Rockwood A214HW is one of the top A-Frame travel trailers; thanks to the front dormer and generous set of standard features it will offer affordable and comfortable RV-ing experience....
Rockwood A214HW camper is one of the latest models of A-frame , Hard-Wall travel trailers manufactured under an umbrella of the RV giant Forest River.
Thanks to several innovative design features the model A214HW is at the front of the class of folding campers. The large, fully-enclosed “box” (14’ x 7’) with hard-walled front dormer and quite reasonable floor-plan promises comfortable RV-ing experience.
But like most A-frame campers, due to limited space and restricted headroom the A214HW is basically designed for families of two. While the dinette can be converted into the bed, practically it can serve as a sleeping place for one (maximum 2) young children. It’s just the inherent limitation of all A-frame travel trailers!
Rockwood A-214HW A-Frame travel trailer:
Above: campground configuration (open)
Below: Road configuration (folded)
Behind the A214HW design there was certainly a lot of thoughtful thinking, planning and ingenuity. In limited space, the camper seems to provide all necessary features and amenities to make RV-ing adventures enjoyable.
While interior is not clearly partitioned, it is still quite functional. For example the main section of the kitchen - cabinet with cook-top and sink is located in the right-front corner of the trailer (street-side). However the cabinet providing the workspace and housing the microwave oven is located along the curbside-wall on the left from the entrance door. To be correct, both appliances: sink and 3-burner cook-top have flush-mounted glass covers, so this part of the galley can be quickly converted into a working space. But it is not always a practical solution. On the positive side – the interior is not that spacious, so certainly you would not be making “miles” when cooking. After all, such kitchen arrangement can be actually seen as the “kitchen with an island” (or rather with “peninsula” given the fact that the second kitchen cabinet is attached to the wall).
Rockwood A214HW: Floorplan
The constrained headroom in A-frame campers (maximum in the center) forces floor-plan designers to make such compromises. In the case of Rockwood A214HW, designers had more freedom thanks to the front Dormer considerably extending the “high headroom” area towards the front. Partially this area is used by the mentioned earlier section of the kitchen, but also by the hard-walled bath.
Talking about the bath – it is an integrated solution of square-shape tub with shower and water-flushed toiled. Hard-walled cabin is much more practical and offers considerably more privacy than curtain-protected toilet/baths seen in other A-frame campers.
Now some good news for “more claustrophobic” RV-ers: the standard features of the A214HW camper include an exterior propane grill with table and an exterior hot/cold water shower. Both mentioned feature have dedicated hook-ups making them practical and easy to use. In other words, Rockwood A214HW offers “friendly” alternative to its interior amenities.
Interior: Visible bath w/open doors (left), dinette (front), main bed (right) and part of the galley (cabinet w/microwave)
Interior: View from the entrance door.
Visible bed (left) dinette (center across), galley (cabinet w/ sink, cook-top and fridge) and on he right small cabinet at the entrance and bath (in folded config)
The traditional dinette includes two benches with cushions and an adjustable table. It is located on the street-side of the camper between the galley and the rear bed. The dinette is not too spacious what is also visible once it is converted into the bed. Space is (or rather a lack of it) is an inherent limitation of all small-size RVs.
The dinette basically makes the main living/working/reading and playing area inside of the camper. But let’s make it clear – none of the available on the market A-frame campers pretend to be residential-like “home-away-from-home”. To make you feel better about the A214HW, please note that optional awning and screen room will extend the living space into the nature (provided you will wisely select the camping site). Then the only vital condition is the favorable weather.
OK, let’s go back inside - The main flip-up bed with its quilted, heated mattress and decent size (60 x 80”) should offer comfortable sleeping place. The large, panoramic, tinted skylight-like window just above the bed opens the sky and eventually brings inside the irresistible charm of the starry firmament (for more romantic minds) or “deep space” for those more science-inclined. Well, do not worry, if the privacy is needed, there is a shade to make it happen.
Under the bed is located 10k BTU Dometic’s Cool-Cat heat pump. Depending on needs, it can cool (AC-mode) or warm (heat-pump mode) camper’s interior. Under normal circumstances it should be able to keep interior temperature comfortable, however if you plan to use the Rockwood A214HW over extender seasons (spring-fall), you may decide to order an optional 20k BTU gas furnace. Two 20 lbs LPG bottles should provide reasonable energy autonomy even in “out-of-grid” conditions.
Two steps at the entrance and a folding grab-handle makes the access to the trailer easy and safe. Once inside, you will find on the right a handy cabinet with hard top surface.
Main part of the kitchen - cabinet housing sink, 3-burner stove-top and fridge (plus some storage space)
Bath: Tub with an integrated shower and toilet
Positive Notes and just Notes:
External front storage box (below the "box" there is located sliding-out Storage Tray
On the “critical” side:
Exterior length (1)
Exterior height (road)
Exterior height (open)
Dry weight (2)
Hitch weight (2)
Fresh water tank
Grey water tank
Black water tank (3)
Portable “Cartridge Carrier” 12gals
2 x 20 lbs
2 (+2 children max)
1. Same length in closed and open configuration
2. Standard features (it will change when equipped with options)
3. Removable from the outside
4. Dinette can be converted into small bed for a child (eventually 2 young children)
Bath (door not attached). In front is visible storage cabinet and mirror on the wall (entrance is on the right).
Rear section of the camper w/ bed
Outdoor grill with a worktable (on the left is visible an exterior storage that can be used for the grill)
Fragment of the Dometic's Cool-Cat heat pump (the "exterior" heat exchanger is also located under the bed, but it is facing street-side wall)
Dometic Cool-CAt Heat Pump control panel
External storage tray
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Note: Check with the manufacturer and/or authorized RV Dealer for the up-to-date list of features, options as well as latest specifications. These written above may not be accurate and certainly are subject to change by the factory. We are not responsible for any inaccuracy, the above text is provided only for the general information.