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Old 05-08-2016, 12:57 PM   #1
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We've got the fever for a 23IKSS

New to the forum, live in north Dallas and love to camp and travel. Recent repairs brought us into our favorite RV dealer where we browsed the inventory,
stepped into a Shamrock 23IKSS and fell in love. Still have our pop up but beginning research for tow vehicle needed in order to make the step up to hybrid. We currently have a Honda Odyssey van pulling our beloved Starcraft. So we welcome any advice and suggestions for what to purchase and look for in our next tow vehicle.
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Old 05-08-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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Our Silverado pulls ours with no problems. The 231KSS (which we love) is heavy for a hybrid due to the 2 slides and has a hefty tongue weight. Welcome to the forums and happy camping.
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Welcome to FRF!

Yep, the 23IKSS is currently the heaviest hybrid on the market.

You're going to need, at minimum, something with a v -8 or an Ecoboost v-6.

The vehicle's payload capacity is just as important as towing capacity.
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Never owned a pickup truck so open to suggestions.
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Make sure u have LOTS of payload in the truck u buy
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Budget?

Do you think you might go to an even larger TT in the future? If so, you might want to buy more than you need right now.

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Do you think you might go to an even larger TT in the future? If so, you might want to buy more than you need right now.



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Budget? Kind of flexible. We currently use our old van nicknamed "fish wagon" for camping, pull lone star boat, dog car rides, etc. We will search for a used one but not sure what we even are looking for. As a household we had become Honda fans but for a truck I'm sure it will be something else.
As far as future TT, probably will be good with this for quite a while. Actually love pop up camping and this is a big step from that. But thanks for the forethought.
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We were long time pop-up campers as well, Starcraft Centennial was our last, and we are happy new owners of a Roo 233S. You will love stepping up as we have. Don't skimp on a TV though. Make sure your whole experience is a positive one. We traded in our Expedition on an F150 SCrew, 3.5 Ecoboost and it tows very well. Our first pick-up and we love it.
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If you are inclined to SUV's...
I tow with a X5 3.0i (I6 version) but I recomend the V8 versions or the diesel ones.
The problem is not so much the weight but the aerodynamics.
Roos have a very flat front and that eats a ton of HPs in high speed.
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We are getting a new 233s and I have been calculating all of the weights. Most of the larger SUVs (Tahoe, Armada, Sequoia, Suburban, Expedition) and 150/1500s only have a cargo capacity of about 1200-1500 pounds. That has to include passengers, full tank of gas, tongue weight (600+pounds), and the weight of the weight distribution hitch. The weight adds up quickly.


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