Originally Posted by Martingale
1. Sapphire vs. White:
Is heat and fading a valid concern for the new color scheme? For this reason are we better off with the older, mostly white color scheme?
2. Kitchen Slide bump-out under awning:
We usually have our camp kitchen set up under our PUP's awning and our likely to do the same for the Roo.
How much of an issue has the loss of under awning space been to 23IKSS users?
Does the under awning space become awkward to use because of the kitchen slide intrusion?
3. New Solar connection
We have just heard of the new solar connection. Is it something more than just a quick connection to the battery circuit?
I was planning on adding a connector for our existing panels but maybe this is something more?
After 2 seasons and about 70 nights with our 23IKSS, here's my thoughts:
1. I doubt heat will be major issue with the black trim. As for fading - who knows. If both are 2015's, probably doesn't affect re-sale much either. I would say just pick the one you like better. I think they both look pretty good. If I was going to go with the new colors, I might lean toward the sapphire package - the frameless windows are sharp.
2. You do loose a little awning space, but we also came from a popup we had for 13 years. Still way more space under the awning than we had before. If you want to put the picnic table under the awning, it gets crowded, but for chairs, small table, grill or stove - works fine. Was so worth the extra interior space to us.
3. The solar prep is pretty basic. I snapped a picture of a 2105 that was on the dealer's lot last time I was there. I never got around to posting it on this thread Roo and a Portable Solar Charging System
but Optipro also setup a Zamp portable solar system. The Roo comes wired to accept the Zamp portable systems. With Zamp, the charge controller is on the panel so the prep is basically just wiring, but its a really nice addition that didn't add a lot of cost. I also added a portable solar charging system to our Roo. The portable won out because we don't always use it - many of the state parks we go have electric, and the ones that don't are in the woods. Permanent solar panels are great if you can park in the sun. Otherwise, a portable system is the way to go.
The Zamp isn't the cheapest on the market, but it is super easy to use and store, so I think the addition of the plug on the trailer was a really nice feature.
If you are moving up from a popup and want a hybrid, I think you will be very happy with the Roo - we certainly are, and this floorplan is perfect for us. Too bad you can't find one to look at. Its tough to make that kind of decision without seeing one.