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Old 03-23-2014, 05:36 PM   #1
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Goods/Bads of owning a 23ikss?

I've been lurking for days and have loved reading all of your info. We are thinking about trading in our 2008 Niagara and getting a 23ikss.

What is the good or bad from your experiences?
Should I try to sell on Craigslist (my idea) or just trade it in (hubby's idea)?

We camp often including a 34-day trip across the SWern US. Our Niagara is a little rough around the edges.

Any regrets about owning a 23ikss?

We are wondering if we should wait until the 2015s are released. Thoughts?

Thanks for all of your help! We have loved our Niagara but think an easier set up/pack down would be nice. Will it be that much easier??
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:06 PM   #2
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We've owned our 2014 23IKSS for 1 camping season we really like ours. It has a lot of room took ours from Illinois to Camp Wilderness at Disney World last May and it towed really well.
The only thing it lacks would be a shower enclosure. It also has a lot of storage space and we have not had any problems with ours after about 8 camping trips
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Now is a good time to sell the Niagara. I had a UTAH and it sold on Craig's list in 2 days. Buying without a trade will always guarantee best price.

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Old 03-23-2014, 06:23 PM   #4
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Oh these are great responses! Thank you! I'm excited about owning this camper after 10 years of pop ups. It'll be nice to store "camping" clothes, have a full refrigerator, and lots of storage. Maybe we can even take *only* the TV for the 4 of us instead of 2 vehicles to get all of our "stuff".

How clean does the Niagara have to be to sell it? I mean, we have stickers all over the back. Should I remove those? With Goof off or something?
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Clean it like you would want to buy it. Price it slightly below nada value for your area and condition. Stay firm on your rock bottom price. It will sell quickly. The only thing I miss with my pop-up is the king size beds. I envy you with your choice. It wasn't even thought of when I was buying. You will love it. Order now. It will probably be a 2015.

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I meant 2014. Fat finger s

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We probably won't use the shower much, but at least we now have an option. Even though our PUP had a shower, the holding tank was so small, it wasn't worth it. I wish it were enclosed, too. I remember thinking that. My teenagers will not be using the shower.

As for the King beds, yes, we share a queen at home and a king is always so nice while camping. Since we'll be empty nesting soon, we will have the option to have a queen to ourselves if needed.

Sounds good about reselling. I need to clean it up then. We have a camping trip in 2 weeks with the Niagara and then another trip scheduled June 20th. I hope we have the new camper by then. It's going to mean cleaning, selling and ordering in as few of days as possible.

Thanks again you guys...keep the advice coming!
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What is the good or bad from your experiences?
Should I try to sell on Craigslist (my idea) or just trade it in (hubby's idea)?

We camp often including a 34-day trip across the SWern US. Our Niagara is a little rough around the edges.
We upgraded from 2000 Coleman to an IKSS last year. Our opinion would be there is nothing we don't like about it. We liked our popup, but after 13 seasons, it was time for a full kitchen and a bathroom.

My experience has been that popups sell fast on CL or even e-Bay for good $$. My sister-in-law called us and bought ours the day she heard we bought the new camper. If you want, ask the dealer what they will give you, then compare that to CL. I would bet you get a lot more selling it yourself, and it will sell quick.

We took a 12 night trip last summer - 2,800 miles to visit some friends. We had 4 nights in one spot, and 8 one night stops. So glad we didn't do that in the popup! We got pull-through sites and stayed hooked up. The front bunk came down and was clear of the truck.

As the earlier post mentioned - the shower isn't really usable, at least for me. But we've always used the cg showers, so not a big deal to us. Otherwise, we just love this floorplan and have been very happy with everything about the Roo. This camper worked great for traveling on a long trip, and its also great for a week at the lake in a state park with no hookups.

Its a little heavier than some other 23' trailers, but it tows great with the pickup. And it fits into all the places we used to take the popup, which was a big deal to us. Its less work to pack and setup, so we use it a lot more for weekend trips, and we have greatly extended our season and our "territory." No AC in the popup, which kept us out of the hot weather in the south and the east coast beaches, and we now camp in the spring and fall when its cool here. Discovering fall camping and how great it can be was one of the best things about the new camper.

Good luck in your hunt!
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I have not seen a Shamrock 23IKSS, but from the floor plan, it looks like when the slides are close, the kitchen(fridge, stove and sink) are not accessible and same for bathroom. It seems you would have to bump the slide open to be able to use on the road when travelling. Something to thing of.
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Very good point. I read that the bathroom will not be accessible. I'm okay with that. We're good about stopping at rest areas. If the fridge can't be accessed, then I'm back to packing coolers with food before leaving for a trip. I would LOVE to throw everything into the camper. I guess I could open it at home before the trip.

Does anyone know offhand of great hybrids with the fridge and bathroom accessible?
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