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Old 01-06-2012, 07:33 PM   #1
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Upgrades to 2012 233S?

Hello, I am new to this forum but have been doing some reading. I am about to purchase my first camper and am strongly leaning towards the 2012 233S. However, the model I have been looking at (online photos only at this point) shows the standard dinette style and not the "U" style that I see on FR floorplan for the 2012 year.
Further, I have read on this forum that the 2012 upgrades included the new "U" style dinette in addition to a change in the popout beds (no more bungee cord style)
I am planning a trip to see the unit in person but am curious if anyone can tell me if there were some 2012's released that didn't get these upgrades? I cannot tell if the unit I am looking at is being misrepresented (in the photos) or if the photos are of the actual unit can it be a 2012 or likely a 2011? And were there other major upgrades to the 2012 model.
I just want to make sure what I am looking at is really what it should be and that what I am paying is for the features I should be getting at that price point.
I really appreciate any feedback anyone here can give or if you can point me into a direction where I can find my own answers - I've done some initial research but these forums can be overwhelming sometimes.


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Old 01-06-2012, 07:38 PM   #2
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RV manufacturers often do changes mid-year and it's quite common to see two of the same year/model with different features.
the one you're looking at was an early 2012 model year, whereas the ones made later in the model year, have the new features.
i think another new feature is a battery disconnect switch.

my '07 Roo 23SS was an early model year trailer and had the fabrics from the '06 model year, that had been left over.

the only way to know is to see actual pictures of the trailer or see it in person.

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Old 01-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Yep - what Dan said.

My 233s was purchased in the spring and is slightly different from both the 2011 and 2012 1/2 models. Only the later 2012 models have the U-dinette and attached bunkends.

It sounds as if the model you are looking at is an early 2012 but could be a 2011. I believe one noticeable difference in my early 2012 from the 2011's was the placement of the radio - mine is above the couch vs. above the stove. Hope that helps you ID the year.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:31 AM   #4
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Agree with others, you need to see in person.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:51 AM   #5
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In July, '11, we ordered a 2012 233S Roo. This was after 2 months of trying to "see" an actual Roo and not pictures of Roos. We found a 2011 Roo to look at, but did not like the decor. We ordered the Roo with 2011 pics and written 2011 info provided by FR, Inc.'s website, but requesting the Roo be a 2012 model. We received the 2012 Roo in September with a U-dinette, a battery cut-off switch, a tv (included, but unannounced before we saw the actual camper) mounted over the couch, not the stove, and bungee/snap style beds. We are very pleased with the extras, since we paid 2011 prices for a 2012 model. Reading posts here, indicate we received a "mixed year" model. I had owned a popup, so the bungee/snap ends were nothing new to us and are very well constructed. Be aware, we were shown the only Roo available in the area and it WAS a 2011 being shown to us as a 2012. I read the specs on the side of the camper and saw the "constructed in 2011" label. We did not buy from that dealer, but learned you can build them on line with many dealers..we went with RVone in Orlando, Fla. The camper came better equipped than we expected and have had 20 days of great camping. I asked for a U-dinette when we were ordering the camper in July and told that it wasn't an option. Then, it arrives and the salesman is surprised seeing an "unavailable option" built in. FR, inc. has poor communication skills with regard to informing customers about upcoming changes, but the product is great. Their website was not upgraded to reflect 2012 options/decor, etc. until October, 2011...3 months AFTER they changed their "options available" list or pictures for 2012. The 233S Roo works for us, as the wife and I have seperate beds, the grandkids can use the third bed. Or, we use the 3rd bed as a "closet" for our suitcases and other "needful things". As "TRIGUY" wrote, he's got a 2012, but points to later 2012s have U-dinettes. I have an early 2012 with a U-dinette. It is VERY CONFUSING based on the lack of info provided by FR, inc. BE CAREFUL regarding the actual model year. Again, the camper is great -- it's the poor communications provided by the company that causes the confusion.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:40 AM   #6
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We ordered our Roo 233S at the end of August (2011) and picked it up in early October. We ended up with the new version (2012.5) that included the U-shaped dinette, power shut off, attached bunk ends, included television, etc... Our dealer was as surprised at the changes as we were, so I expect that they started sending them with the changes some time in the fall. I would think that a quick call to the dealership where you're looking should answer the question as to whether the unit you're looking at includes the changes.

Here is a thread from our Roo experience:

New 2012 233S

If you would like to see pics of our 233S, let me know and I'll post them here.

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