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Old 05-18-2014, 09:28 AM   #1
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So far disappointed 2014 roo 233s

I don't know if it was dealer rushing me out and I missed things but-
Now I posted few weeks back about leaving rv store and going home or going camping and we went camping.
First it rained and all Materses and sheets ect got wet in back corners of beds enough where we had towels soaking up water. I could see water soaking thru the canvas and also running down support straps, now I have few water stains-then between canvas and screen I find paper saying treat canvas with water allowing it to swell hope that's all it is.
One of the back bed out latch the top hook to hold close on one just barely latches hopefully I can adjust it.
I know the grill is useless but when I took it out box it was all rusted all ready hopefully not moisture for inside camper?? Does not smell damp inside.
Door seems really hard to open and close don't know if it normal but I will try adjusting my wife and kids have a hard time opening and shutting.
Inside door trim bent from when it was installed.
My main concern is water leaks on ever bed-I hope I did not buy a pool on wheels or it was like paper said it needs to swell at needle points and stitching.
Other than that we had a blast and love the camper just some quality issues.
Thank for all your advice on last post
I will post some pics when I get to a real computer
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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it is unfortunate that most dealers do not take the time to really show a new owner all things about their trailer. Even when I got my second trailer which is now the 2013 233s, they took about 15-20 minutes with me showing me what they knew about the trailer. Quite frankly, I think I knew more that the person showing me the trailer. Most of the time, i pointed out issues they needed to fix before I was going to drive the thing off the lot. They said they were going to do a whole inspection before I picked it up and it's been back 5 times for things they should have found during the inspection since that day.

It's not just some dealers, and I say some because their are some really good ones out there who care. But places like fast food joints, car dealers that just don't give a damn but for the money. When I find a place with great customer service, I make sure it's known and tip well if applicable.

I was aware of needing to wet the canvas, but I had prior experience and what you describe here is normal. once it dries out, it will not leak again. make a list of issues and take it back to the dealer to get fixed. I really enjoy may camper, don't let these bumps get in the way of enjoying a really nice trailer.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #3
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Each time will get better and better. You will look back at this as a learn learning experience. The canvass and the seams will need to be water proofed. Put everything out and open and let it dry really good when you get home. This is part of the nuance of having a hybrid. I went from a tent (many years ago) to a 'hard body'. One of my in-laws went from a tent to a large pop-up..... for years they said that they loved it (and they did), but it was a lot of work. Ten years ago, they bought a full hard body and said from day one that they wish that they never had bought the pop-up (lies, they loved it). You have a hybrid, which has a little of both worlds, for better or worse. Most swear for them and all will swear at them a time or two. But everybody will swear at their camper a time or two. Rest assured that it will get better each time out and you will be glad with you purchase.
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Sorry about all your problems.
I've heard the same thing about the canvas needing "treated", and some people make a tarp type cover for their tent ends.
Sorry, I don't have any experiance with the canvas other than with shelter halfs.
Hopefully things will look up for you after this!!
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:23 AM   #5
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Thanks man I just walked by these travel trailers and think how they are not dealing with water issues. We were in between the tt and hybrid. We love the room and 3 separate big beds (not a fan of bunk beds). I am going to go home shortly and wet all canvas again leak them dry and fold away and then next week end I will do a full water leak test and hope for best
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The canvass and the seams will need to be water proofed.
The canvas seams do not need to be water proofed. Back in the day with tent, they needed water proofing every year but these high end hybrid canvases are naturally water proof. They just need to get wet once to shrink the seams to close them and everything will be fine. I went 7 years on my 2007 popup which I had to do the same thing in and never had a leak after "watering" it
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The canvas seams do not need to be water proofed. Back in the day with tent, they needed water proofing every year but these high end hybrid canvases are naturally water proof. They just need to get wet once to shrink the seams to close them and everything will be fine.

Thank you for the reminder. I understand that very much, but as a old timer who naturally did this (water proof canvas), it is hard to let it sink in.

As for the OP, this then should be considered a 'good thing' of a little rain to get your hybrid broke in on the first outing and the issues will decrease substantially as time goes on.
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well, your dealer should have told you about "seasoning" the canvas ends.
same thing goes for new popups.
your dealer is who you should be disappointed in. especially with the rusted grill.

most hybrid owners are former popup owners and know that this has to be done before going out camping, especially if it's going to rain.

and modern vinylized canvas does NOT have to be waterproofed.
old style canvas, from 40 years ago, had to be waterproofed.

as far as the door goes, i hope you aren't using the jacks/stabilizers to level the trailer. that's not what they are for and using them for that, can bend the frame enough to make door hard to open/close.
or the striker plate needs adjusting.
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Thank you for the reminder. I understand that very much, but as a old timer who naturally did this (water proof canvas), it is hard to let it sink in.

I went 20 years on my popup with no leaks. (And we got rid of it 6 years ago.) So it's been at least 26 years (and I know it's more) since the popup/hybrid canvas needed to be "sealed." And I thought I was an old-timer :-)
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Thank you for the reminder. I understand that very much, but as a old timer who naturally did this (water proof canvas), it is hard to let it sink in.

As for the OP, this then should be considered a 'good thing' of a little rain to get your hybrid broke in on the first outing and the issues will decrease substantially as time goes on.

No problem, I asked about Otto 8 years ago. As a regular tent camper, I always sealed my tents. Wasn't trying to be mean, I'm sure it never hurts to seal it if that's what makes you feel better just saying you technically don't have to anymore.
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