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Old 03-06-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Cool Vehicle for roo 19

Just wondering what people are towing their Rockwood Roo 19's with?!? Bought the camper first and now we need a vehicle to pull it !!
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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3/4 ton minimum for that bad boy

I'm kidding you, of course. What are your passenger and cargo needs?

Plenty of mid or large SUVs and any 1/2 ton pickup should work.
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JNKSMOMMY, i'm moving this thread to the Roo sub-section, under "Expandables and Hybrids".
you posted in the 5th Wheel/Travel Trailer section.

to answer your question, any vehicle with a tow capacity of 5000lbs. or more, should be fine.
it'll need the factory tow package also.
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We pulled our Shamrock 19 with our 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee; it could do it but it worked hard (mind you it was a tired Jeep). Bought a 2010 Tahoe and you barely notice that the trailer is there.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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Just wondering what people are towing their Rockwood Roo 19's with?!? Bought the camper first and now we need a vehicle to pull it !!
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I have an '11 Nissan Frontier Pro-4X Crew Cab. Haven't towed the Roo 19 with it yet, but I won't be trading-in the truck anytime soon so this will be my long term combo. There's another member who tows his Shamrock 19 (twin of Roo 19) with a Toyota Higlander and says it tows very well.

You'll find a few others with mid-size trucks and SUV's (V6's & V8's) that tow similar sized TT's as the Roo 19. Of course a 1/2 ton or Full-size SUV will tow with less effort (but they cost more too).
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Of course a 1/2 ton or Full-size SUV will tow with less effort (but they cost more too).
i have to mildly disagree. i was going to buy a new Honda Ridgeline but it's 5000lbs. tow limit and Honda's anti-WDH attitude, turned me away from it.

i found that i could get a new v-8 Chevy Avalanche for just about the same price.
with it, i got a 7200lbs. tow capacity, more interior room and almost the same gas mileage.

what you'll find out that the modern v-8 trucks and SUVs, get almost the same gas mileage as the v-6 trucks and SUVs.
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I agree with everything above. The biggest limiter to any SUV is the payload so pay close attention to that number as well as the tow capacity. This is espcially important for the mid-sized SUVs. They can work well with this trailer but might soon be overweight their payload numbers once the tongue weight is factored into the equation.
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I have a Jeep Liberty with a 5000# tow limit and only tried once to pull my Roo 19 with it. On the way home from the dealer with the Liberty and the camper empty it was a white knuckle drive, every bus and 18 wheeler that went by would blow us all over the road. I purchased a Silverado 1500 and it still strains when we are loaded for camping and going across some of the mountains in western MD.
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elec549,
Are you using a WD hitch setup? If so what one? I know wheelbase vs trailer length can play a big role in the sway factor, but I would think a WD w/sway control would help alot even on your Liberty.

I'm in western MD too so your "in the mountains" comment concerns me, especially if your Chevy 1500 has trouble with the Roo 19.

Bikendan,
The cost increase I was alluding to was the vehicle price, not fuel costs...my Pro-4X eats fuel like a fat kid eats candy . I couldn't find a 1/2 ton 4x4 for under $30K...got my Frontier for under $25K.
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