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.