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peterbiv

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Rockwood Travel Trailers
« on: July 22, 2012, 07:38:48 AM »
Need input good or bad on Rockwood travel trailers(Craftsmanship, warranty) I'm kind of leaning toward the Windjammer series of trailer 28 to 30 foot. I have a 3/4 ton Chevy so I don't think weight on either will be a factor.

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 09:07:43 AM »
We're kind of looking at Rockwood mini lite or mini lite etc, so I'll be interested in the responses you get.

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 10:52:57 AM »
BAAAAAAAAAD!!! stay away! have one parked next to me at the resort, lots of problems!

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 11:10:34 AM »
Just because ONE unit had problems (owner inflicted?) doesn't mean they're bad units. I'm on my 2nd one with no real problems. Our current one is the Rockwood Ultra Lite 2605, and other then s SMALL leak around the shower enclosure ther's been NO problem with it. Our previous Rockwood was also the same, no real problems, a loose screw here or there etc, just NORMAL RV issues.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 03:23:46 PM »
It's a box on wheels with stuff inside of it.

Find a floor plan and features you like that is within the weight range of your tow vehicle and buy it.  A good deal of the "it's bad" stuff you'll hear on here is simple snobbery.  Sorry, but that's the way I see it.

Not everybody is retired, has all the free time in the world, and $200K to spend on an RV.  A lot of us work long hours, get the thing out 4 weekends a year if we're lucky, and don't want to spend more than $25K new for a camper.  A lot of us also don't have a 2012 F450 to pull it with either....and to get the space we want, we select a "lite" trailer.  Will that have the build quality of a top-of-the-line unit?  Probably not.  Will it meet our needs for the next 2 decades until we do retire (God willing)?  Probably.

There you have it.  Buy the unit you like and don't worry about anyone else's opinion of it.  There's a butt for every seat, and a seat for every butt.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012, 03:42:26 PM »
I have a 2008 Rockwood Signature Ultra Light, 28' model, and we live in it 7 months of the year  No issues, even using it much harder than average.  Reasonably priced and it has held up well for us.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 04:26:23 PM »
The fridge door fell off onto the floor yesterday

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2012, 04:37:46 PM »
I suspect the refrigerator was not made by Rockwood but was a brand found in many TT and 5th wheels.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2012, 06:44:07 PM »
Did the kids use the door as a swing or revolving door?
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2012, 06:45:24 PM »
The fridge door fell off onto the floor yesterday

Last I checked, Forest River doesn't manufacture refrigerators.  Probably a Dometic....same one used in multiple RV's.  They usually get sick before they die.  I'm betting it's been loose for ages and the owner couldn't be troubled to fix it.....or lacked the mechanical prowess to operate a screwdriver or wrench.

Much of the condition RV's wind up in is due to normal wear and owner abuse / lack of maintenance.  Unless you've bought it new and personally cared for it, there is no way to know what it's endured.  I've seen people beat on RV's and wonder why they break.  I've seen people expect it to run forever with zero maintenance, and wonder why it broke. 

I don't have a Rockwood, but I do have a 2012 Palomino (also made by Forest River)  4 trips now, 1000 miles, and a ton of smiles.  Nothing has gone wrong with this unit beyond a cabinet door catch that was misaligned.  Lot of trailer for the money. 

Your mileage may vary, of course.

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2012, 06:46:48 PM »
Did the kids use the door as a swing or revolving door?

ROFL....probably EXACTLY what happened, and now he's whining to his neighbors about his trailer. 
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2012, 07:22:08 PM »
The fridge door hinges are just little plastic rings know wonder the fridge door fell off. I had to fix it with epoxy and fiberglass tape so she could use her fridge. Water leaks have bubbled the interior walls and on the outside the walls are starting to separate from the framing. The 33ft trailer is only 1.5 years old, I`m no snob but I sure know crap when I see it!

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2012, 07:52:17 PM »
Certainly should not have to deal with these things in a 1 1/2 year old trailer.  What are the bumps you show on the inside of the trailer?  I've seen this before with no obvious evidence of leaking so I'm curious.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2012, 08:25:09 PM »
Yep, that's crap quality. 

But are they all like this, or did this guy just get the runt of the litter?
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2012, 05:00:29 AM »
Thanks All for the responses. I am not retired and won't be for at least another twelve years (if then married with grown children who I seem to still have to help every now and then). I travel for a living doing construction and am away from home 10 or 11 months a year so I don't want to put a lot of money into something I won't get to use a lot but, I don't want it to fall apart either. I'm not stuck on the Rockwoods and am open to any suggestions of better quality manufacturers they all can supply the same floor plans with only minor differences.

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2012, 06:27:22 AM »
I wouldn't single out Rockwood as having poorer quality than other trailers in their price range.  A $20,000 trailer will not be built like a $50,000 unit but they all can have their problems.  There are plenty of people who bought "better" rigs and had issues.  You could avoid probelms like VMax had by buying one that is a few years old  The initial problems would be past and repaired by the original owner.  And remember that for every complaint about a specific manufacturer there will be others who feel it's the best rig ever.  There are no absolutes.  No trailers that are always bad or never bad.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2012, 07:31:31 AM »
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What are the bumps you show on the inside of the trailer?

Almost surely a sign of water intrusion in the sidewall. Judging from the location, a leak where the sidewall joins the roof, or perhaps where an awning rail is attached.

