A few thoughts on my new Rockwood HW296
First off, I have to say the units is absolutely beautiful compared to my old 2011 Flagstaff HW27SC. It tows a lot better with the dual axles. I wanted the extra cargo capacity because I like adding stuff.
First off, It only comes with one(1) bunk end light and fan combo. I didn't believe the dealer but a phone call to Forest River confirmed it, so I ordered another one. It's kinda like the unit only coming with 3 tires...how cheap.
Who thought having the only way to turn the bathroom light on at night is to reach up to the ceiling and push the button on the light? The other option would be to turn off all the other lights and use the switch by the entry door. I guess no one at Forest river has small kids or grand kids. It's an easy fix, I just put one of those motion sensor LED puck lights on the bathroom wall. There use to be a light switch down low on the bathroom enclosure, but I guess they saved a couple of bucks not putting it in any longer.
And why are you still using press board on the floor(other than it's cheap), any other option would be better, and lighter. Glue weighs a lot! If you read the fine print on their supposed floor guarantee...it's limited to twice the cost of the press board, no labor included. I strongly recommend installing a drip edge on the front where the diamond plate meets the underside of the floor. Run some water down the front and watch it roll onto the wood and wick up the staples into the wood. It's pathetic really. I don't care what anyone says, seal the underside and seal it often. The next time you tow in the rain, take a look underneath and you see exactly how wet it gets from the tires and the road spray.
The sofa was badly misaligned to the point where the upper drawer wouldn't open. It seems to be a common problem, just watch the online videos and you'll see more than one person struggle to get the drawer open.
The one thing Forest River does exceptionally well at is over-tightening and stripping out screws. You'll see. They are really great at misaligning things too.
It's the same old particle board cabinetry with the veneered photo paper finish and the stick construction, you're not going to find any aluminum in a highwall. Not sure if that's a bad thing.
At this point I guess you're wondering why I bought it.
Well if you want a big well equipped pop up, your choices are....Rockwood. All the others have merged or gone out of business.
It's a great unit, but don't expect it to be without issues. Be prepared to fix things. i don't care what rv you buy there are always going to be issues.
I know this site isn't affiliated Forest River, but I'll guarantee anytime someone types Forest River on social media, someone at corporate gets an email. Now if they care, that's another matter.