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Old 08-21-2013, 01:44 PM   #31
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Want to upgrade from my pop up to a Hybrid but most threads in here are about problems?
We have 2012 Rockwood Roo 19 and we love it. This is our third season with it!

My only regret was not getting the slide out dinette. Love sleeping under the canvas. We had a small leak issue, but was covered under warranty and was NOTHING like some of the horror stories I've heard.

We are a family of 5 now (we were 3 at the time of purchase), I have a 10yr old, and twin 13 month olds. As the twins get older, I think we may have to upgrade to a slide out option, maybe with the third bunk. For now, its the perfect size...comfortable for sleeping but not for hanging out in for a long period of time. I don't want it to be that comfortable inside for the kids....get outside!! LOL
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Old 08-21-2013, 02:40 PM   #32
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If you like apending over 20,000 on a camper that leaks by a hybrid. We bought a new 2014 Roo233s this year and I can tell you it's been nothing but a problem. It seems most of the Roo owners accept the leaks but I will have a new camper by next year and it will not be a hybrid. Even if I take a loss I believe it will be worth it in the long run. I can see this thing beginning to rot in a few years and I want to enjoy my camping a lot longer than that. By the way I had a pop-up for three years and never had a leak.
Your postings could be very helpful here if you would communicate experience and try to keep raw emotion out of the equation. I'm not saying disregard the truth or call something what it isnt. Rather, try posting what has been happening to you in specifics. Everyone has their own experience. I've had some good experiences and bad ones so far with my hybrid. But for me to say that my experience matters more than everyone elses and thats why they should follow my lead in their purchasing decision would be rather self centered and a denial of the truth. The truth is that a great number of people have had an excellent experience. Thats not to say that yours doesnt matter and it doesnt belong here because it (your experience) does. It can be part of the full accounting of possibilities of what a future hybrid owner may experience. Tell us what you like and dont like.

"I love having the freezer in my hybrid. I bring along ice cream now. Crazy and fun for everyone. Plus no more buying ice and throwing food away because it gets wet in the cooler."
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"I really dont like the extra setup time the gizmos add when I use them. They are difficult to clamp on the top because they are so high up in the air which necessitates bringing along a ladder."

Sorry if this sounds condescending because thats not the intention. I read thru this forum quite a bit when making the decision to purchase my hybrid and upgrade tow vehicles. I found some postings were very helpful and others not so much. I know you want to be helpful and in my opinion you can be if you put some details on those bad experiences you are having.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:26 PM   #33
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Well, we've had most types of units but never a pop up so a hybrid seemed logical to us

What I like about our hybrid is the feeling of camping ~ it's cozy, love the bunk ends ~ it's like sleeping in a treehouse~ love the natural feeling and hearing rain on the canvas. It's an easy tow, easy to park, and goes most anywhere. With our 5er we would actually go to campgrounds with 15+ spots open and leave because the dern thing was tooooooo big.

What I don't like is the noise and light factor. We try to get spaces as far away from others and traffic as possible. I did invest in ear plugs ~ for the occasional necessity of them ~ The other things I don't care for are floor plan related, rather than type of trailer related. We had several trailers and there are things I liked about all of them, my absolute favorite was a Jayco Eagle Class C. It was amazing ~ I still miss it ~

