This posting is a bit delayed since it was actually last August that we purchased our Roo. I just thought I would finally share our story.
Here is the quick version of our families camping de-evolution:
- We love camping. Nothing like waking up in nature.
- Got kids... tenting is a lot of work with little ones.
- got used popup... Still got canvass but MUCH easier with kids
- Got more kids... got bigger popup, nothing like a nap with bunkend opened up!
- Tired of setup, still want canvas, got rid of some kids... got Roo!
- The darn thing has a TV and microwave... is this still "camping" ???
After ten years with our last Fleetwood popup, the DW decided that she wanted something that she would feel more comfortable taking on her own without having to deal with all of the setup. She said she wanted something 'self contained' and that it would be nice to upgrade from a porta-potty. I wasn't overly thrilled, as I really liked our popup and thought it was perfect. How could it not be after 10 years of mods
The oldest DD was almost distraught since she has never known a different camper. She was too young to remember the others. We also had one of the boys out of the house and the other one would be in a year so we didn't need quite as much sleeping space. That was one great thing about the Tacoma/Sun Valley floorplan... two king bunks, dinette bed, and couch turns into bed. We had plenty of room for not only us but also tagalongs.
The only dealer we will buy from is Jerry's Camping Center! Small family biz that will bend over backwards. We live 2.5 hours from them but gladly make the trip for the service and prices. If you are anywhere near Madison, WI you owe it to yourself to check them out! You won't find a flashy showroom, but rather an old fashioned family dealership, packed into a tiny space, with an amazing collection of antique lanterns. I will take a good deal and GREAT service over a fancy showroom anyday. I was passing by their dealership on my way to somewhere else so I told the wife I would stop and just see what they had on the lot. I found a couple of small travel trailers that we could pull with the current vehicle. On the same trip I also stopped at one of those GREAT BIG dealerships in a different state, since I was passing by. It gave me a chance to see what all was out there. When I returned from my trip I found the popup no longer in the yard since DW had sold it to my sister! I got the hint... she was serious about this.
We went down to Jerry's to take a closer look at a couple of the options and stoped by another dealership on the way to look at some floorplans that they didn't have on the lot. None of them seemed to really spark her interest. It was becoming clear that it would be hard to stay within our towning limits without giving up either permanant beds, or the couch that we liked so much. Dan mentioned that if we were still willing to have canvas a hybrid might be a solution. To my surprise, DW said that she was going to miss the bunkends anyway... why didn't you tell me this sooner? She told me that she didn't want to have to deal with any setup so I mistakenly thought that meant that she didn't want to deal with ANY setup
He had a Roo 19 and a used shamrock that both met most of our requirements. We looked at the shamrock first. We liked the floorplan but, when DW asked what was involved with opening and closing the bunk, she couldn't reach the latches without at least a two step stool so she said it was a no go. But it did have bunks in the front and that would have been very nice for the girls. The 2016 Roo has that problem solved with the new latch system and the latch handle down low. She was in happy. With the 19 there was still a couch and we could still sleep 8 IF we needed too. It was a lot more than we planned to spend, but she was so in love with it, I couldn't say no.
I will start some threads of the various mods in the modification forums. Here is a picture of the trip home...