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Old 09-02-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Husband and I are searching used Roos and Shamrocks in the quad bunk style. We currently have our eye on a 2004 Roo 25 SB and would like feed back on this style! My preference is to keep kiddos in the back in their own room, utilizing the top bunks for extra storage that is out of sight. Hubs preference is getting a hybrid with 3 pop out bunks with super slide for more 'living' space. We have 3 kiddos, age 4, 7, and 15 (he stays in small tent always but puts belongings in current pop up).

We have a 2004 Dodge Durango with brand new replaced 5.7 Hemi this year (darn blown engine), with factory tow.
Can anyone help me figure out what I need in order to safely tow this Roo if we decide to purchase it? We have already ordered an electric brake and would like to know about weight distribution hitches and/or anti sway bar. We have camped in a light weight popup for past 5 years and have no clue about the heavier TT.

Thanks for any advice!!
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:46 PM   #2
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You should not need a sway bar with such a small unit, save your money.
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You should not need a sway bar with such a small unit, save your money.

lol. Let the debates begin.

I use an anti-sway + WDH with my pop up and am glad I have it. it keeps things nice and tight behind me. My pop up has a lower profile and is less susceptible to cross winds than you will be. I would recommend you use a WDH and anti sway as well. Others may disagree. It is just something you will have to decide for yourself.

Can you give us more stats on the unit you want and your TV? Many here tow the 23' hybrids with a durango. Not sure how much more weight the 25' model you want is.

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:11 PM   #4
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lol. Let the debates begin.



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Hello Vin
Ok.....
you need a sway bar.... (for a pop up????)
imo....
you have other issues you should address....


tongue too high or to low from the ball setting?
Weight distribution of stuff in unit unevenly distributed?
Axle skewed?
bad tires or unbalanced?
imo, you have another problem that you are now 'forced' to need a sway bar.
Not a good thing.
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You could be right. I may not need one. But I figured it would not hurt to have just in case it gets a bit squirrelly back there. It makes me feel a lot safer driving and to me that is worth any extra I might have paid for the inclusion of the feature with the Equalizer WDH. To me it was money well spent. The OP will be confronted with a similar decision.
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To me it was money well spent. The OP will be confronted with a similar decision.
We should each be very happy to spend someone else's money....
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If you need a wdh, you need some sort of sway control. I've towed from 20'-33' in the last 37+ yrs and always had dual friction sway controls. One does great and 2 work even better and they are NOT expensive. Doesn't make any difference whether it is single axle or dual axle, you need sway control.
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Brother Les... This isn't a pop up. It's a travel trailer, I'm sure you'ld agree anti sway is needed on a 25' trailer. I have a 4pt friction on my roo and it works great.
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Thank you for all of the replys thus far!

Our TV is a 2004 Dodge Durango with a 5.7 Hemi, tow package already in place.
Specs pulled from Dodge website :
Suspension... Front: independent short/long A-arm with coil springs; Rear: live axle with coil springs and track bar
Tow rating... 8,950 lbs.

I cannot find any specs on the Rockwood that we are looking at, and the seller is at work right now.

I am searching for weight distribution and anti sway bar and have come across this on amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Eaz-Lift-48058...ribution+hitch

But it won't be in before we make the purchase. Can I technically tow with just the tow hitch and correct size ball on my TV just to get it home? It is a 1 hour trip on all highway.
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For my experience, it costs twice as much, but the equilizer 4pt friction antisway WDH is very easy to hook up and use. It's also one of the best, in most opinions. It also installs on the trailer with no drilling or threading in to it.

As far as driving it home, most here would agree that you should wait the extra few days for the hitch before picking up. Highway is where you want that hitch to help out the most. When the trailer hits a bump or undulation in the road, get passed.by a huge tractor trailer, or move the steering wheel to jerky, you'll be thankful you have the hitch.
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