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Old 09-16-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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First trip report - 2016 Rockwood Roo 233S

We just got home from our first major trip in our Rockwood Roo 233S, and must say we thoroughly enjoyed the new camper!
We towed about 1500 miles, from Houston area to Memphis Tenn, and back around thru Mississippi and Louisiana, with our 2008 SCrew F-150. 4 adults in the cab, the camper towed beautifully! I have rear airbags on the truck, and my passengers many times said that they could not even tell the TT was back there! Acceleration with my F150 was just fine, as I could maintain speed on the freeways very well. This tow is about 2 tons less than our toy hauler we traded it for, and we could not be happier.
We entertained friends and had a big steak dinner one night at the campground. The steaks I grilled on the included propane grill were fantastic. It got dark about the time the dinner was ready, and the insects invaded us, so inside we all went! 9 folks found it very comfortable inside the camper enjoying the meal. The wife and I were very proud.
We slept 7 folks in 4 beds very comfortably! We think 9 could sleep in there just fine, and in such a small package (folded up), that is nothing short of incredible! Again, made us to very proud to own this one!
OK, downside - since the slideout and a bed are only on one side of this unit, I experienced an issue with keeping the trailer level. I think I can work out a solution, but did not expect this one. Additionally - and much to our chagrin, we left a small heater sitting on the floor beside the slide when we first extended it when we first set up our camper at out first stop.. The heater caught between the wall and the end of the slide on the front side, and tore the left front interior of the slide off, breaking wood as it went. (I heard it happening but unfortunately, the person operating the slide did not.) By the time I got her stopped, the slide was damaged. We will check it into the shop tomorrow, and I'll let you know how much the estimate is.
All in all, though, we think a 233S is just the cat's meow! We enjoyed it very much, and were just beaming from all the compliments on the rig. Be prepared if you buy one - EVERYONE that drives by you at the campground is gonna want to get a tour inside, and there will be many questions! But that was OK, because we are some happy Roo owners!
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Old 09-16-2015, 07:21 PM   #2
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Boy, you sure had an ambitious first trip. We did about 250 mi on our maiden voyage last year. Sounds like you had a great time. Congratulations and welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:35 AM   #3
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Great first trip and thank you for the information on the towing vehicle. We have a 99 Durango and have been looking at the F-150's as well as the 1500's for our next TV. Our biggest reason for the new TV is the ability to tow through the mountains which seems like to did just fine. My Durango would not make that kind of trip as it would choke and blow smoke before towing 5k up the side of a mountain like that , But it does just fine on close trips these days and even took it to Michigan which was about 5 hours last summer... no mountains that way

We love our Roo. two adults and 3 kids makes for plenty of room for us and the occasional stowaways (friends).
Sorry ti hear abut the slide-out. It happens, I've done some bad things to previous trailers and I have had the worry every time I travel about getting something caught over there. I try not to put anything near that area but things slide back there! I ripped the power inverter out of my popup trailer the second year I had it because I went to move the trailer and forgot to unplug it. Fortunate for me, It ripped out of the interior wall and not the exterior wall as well. My foot hit the break on the TV very quickly when hearing the ripping sounds of wood cracking. I fixed that one myself cheaply by replacing the wall. Good luck with your slide!

Many people are very interested in the Hybrids. I think there are plenty who are just curious about the trailer and the Roo really is the number 1 selling hybrid! I invite fellow campers to check mine out as well when they ask about it!
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Sounds like a great first trip, but I gotta give you 100 internet points for the world-class pun in your user name.



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I like your little Roo...I just watched a walk-through video on youtube. Does yours have the heated mattresses and the sapphire package?

You'll have to let me know if those beds stay watertight in the rain and if the A/C works well in hot weather with the beds deployed or if you have to pull them in.

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Old 09-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #6
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We just got home from our first major trip in our Rockwood Roo 233S, and must say we thoroughly enjoyed the new camper!
We towed about 1500 miles, from Houston area to Memphis Tenn, and back around thru Mississippi and Louisiana, with our 2008 SCrew F-150. 4 adults in the cab, the camper towed beautifully! I have rear airbags on the truck, and my passengers many times said that they could not even tell the TT was back there! Acceleration with my F150 was just fine, as I could maintain speed on the freeways very well. This tow is about 2 tons less than our toy hauler we traded it for, and we could not be happier.
We entertained friends and had a big steak dinner one night at the campground. The steaks I grilled on the included propane grill were fantastic. It got dark about the time the dinner was ready, and the insects invaded us, so inside we all went! 9 folks found it very comfortable inside the camper enjoying the meal. The wife and I were very proud.
We slept 7 folks in 4 beds very comfortably! We think 9 could sleep in there just fine, and in such a small package (folded up), that is nothing short of incredible! Again, made us to very proud to own this one!
OK, downside - since the slideout and a bed are only on one side of this unit, I experienced an issue with keeping the trailer level. I think I can work out a solution, but did not expect this one. Additionally - and much to our chagrin, we left a small heater sitting on the floor beside the slide when we first extended it when we first set up our camper at out first stop.. The heater caught between the wall and the end of the slide on the front side, and tore the left front interior of the slide off, breaking wood as it went. (I heard it happening but unfortunately, the person operating the slide did not.) By the time I got her stopped, the slide was damaged. We will check it into the shop tomorrow, and I'll let you know how much the estimate is.
All in all, though, we think a 233S is just the cat's meow! We enjoyed it very much, and were just beaming from all the compliments on the rig. Be prepared if you buy one - EVERYONE that drives by you at the campground is gonna want to get a tour inside, and there will be many questions! But that was OK, because we are some happy Roo owners!

Congrats on your maiden voyage!! Sorry to hear of the "oops". We just love love love our TT and have experienced many questions and requests for tours.
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Thank you Cowracer, that came to me one night that I was celebrating our new camper with some adult libations! Glad I wrote it down before I went to sleep.

ColoradoRick: I soaked the canvas ends a few times and let them dry in the 100 degree sun when we first opened her up at home. That seasoned the canvas, and it seems to have done a very good job of making it waterproof. Next I installed Reflectix in the zipper windows and the super wind resistant PUGs on top of the ends. With that, we stayed very comfortable in TN and LA, but neither were over 90F, so not sure yet about our 105F Texas summers. Not sure if an upgrade is available for a 15K air conditioner like we had in our TH, but it would not be an overkill if there is. I did find it to be nice and dark in the beds even after the sun rose in the mornings, and the noisy little fans block out everyone else's snoring in the camper, so we all thought it slept great!
Thanks everyone, I might not have bought a Roo had I not read about it on these forums first! Hope I have helped others on their decisions on this style of camper!
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OH, yes on the heated mattresses and definitely yes on the Saphire Package! It makes for a really sharp looking rig!
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Also love our Roo, an 23IKSS. Previously had a 232 model with the 4-ft front toy hauler deck. Both great.

Regarding you leveling issue, I find it necessary to deploy slide-out stabilizers on my IKSS on the dinette/couch side to ensure the camper stays level once set up. It really helps. I use the Ultra Fab jacks from Camping World, about $65-75 depending on the size you need (min/max height adjustments).

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What was the "born on" date for your 233s? I'm trying to figure out when they switched over to the "newer" layout. Such as shower doors??
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