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Old 03-14-2016, 09:59 AM   #1
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Siting on delivery of 21SS

We ordered a Roo 21SS at the Toronto RV Show back in February. Initially we liked the island in the 23iKSS, but decided on the 21SS because of length restrictions at our seasonal campground.

Our Roo is on order. We are just waiting for the word to put our '98 Coleman Sunridge up for sale. Looking forward to many happy years with the Roo and chatting on this Forum.

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We presently drive a Ford Escape. Will we need to upgrade to a larger vehicle, if yes what is the smallest vehicle we can get with the towing capacity for the 21SS?

We have no services at our Campground and use Solar. Does anyone know the best place to buy Solar components in Toronto?

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Old 03-14-2016, 11:31 AM   #2
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your new Roo 21SS.
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Old 03-14-2016, 02:08 PM   #3
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To answer your first question, yes. A 21ss will be 5000 lbs min ready to camp with a full frontal area as any travel trailer would have. You will need a half ton pickup based vehicle to pull it safely. There may be a few suv types that could possibly meet your needs, but suvs usually are light on payload capacity. You will need a vehicle capable of pulling a minimum of 5000 lbs and a payload rating sufficient for you, your passengers, all your gear, and the tongue weight of your camper.
A question I have is..how many times a year do you intend to tow it? If you only tow it to and from your seasonal site once each way a year, could someone else tow itfor you? Just a thought. Good luck.
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Our 21SS is 4500 lb dry. We pulled with a 4.7 Durango which had a tow capacity of 5700 lb. Okay on the flats, but lacking in towing capacity on hills. I doubt an Escape will be able to pull it. Is that a V-6?
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Our 21SS is 4500 lb dry. We pulled with a 4.7 Durango which had a tow capacity of 5700 lb. Okay on the flats, but lacking in towing capacity on hills. I doubt an Escape will be able to pull it. Is that a V-6?
The absolute max towing of the Escape, is only 3500lbs IF it has the factory tow package. That's with the v6.
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I have no doubt my V6 Escape will be under qualified. I suspect I will need a 1500 series vehicle. I was hoping, for my wife's sake, it would not need to be a Pick-up. I am OK with it, but for her it may be too big. This year is not an issue since we will be at the seasonal all Summer, but next year we plan on touring. We are planning on renting an F150 to get it up to the site.

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Old 03-14-2016, 05:40 PM   #8
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A Durango with a hemi will handle it well, or a Suburban 2500, or do what we did and buy an Excursion!
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Please don't forget the weight distribution hitch when you rent the pickup. Absolutely necessary with a half ton.
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I pulled my Roo 19 for one season with a Traverse (5200 lb towing capacity). Wasn't happy. Bought a Silverado with 7500 lb towing and a V-8.

You're going to want a V-8 minimum (OK, maybe an F150 Ecoboost). As mentioned above, watch out for your payload limit.
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