When we started looking at trailers, we made a wishlist of all the possible trailer options. After looking at dozens of floor plans and thinking of the way we like to camp, a few things rose to the top of our list.

  • Walk-around bed – Crawling over each other in the middle of the night is not for us. We need to be able to use the bathroom without waking each other.
  • Full queen bed – Most RV queen beds are only 74″ long; not ideal when you are 71″ long.
  • Enclosed or large shower – Tiny corner showers with a shower curtain seem like a constant battle to keep the bathroom dry.
  • Full freezer  – Many smaller trailers feature a dorm-size fridge. We would like to be able to travel with a week’s worth of food, including some frozen meals.
  • Plenty of storage – So many RV owners’ groups are full of modifications to increase storage. It makes more sense to me to buy a model with lots of existing storage.
  • Large water tanks – Most of our favorite campgrounds are without sewer. The larger the tanks, the longer the trips.
  • Short and lightweight as possible – For ease of towing and maneuverability. Some campgrounds also have restrictions on the size of allowable trailers.
  • Sofa seating – We don’t use our table at home nearly as often as we use our couch. We decided we would be much happier without a dinette.
  • Dual axles – Two axles seemed like the safer way to go in case of a flat. And it felt much more stable when walking around inside the trailer.
  • Accessibility with the slide in – We wanted to be able to pop in the trailer for quick meals and bathroom breaks without having to extend the slide.

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The Forest River Rockwood Mini Lite hit all of the items on our wishlist except for the full queen bed. Additionally, after a year of living with the trailer we have found several features that we absolutely love.

  • Deep, double bowl sink – We love having plenty of space to wash dishes.
  • Extending counter – The 2109s has a lot of counter space to begin, but the ability to add more space for long trips or more elaborate meal preparation has been very helpful.
  • Fridge by the door – It is wonderful to be able to reach into the trailer to grab a cold drink without tracking dirt. It is the next-best-thing to having an outdoor fridge.

img_5281Nevertheless, we have made the home our own. Feel free to read more about that here and here.

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