I'm one of the snobs - I think  the more expensive, heavier units are generally better constructed. But all brands and price ranges are vulnerable to quality problems due to inconsistent manufacturing processes.  These things are hand built by workers who vary from "craftsman" to "Noobie" in their skills and experience, plus things happen during the assembly that can rush a portion of the job or require some on-the-spot re-engineering or other non-standard procedure.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2012, 12:19:55 PM »

I'm one of the snobs - I think  the more expensive, heavier units are generally better constructed.

They are.  But if they were all that was available, 2/3 of the people interested in a new unit would be priced out of the market.....and a lot of floorplan variety wouldn't be available either.  And as you mentioned, "better" doesn't mean perfect....not by a long shot.  And while some can afford $50K for a trailer, they can't necessarily justify it.

My advice if you're going to buy new is buy from a locally owned dealer with a reputation for keeping customers happy.  You can buy the floorplan you want, and have reasonable assurance that if issues arise, you'll be taken care of.

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2012, 12:20:20 PM »
The water leaks causing the delam on the outside, and the bumping on the inside could very well be cause by the owner scraping a branch and tearing the rubber foof without knowing it, and didn't do periodic roof maintenance and failed to find the leak. The bumps right at the very top op the wall would indicate the leak was right at the roof edge.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2012, 12:24:45 PM »
The water leaks causing the delam on the outside, and the bumping on the inside could very well be cause by the owner scraping a branch and tearing the rubber foof without knowing it, and didn't do periodic roof maintenance and failed to find the leak. The bumps right at the very top op the wall would indicate the leak was right at the roof edge.

Yep, definitely possible.  I'd be willing to be that a very large number of RV problems are actually owner inflicted.  I've damaged them myself.  It happens.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2012, 10:15:57 PM »
I've had one and liked it currently i'm on my 3rd forest river product.
But you can get good and bad examples of every brand and model.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2012, 11:05:13 PM »
We've had very few problems with ours.  Sometimes there are Lemons.  We were fortunate and didn't get one.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2013, 08:52:34 PM »
I purchased a Rockwood Forest River Mini Lite 1 year ago. The worst purchase I have ever made. I will now stay away from any and all Rockwood products for ever. My impression is very very poor workmanship and materials. I have not purchased any other campers in my life so I cannot give you a comparison to another manufacturer but I can tell you from my experience that the Rockwood product that I purchased was a dream killer. Good Bye to camping thanks to Rockwood!!! Don't get fooled like I did.   

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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #23 on: December 13, 2013, 07:04:58 AM »
We currently own a Rockwood Ultralite 2604 WS.
Very happy with it ,  few minor fixes done by our excellent local dealer under warranty.
It is our third Rockwood, and the next one will probably be another one, due mainly to the quality of service we get from our local dealer.
Don't let the others drive you away.....you like it...go for it!
No brand is perfect !
Enjoy your new unit.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #24 on: December 22, 2013, 09:58:00 PM »
It's a box on wheels with stuff inside of it.

Find a floor plan and features you like that is within the weight range of your tow vehicle and buy it.  A good deal of the "it's bad" stuff you'll hear on here is simple snobbery.  Sorry, but that's the way I see it.

Not everybody is retired, has all the free time in the world, and $200K to spend on an RV.  A lot of us work long hours, get the thing out 4 weekends a year if we're lucky, and don't want to spend more than $25K new for a camper.  A lot of us also don't have a 2012 F450 to pull it with either....and to get the space we want, we select a "lite" trailer.  Will that have the build quality of a top-of-the-line unit?  Probably not.  Will it meet our needs for the next 2 decades until we do retire (God willing)?  Probably.

There you have it.  Buy the unit you like and don't worry about anyone else's opinion of it.  There's a butt for every seat, and a seat for every butt.

Well put! I have a brand that often gets bashed, but it suits how I use it.
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Re: Rockwood Travel Trailers
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2013, 06:56:56 AM »
Although neither were Rockwoods, we have had two of what are considered by most to be entry level trailers since 2007. We made 6 trips from the East coast to the mountain states and 6 trips to Florida putting over 49,000 miles on the first trailer. The only major repair was a wheel bearing that overheated and had to be replaced. Driving a travel trailer down the highway is like subjecting it to a moderate earth quake. Things are going to rattle loose. We traded that trailer in after six years and the cost of ownership (not including routine maintenance and tires) worked out to just about $2,000/year. We have put about 5,800 miles on the new trailer in its first year and have had no issues other than having to tighten up a few loose screws and trim pieces. My point in this is that cost of ownership and value for the $ are considerations in addition to initial cost.

As for Forest River and Rockwood products, Forest River commands 34% of the trailer market and produces 3 of the top 4 selling brands of trailers. The Rockwood brand is number 4. As mentioned, there does not seem to be a trailer brand that is immune to problems/complaints so the complaints about Forest River and Rockwood may simply be a matter of higher volume produced/sold.

In my opinion, if buying from a dealer, the dealer makes all the difference. When we purchased our second trailer, the dealer assigned one technician to walk through the PDI with me, a second to address any issues we found, and a third to install the weight distribution/sway control hitch. The PDI took a little over 3 hours. Because they had a technician go through and prep the RV before the PDI we found only a couple of minor issues during the PDI.

Good Luck with your search for the right trailer for you!!! 
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