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Old 10-14-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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Purchasing new Roo 19 this week -- quick question

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We're new to this forum -- glad we found it! -- and we're excited to be picking up our new Roo 19 this week from the dealer. Moving from pop-up to travel trailer. I'm in the process of adjusting my WD hitch head so it's ready to go when I pick it up -- does anyone know the hitch height of the 2011 Roo 19?

Thanks, Dennis
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:22 AM   #2
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This is what I have for dead level...this is for a 2010 but I believe all years since are the same.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:41 AM   #3
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Great, thanks pixleys. So it looks like it's about 19.5 inches? Do you also drive a 4Runner? What kind of weight distribution do you use... the Reese light duty setup with the single bar? Here's what I have and was planning to use, if it will fit: Reese Light-Duty Weight Distribution System - A-Frame - 4,000 lbs GTW, 400 TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66069

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:37 AM   #4
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Great, thanks pixleys. So it looks like it's about 19.5 inches? Do you also drive a 4Runner? What kind of weight distribution do you use... the Reese light duty setup with the single bar? Here's what I have and was planning to use, if it will fit: Reese Light-Duty Weight Distribution System - A-Frame - 4,000 lbs GTW, 400 TW Reese Weight Distribution RP66069

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At a dry weight of 3,389 for the Roo 19, plus batteries, propane, cargo, mods, etc you might be closer to 4,000lbs or more. That would leave you with a TW as high as 600lbs. Could be lower (or higher) as a percentage of the actual loaded weight of the trailer, but I can't imagine that it will be 400lbs, which is the max for that WDH.

I think your TW will be heavier than 400lbs. Check you stickered weight, add your estimate for cargo, batteries, propane, etc and multiply by 0.13-0.15. That's an estimate of a good TW.

You could get an Equal-i-zer for the same price or a Reese Dual Cam for a little bit more. Both of those have sway control built into the hitch.
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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not enough WDH. the Roo/Shamrock 19 has a GVWR of 4662lbs., way over the 4000lbs. of the one you have.
and the tongue weight should easily be at or over the 400lbs.
i looked at your WDH and that would be scary pulling a full height TT. that thing looks like it's a WDH for popups or teardrop trailers.
it has only one weight bar on it.

and with a short wheelbase TV, like yours, a good WDH like the Equal-i-zer or Dual Cam are your best bet.
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Here is some more info on my set up...I posted this on the Toyota Highlander forum a while back...

I am towing a 19 Roo with a 2011 Highlander and a Reese hitch...

Pro Series Pro Series RB2 Weight Distributing Hitch (1,200 lb) 49570

The Toyota doesn't seam to even be working that hard. I can stay in OD at 65mph (2,100 rpm) on the level areas and the tranny drops into 4th on slight hills. Two weekends ago going to Cape Cod at 102F on the cars thermometer and very muggy with the A/C on we went along just fine. The temp gauge never moved and I was watching it very closely.

The Roo actually weighs 3,668# (advertised at #3,170) empty with no battery and empty propane tanks per the sticker on the side and verified at our town weigh station. Loaded (without water) we are at #4,280.

The Highlander gets 12-13mpg on regular at an actual 65 by my GPS.

We are coming from towing with a Honda Pilot which was out of its league. The Pilot always felt like it was working it ass off as shown by always being one gear lower than the Highlander and getting 9 mpg. I consider the Toyota to be 50% better in all respects as a towing vehicle than the Honda.

We considered going to a Roo 21SS this year (advertised at #3,972) but I think anything heavier would just be too much for the Highlander.

Hope this helps. Happy camping.
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The Roo actually weighs 3,668# (advertised at #3,170) empty with no battery and empty propane tanks per the sticker on the side and verified at our town weigh station. Loaded (without water) we are at #4,280.
Always good to use real numbers.

4,280 X 13-15% gives a TW of 556 lbs - 642 lbs.

OP (Dennis), you need to make sure your WDH can handle that kind of weight. 600lb bars at the minimum or, if you pack heavier or trailer with water, than you might consider 1,000lbs bars.
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My T.W. came out to 473# with empty water tanks but 2X full propane tanks and a series #27 (1.5 larger than stock) battery
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We ended up going with 800 lb bars after all, and there's no sag at all. Looks great! The camper is really nice. We're taking it out this weekend.

Question... what in the trailer, if anything, runs on battery only? I noticed I had to plug in to shore power in order to get power to most things, even overhead lights.

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your lights, radio, furnace run on 12v. the fridge/freezer and water heater will run on propane or 110v, but use 12v for the electronics.
if your overhead lights don't work on 12v, then there's something wrong with the battery.
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