Finally decided... New 23IKSS on the way!
Thanks to all the FRF'ers that have helped in our decision making!
After considering the move to a HTT from our PUP for about 2 years, we finally got around to making a decision and pulled the proverbial trigger.
We over-analyzed the heck out of the various options, weighed our priorities and finally settled on the 23IKSS. it is more room than we probably need but the deeper slide w/windows and the skylight (plus island) were key reasons why we chose it over the the other finalist - the 23SS.
The difference in weight and cost were so minor that they were more than offset (for us) by the features of the 23IKSS.
We were also able to get a mid-2015 model run which is different than the "newer" 2015s in:
Mid 2015 run:
Aluminum framed windows
White trim (except for door)
White vents & AC cover
Late 2015 run (Sapphire package):
Black vent & AC covers
Black tank flush
Solar panel connector
Both runs have the LED awning lights, the "flatter" bed platforms, etc.
We actually prefer the older white color scheme and didn't want black anything due to living under the SoCal sun. The other differences did not weigh into our decision as I have my own plans for the black water flush and solar setups.
We feel we got a good price from a midwest dealer and are opting to have the unit shipped to us in SoCal at a savings over what we were quoted from both RVW and RVD. And in our case, since there are no local Roo dealers anyway, we were going to be stuck either fixing issues ourselves or relying on a non-Roo FR shop to help with warranty claims. I couldn't see paying the closest Roo dealer over $4k more when they are still 2 hours away from us, although I did try to get them to work with us. I revealed to them our unit's pricing "all in" including tax and delivery fees and was willing to buy (somewhat) local if the price was within $1-2K -- but not $4k.
Anyway, our trailer is now sitting in the frozen midwest waiting on pickup by the shipper. Unfortunately, it won't make it here in time for our Thanksgiving trip, so we'll be having one last memorable trip in the PUP we've had for 7 years before it goes off to greener pastures...
Thanks again for your help. We hope to contribute back to the great community and are very much looking forward to our new Roo.