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Unread postby skipnchar on Sun Apr 06, 2008 10:24 pm

Are they putting the fresh water gravity fill on the awning side of ALL Forest River trailers or am I the only lucky one? Are they trying to set up the same confusing situation at dump stations we've tolerated for years with gas cap locations? Who thinks up this kind of stuff anyway? I really can't think of ANY logical explanation for moving mine to the awning side other than to add to my hypertension :) Just wondering if it's a trend or a random aggravation.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby jp rver on Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:59 pm

Same here. I admit I was quite puzzled when I first noticed my water fill was on the awning/entry side of the trailer. My previous Skyline Nomad was on the other side.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby Limey on Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:07 pm

I don't have a FR but my Coachmen has the filler on the awning side, just to the right of the entry door. My Jayflight on the other hand had it on the back wall!

I take it there is no standardization to the location of these. I am confused by one thing though - what has the gas cap location got to do with the dump station, or was I missing something? :?: :mrgreen:
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby milzat on Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:38 pm

The fresh water fill on my Rockwood is on the curb side rear corner.
On my previous Aerolite TT, it was on the awning side, next to the front door.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby bamasurveyor on Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:05 am

Fresh water fill on our 07 Surveyor is on the Curb side as well. Our 2001 Cabana had it on the street side. But if tradition holds out it will only be used to sanitize the water lines so we can live with them where ever they are.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby skipnchar on Tue Apr 08, 2008 10:54 am

Limey wrote:
I take it there is no standardization to the location of these. I am confused by one thing though - what has the gas cap location got to do with the dump station, or was I missing something? :?: :mrgreen:

LOL my mind wandering I suppose. I was referring to the mess found at many busy gas stations with people trying to enter the same gas pump from different directions because gas fill caps are not standardized either. Some are on the drivers side and some on the passenger side. Just think how much smoother it would go if they were all one the same side.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby va_jay55 on Sun Apr 13, 2008 2:15 am

skipnchar wrote:
Limey wrote:
I take it there is no standardization to the location of these. I am confused by one thing though - what has the gas cap location got to do with the dump station, or was I missing something? :?: :mrgreen:

LOL my mind wandering I suppose. I was referring to the mess found at many busy gas stations with people trying to enter the same gas pump from different directions because gas fill caps are not standardized either. Some are on the drivers side and some on the passenger side. Just think how much smoother it would go if they were all one the same side.


Or, even better, place the gas fill on both sides.

My fresh water gravity fill is on the awning/curb side as well. I'm sure, in our case, it has to do with the placement of the tank.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:28 pm

Not limited to FR, Keystone is doing it also.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby Fire Instructor on Sun Apr 13, 2008 9:46 pm

Wow, I didn't see that when I looted ours over at the dealershipm, but I just zoomed in on a pictture that I took of the awning side, and there it is, just behind the front awning strut! I did notice that the water tank seemed a bit off center towards the awning side as well, which may explain why they came to that side with the fill. Maybe they moved the tank towards the awning side to balance some of the weight of the slide? Just a guess...
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Mon Apr 14, 2008 12:37 am

Fire Instructor wrote:Wow, I didn't see that when I looted ours over at the dealershipm, but I just zoomed in on a pictture that I took of the awning side, and there it is, just behind the front awning strut! I did notice that the water tank seemed a bit off center towards the awning side as well, which may explain why they came to that side with the fill. Maybe they moved the tank towards the awning side to balance some of the weight of the slide? Just a guess...



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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby skipnchar on Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:54 pm

Well I hadn't thought of that. I guess it COULD help to balance the slide being on the opposite side but I think my FW tank itself is actually pretty well centered. I know the tube connecting the tank to the pump comes up from the floor pretty close to the port side wall.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby catmom on Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:10 am

I guess I hadn't realized that it might be on the curb side! The fresh water fill on our Starcraft HTT is on the awning side also. For us that's fine, as it's the side facing the house so we can fill it with one less length of hose than we'd need if it was on the curb side.

Come to think of it, though, the freshwater fill on our Starcraft PUP was on the curb side. We didn't use that for years, but that's another long story. Anyway, I had forgotten that.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby ShamRocker on Wed May 21, 2008 9:23 am

Skip - I have the sister to your 8314SS. I have the 8318SS and the fresh water is opposite side. Appears to be how the inside is configured. Prior trailer had the fresh water on the awning side.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby Limey on Wed May 21, 2008 12:22 pm

Welcome to the Forum, ShamRocker! :)
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby wintek on Wed May 21, 2008 3:35 pm

skipnchar wrote:LOL my mind wandering I suppose. I was referring to the mess found at many busy gas stations with people trying to enter the same gas pump from different directions because gas fill caps are not standardized either. Some are on the drivers side and some on the passenger side. Just think how much smoother it would go if they were all one the same side.


Believe it or not, the gas fill on the passenger side is a deal breaker for me. I had one vehicle with it on the passenger side and I always pulled up to fill on drivers side. I wasted a good part of my life :o


On my Aerolite the gravity fill & city water is on the curb side. In a small TT you have to put them where they’ll fit.
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby Mike in Calgary on Thu May 22, 2008 1:09 am

Maybe the manufacturers are putting them on the awning side now because too many people were getting run over when they were filling the tank while the trailer was parked on the road. :D
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby ShamRocker on Thu May 22, 2008 11:29 am

Limey wrote:Welcome to the Forum, ShamRocker! :)


Thanks, always hung out at another forum, found this one, so now I have more places to read (or as my wife says, waste time)..... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Rockwood or other FR owners

Unread postby Filthy Beast on Thu May 22, 2008 2:45 pm

Plus, there is at least one forum I used to read but if you own a Forest River or Rockwood you would be scorned as some kind of idiot for buying it.
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