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Old 09-03-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Bunk ends totally dry!

We had a lot of heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday and unfortunately I am not camping over the holiday. All of the talk on the forum about leaking bunk end tends to make you a little paranoid so I took the opportunity on Labor day to check my Roo that is in storage to see if there was any water in the unit and I am happy to report that it was bone dry!

I am very careful when I close the bunks to make sure that there in no canvas in the seals when closed. I checked the floor, woodwork and canvas around the seals on the inside of the camper which were dry.

I did not have time to drop the the bunk ends to check between the seal and the outside of the canvas but definitely nothing in the camper after a heavy rain.
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:54 AM   #2
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That's great!!
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #3
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Went out this weekend and had a deluge of rain. Two nights of extended downpours and a couple other days of showers. No water in the bunks at any point although we did go home with wet bed ends (exterior) and had to open them up to dry when we got home. This is good news as the last rain fall we had out camping in June our rear bunk end mattress was soaked and was the first time it had come into contact with water. This might be seasoning at work or at least I hope it is. As an added note we had our PUGS on.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:26 PM   #4
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It is interesting that there seems to be two concerns with the bunk ends: with them open and with them closed. I have never had an issue with them open although I know that this has come up with others.

The one time I had water get in was with them closed and I attributed this to either canvas in the seal or some caulk that interfered with the performance of the seal which I corrected.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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Very glad to hear that many (probably most) Roos do not leak. At first glance on the forum, you would think they all leak, but I know better than that. We have a 23ss on order and are really excited about the huge step up from our popup! Great forum, loads of information available.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #6
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Please make sure you Season the canvas. The owners manual mentions it but it is really important. Enjoy your new Roo.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:49 AM   #7
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We have had a Roo 233S for almost 2 years now and have never had a leak! In fact we store camper outside all summer long and have been camping on multiple occasions with tents open in major down pours with absolutely no issues!! We did have one small leak one time during a rainstorm when beds were in closed position, but it was an easy fix (move the rubber spacers on clamps). We love our camper and are very happy with the purchase!
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:38 AM   #8
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I'm always happy to see the occasional Roo owner that has had zero leaks for the duration of ownership. I just wish this was a norm. I along with many others (on this forum) have had problems. Mine are only with the bunk ends down (so far) I did have a leak with one when up but figured out this was definitly my fault. My hope would be either the tent maker or FR who accepts and uses their product would figure out not only a solution to current owners but that this would be a non issue for new buyers so they could just enjoy their camper.
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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Very glad to hear that many (probably most) Roos do not leak. At first glance on the forum, you would think they all leak, but I know better than that. We have a 23ss on order and are really excited about the huge step up from our popup! Great forum, loads of information available.
We moved up from a popup to a Roo 19. You will absolutely love it! We really liked the 23ss but with just my wife and I couldn't justify it for just the 2 of us and I did not have a tow vehicle to pull it with.
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I'm always happy to see the occasional Roo owner that has had zero leaks for the duration of ownership. I just wish this was a norm. I along with many others (on this forum) have had problems.
Sorry - It is the norm and far more than "occasional".

I know you and the others you mention have had very real problems but you are a small sampling of the population of hybrid owners.

How do I know this? Because, as much as we like to think FRF is a good chunk of all FR trailer owners, we probably are not even a representative sample.

Just look at the volume of new units sold by FR this year alone. Through only June of this year, FR sold 39,794 towable and 3,769 motorized units [source] (and this is just one-half of one year). Our forum is 48,508 members strong with many having been here more than one year. As you can see, the industry is huge in relative comparison to our membership.

Also, I think that most trailer owners 1) are not on this site or any others and, if they are, are certainly not on a regular basis. 2) Happy owners do not start threads telling us what they don't have going wrong (usually) nor do they regularly post their good experience to a thread where another is having problems.

Its important to stick to facts and I believe the facts (and subsequent logic) is pretty strong that most owners are not on this forum (because there is not a need for them to search for solutions to problems they do not have). In other words - most do not have the leaks you have experienced.
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