Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Floor Plans We Are Considering

So, with all the information I've shared in the last few entries, you have a pretty good idea of what we are looking for in a trailer. Here are floor plans of trailers currently available in our area that we are considering.

Rockwood 2109 Mini Lite

Rockwood 2109

This is a standard floor plan, and many of the listings below are almost identical in layout to this plan. The major differences will be in amount of storage, location of TV, and similar items. But there is surprisingly quite a bit of difference in weight and cargo capacity.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 4,091 lbs
  • GVWR: 4,855 lbs
  • Cargo Capacity: 714 lbs.
  • Length: 21'8"
  • Freshwater tank: 36 gal
  • Grey water tank: 30 gal
  • Black water tank: 30 gal
The bed meets our requirements. There is room on either side for us to get in and out (a "walk around" bed). A wardrobe is located on each side of the bed for hanging clothes, and there are also small cabinets above the bed (OHC) for smaller items. There is additional storage under the bed for larger items. The sofa is comfortable, and faces the TV which is located at the end of the galley counter near the foot of the bed. The TV can also swivel to face the bed. The table can be stored behind the sofa when not in use. The bathroom is a bit small, but certainly adequate. There is an additional wardrobe just inside the door, next to the fridge. It would be good for hanging jackets, rain gear, and the like. There are also storage cubicles above the sofa. There is a large pass-thru storage bin under the head of the bed and accessible from outside. Another exterior storage is beneath the sofa. A gas grill is optional. We like the optional gas grill, for then you don't have to carry charcoal.

There are a few other trailers with very similar floor plans. Because they are so similar, I'll not post their floor plans here in order to save space. You can click on the links below if you wish to view them.

Coachmen 192RBS
  • Base weight: 3,535 lbs
  • GVWR: 5,900 lbs
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,363 lbs.
  • Length: 22'6"
  • Freshwater tank: 36 gal
  • Grey water tank: 30 gal
  • Black water tank: 30 gal
All in all, not much different from the Rockwood, but it is considerably lighter and has more cargo capacity. There seems to be less exterior storage (no storage under sofa). It does not have a ladder to access the top of the trailer as the Rockwood does, but it has a more streamline shape in front to improve tow ability and fuel efficiency.

Keystone 207RBS
Note: link will take you to general page. Click on your area of the country, then look for the 207RBS floor plan.
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 4,030 lbs
  • GVWR: 6,200 lbs (Not given by manufacturer; this is based on my calculations)
  • Carrying Capacity: 2,170 lbs.
  • Length: 24'2"
  • Freshwater tank: 43 gal
  • Grey water tank: 30 gal
  • Black water tank: 30 gal
The Keystone is a nice little trailer. First, the bathroom is larger. It actually has a small tub as well as some storage. The galley appears to have a bit more storage, too. But it lacks the exterior storage under the sofa that the Rockwood has. I do not know what the exterior looks like as we have not seen this one in person yet. It is located in a nearby town. Like the Coachmen above, it has more carrying/cargo capacity than the Rockwood.

Starcraft Launch Ultra Lite 21FBS
  • Unloaded vehicle weight: 3,710 lbs
  • GVWR: 4,900 lbs
  • Cargo Capacity: 1,190 lbs.
  • Length: 23'6"
  • Freshwater tank: 28.5 gal
  • Grey water tank: 30.8 gal
  • Black water tank: 30.8 gal

The Starcraft  lacks a bit of storage in comparison to the others, and it really has a cheaper appearance inside. I do not think we will seriously consider this trailer.

Similar to the above, but a bit different, is the Cruiser Fun Finder 215WSK. Rather than a regular sofa, it has an "L" shaped sofa with a removable table. It's a little longer at 25'1" and a bit heavier with a "dry" weight of 4375 lbs. It has a 44 gal freshwater tank and 38 gal tanks for the grey water and black water. This increase in the black and grey water tanks, especially the grey water tank, is significant. I'll explain this elsewhere. But I don't care for the outdoor kitchen. That is wasted space and weight for us.

There is a KZ Spree Connect Z241RKS that I rather like.

KZ Spree Connect 241RKS

 Here are the specs:
  • Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 4490 lbs
  • GVWR: 6,000 lbs
  • Net Carrying Capacity: 1,510
  • Length: 25'9"
  • Freshwater tank: 40 gal
  • Grey Water tank: 32 gal
  • Black Water tank: 32 gal
I like that you have a private bedroom on this trailer. A person can go to bed and be shut off from the living area by a solid door and by what appears to be a collapsible door (between bathroom and bedroom). And in addition to the sofa, there is a dinette. The bath is large and includes a tub. We have not looked at this trailer yet, though it is available at a dealer in a nearby town.

Finally, there is the Coachmen 246RKS. This one is available locally, and we have looked at it. The local dealer has it in more than one color.

Coachmen 246RKS
  • Unloaded Vehicle Weight: 4,310 lbs
  • GVWR: 7,000 lbs
  • Cargo Capacity: 2,648
  • Length: 28'3"
  • Freshwater tank: 49 gal
  • Grey Water tank: 33 gal
  • Black Water tank: 33 gal
I rather like this trailer. First, it has lots of interior storage. There are wardrobes on either side of the bed plus an additional wardrobe between the sofa and the bed. On either side of the sofa, there is additional storage, although there is no overhead storage above the sofa. The dinette is a nice addition. The placement of the bathroom between the living area and the bedroom also helps bring a bit of privacy to the bedroom even though there is no physical door that separates the two areas.But the weight and length are really a bit more than I want. We are still considering it, though.

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