).
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We had a 2014 Rockwood Windjammer with the front kitchen. It was my wife's favorite trailer of all that we have had. I believe the front kitchen model was called a 3006. She has often said she wished we still had it.

As far as problems, we pulled that trailer all over the US, from Arizona to Florida, West Virginia to Wyoming, and had no more problems with it than one would expect. Blew one tire once (before we went to higher rated tires), but other than that, no major problems.

As far as hay bales stacked around it as skirting, I think that would help keep it warm. Ours had tank heater pads, but it did not have a fireplace - fireplaces weren't offered until 2015 models.

By the way, you may not have seen one, but I'm pretty sure Flagstaff also made a front kitchen model. Whatever Rockwood made, there was usually a comparable Flagstaff model, with different interior colors and patterns.

If you can find one, and it is reasonably priced and in pretty good shape, it might be a safe bet to get it for "full time" living in the midwest for a while.

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We have a 2618 VS which is a rockwood ultralite with the kitchen in the nose. It is a bit smaller than some of the windjammers but we love it. Plenty of room in it and it pulls easily. We have not had any significant issues and have owned it since new in 2016. Wish they still made the 3008W cause we would buy it today!
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Hello,

I am looking to buy a used rockwood windjammer. Wondering peopleís general luck with this unit, how easy it is to repair, renovate and maintain. I found one in my price range with water damage to the bathroom floor, I was planning on remodeling the bathroom anyway and putting in a composting toilet, so Iím not that worried about having to tear up the floor there. Also planning on using this as a full time home for a little while for myself and my husband and I am wondering peopleís experience with wintertime solutions and how good this model is by itself in winter.

Thanks!
I own the Rockwood Windjammer model that I believe you are referring to - Front kitchen in the V and rear bedroom. It is a 3008W. Ours is 2016. This is by far our favorite travel trailer floorplan. The rear bedroom is nice because it puts you farthest from the road in a back in campsite. We also have a small motor home, so the 3008W hasn't moved in 2 years. We have been doing all of our camping in the motor home. It has been stored indoors it's entire life. I might be interested in selling?

I would be a bit worried by the soft floor. These Windjammers did not use a standard plywood floor. Instead, they uses a foam sandwich with Luan top and bottom. When intact, this is sturdy enough, and provided insulation, but is hard to repair. The thickness is non-standard, and it would be tough to get standard materials to mate with it nicely in a patch.

Regarding winter, If you have plenty of electricity available, I would plan to heat with electric space heaters. If not, you will find the furnace running almost constantly, and will go through a lot of LPG. Ours has tank heaters that theoretically should keep the tanks from freezing, but otherwise they are completely uninsulated and are above the coroplast underbelly, so no easy access. I believe some kind of skirt, and under skirt heat would be necessary to truly winter in one. I'm in Wisconsin, so I have plenty of experience with cold weather camping. I believe that few travel trailers are really suited to winter living, except perhaps some 5th wheels that are truly built with all weather camping in mind.

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We have q 2012 Windjammer 3008W and are based in Missouri. We also love the kitchen are with pletty of space and cabinets. We do winterize it mid Nov-mid March. However in the weeks before and shortly after winterizing we use an electric space heater and keep all cabinet doors open (with slideouts in). We have done this now for the past 4 years and have never had an issue. Good Luck and I hope you find one cuz we love ours!
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I have a 2016 Windjammer 3029W and I have camped long weekends in the dead of winter using the fresh water tank every year since buying it in 2015. There have been several weekends where the outside temperature didnít get above freezing and I had no freezing problems. Sure ó you use more LP than in the summer, but thatís what the LP is for.

I have had no major failures or breakdowns with my Windjammer. The biggest problem I had was the outside electric side on/off switch for the Suburban water heater burned up, but that was only a $6.00 repair.

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Thank you very much for the insight!!
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We have the 2715VS with Bathroom in the V. Makes it very spacious, and we really like the his/hers sinks. Ours is 2019 model and we really love it. Lots of room with the two slides, full size queen bed (I am 6'2"). We have had no issues with this trailer, other than a damaged chair when delivered (rocker/recliner) which the dealer replaced. Pulls like a dream behind F150 SCrew turbo V6. We are out for two months every year and it suits us to a T. Even has room for a couple (or 4) grandkids. Good luck finding one as they are rare.
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We have the 3001. Have camped in it fulltime during the winter in BC. The night time lows were mid to high 20's day times highs low 30's. Went through 30 lbs of propane every 5 days. Always felt a draft around slide outside. Used a heated water hose never had the water freeze. The hay bales would make a great difference. You could even install several light bulbs under trailer to add a bit of heat plus the light will keep rodents away.
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Bathroom Floor

Be real careful to check to be sure you can fix the bathroom floor if it is older than a 2016 it will have a plyfoam floor which are very difficult to fix there is not much structure in those floors they rely on lamination for strength.
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Water Heater location

My wife and I had the 2016 Flagstaff version of your desired floorplan. The main thing I did not like was the large amount of water used to get hot water from the front located water heater to the mid/rear shower. Many times I had to dump the grey tank in the cold while we were in Houston for her stem cell treatment.

I traded that trailer after Martha passed (lost battle with cancer) as I just couldn't stand seeing where she sat all the time in her "Happy Place". I have returned to rear living which cures the hot water problem and the view is better.

Your choice, but, wanted to point that issue out. Awning is way to large to safely ignore also. Never leave it unattended when out.
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Anyone feel free to jump in here if I am wrong but.


Whats in barns? Hay
Whats in barns in hay? Mice


It would seem to me if you are putting hay in direct contact with the bottom of your unit you are inviting mice into your warm cozy home full of so many nice things to chew on.


I'm probably wrong. Let me know what you all think.
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Whats in barns? Hay
Whats in barns in hay? Mice


It would seem to me if you are putting hay in direct contact with the bottom of your unit you are inviting mice into your warm cozy home full of so many nice things to chew on.


I'm probably wrong. Let me know what you all think.
I donít know why anybody would pay the premium for hay when all that is needed is straw which does not have the nutrients to attract mice.

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I donít know why anybody would pay the premium for hay when all that is needed is straw which does not have the nutrients to attract mice.

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straw hay all the same to me. You have helped me to understand the important difference.


straw which does not have the nutrients to attract mice.


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straw hay all the same to me. You have helped me to understand the important difference.


straw which does not have the nutrients to attract mice.


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The other advantage of straw over hay is straw is a much better insulator than hay since the stalks are hollow/tubular. Hay is generally not hollow because it has been harvested before the stalks have died and dried out. Hay is more like grass where straw is more like bamboo in structure.

There are a few farmers on here who can probably explain it much more accurately than I can.

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