Originally Posted by deartruc
With two years under your belt, any do's and don'ts suggestions? The StarCraft I had/have until tomorrow has been an excellent camper. Already "Tim Allen'ing" ideas for personalizing/upgrading it. How's the mice situation? (I see your a fellow northeaster so you have to deal with winter storage too).
Did you get the Roo packed and ready to go for the first trip yet?
As for advice - not too much comes to mind, but I would highly recommend the 2nd year warranty. Download the form from the library here if your dealer didn't give you one. We didn't really have any warranty issues other than some trim work and really minor stuff the first year. We did have it in twice the 2nd year - tire issues, which they warrantied, and the bunk door latches pulled out of the end walls, which the dealer said they have never seen, and they sell a lot of Roos. Anyhow, they took care of everything at n/c. So the $150 was well worth it.
And if you camp in the fall or spring, be prepared to deal with condensation on the tent ends. We never really had much of an issue with our popup, but the hybrid seems to be more prone to that - which makes sense because its sealed up a lot tighter. Keep the tent ends cracked open along with a vent open and maybe a fan on for air flow helps. We also discovered Pop-up Gizmos on this forum. I bought a set for this year. We only use them in cold weather as they are just one more thing to setup/takedown but in the cool weather they are so worth it.
As for mice - they were the nemesis of our popup. We have several hundres acres of farm fields around our house, so they are a constant problem. They nested in the lift mechanism and casued some real trouble. And one year got inside and put a hole in the canvas. I got under the Roo once we brought it home, and was very impressed with how well the underside is sealed. Every plumbing & electrical hole in the floor was caulked. We covered it and kept in the yard last winter. So far so good there (fingers crossed)...