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Old 06-24-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Excited New Roo owner and New to FRF

Hello, from Eastern Iowa, I have just been introduced to your sight and have found it to be a very interesting gathering of knowledge. I wish I had found it earlier. What brought me here is my search for info on Rockwood Roo campers. We(my Fam of 5;myself, wife, two sons and daughter) just put down money on a 2011 Rockwood Roo 233S and can't wait to pick it up. It will be quite a drive, but the deal I got is well worth it, and we haven't found any Roos at any local dealers. We are scheduled to take delivery the weekend after the 4 of July.

One of the things I am most interested in is how we are going to transport our Bikes, and have found quite a bit of info here already. We are moving up from a Coleman Utah which has served us well, but have been toying with the idea of large camper for some time. We had a bike carrier on top the Utah, but on the new one I would like to carry them on the back of the TT. I am aware of the issues with mounting to the back bumper and have no plans to do so.

Anyway I look forward getting aquinted with the members of this sight to open road ahead in our new Rockwood Roo.

Doug
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:17 PM   #2
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Great to meet you - one 233 owner to another.

There is also a Roo subforum here that has lots of specific information for our trailers.

FYI - We place the bikes in the trailer with blankets between the bikes and between bikes and couch. I eventually plan to build some braces so that they do not need to lean against each other or the couch. Seems simple and cheap. Or possibly a new Yakima roof rack ($$$).

Next week we leave for a longer trip and plan to take 5 bikes. I'll see if they actually fit tomorrow otherwise its two cars for this trip.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:37 PM   #3
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One of the things I am most interested in is how we are going to transport our Bikes
You might consider something like this:

RempRack - Bicycle Transportation Trailer

or this:

RempRack - Family Bicycle Rack for your Pickup Truck.
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Old 06-24-2011, 03:42 PM   #4
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Welcome and congrats!! I just the bikes in the camper by the back bunks/bathroom. I haven't had any issues.
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Old 06-24-2011, 04:22 PM   #5
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Welcome to the "Roo Kroo"!!!

as you can see, there have been a lot of new 233S owners joining the Forum.
post on the Expandable/Hybrid section here, for your Hybrid-specific questions.

as far as bikes, the best solution is on top of the TV. if you put them on the back of the trailer, you'll have to do a welded and braced hitch receiver mod, which will void your frame warranty.
many do it anyway, but just so you know.
transporting 5 bikes doesn't leave you many options. the roof rack option can accommodate 5 bikes and uses a vacant area. you can also use the roof rack for other purposes, such as cargo, skis/snowbords, kayaks and so on.
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Old 06-24-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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This is actually made in Eastern Iowa -- didn't you say you were from Eastern Iowa?? Do you tow with a truck?

I am also from Eastern Iowa, always take our bikes along, and have a wife, two sons, and a daughter -- very similar situation. We tow with a Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

We've used the RempRack for several years now -- and love it! It's made in Dysart Iowa.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:11 AM   #7
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Sportsrack is making a bike support that fits on the spare tire bracket. You keep the spare tire there and it fits perfect. I had one on my flagstaff pop up trailer and I was carrying 2 bikes without problems.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:04 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome and info. Yes we from eastern iowa, any farther east and our feet would be wet. However I have not seen the remp ramp. Neat product derived, right out of necessity. I don't think it will work for me unless I were to decide to remove my tonneau cover. Not out of the question thou. Brempe I tow with a 2002 FX4 F150 SuperCab, Need a SuperCrew because the kids just don't stop growing. There getting kind of tight in the extended cab.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:00 PM   #9
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My truck is also 2002. Wow! The simalarities! How old are the kids? Mine are 12, 10, and 7 this summer.

The remprack is brand new as an available product for 2011. So, you won't likely encounter one for a couple of years.
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Old 06-25-2011, 01:25 PM   #10
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Speaking of needing a supercrew,have you looked into the new ford ecoboost? I've been drooling over them, especially to improve mileage over my current 5.9L Dodge. But, I think I'll have to wait for a used option.
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