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Old 03-11-2013, 08:22 PM   #21
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Welcome to the forums and congrats on your new 233s Roo!
Spring is right around the corner so you should be out and enjoying your new trailer pretty soon.

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Old 03-11-2013, 09:05 PM   #22
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Wow... Pulling your popup with a 3/4 ton van. I pulled my popup with a 1/2 van and I literally would forget that its back there. That must have been one fun tow!

I'm not sure how its supposed to feel. I've never pulled anything bigger than a popup. With the help of others here I made the decision to move to a bigger tow vehicle even before I have even pulled my 233s...which gets delivered in 10 days...but who is counting! :-)

With all the reading I've done on here yours is one of the few cases I've read about where all of the "tow experts" dont have to get on here and chirp in with "wayyy too much trailer for your tow vehicle". If you log on and read enough you'll see that a lot. I say good job on being prepared.

I'm asking this because I'm awfully curious how well my tow is going to be. The numbers are one thing...but reality is another. I'd love to hear what your first real tow experience with some distance turns out to be like. I've seen very few people on here towing a 233s with almost the same exact tow vehicle. Mine is a conversion but pretty much the same guts (6.0 and 2500). I have no idea what my wheel base is. Nice job on knowing those numbers btw! What year is your van? So..let me know how that first tow goes.
I don't really remember how it felt to tow the pop up. It was my husband's parents and we only used it once several years ago. We have been tent camping a couple times the last few years.

Our van is a 2004.

Too funny you mentioned wheel base. Our manual lists the short (135) and long (155) wheelbase and it had driven me crazy trying to figure out what ours was...nothing was on the sticker or any of the paperwork we had for the van. About the time we were getting serious about buying the camper, I googled wheel base and how to measure it. Took my 12 year old son out and measured from the middle of the front wheel to the middle of the back wheel.

We were lucky that we had a decent size tow vehicle. When I first saw the 233s, I knew it was perfect for us. We could handle the weight, hubby could live with the length (he did NOT want anything too long!), and the three beds and the slide gave us the space we need.

I feel totally comfortable towing it...just had to watch my mirrors when turning corners to make sure it cleared. I, too, am curious how it will go our first time out.

When the ice/snow melts and things dry up a bit, I really want to go get it and practice backing up, etc. in a large parking lot because I am most worried about having to back into a campsite.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:07 PM   #23
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First time camping at fort wilderness. Heard lots of great things about it so called up yesterday and was able to add on an additional night.
Gotta love adding an extra day to a Disney vacation!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:10 PM   #24
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Welcome to the forums and congrats on your new 233s Roo!
Spring is right around the corner so you should be out and enjoying your new trailer pretty soon.

Thanks! I know Spring is close, but I do wish it could come a little sooner!
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:15 PM   #25
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Thanks! I know Spring is close, but I do wish it could come a little sooner!
In the meantime just think of all the fun you going to have.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:13 PM   #26
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We have been tent camping a couple times the last few years.

We were lucky that we had a decent size tow vehicle. When I first saw the 233s, I knew it was perfect for us. We could handle the weight, hubby could live with the length (he did NOT want anything too long!), and the three beds and the slide gave us the space we need.

I feel totally comfortable towing it...just had to watch my mirrors when turning corners to make sure it cleared. I, too, am curious how it will go our first time out.

When the ice/snow melts and things dry up a bit, I really want to go get it and practice backing up, etc. in a large parking lot because I am most worried about having to back into a campsite.
Well I hope you guys get out and put it to good use. I hear about so many out there that purchase a camper and it never seems to get the use that was hoped for. Used a couple of times and then........! It just sits there. Our popup was 5 yrs old when we got it and it had been used maybe 3x. Thats just too bad. We get out quite a bit every year and see this purchase as increasing our times out!

Your towing mirrors...
What are you using? Are you using? I found that with the Chevy Express options for towing mirrors were limited. Bleh. I was not happy with that. I actually went outside today...brrr...and attached one and it fit. Yeah!

What kind of WDH are you using?

I hope I dont overwhelm you with questions or thoughts...but its REALLY nice to see someone towing with a Chevy Express Van...AND...they are towing the same camper as mine! Talk about the odds of that! Its just a rare thing.

Good idea to get it out and practice towing/backing up. With the popup we used to use walkie talkies and we'd communicate with them while backing it in. Eventually, we'd pull in to a site and I'd yell around for help (everyone would vacate the van when we got to the campground and scatter). I'd yell for someone to eye me in and I'd get the "oh you never need our help anyways".

I think its great you'll get out and tow it. Thats awesome. So do you have any ideas where you will be camping?
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:01 AM   #27
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Well I hope you guys get out and put it to good use. I hear about so many out there that purchase a camper and it never seems to get the use that was hoped for. Used a couple of times and then........! It just sits there. Our popup was 5 yrs old when we got it and it had been used maybe 3x. Thats just too bad. We get out quite a bit every year and see this purchase as increasing our times out!

Your towing mirrors...
What are you using? Are you using? I found that with the Chevy Express options for towing mirrors were limited. Bleh. I was not happy with that. I actually went outside today...brrr...and attached one and it fit. Yeah!

What kind of WDH are you using?

I hope I don't overwhelm you with questions or thoughts...but its REALLY nice to see someone towing with a Chevy Express Van...AND...they are towing the same camper as mine! Talk about the odds of that! Its just a rare thing.

Good idea to get it out and practice towing/backing up. With the popup we used to use walkie talkies and we'd communicate with them while backing it in. Eventually, we'd pull in to a site and I'd yell around for help (everyone would vacate the van when we got to the campground and scatter). I'd yell for someone to eye me in and I'd get the "oh you never need our help anyways".

I think its great you'll get out and tow it. Thats awesome. So do you have any ideas where you will be camping?
I really don't mind the questions because it actually gets me thinking about things that we may have never thought of.

Ack! Mirrors! We were just using the ones on the van. One more thing to add to the list....

To be honest, I am not sure what brand the WDH is? I have asked my husband several times. He answers and then I completely forget. I have looked through and read so many manuals that I think my brain is fried a bit. I think friends of ours had the same brand and were pleased with it.

I know it will be easy to just let it sit there but I am going to actively work this spring/summer/fall to NOT let that happen. We have a first communion, confirmation, high school graduation and graduation party that will take up valuable weekend time in April, May and June.

We have reservations with several friends in mid MI in August and we plan on going to Cedar Point with our kids in May for a long weekend. There are a few campgrounds we are looking at that are within an hours drive from my husband's work so I plan to have him help me set up on the weekend and we will stay during the week and he will just meet up with us after work during the week. He does have some vacation time we hope to use in July...where to go? where to go?

If I recall correctly, 9 days, right?
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We go to Mackinaw Mill Creek every July 4th. We love it there.
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When we got our Roo, the dealership gave us lots of coupons for freebie camping as well as discounts. Yay! We are towing with a Chevy Silverado. DH says he def knows it's back there but is quite happy with how it tows. We do have electric brakes, sway bar, equalizer, etc. One thing we have learned is that the worst thing you can do to a camper is just let it sit. It needs to be used / loved
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We go to Mackinaw Mill Creek every July 4th. We love it there.
We have been eyeing that place for years. Do you go over to Mackinac Island?
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