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Old 04-30-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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The reason you take a trial run..

First trip out with the new Roo 233s. We had found a few issues missed on the PDI and dealer set-up. When we got it home initially we found a chip in a small countertop near the dinette. Then the little indicatir light where the power cord quit working. About a week later my wife saw a bubble in the paint on the stove top pan which goes around the burners. None if these are deal breakers, just minor annoyances. We are currently awaiting the shipment of parts from the dealer.

Last evening after running the furnace for a few minutes it began making a heck of a racket. It appears the squirrel cage is hitting the housing after it begins to get hot. Hope this is something the dealer will let me take care of as things are pretty hectic now.
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:42 PM   #2
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It's just so annoying. You wait for so long to get it, it's a big investment and that's all you ask of FR is to built and inspect and do it right. So many small flaws. Finally we just fix them by ourselves. My old 15 yr old wildwood never had any issues. Things have changed.
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:52 PM   #3
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It's just so annoying. You wait for so long to get it, it's a big investment and that's all you ask of FR is to built and inspect and do it right. So many small flaws. Finally we just fix them by ourselves. My old 15 yr old wildwood never had any issues. Things have changed.
As you said: " Finally, we just fix them ourselves"............and the work is 100% better than FR , cause we put TLC in our work !

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Old 05-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #4
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Just a few observations after the first 2 nights camping. We love the unit! The 233S is very spacious and comfortable. After about 15 hours of rain ranging from a light misting to a steady/light shower having all that room and a tv was a blessing as my girls enjoyed watching a Harry Potter movie. The bunk ends are comfortable, if not as big as those on my Starcraft PUP. We have a couple of inches of memory foam on our bunk and it was very comfortable. Nice having a big, well running fridge And power awning as well. When the awning was damaged on my PUP we didn't even bother replacing it as it was such a PITA. My wife actually used the shower and was very happy with it. Lastly, was thrilled with the short, easy set-up and tear down/hook up. So much easier than my old PUP.

On the down side: We went through water pretty quickly. I filled the fw tank about half full and we were running out by the second morning. Not having an operable furnace was a PITA! Not that I would have run it a whole lot, but it would have been nice to use it to take the chill out when my 1500 watt ceramic heater couldn't keep up. We also experienced some water in each bunk end. Not a whole lot, but there it was. Disappointing, to be sure, but it did rain about 15 hours. I thought I did a sufficient job seasoning the bunk ends, but I guess not. If this doesn't do it then I will have to try some seam sealer.

Overall we are very happy with the Roo. Surely there are some issues to be worked out but we will do our best to deal with them.
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We also experienced some water in each bunk end. Not a whole lot, but there it was. Disappointing, to be sure, but it did rain about 15 hours. I thought I did a sufficient job seasoning the bunk ends, but I guess not. If this doesn't do it then I will have to try some seam sealer.
Given the environmental conditions, are you sure what you had was leakage and not condensation? Many folks tend to button everything up when it's cold and rainy outside, but that can just allow internal moisture to build up and condense in the bunk ends.
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are you sure the bunk end leaked? Maybe you just had condensation on the inside of the vinyl tent end? long humid periods especially if it gets cool at night will cause moisture to condense on the tent end ceilings... keep the bunk fans on, a window un zipped slightly, the maxaire fan to exhaust air and pull moist air caused by breathing to escape. I also have a small fan on in the trailer to keep air circulation within the camper.
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are you sure the bunk end leaked? Maybe you just had condensation on the inside of the vinyl tent end? long humid periods especially if it gets cool at night will cause moisture to condense on the tent end ceilings... keep the bunk fans on, a window un zipped slightly, the maxaire fan to exhaust air and pull moist air caused by breathing to escape. I also have a small fan on in the trailer to keep air circulation within the camper.

Thanks for the suggestion. There was no condensation. I had the roof vents open partially and a section of the zipper open on each end. The tops of the bunk ends were dry, and the tenting was damp in a localized fashion. Am pretty positive it was seeping through the stitching.
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Thanks for the update! We will watch out for these issues. Let us know how you get the furnace fixed. We will be sure to run ours long during the PDI.
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Thanks for the suggestion. There was no condensation. I had the roof vents open partially and a section of the zipper open on each end. The tops of the bunk ends were dry, and the tenting was damp in a localized fashion. Am pretty positive it was seeping through the stitching.
Try seam seal if you think the stitching is leaking.
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Try seam seal if you think the stitching is leaking.
Thanks for the idea. I was going to see if this good soaking did a better job at seasoning the canvas than I did before I tried seam seal. For all the rain we saw we really didn't have a whole lot of water, so I hope I don't need to use seam seal.
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