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Old 09-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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Roo 25RS vs Outback 250RS

We are interested in upgrading our TT and are researching these two trailers:
2012 Rockwood Roo 25RS
2012 Outback 250RS

Virtually the two are the same floorplan, but looking for your opinions and feedback! How do these two compare to each other?

I want a u-dinette slide and full bathtub for the kiddies. We are expecting babe#3 so will use the sofa for his/her tent (Kidco Pod).

I also love that this trailer has two doors - one for quick access to the toilet and the other to use when kids are sleeping!

What would be some issues to watch for? Leaking around slides?

Much appreciated!
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:52 PM   #2
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We are interested in upgrading our TT and are researching these two trailers:
2012 Rockwood Roo 25RS
2012 Outback 250RS

Virtually the two are the same floorplan, but looking for your opinions and feedback! How do these two compare to each other?

I want a u-dinette slide and full bathtub for the kiddies. We are expecting babe#3 so will use the sofa for his/her tent (Kidco Pod).

I also love that this trailer has two doors - one for quick access to the toilet and the other to use when kids are sleeping!

What would be some issues to watch for? Leaking around slides?

Much appreciated!
There's an Expandable/Hybrid section on this forum a couple of sections down from here. You'll get more answers there.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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I moved the thread to the Roo subforum.

Although the 25RS is quite a bit different from a traditional hybrid Roo, it still qualifies as an expandable because of the bed slide.

That's a nice floorplan in either model. I note one major difference is that the Keystone is about 1,000lbs heavier fully loaded. This could be a make or break depending on your tow vehicle. In fact, its dry weight is 1,000 more, too, so this should be a consideration for you.

Issues to watch out for will be the same as with any TT. This one essentially has two slides so seals and slide motors are important. I assume because they are 2012s that you are buying new so the warranty should cover these things if they should fail.
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I forgot to add in my pm to you that my sister has an Outback 250RS. I think theirs is a 2011 model. Its a great camper as well but they paid quite a bit more for theirs then we did for our Roo. Some things are slightly better quality but not enough to make me want to dish out the extra money. Theirs also doesn't have the power jack and entertainment center like ours but it does have heated tanks. They don't camp past October though so its not needed.
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unfortunately, Outback sells way more rear bed slide models, than FR does.
almost all the Roo owners here have hybrid Roo's, not the rear bed slide Roo's.
i would say less than 5 members here have the hard-sided bed slide Roo.

since you are comparing a non-FR model with the Roo, you might want to check out RV.net's TT forum.
i've seen much more rear bed slide model comparisons there.

but Outback is the #1 selling brand of that type of TT. they offer the most choices of any other brand, of that kind.

all i can say is look at an Outback and compare it to a Roo/Shamrock, even if the Roo/Shamrock is a hybrid. both types of Roo/Shamrock are built on the same assembly line, in the same factory.
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I was looking between the Outback (21RS) and Roo (23RS) myself in my shopping for a near future purchase. The killer for me was the 1000lb difference.
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:30 AM   #7
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Stay away from the hybrids and there is so many issues with leaks in the bunk ends and once water damage is done it is hard to get it fixed.
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Stay away from the hybrids and there is so many issues with leaks in the bunk ends and once water damage is done it is hard to get it fixed.
No problem with leaks in our three bunks.

We've owned several trailers from a pup and small TT along with our current Shamrock and have borrowed a few others to camp in. Water intrusion can be an issue with any trailer and its a poor decision to condemn all hybrids. Also, I wonder if you have read through any other threads on FRF, Rv.net, etc? When you do, you'll notice that ALL brands and all types have customers who reported leaks. You'll also notice that many people are happy with theirs. Sorry about your troubles, but you're in the minority.
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Stay away from the hybrids and there is so many issues with leaks in the bunk ends and once water damage is done it is hard to get it fixed.
Just an FYI the units the poster is asking about arent hybrids. They have 2 slide outs that are hard sided.
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #10
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I would stay away from anything made by Forest River. We have a 3 year old travel trailer with 3 bunk doors that is a complete moldy mess and the factory was supposed to restore it actually put moldy pieces if wood back in making us sick during our trip. They do not stand behind their workmanship and I have found many other Roo owners with leaking bunk doors that either leaked while they were closed or open.

We had it shipped to them being told it would be all fixed and spent thousands on shipping only to get it back smelly and still moldy. They actually used some of the original moldy wood and screws - great way to treat a customer that bought 2 products from them in 4 years.
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