Seeing how RVs are made is pretty interesting. Most companies aren’t letting the public tour the line while it’s in operation due to ongoing COVID restrictions. However, I was able to see the plants after the employees left. What did this tell me? Processes.
One of the places we visited in Indiana was the Rockwood-Flagstaff factory in Millersburg, where you’re as likely to be waiting behind an Amish buggy at a traffic signal as a truck delivering RV parts or RVs.
What was being built when I visited was the Rockwood Mini Lite 2205S (Flagstaff sells the same model as the Micro Lite 22FBS). It’s a nifty couple’s camper that checks almost all of our boxes as we shop for our next RV.
Guilty, Your Honor
I have written before that I like the Rockwood/Flagstaff products quite a bit – and there are good reasons. Rather than being a brand allegiance, the company just does things that I think make a difference over the long haul.
For example, they use a Dexter Torflex® suspension system and Goodyear Endurance tires that they fit them with a tire pressure monitoring system. They have frameless windows (lower maintenance), and vacuum-laminated walls including slide boxes. Even the roof/ceiling and all the lamination is done in-house. The company has also upgraded the builds to include Azdel wall substrate – which is a waterproof material.
If another company did things the same way I’d feel just as strongly about their product. But typically where a lot of travel trailers fall short is on suspensions in particular. My own Rockwood trailer probably has between 20,000-25,000 miles on it. The towing experience and durability of the trailer is partially due to a good suspension system, in my opinion.
What’s inside the Rockwood Mini Lite 2205S
Taking the tour of the trailers being built, this model isn’t very large, at under 23’ in overall length. But it does offer good space and can be used even with the slide room in. That’s a biggie for the way I travel.
Stepping inside, the first thing you come to is the refrigerator. You can choose the traditional gas-electric fridge or move to a 12-volt DC compressor fridge. That comes with an upgraded electrical package including a 190-watt solar panel on the roof, charge controller and a 1,000-watt inverter.
There is also a closet/pantry space right by the door. It has adjustable or removable shelves and also a hanging bar – so it could either be for food or clothes or both. This trailer comes with a flat-top griddle (a Suburban model similar to a Blackstone) and a table. So you have an outdoor kitchen and the pantry by the door could be the source of some supplies for that kitchen.
I also like that there’s a space below the pantry for shoes.
Next up is the bathroom. It is a corner bathroom but is decently spacious with a porcelain toilet and a corner shower with radius glass shower doors. There’s also linen storage and a sink in here, and this is where you’ll find the high-performance vent fan.
The main living space and slide room
Back in the main living space on the road side is another large storage space but with fixed shelves, although this one is relatively deep. Next to that is the slide room which also has some depth to it. It houses the theater seats, which are standard. You can also get this model with a booth dinette or even table and chairs. Rockwood-Flagstaff are also distinctive in that they offer a lot of options and upgrades.
There is also a small storage space along the ceiling of the slide room but with drop-down doors. Not sure why these aren’t hinged at the sides.
Some buyers might not be thrilled by the carpet in the slide room. Speaking of carpet, you’ll find more on either side of the bed in carpeted boxes along the sides leading up to the bedside tables on either side of the bed.
On the road side are both 110vac and 12-volt plugs along with the control for the inverter and then the bedside table top. On the camp side there’s a drawer. Above either of these is a hanging closet – but it’s a bit of a reach with that “box” next to the bed.
There’s also storage above the bed. The four doors here are hinged at the sides. There is further storage at the foot of the bed in the form of three drawers at floor level. You can also lift the bed, which is supported by gas struts, and there’s additional storage here, sort of like a hope chest.
Space-heating electric fireplace and Furrion TV
Along the camp side is a cabinet that houses a space-heating electric fireplace. Above that is a Furrion TV that operates either on 110 volt or 12 volt. This is smart as many folks have to run an inverter to get their TV to work. Here you won’t have to.
Speaking of the TV, there is a roof-mounted antenna that can receive TV signals, of course, but can amplify some WiFi and cell signals, as well. You can also incorporate a cell plan into this system so the trailer literally has its own coverage. Yes, please.
While this is a smaller rig, there is a usable amount of solid surface counter space. Also, there’s an extension that goes into the space in front of the cabinet that holds the TV.
The stove is a three-burner model that incorporates a 22” oven. Next to that is a two-bowl stainless steel sink with two covers, a solid one and a slotted one for drying dishes. Above the stove is a microwave flanked by two additional cabinets.
Of course, the cabinet holding the stove also features three standard drawers and two larger drawers.
Outside the Rockwood Mini Lite 2205S
I’ve already mentioned the griddle and the table. But it’s worth mentioning the storage, which is a full pass-through behind large doors. All the exterior doors are keyed alike. They don’t use the typical 751 key that’ll open almost any travel trailer baggage door.
Lastly, there is a 2” receiver hitch at the back to hold bike racks or a generator mount or things like that.
A few of the things I regularly complain about are not complaints here. For example, Rockwood-Flagstaff use the 22” oven. Sure, some folks don’t use the oven at all. But for those who do, this one is actually usable.
The company also offers geeks like me the opportunity to operate many of the functions of the trailer with an app but doesn’t force you to do so. There are still traditional buttons. To me, this is the way to do this.
52-gallon fresh water tank with Showermiser system
There’s also a sizable (for a small trailer) 52-gallon fresh water tank. But then there’s a Showermiser system that allows you to redirect water back to the fresh tank when waiting for the water to get hot in the shower. It’s a little thing but it could add a day to your boondocking, if that matters.
I liked how the production line worked where there was an upstairs section where all the wiring harnesses were built specific to the trailer. The plumbing, too, was all put together upstairs and then delivered to the assembly line downstairs. At the end of the line, plumbing, electrical and overall seals were tested again.
So are these trailers perfect? Heck no. No hand-built product ever will be. Furthermore, I’d like to see the carpet go away in the slides and those drop-down cabinet doors over the theater seating seem silly to me.
But based on my personal experience dragging one of these all over the U.S. and running a Facebook group with about 8,000 others who are doing the same thing, I do believe Rockwood-Flagstaff products are among the best products in the industry.
And this model, in particular, really catches my eye.
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