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Old 04-20-2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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Hey James,
I have little doubt that you know more than your salesman. Especially the little details that matter.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.

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Old 04-20-2012, 08:38 PM   #12
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Now you're talking!! Congratulations. I think we all have reservations when we make major financial decisions. If we all had a homeowners forum like this one is on rvs, there would be a lot more renters.

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Old 04-20-2012, 08:42 PM   #13
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We loved our Rockwood pop up for 2 1/2 years and now love our Roo even more for almost a year now. Have either of our trailers been completely trouble free? No, but any issues have been minor ones that are easily repaired at home, often with help from this forum. Our enjoyment has far exceeded any inconveniences. As others have said RV quality control might as well be non existent no matter what brand. Personally I find it fun looking for ways to fortify and improve my Roo. Hopefully if you decide to buy you have a dealer you feel you can trust (don't laugh) and who is close by to take care of any issues that may arise while it is under warranty.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:49 PM   #14
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The first time your sitting in the pines roasting a dog and maybe having a wiggly pop you will forget about any rv troubles.
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Old 04-20-2012, 09:04 PM   #15
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Wellcoman, I have done the same as you, and I have been telling my salesman all kinds of things he never knew about hybrids. I guess there are just too many models for them to keep up with.
Most RV salesmen were selling shoes the previous week.
The turn over at RV showrooms is worse than used car lots.

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Old 04-20-2012, 09:57 PM   #16
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I guess I should consider myself somewhat lucky. Our salesman was my father's salesman for three of his previous RV purchases dating back over 17 years ago. He sold us our pop up over three years ago and special ordered our Roo for us last year. I see the same faces every time I drop in for parts or to make a payment. I don't kid myself, I know they are all there to make a buck, but there is a little comfort in the seeming stability of the dealership.
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Old 04-20-2012, 10:01 PM   #17
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Don't let the staffer hurry you through the inspection and function part. Sometimes you get so giddy to hook on to it and take er home you miss things. Make them show you everything and give it a really good close look all over. If you find something try to get it fixed then. If not, make an appointment while your there. Some things won't show up until you've had the chance to open and close everything a few times. When I picked mine up the "tech" (service dude) was working on the hitch and I commented on a couple of things about the trailer. He asked me if I had owned a trailer before. I said yeah, this is my third and have a 5er sitting on the farm. Oh good, he said, you're not a virgin Anyway, he got to going a little too fast and I slowed him down a little. I think you're going to love your new Roo and if a problem pops up, have them fix it, unless you're handy like some of us. I've already reglued a board under the sofa and fixed to small trim pieces. No biggie. Have fun and enjoy.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:42 PM   #18
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Is it at all possible to find a like priced tt that is not a hybrid or bunk ended trailer ?
a 233s I just googled was around 22,000
So unless your tv is a concern I am thinking something like this >>>> Model 23LB Bunkhouse Travel Trailer Value Leader at Cheyenne Camping Center
best of all its under 14,000

uvw is aprox 3570
hitch is 290
ccc is 1148
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:26 AM   #19
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I'm also in agreement with the statement of the squeaky wheel getting the grease.

Buying an RV is an important purchase and dealing with the unknown can be a little whelming. The "What if..." questions can drive one crazy if allowed to.

When you read about a problem please consider the feedback provided. Sometimes the problem is due to user error and not so much the product itself. But then I'm not saying that the design couldn't be improved upon either.

My only problem I have had with my trailer was a propane regulator that went bad. I did have a little issue with the stovetop after I replaced the grommet with an incorrect size that looked right but wasn't. (Remember that comment about user error? Sad to admit that I made that list more than once. ) The remaining stuff on the list was just nick-picky items.

Regardless of what you decide please know that you have a support team here.

Take care,

After paying for my trailer I started second guessing myself and actually asked if I could get the other unit instead. Since swapping trailers would mean paying the state sales tax again I opted to keep the one I had. It was about the third trip when it suddenly hit me that I had made the right choice and I haven't looked back since.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 04-21-2012, 02:32 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by DSN46 View Post
I need to know, are these Hybrids really as much of a nightmare as ALOT of the posts would seem to indicate?

no they are not James
best for the man who does simple repairs himself
such as my father found out
possibly many trips to the RV repair shop
a few small repairs at the shop for him
usually came close to 500 to 1,000 a visit
yes they saw him comming !!

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