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Old 06-03-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
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Hey, taking the plunge

Hi campers,

Gonna take the plunge and buy the Shamrock 183 that is on the lot at my local dealer. It was the first one my girlfriend and I looked at that pleased us. We have had to look at price,size and quality to determine this decision. Checked out the Roo also but can't get one for 2.5 months so being that we are happy with the Shamrock it makes sense to do this.

Anything I need to know about this camper and/or what I need to enjoy this beauty? I will be towing with my 2003 Tacoma 4wd V6. I will be installing the brake controller so that will be handled. To me this camper is awesome, forgetting that I walked a Georgetown while we waited for a price on the Shamrock.


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Old 06-03-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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We had a Shamrock for years. It was nice to be able to have a hard sided camper and being able to sleep in a tent. Just make sure you don't get to much moisture build up in the camper, otherwise you will get condensation in the bunk ends. Leave the roof vent open and the screens open a bit in cool weather. We now have a Rockwood 2902SS. Have fun, I know we did

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Old 06-03-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Hey thanks a bunch for that info. We can't wait to go tomorrow and let them know that camper is OURS! If there is anything we need to know about this would be great. Like to hear from a owner of this unit or very similar that would be assuring. Forest River seems like it has a great deal of prideful owners. I come to this forum from another group of prideful owners of our Toyota and this place feels the same way.

Sam and Tonya.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:29 PM   #5
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We have a Shamrock. A couple of years old, I am thinking that the one you are buying is a new one. If it is not new, then there is a bunk end seal kit that is available, as apparently some people had leaks. We have never had a leak, but ordered it anyway, because it was free, so why not beef up the seals.
Everything else on the trailer is really nice quality, and we have loved this trailer more than any other we have had. It is light and easy to pull but also spacious when opened up.

We have done a few fun modifications which I will be posting pics of in a few days. I will title it Shamrock modifications, so you will notice it. These are mostly just modifications that increased storage and efficiency.

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Old 06-04-2010, 01:49 PM   #6
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Alright! Just put the down payment on it a little while ago. Will be picking it up Monday afternoon and the brake controller installed Monday too. Ya'll stand by. Sure I will have more questions than i can ask when we pick it up.

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Old 06-04-2010, 03:18 PM   #7
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Congrats! Enjoy!

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Old 06-04-2010, 03:28 PM   #8
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Congratulations! I know the feeling. We just bought a Roo 23ss. Loving it!

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Old 06-05-2010, 10:35 AM   #9
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Congrats on your new toy!
be sure to post questions on the Expandable section here, since the 183 is a hybrid.

you didn't mention if you have a WDH with sway control. if not, you'll need it.
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:05 PM   #10
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You really think I will need it? The tongue weight is under 300 and total is about 3600 dry. I have not posted that i have upgraded springs(9 leaf Deaver lift springs that are stiff, and external reservoir shocks as well)

Both dealers I inquired purchasing from said I would be okay and if I felt interested in it they would have not recomended it though as the truck looks extremely capable looking at the rear suspension setup.

Weight Distribution?

Suggestion and real life experiences would be awesome.

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