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Old 03-28-2016, 06:03 PM   #1
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I am taking delivery of a new Roo 183 in 10 days. What are some things I will need for it right away? The things on my list so far are a surge protector and wood blocks for leveling. I'm just wondering what things you all think I will need.
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Old 03-28-2016, 06:30 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new buy......Don't forget wheel chocks !

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Old 03-28-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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1. Popup Gizmos

Will you be dry camping or boondocking? If so, get two deepcycle batteries. 6vgolf cart batteries are the best.
Dealer will usually install a cheap marine 12v battery.
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What's your camping experience and where do you anticipate you'll be camping - full hookups, partial or none? Either way you'll want to have 2 -25' white RV water hoses and at least 15' of sewer hose (RhinoFlex is recommended).
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:12 PM   #5
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Mostly state parks in Wisconsin. We usually get an electric site but no sewer or water hook up. They have RV dump stations. I do have 2 25' water hoses from the pop up that I'm trading in. Does the Roo come with a sewer hose to empty the tanks? We sometimes do off grid camping but usually not for longer than a few days.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:14 PM   #6
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I have been camping since I was 2 years old. Mostly in pop up campers. I have owned 2 in my adult life. The one I'm trading in has a water heater and shower inside. It also has the cassette style toilet. I'm used to cleaning that out. The HTT is new to me but it has some things in common with the pop up, just bigger.
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I believe the dealer has the option of providing a black/gray tank drain hose. Forest River does not provide one. My dealer did with mine though.
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:22 AM   #8
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The dealer often throws in a "starter kit" that includes a cheap sewer hose but I recommend getting a 15' RhinoFlex hose kit. If your dealer sells them ask about getting the RhinoFlex instead of the starter kit.

Do you already have some dog bone adapters for connecting to a 50 amp and 15 amp plug? You might want to consider a spare water pump to use in filling the fresh water tank.
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Since you are an experienced camper, you probably have just about everything you need. I would throw in a small basic tool kit, some spare fuses, and a cordless drill for operating the stabilizers. You camp just like we do and we travel pretty light. Most state parks in Indiana are close to a town so we are never far away from most anything we need. I also carry a small air pump to top off the tires if needed. FR typically installs tires that just barely meet the weight requirements of the trailer and underinflation eliminates any safety cushion.
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My 2016 183 is almost a year old now. I played with it all summer last year, taking my time exploring every feature of the camper. It is a pretty amazing little unit. I can sleep a lot of people, but still tow with my SUV.


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