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Old 03-29-2012, 01:38 PM   #1
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Taking Delivery of a 2013 Roo 233s

Hello everyone. I have ordered a new 2013 Roo 233s. I have been looking at these units since 2009 and have saved for it. We are really excited to get it but I have questions about the delivery. You guys are the experts, not me.

1. What things should I inspect when I get it? I read to bring a DVD and Cd to try.... but what else?

2. What type of modifications are people doing to the units to make their lives go easier? I am fairly handy so most should be manageable.

3. What can be done to strengthen the rear bumper to allow a bike rack back there? I have read that people carry their bike inside the unit and that is not acceptable to me. Their has to be a fix...

4. Can I seam seal the bunk ends and do you use a silicone based product?

Any other recommendations?

Thanks for taking the time.


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Old 03-29-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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Hi Craig,
My answers are below (in blue)...

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Hello everyone. I have ordered a new 2013 Roo 233s. I have been looking at these units since 2009 and have saved for it. We are really excited to get it but I have questions about the delivery. You guys are the experts, not me.

We find the 233s to be a great trailer for our family of 5. Search the various PDI checklists here. I'll attach one I have for hybrid trailers if I can find it (I'm on vacation and on my wife's laptop).

2. What type of modifications are people doing to the units to make their lives go easier? I am fairly handy so most should be manageable.
Lots of mods and its almost all personal preference. Best to search through the Roo and Shamrock parts of this forum to get ideas. But, the ones I did last year were:

Battery Disconnect (2012 and 2013 trailers come with one now)
Two 6-volt batteries - b/c we dry camp often
LED lighting - again the dry camping
Bypass for the water pump - for winterizing
Oxygenics shower head
Maxxair II vent covers
Install screws on rear bumper to hold caps in place
Popup gizmos (not really a mod but a handy purchase)


3. What can be done to strengthen the rear bumper to allow a bike rack back there? I have read that people carry their bike inside the unit and that is not acceptable to me. Their has to be a fix...
Nothing can be done with the bumper or frame without voiding your warranty. More practically, neither your frame nor bumper were designed for this. Just don't try it as it won't work. Carry them inside your trailer, which is what we do, or in or on your truck. You can install a type of carrier over the propane tanks, as well.

4. Can I seam seal the bunk ends and do you use a silicone based product?
Sure, you can seal but its not needed unless there is a problem. I would suggest you not seal at first. Just get the tent ends wet and then allow to dry so the seams can swell.

Any other recommendations?

Thanks for taking the time.


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Old 03-29-2012, 05:43 PM   #3
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Triguy has done a great job answering your questions.
I second that you should read thru the Roo and Shamrock sections.
Lots of info, answers and ideas there.
And most will apply no matter which Roo/Shamrock model you have.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:40 AM   #4
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We picked up our 2012 Roo a couple of weeks ago. So far we've only found a couple of small issues:

1.) Sofa was mounted too close to front bed. When folding it out to a bed, it hit the corner of the front cupboard door and took a chunk out of it. The dealer backed it out 1/2" and ordered replacement door panel.

2.) One screw was overtightened on "Control Panel" and cracked the face. Dealer ordered replacement.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:00 AM   #5
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question number 3 .
move on from this question ! there is no way to do it without having a handle bar go through the back and without voiding your warranty. Do as you please but you'll regret doing it IMO
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Rjaxin - so it's not just our sofa that is mounted too close! Took me awhile to figure out what caused the nick in the front cabinet.
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Ouch . I haven't seen that pic before.

I wonder sometimes if the bumper is even able to support the spare and a hose much less a bike rack.
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I wonder what those steel pipes welded onto the bumper were for?

I don't think we are seeing all that was done. Perhaps a generator or bike rack that is on the highway somewhere with his bikes and generator.

Here is a mod I tried 2 years ago that never made it out of my driveway.

After I took the photos, I took it all apart. The cargo carrier is in the shed and the generator "house" lives in the truck bed.

For those who follow my posts (Lord knows why), note the missing bumper caps from my "mount the bikes back there attempt." Somehow I thought that tying the cargo carrier to the frame would be safer.
Looks great; dumb; gone.
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Our dealer recognized and moved our couch before we took delivery (and also before it damaged the front cabinet). We also had to have a repair because of an overtightened screw, except ours was the skylight over our shower. Fortunately I noticed it early on, and FR fixed it promptly and without issue.
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