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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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Old 06-25-2019, 07:04 PM   #9
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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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Hold off on any future solar purchases until you determine your needs. You have have a good data set to draw from if you dry camp in a tent for 4-5 days you can do it in a popup. The battery will run the fridge and WH on propane fine and you can use some of your tent lighting equipment. If you plan on camping in sunny spots, I would invest in a set of tent end covers (PUGS). These will make a difference on sunny days. I would wait to on power equipment until you know what you need based on experience. a 50W panel will replace about 10Ahr on a good full sun day.
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I also liebe bier! I'll check out the BAL leveller. Looks easier than blocks or wood. It wouldn't put pressure on your tire in the wrong places?
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I'll be running the fridge off propane. It's a 2.5 cu ft. So hopefully that won't use too much propane. As far as I can imagine, I'll be using the battery for some lights at night. Maybe some tunes on the radio thinger. Bunk fan. Occasional water pump. There's no flush toilet or shower. There is an outdoor shower I might try. The occasional fan-tastic fan use, short times. Phone charger. Hopefully won't need the heated mattress in July and August!! The top up and down is electric. And a cpap machine at night. I got a 50w solar panel for 100 $CAN so its worth a try. I have 2 12v 24 group size deep cycle batteries. I'm hoping that setup will last 5 nights. We'll see how it goes
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And a cpap machine at night.
All was well until you added this. There are several discussions on the forum re running a CPAP. This will be your largest power draw by far and you may need a generator to replenish the batteries.
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Bummer. Can do without though for 5 nights.
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Congrats, nice camper. You'll be glad you have the porta potty. Having a toilet is a #1 priority to most I know who camp. Nothing stinks worse than waking up and having to walk a couple of blocks to go the bathroom (or drive half a sleep).
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The CPAP is #1 electric draw. Heater fan is #2. The small fridge is continuous run, uses next to no propane, and uses NO battery when on propane. On my A-frame, one of the propane tanks (there are 2) last at least a year, even with fall/spring camping in 40 degree nights.

Put a switch in both positive power leads of your stereo - a surprising power hog, and the power switch on the stereo doesn't turn it fully off. Also get a wireless, battery-powered outdoor thermometer at Walmart for $10. Put the sensor in the fridge so you know what your fridge is really doing.

Leaving out the CPAP, and keeping the heater thermostat at 60 or below, your 2 batteries (80AH usable) can give you 4 nights with heater actual run time of 4-5 hours per night. More nights if you don't need the heater as much. The Fantastic Fan draws about 1.7 amps on "low".

Keep one window at each end and the ceiling vent cracked open on even the coldest nights to avoid condensation. You just need a very slight airflow to carry away the considerable moisture sleeping humans and dogs generate.

Go camping and enjoy. We had 2 pop-ups for 13 years, and now 2 A-frames for 5 years.

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I also liebe bier! I'll check out the BAL leveller. Looks easier than blocks or wood. It wouldn't put pressure on your tire in the wrong places?
I worried about that too at first. But I never noticed any issue with it.
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Great info and advice! Thanks so much
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I am saying be prepared to run out of DC on day 3 or 4 unless Much more conservative than us. Have small TT and not familiar with your rig. We use the 2000 Genny to recharge daily. Know many threads here say dont let Battery go below 50% to extend life, (ours have on several occasions.) Goodluck and have fun
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