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Old 03-13-2016, 04:00 PM   #1
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The Roo adventure begins!

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:
  1. We love camping. Nothing like waking up in nature.
  2. Got kids... tenting is a lot of work with little ones.
  3. got used popup... Still got canvass but MUCH easier with kids
  4. Got more kids... got bigger popup, nothing like a nap with bunkend opened up!
  5. Tired of setup, still want canvas, got rid of some kids... got Roo!
  6. 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...
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:22 PM   #2
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List of mods

Here is a list of completed, work-in-progress, and planned mods for the Roo. I will link them to matching threads in the modifications forum as they are posted...

  • Tongue items and spare tire relocation
  • 12v revamp and battery relocation
  • Solar
  • Water system
  • Storage improvements
  • Cooking related mods
  • Refrigerator efficiency
  • Raise the sewer outlet
  • Backup camera and towing mirrors
  • Thermal control... insulation!
  • Heating and cooling
  • doo-dads and gadgets
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:36 PM   #3
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Old 03-13-2016, 04:59 PM   #4
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Congrats to you and your wife... I'm sure you went from a tent to a popup to an hybrid like most of us.
My DW also got to the point she needed something more than a popup....She wanted her bathroom, and all the commodities of a travel trailer but she still wanted the feel of a tent.
We are now on our third hybrid.......Travelstar, Palomino and now a Roo 23WS, and we can't be happier.

Have fun and Happy Trail to all of you !
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Nice story, good luck and enjoy I went from a 33ft TT to a 2015 Roo23ikss and we love the ease of use and all the space, just do not like camping in cold weather colder than 40 degrees


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Welcome to the HTT side, we have a Shamrock and love it. Your list sounds a lot like ours except for your #5...how did you get rid of some kids?!
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Welcome Dragon

Definitely an interesting list of mods.

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Old 03-15-2016, 12:27 AM   #8
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How does the flex handle the roo? I have a 23ikss and a Ford Flex but never tried to pull the trailer with it as I also have a F350. I always thought the trailer would be too big for the flex to handle, so always end up using the truck. Just curious if the flex could pull it.
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How does the flex handle the roo? I have a 23ikss and a Ford Flex but never tried to pull the trailer with it as I also have a F350. I always thought the trailer would be too big for the flex to handle, so always end up using the truck. Just curious if the flex could pull it.
Big difference between the OP'S Roo 19 and your 23IKSS, the heaviest hybrid currently made.
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[QUOTE=dragon-roo;1129444]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:
  1. We love camping. Nothing like waking up in nature.
  2. Got kids... tenting is a lot of work with little ones.
  3. got used popup... Still got canvass but MUCH easier with kids
  4. Got more kids... got bigger popup, nothing like a nap with bunkend opened up!
  5. Tired of setup, still want canvas, got rid of some kids... got Roo!
  6. The darn thing has a TV and microwave... is this still "camping" ???

Sounds very familiar...
Both grew up camping, Our 1st camper was an all canvas 1968 tent on a trailer in 1985.
Then kids and other pop ups...3 more, all were basic no frill campers, no fridge AC ect... and still used tents for certain trips, even today.
THEN.....we became GRANDPARENTS.
We talked about getting a bigger pop up, even looked at ....Trailers....YUCK
Then in May 2012, while walking around the CG looking at other set ups we notice this MASSIVE popup....must have been 24' long, Huge slid out...hard sided .
As we stand there with puzzled looks on our faces a lady pops her head out the door and says..."Wanna look inside?".....The wife stumbles towards the camper, almost started drooling as she looked around.
Before we could walk back to our campsite I was given orders to find one to replace our Pop Up....
And that's how we ended up in a Hybrid....
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