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Old 04-17-2016, 12:01 PM   #11
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I pulled a Roo 19 with a Trailblazer in Illinois and it was fine. The only issue I had was driving into a headwind. Tough to go 65.

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Old 04-17-2016, 12:50 PM   #12
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Frim a power perspective an Explorer with the 3.5 Ecoboost would be more than sufficient I would think. Don't know if it adds to the actual towing capacity though.

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Old 04-17-2016, 12:53 PM   #13
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Just checked. Adds slightly to the GCWR, but not to allowable trailer weight capacity.
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Old 04-17-2016, 01:44 PM   #14
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Looking myself and the only thing I've heard negative was bad roofs on earlier models. Forget the years maybe 07 and older?
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:07 PM   #15
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I have a shamrock 19, and the only problem I have had is the roof seams, where I had to rechaulk them, other than that no problem, I towed it with an 04 sport trax, v-6, I just found the truck a little to small, she would rev at 4000 rpm when I was going up a hill, in the mountains, and I had a hard time seeing behind me even with the extended mirrors
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:12 PM   #16
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you did not say what year the Roo was... I think 2012 and earlier had two latches, one on each side of the bunk about 6 foot high. THese I believe are a little more prone to leakage. The water pools near the hinge area and causes big problems on the bunk and possible delamination under the hinge area on the body. Look for wavy fiberglass under the hinge and above the hinge which indicates water damage. 2013 and newer have a handle about 5 foot above the ground on each side that controls both a high and a low latch that keeps the bunk ends a bit better sealed from rain water intrusion. Those are also easier to reach for vertically challenged.

Crawl underneath and inspect the chassis for rust. Also ask for proof that the tires are no more than 3-4 years old. No matter how good they look, almost everyone will tell you to replace tires every 5 years whether they look good or not. A flat while towing is never any fun and tires dry rot well before the tread shows sign of wear. But also look for even tread wear on all tires... uneven tread wear might indicate a frame problem.

Use a flashlight and look in every cupboard and cabinet and outside lid for mice nests and possible water damage... look for black mold indicating water problems.

Most important is to look at the roof. Crawl around on your hands and knees and check for loose or missing caulk where rain water could infiltrate the rook area.

As far as towing, ( I have a nearly identical 183) I would not plan a trip to the Rockies, but I think you will be fine for a 3-4 hour trip anywhere in your neck of the woods. Worst case condition would be to spend $250 and install a set of air bags which will help manage the tongue weight.

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Old 04-17-2016, 02:14 PM   #17
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Hi all,

I'm looking at buying a used 19' Roo from a private party. It'll be our first camper, so I was hoping someone could have tips for things to look for and answer some questions.

I've looked at it twice today already, and it's very clean and appears to be well kept. I didn't see it all opened up, yet.

The Roo has a GVWR of 4590 lbs. I have a 2013 4WD Ford Explorer w/ the tow package, so it has a max tow rating of 5000 lbs. My region is quite flat and I don't plan on going into any mountains ever, so I think that this is right in the sweet spot of where I'd like to be in terms of size.

Ford has a nice towing guide I've been looking at that basically says that the sum of everything in or towed by the explorer must be less than the Gross Combination Weight Rating.

The GCWR is 10,160 lbs
The curb weight of the explorer is 4,697.
The GVWR of the is 4590 lbs

Assuming we maxed out the camper, that leaves 873 lbs of passenger & cargo weight in the TV itself.

There's 4 of us (2 kids 7 & 11). Combined, we're probably around 520 lbs. However, the kids will grow & get heavier. Hopefully my wife & I will not get heavier. I could see us getting up to 650 lbs to 700 lbs when they reach later teenage years - assuming we're still doing this then or haven't upgraded to a vehicle that provides more capacity.

That leaves 353 lbs of cargo. I don't know what we would carry as cargo in the TV that would add up to 353 lbs.

I figure we can save a few hundred pounds by towing with empty water tanks. We're new to this and don't expect we're going to go off somewhere that would require us to be completely self sufficient.

If you've made it this far, I appreciate it and look forward to any guidance anyone would have.

I'll make this very brief. Don't do it. You are already too close to the max weight and I guarantee you that you will start packing things, particularly for the kids, that combined will overload you, especially as they get older.

And you'll more likely than not find that there are things you'd like to take but can't.

Just don't.
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More power to you. I have a tow package on my Tundra, and there are still challenges...

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Soft bed bunks are water damage just replaced mine
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Old 04-17-2016, 03:42 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by hacksaw55 View Post
Looking myself and the only thing I've heard negative was bad roofs on earlier models. Forget the years maybe 07 and older?
Roo/Shamrock hybrids had no more roof issues, than any other hybrid.

In fact, Jayco hybrids had a way worse bad roof rep, back when they used a felt-backed roof material. Tons of warranty claims.

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