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Old 01-24-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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Question to roo or not to roo

Hi, We are considering buying a new Roo, but after reading some comments about leak problems I am now a little scared. Has FR addressed these problems? What is your advice about choosing a Hybrid over an enclosed trailer?

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Old 01-24-2013, 11:44 PM   #2
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I can not tell you what to do, you have obviously heard some good and some bad about an expandable trailer. My Roo is on order so I can not comment on the leak issues but it is not every Roo that leaks, you usually only hear the bad side of things. Many owners praise the Roo. Also, I believe it was 2011 or 2012 when Forest River changed the style of the tent ends by enclosing the fabric within the door, meaning you do not have to pull the fabric over the door like you used to.

I chose the Roo because I wanted maximum sleep area without worrying about using the dinette or sofa, and because I did not want a bunkhouse. I do a lot of family camping and plan to let family members sleep in the third bed, possibly the second bed as well and put my 3 year old on the sofa if need be. This was an important thing for me to have 3 full size beds.

The next reason was because I did not want a super long trailer. Living in the Great Northwest, there are many opportunities to utilize public land but you have to navigate unpaved and narrow roads to get there. This would be a problem with a long trailer, and it is pushing it with my 24' Roo that is on order.

So it kind of boils down to how you plan to use it, how many beds you need, how light of a trailer you need which may be a non issue as there are many ultralight enclosed trailers, and finally if you have experience with tent ends. Sometimes they can be a pain and there may be a little more to setting up camp but after using a tent trailer the last few years, I am going to welcome being able to not have to crank up the roof before I can pack the trailer.

Hope this helps some!

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Old 01-25-2013, 12:02 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by smil288115 View Post
Hi, We are considering buying a new Roo, but after reading some comments about leak problems I am now a little scared. Has FR addressed these problems? What is your advice about choosing a Hybrid over an enclosed trailer?
considering that FR sells thousands of hybrids, reading a few comments about leaks is a drop in the bucket, compared to those who don't have leak problems, me being one of those.
rarely do hybrid owners start threads on a forum like:
"Hey, i have a hybrid and have absolutely NO leaks! Please post if you have no problems also!"
Forums like these, usually attract new owners, those looking to become owners and those with problems.
rarely do RV owners with no problems, post that on a forum like this.

that said, my advice about choosing a hybrid or TT is this:
don't buy a hybrid unless you love sleeping under canvas. many new hybrid owners buy them because of the sleeping capacity or that you can get a very roomy trailer in a shorter package.
not once did they consider the canvas and what that's like to deal with.
you have to love the canvas to be willing to deal with the few negatives that come with it.
most hybrid owners are former popup owners. they want more amenities but still want the experience of sleeping under canvas.
for us, it makes it feel like we're still really "camping" instead of RV'ing.
plus we hate the "shoebox" feel of a regular TT, compared to the openness of a hybrid.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:08 AM   #4
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Yes that is true and a valid point. I don't mind "camping" under canvas, since I am also a former popup user. Sometimes you hear more outside, but I really do not mind.
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Thanks for the advice! We, too, have been tent trailer campers for many years, so sleeping under the canvas is part of the experience for us. Thanks for helping to calm my anxiety about the hybrids, as that is really the route we are wanting to go.
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:39 AM   #6
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I posted something similar about a year ago, but it applies to your concerns today so here it is again.

We are happy with our 2012 233s

As background, I've owned a few trailers used and this was our first new unit. Our 233s has been fine - leak free and nothing major (knock on wood). It's great for my family of five.

As Dan noted, many come here for help with problems. I also have yet to read a thread that begins with "Hi, my camper is better than expected and all is fine with the world. Have a nice day!"

It just doesn't happen because the vast majority of campers (including me several years ago) were just happy to camp and not spend time on a forum like ours. Some owners have had issues, though, and these issues can be found in any type of RV or camper and any brand. Some of their problems have been nightmares even and I feel badly for them. Truly. But trust me that most units are fine.

Not to say we haven't experienced problems - a wonky radio that took 14 months to fix, a tear in a cushion and delays in replacing it b/c they discontinued that fabric, that kind of thing. All has been eventually handled under warranty. No worries.

Expectations are another issue. People expect the same quality from their camper as with a new car. Ain't going to happen for any number of reasons. Its more like owning a boat, and like a boat, you will love it but know there are some issues you will have to deal with. Nature of the beast whether it's a $100,000 MH or an $18,000 hybrid.

Bottom line is the hybrid offers us a lot of interior space in a short towing unit and the ability to still sleep under canvas, which we love.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:43 AM   #7
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Rockwood reengineered the bunk end doors 2 years ago to solve the leak issues.

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Old 01-25-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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FR also makes a couple floor plans with a hard sided rear slide, have you looked at that? I love our Roo25RS. We still get the open feeling because the king size bed is out of the way and we don't have to deal with the canvas.
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Prior to buying an a real truck we looked relentlesly for a Hybrid that could be handled by the SUV we had at the time. Many Many positives to a hybrid to me. Loved the Roo's. Easy to handle, all the features of a full hardsides, some with slides...all with great living spaces.
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It's like anything you buy, most are perfect, some not so much.

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