Originally Posted by Archicamper
My wife and I just got back from a 2600 mile shakedown cruise to Florida with my new Roo 23IKSS and GMC 1500. It was great and truck and camper were super. I got the camper last fall and intended on getting out one time before Thanksgiving but an early winter snow storm forced us to put the camper into storage. Having come from a Roo 19 and checking out most of the systems I was not worried about starting with such a long journey and the truck and Roo did not disappoint!
The23IKSS was really great. Not that the Roo 19 was a bad camper but all of the additional space and storage were greatly appreciated. It was so much easier to move around even when the brother and sister-in-law stayed with us for a night. The couch and island sink were very nice to have.
The trip down was uneventful except for a latch breaking on one of the windows which was quickly repaired with a little duct tape! I could not believe all of the traffic on I75 and we saw a lot of snow birds in their RVs heading back north while we were on the way south. We also had are first Walmart camping experience on the way down. We stopped near Chattanooga for the night at a Walmart near there. We were not sure what to expect but when we pulled into the Walmart all the good RV spots we taken be 5 or six other rigs and we ended up parking with a few other RVs and a lot of trucks. All in all, there were about 7 or 8 RVs and about 10 trucks so we were not lonely!
We turtled at the Walmart using the fold out sofa with a foam topper. The combination was comfortable enough and I now know that we can easily sleep the way anywhere that we cannot extend the beds. I am curious what other 23IKSS owners do with their slides when they turtle and use rest stops while traveling.
We camped at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey Florida. It was a nice park with a lot of vegetation between the campsites. We were there for 6 days with water and electricity. I used the blue boy to dump the gray water once and was surprised that the tank was full again by the time we left.
I installed a tire pressure monitor prior to the trip and it was a good thing I did because we had a flat on one of the trailer tires. I was alerted by the alarm and was able to stop before there was any damage. We were able to get the tire repaired and were on our way back home. The tire monitor a TST 507 provided a lot of peace of mind.
I was a little disappointed with my gas mileage. I have the 5.3 V8 with a 3.42 rear end and I averaged between 9 and 10 mpg. The truck pulled the camper great but I was hoping for a little better mileage. All in all, it was a great trip and I can't wait to get out again.
Nice story and glad it was a fun but safe trip, I can't wait to get mine de-winterized for our first trip in Mid May.
I have the 2015 Roo 23ikss with older layout and Willow interior with Cherry cabinets, love the couch also.
I have a 2014 F150 with EcoBoost and avg anywhere from 9.5 hills of PA to flat roads in Cape May NJ 14.5 mpg. It all depends on how you drive I stay under 65 and I am always loaded lightly never heavy, but seriously considering a tire monitoring system so good to know it worked.