for what we want / need now, our Roo is just right. ~ no leaking issues but we are fanatics about caulk, etc. We do use the PUG's.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #34
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We just started using PUGs too. A pain to put on, but once they are there you can feel definite improvement in temp control, less light when trying to sleep in, and save you from a lot of cleaning on your bunk ends. It is all personal preference, but to us they are worth the extra set up time - especially for week long trips.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #35
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It seems that some Roo owners either accept the leaks as being a part of owning a Hybrid, Don't have the leaks (I wish) or have contacted either their dealers of FR to get tubes of sealer for their ends. I/we ordered a brand new 2014 233S a few months ago. We were happy with the looks and how big the hybrids were from the inside. We seasoned the ends many times, allowed to dry each time and from the first rain have had many leaks in the bunk ends. We also had rain pour in from a closed bunk last weekend but...there may have been a piece of canvas in the closure so I will take the hit on that. We seemed to have most of the leaks stopped in the forward bed and yesterday washed the canvas (with reg. canvas wash from dealer) Last night it rained and water poured in from all the seams. We had to sleep on the floor so the mattress would not get soaked. Would washing the canvas cause this? The other problem and I don't see this as just a hybrid is the refrig. won't work when it's hot outside???? I did put in the two fans and now it keeps cool but why in the heck should we have to do this when FR is aware they just don't work. Look at the forums and see what everyone is doing and build these fans into the campers please. Anyway, sorry if I'm one of the 10% who just happen to get the Roo that leaks, I find that number low when reading these forums. We bought new to stop the problems and now can't wait to buy a reg. camper to at least stop the leaks and not have to sleep on the floor when it rains.
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:46 AM   #36
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It seems that some Roo owners either accept the leaks as being a part of owning a Hybrid, Don't have the leaks (I wish) or have contacted either their dealers of FR to get tubes of sealer for their ends. I/we ordered a brand new 2014 233S a few months ago. We were happy with the looks and how big the hybrids were from the inside. We seasoned the ends many times, allowed to dry each time and from the first rain have had many leaks in the bunk ends. We also had rain pour in from a closed bunk last weekend but...there may have been a piece of canvas in the closure so I will take the hit on that. We seemed to have most of the leaks stopped in the forward bed and yesterday washed the canvas (with reg. canvas wash from dealer) Last night it rained and water poured in from all the seams. We had to sleep on the floor so the mattress would not get soaked. Would washing the canvas cause this? The other problem and I don't see this as just a hybrid is the refrig. won't work when it's hot outside???? I did put in the two fans and now it keeps cool but why in the heck should we have to do this when FR is aware they just don't work. Look at the forums and see what everyone is doing and build these fans into the campers please. Anyway, sorry if I'm one of the 10% who just happen to get the Roo that leaks, I find that number low when reading these forums. We bought new to stop the problems and now can't wait to buy a reg. camper to at least stop the leaks and not have to sleep on the floor when it rains.
Sorry to hear of your frustrations. We bought a pop up last summer that had so many electrical problems, roof would lift properly, frig did not work properly, outlet caught fire just to name a few. In 1 year was in for repairs 6 times, and we never received help from the manufacturer or the dealer. We couldn't wait to trade it in for our roo, with a different dealer. Fortunately for us we love the roo and have had no issues whatsoever. Just as I'm sure there many owners of the same pop up we had who love theirs with no issues. It seems sometimes its just the luck of the draw in the unit you get.

Anyway, I hope you are able to get everything straightened out so you can enjoy your camper for what it's intended, camping! I understand how frustrating it can be to go thru what you are dealing with.

On the frig are you cooling it at least 24 hours before you leave? Not loading it with warm food or drinks?
Did the bed leak when you washed it? Is the support pole pushing the canvas tight so it's not pooling when it rains?
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Old 08-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #37
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:21 PM   #38
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I guess I'm just not the type who believes I should pay good hard earned money and have rain pour in each time it rains. We can already see the discoloration around the corners from water. My point is why do we or anyone that pays over 20,000 for a camper have to ever have rain come in? FR should be figuring out how to season these bunk ends prior to shipping. No other manufacturer would get away with it nor would they if people just didn't accept it. Sorry I won't sugercoat a problem nor will I say there is non when there is. Read all these forums, there is a problem with leaks in the Roos.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #39
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Ok does anybody know of a maker with less leaks ? The other Hybrids just look they are cheaply made.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #40
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I guess that buying second hand can be a blessing. When we got ours there were several days of rain and we went and just sat it in to make sure there were no issues. I realize this should be unnecessary, especially in a new unit. It seems to me the factory should be seasoning the seams & confirming no leaks before it leaves the factory.
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