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Flagstaff vs. Rockwood

What's the difference between brands?

Is Flagstaff the same as Rockwood?

Except for certain material colors, yes. Flagstaff and Rockwood are sister brands made by Forest River. Both brands are built in the same factory with the same parts, specifications, and floor plans. The only difference between brands is the color scheme; Forest River uses different colors in the tent, outer body, linoleum floor, interior fabrics, and countertops to differentiate the two lines*. For every Flagstaff model there will be a corresponding Rockwood model (the model number will be slightly different, though--details below).

Flagstaff 627D vs. Rockwood 2716G

Flagstaff 206ST vs. Rockwood 1910

2016 Flagstaff vs. Rockwood High Wall

Flagstaff 206ST interior vs. Rockwood 1910 interior

2016 brochure features "sameness"

Flagstaff T12RBST vs. Rockwood A122S

Flagstaff T12RBTH vs. Rockwood A122TH

2016 Flagstaff T-Series vs. Rockwood A-Series

2016 Flagstaff Sports Enthusiast vs. Rockwood Extreme Sports Package

2016 Sports Enthusiast Package open vs. Extreme Sports Package open

(2015 & 2016 models shown)

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Why does Forest River build two nearly identical camper brands?

For a few reasons:

1. To offer more variety (if only in terms of color scheme). Flagstaff's color scheme may appeal to one person but not appeal to a second person. That second person may like Rockwood's color scheme better. In this case two choices are better than one.

2. To double-up the number of dealers in a given area. RV dealers typically have a geographical area they serve and most manufacturers respect this "territory" so that their dealers don't have another dealer with the identical product right across the street. Although Flagstaff and Rockwood are the same camper, technically they are different brands. This allows Forest River to have two dealers with similar (but not--strictly speaking--identical) products in the same area. GM uses a similar approach with its Chevy and GMC trucks.

3. Legacy. Rockwood pop-ups started in 1975. The parent company, Cobra/Van American, started Flagstaff as a "value line" in 1988. Rockwood had a few special models and trim packages that weren't available to Flagstaff dealers. So even though both brands were in the pop-up market and made by the same company, they didn't compete directly with each other in terms of offering identical products. So at the time it made sense to have separate dealers with their own, separate line of campers.

In 1996 Forest River bought Rockwood and Flagstaff and the two brands were standardized to the system we have today (where both brands have the same models and trim, except for color). Since the campers were now the same, one of the brands could potentially be discontinued and all campers be made under the one surviving brand. However, the dealer network for each brand was already firmly established. Instead of discontinuing one of the brands and possibly cutting half of their dealers, Forest River continued both brands even though any differentiation (besides color) was gone.

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Flagstaff and Rockwood corresponding series & model names

Models with a dark background are discontinued. They remain on this list to help with used purchase questions ("I found a 2014 Flagstaff 207 on Craigslist--what is the Rockwood equivalent?").

Series Flagstaff Rockwood Series
LTD 176LTD 1640LTD LTD
206LTD 1940LTD
LT 206LT n/a**  
MAC 176 n/a** Freedom
208 1980
207 1970
205 1950
206ST 1910
227 2270
228 2280
228 w/sh 2280 w/sh
228BH 2280BH
228BH w/sh 2280BH w/sh
228D 2318G
228D w/sh 2318G w/ sh
246D 2560G
Sports Enthusiast 176SE 1640ESP Extreme Sports
207SE 1970ESP
206STSE 1910ESP
228BHSE 2280BHESP
228BHSE w/sh 2280BHESP w/sh
23SCSE 232ESP
28TSCSE 282TESP

Back Road
(now the SE Series)

BR23SC 232XR Back Road
BR28TSC 282TXR
Classic 425D 2514G Premier
823D 2317G
825D n/a**
625D 2516G
627D 2716G
High Wall HW27SC HW276 High Wall
HW27KS HW277
HW29SC HW296
HW31SCTH HW316TH
T-Series*** (Triangle or Tipi) T12RB A122 A-Series (A-frame)
T12RBST A122S
T12BH A122BH
T12DDST A128S
T12RBSOR A122SXR
T12RBTH A122TH
T12RBSSE A122SESP
T12RBTHSE A122THESP
T21TBHWSE  
T19QBHW A192HW
T19SCHW A194HW
T21QBHW A212HW
T21TBHW A213HW
T21FKHW A215HW
T21DMHW A214HW

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Are other Forest River pop-ups the same as Flagstaff and Rockwood?

In 2002 Forest River acquired the Palomino brand. Forest River then acquired the Coachmen brand (including Clipper and Viking) in 2008. Although owned by Forest River, Palomino and Coachmen operate as separate divisions with their own manufacturing facilities apart from Forest River's original brands, Flagstaff and Rockwood.

These various brands share some items (like parts that benefit from commonality and volume purchasing) while other aspects (like floor plans, models, color schemes, and some specifications) remain distinct.

