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Old 02-12-2011, 05:25 PM   #11
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What kind of generator would I need to run the A/C or furnace?
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Old 02-12-2011, 06:01 PM   #12
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What kind of generator would I need to run the A/C or furnace?
first, the furnace doesn't need a generator nor shore power to run. it uses 12v battery power. you will need a generator or shore power to re-charge the battery.
furnaces are the main battery drain on a trailer. one nite of constant furnace usage will completely drain one battery.
that's why most of us that dry camp, go with a two battery setup.

second, the a/c will require a generator or shore power to run.
the general consensus is that something like the Yamaha 2400, would be the minimum needed for a Dometic 13.5 a/c.
and if you camp at altitude, you need more power to run the a/c.
i've been able to run my Roo's Dometic a/c, with my Honda 2000. but this is rare.
you can find other Chinese-made inverter generators, that have 2800w and above for under $900.
inverter generators are much quieter than cheaper open-framed contractor generators. most have decibel ratings between 53db-64db.

IMHO, the best setup is two Honda/Yamaha/Champion 2000w inverter generators.
all 3 brands have the ability to be paralleled with a matching pair, for 4000w, if needed for a/c.
if a/c isn't needed, you only need to take one to run everything else. they weigh about 50lbs. each.
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Awesome, good advise.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:15 AM   #14
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Hello everyone,
I just purchased a 2011 Rockwood Roo 233S and have only seen the actual TT in pictures. Let me clarify, I first saw this model hybrid at the Dulles Expo camper show about a month ago and my wife and kids fell in love with the design. I down played the camper and explained we could not afford a new camper. The kids accepted my explanation although a little disappointed. As a surprise for the family I bought one but it doesn't get delivered until March 12, 2011 and I am terrible at keeping secrets.
Congratulations Dave! I think you'll love it. I ordered my 233S (Shamrock, which is the same as the Roo but with different interior colors) last Oct and I picked it up 2 weeks ago. Like you, I had only seen one briefly before ordering it. I have NO regrets. Very pleased with the initial appearance and the 2 hour walk through (bought from a local dealer). We have 4 young boys and love the tenting experience, but I'm so sick of putting up tents and especially blowing up all those mattresses. I can't wait for Spring (40 degrees out today...)







Sounds like you've got a solid TV and WDH. I'd presume you have a brake controller, but if not the Prodigy seems popular. I also bought a pair of Rotochoks for added stability. I'm planning on converting to a 2 battery setup once it warms up a little more. For security I bought a Reese Coupler lock, and dug out two old bike locks for the propane tanks.

Good luck and I'm sure you'll enjoy. Post pictures when you get it!
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DocWisconsin,

Thanks for chiming in and sharing the pictures of your Shamrock. I like your color choice, my wife wanted those light patters as well but none of the dealers around our home had any Shamrocks available. We ended up buying the Roo the dealer had available because he offered us a price we couldn't say no to. The picture of your TT w/ TV make the camper look huge. When mine finally arrives and I hook it up I'll look like a tick going down the road (huge body with small head). Hope your weather warms up soon so you can enjoy he great outdoors with the boys.

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Our TV isn't small, but you're right the 233S does look big especially at that angle. It wasn't difficult to tow though and for the space you get, the TT weight is outstanding.

Congratulations again.
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Welcome to the forums and welcome to yet another member of "The Roo Kroo!" We own an 08 23SS, only two beds. LOVE IT!

It will take you several times going out in it to get things situated as to what more/less you will need and where to store it. We bought this one the end of May last year and I'm still moving stuff!

One of the first things that I bought for ours were the PUGS. At first wasn't sure if I had done a wise thing. OH YEAH I DID! I never fail to use them. Love them. Helps out a lot. And keeps canvas clean.
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What a piece of junk that 233S is ....


Seriously, welcome and enjoy your new Roo when it arrives. We ordered ours (233S) last month and are looking forward to getting it soon! We loved the layout on it alot too and it had as much room as our RVision 30 footer! We are going to pick up those pop-upgizomos bunk end thermal sheilds and I am interested in the modification bikendan did with his roo where he insulated his bunk end pieces to reduce condensation in colder weather camping.

What interior color package did you choose? We orderd our with cherry cabinets and vineyard. The upgrades we added were heated waste tanks, oven, the outside grill and spare tire. Our middle kid, who is 12 is also disabled and we will be adding one of those larger fold down handles on the door which will give him sort of a handrail he can use when getting in and out of the trailer.

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Hi drs244!

We bought our Roos 233S @ the Dulles Expo show too! Chances are you sat in our camper when you were at the show. We take possession on the 21st. We're total newbies - have camped only in a borrowed PUP before buying this one. We've been avidly watching and reading posts on this forum - it's been a great resource so far.

Unlike you, we don't have the "many females" issue. In our household of five humans and one big dog I am the lone female! My boys are little - a 5-year old and twin 4-year olds. They are super excited to get the camper and take trips. We surprised them at the show and they were thrilled, until they realized that we weren't hooking up and driving it away at that very moment. We're also going to be towing with a Sequoia.

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Allards, (Chris), I am curious if you bought this at the RV show, why is it taking you guys this extra time to take delivery? The previous two campers we bouhgt, we went in there, picked it out on the lot, got the finanacing and drove off....just kind of curious.

Also, what interior did you guys choose? I was told by Tropical RV we might have the Roo by the end of the month or the first week of March and we ordered it Jan 16.
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