We’ve looked at a few smaller fifth wheels lately at your request. Today we examine one that’s not much bigger than many travel trailers. It’s the Rockwood Ultra Lite 2442BS fifth wheel. So why would you want a fifth wheel at this size?
Some RVers prefer fifth wheels for how they tow behind a truck. Fifth wheels also often have greater cargo carrying capacities. Further fifth wheels often have larger bedroom spaces and, frequently, much nicer bathrooms than the average travel trailer.
Today’s Rockwood Ultra Lite 2442BS FifthWwheel is something unusual in that it’s shorter than even some travel trailers at just 28’11” in length.
This trailer offers a number of things that are unusual. For example, its floor plan wouldn’t be possible with the kind of steps previously put on trailers of all sorts. Instead, the solid steps on this model literally come down over the tandem wheels. This allows Rockwood to provide an entrance point there which enables this floor plan.
The other unique feature of this unit is that there’s no dinette. Instead, at the top of the stairs, there’s a bar with two bar stools. This could be great as a breakfast bar or a place to serve up margaritas. I’m not suggesting margaritas for breakfast, by the way.
Beer tastes much better in breakfast cereal. (I’m kidding.)
However, the TV is there against the camp-side wall in a cabinet. This could bump some diners in the head or shoulder if they’re not careful. I’m not sure where else this would be and it is opposite the theater seats so it works. But you know there will be that one guest who bumps their shoulder on this.
The kitchen in the Rockwood Ultra Lite forms a big “U” with good work space
With that bar there, the kitchen essentially forms a big “U”. So you have the bar top and then a camp-side surface and a large corner. And then there’s the sink which, when the cover is in place, is a food prep space. This is actually a pretty good work space. The “U” shape means you can stand in the middle and prepare meals like the conductor of an orchestra.
This would be especially appropriate if you were preparing Beethoven’s favorite type of dessert. You know, one with banananaaaaa….banananaaaaa.
Okay, now that we’ve all recovered from that horrible joke, we can get back to looking at this kitchen. It features a surprising number of drawers and cabinets, as well as a pantry next to the refrigerator. For the size of this trailer, there is actually a lot of storage.
Further, as usual, Rockwood has a 22” oven for their three-burner stove.
Other Rockwood traits include the fact that this sports a 12-volt refrigerator with 190 watts of solar on the roof plus a 1,000-watt inverter. You can choose a propane-electric fridge instead, but then the solar bits are going to be an option.
Without any doubt, this is absolutely a couple’s camper
So that means you’re sitting on either the bar stools or a theater seat. As such, that means there’s no guest bed, per se, if your neighbor’s spouse throws them out again and you want to accommodate them. So, this might be a good choice if you have that kind of neighbor and you don’t want to provide the opportunity to crash here.
However, you can order this with a couch instead of the theater seating. That would enable you to sleep two additional campers, but then there’s no theater seating. And, well, your friends will know that they can stay inside instead of out in that tent they brought.
One of the nicer things about a trailer this size is that it’s very towable – which is part of the appeal. But also it’s good to know that you can access most of the kitchen when the slide room is in. This is more important in a smaller trailer, by my guess, only because these are more likely to be towed around than a 43’ triple-axle beast.
However, one of the things you won’t have access to is the refrigerator – which is a bummer. So, that means if you stop at the grocery store on the way to wherever you’re going, you’re going to have to put out the downstairs slide room to be able to get your groceries in there.
More Rockwood features
There are a lot of things about this fiver that follow with other Rockwood products, from the tiny GeoPro to this and larger models. The walls are all vacuum laminated in lots of only two, and they incorporate frameless windows and a high-performance vent fan. Also, the suspension incorporates a torsion axle suspension, there’s a whole-house water filtration system, and more.
Furthermore, the trailer rides on Goodyear Endurance trailer tires and incorporates a tire pressure monitoring system.
While there is 54 gallons of fresh water aboard this trailer, the same as Rockwood’s travel trailers, there’s also the ShowerMiser system. That redirects water back into your fresh tank while you’re waiting for the water to get hot in the shower. I also really like Rockwood’s laminated roof design quite a bit. It’s is a metal-framed laminated block foam structure. Even a dude who displaces as much water in the pool as I do can walk on it without it flexing.
Another thing I really like about the Rockwood brand is the fact that their control panel uses traditional switches so anybody can operate it. But then it also allows nerds (like me!) to sync their smartphones to the system and run many of the functions right from our phones. This is pretty typical of the brand. Whatever your priority is, they seem to do a good job of accommodating them.
There are going to be some of you who see this and think you’ve seen the best fifth wheel on the market. And there are going to be some of you who see this and think this is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever seen.
While lots of RVs are pretty good at not putting off a lot of people but not making anyone really excited about them, this one is very polarizing, from my experience.
Where this unit is strong is in the cabinet and storage space inside, given the exterior dimensions. I also really like the kitchen counter and prep space. I also like the larger microwave and oven along with the 12-volt fridge standard.
Of course, the challenge, to my way of travel, is that you’re going to have to open the slide to get to the fridge – and mid-journey stops are very common the way we travel.
Rockwood products are well-made and have great “standard” features
What is something I will say about this and other Rockwood (and the identical Flagstaff) products is that it follows their pattern of being well-made. Also, they incorporate a lot of features that may be optional on other RVs but come standard here.
One example of that is the shade in the door. It’s really common nowadays to have RV doors that are “shade ready.” Okay, just give me the darned shade. Rockwood does.
As always, I really value your input and what you think of this rig and whether it would work for your way of venturing out.
My thanks to Josh Winters from Haylett RV in Coldwater, Michigan, for use of the photos.
Tony comes to RVTravel having worked at an RV dealership and been a life long RV enthusiast. He also has written the syndicated Curbside column about cars. You can find his writing here and at StressLessCamping where he also has a podcast about the RV life with his wife.
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