Variety - In 2016 Flagstaff and Rockwood offered 35 floor plans. With the upgraded 206LT, the custom-made 176, and the shower variations of the MAC series' 228, 228BH, 228D, and 228BHSE, we were able to offer 41 Flagstaff models. By contrast, Clipper had 14 models (Viking had the exact same floor plans, so 14 models) and Palomino had 12 models to choose from.

Exclusive models - Flagstaff and Rockwood have certain models that the other three brands don't have. (And Palomino, Clipper, and Viking have certain models that Flagstaff and Rockwood doesn't have). For example, the High Wall Series is only found with Flagstaff and Rockwood. Flagstaff, Rockwood, Clipper, and Viking all have a-frame campers, but Flagstaff and Rockwood have more a-frame models to choose from. Palomino has more off-road models to choose from but Flagstaff and Rockwood are the only brands with 8 1/2' toy-hauler decks. And on and on it goes...

While all five brands have some overlap with nearly identical models, each brand (or brand pairing: Flagstaff/Rockwood, Clipper/Viking) also has unique floor plans or features that no other brand has.

Another example of exclusivity involves the Palomino 14ULC. The 14ULC is a pop-up with a traditional pop-up box, roof, and tent sides but it's missing the bed ends. This would save on set-up time and weight but the trade off is less sleeping space. Palomino has an interior picture of the 14ULC showing the rear tent panel (in lieu of a bed):

2015 Palomino 14ULC2015 Palomino 14ULC floor plan

Aesthetics and major component comparison

Palomino has a slightly more spartan exterior than the other brands. The tan and black exterior with black wheels clearly differentiates Palomino from the other four brands. The powered roof vent (in the front of the camper on the left and on the rear of the camper on the right) is the same one used by the other four brands. The frame on the two campers below looks like it comes from the same frame manufacturer as the one used in Flagstaff's T-series and Rockwood's A-series. The one-piece door is also the same as almost all other Forest River pop-ups. The roof and body design is slightly different from the other brands.

2015 Palomino pop-up down2015 Palomino pop-up open

Inside, Palomino uses the same Dometic fridge and Suburban furnace as the other brands. The Suburban stove is the same, too. The sink/galley arrangement is different from the other brands.

2015 Palomino interior 2015 Palomino Off Road Edition interior

Clipper and Viking share the black-trim styling that Flagstaff and Rockwood use on their Classic/Premier series. The roof and bulbous body shape are different from Flagstaff/Rockwood curves. The bunk-end bed bow is rounder, too. The stepper door is similar to the one formerly used by Fleetwood camping trailers.

2015 Clipper and Viking tent campers open

The Clipper and Viking pictures directly above also show one of the more drastic differences between brands: the bed support system. Clipper and Viking use a cable-suspension system (instead of the traditional poles that attach under the bed and go to the frame) to hold the bed up.

Inside, Clipper and Viking use a Dometic fridge, Suburban furnace and stove-top, and Thetford cassette/toilet, just like Flagstaff and Rockwood. The metal stove cover is the same as Flagstaff's MAC and Rockwood's Freedom series (Flagstaff and Rockwood's Classic/Premier, High Wall, and T-series/A-series have glass tops as of 2014). The sink, faucet, and swing-down galley differ slightly in design but are similar in functionality. The one-piece door is the same as Flagstaff/Rockwood (except the LTD series).

2015 Clipper and Viking interior

Coachmen's Clipper and Viking brands share their floor plans but change their color schemes (just like Forest River does with Flagstaff and Rockwood). On the A-frames below, the roof (including windows and powered roof vent) looks the same as Flagstaff's, as is the rear window, baggage doors, and frame. The upper part of the entrance door has a larger window than Flagstaff/Rockwood but it doesn't look like it can open (while the Flagstaff/Rockwood door window can). Also, Coachmen uses a different style of front storage trunk than does Flagstaff/Rockwood.

2015 Clipper and Viking a-frame side-by-side

Clipper and Viking share brochure design, too:

Clipper and Viking brochure similarity

(All images above courtesy of Forest River, Inc.; 2015 & 2016 models shown)

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*In some cases Forest River uses the same color or pattern for the countertops, floor, and skin. It varies by year. In a couple cases we've even received Flagstaff campers with Rockwood-colored countertops and tables. Ultimately, Forest River reserves the right to change colors/patterns/specifications at any time (and without warning anybody). We view it as an adventure. (back )

**The 176, 206LT, and 825D are exceptions to the "for every Flagstaff there is a corresponding Rockwood" rule because we have the 176 and 825D special-made for us and the 206LT is just a 206LTD we've upgraded in our shop. (back )

***We assume the "T" stands for "tipi" or "triangle" and "A" stands for "A-frame" but Forest River doesn't assign official designations for their alphabet soup nomenclature. (back )

♦ Some of these model names simply roll right off the tongue, don't they? Plus they have that allure--that caché--a certain name evokes: "Escalade", "Phantom", "Corvette", "T12RBTHSE". (back )

◊ On the model portrayed in this interior photo, that is. Not all Coachmen campers have a toilet/cassette installed inside.

This page has the most up-to-date information available at the time it was written. Be aware that RV manufacturers may change their materials, specifications, and designs at any time without notification. (back )

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