Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-19-2015, 06:46 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 4
Rockwood Roo 233S

We are looking to purchase a new trailer- and have never owned one before. Talk me out of a Rockwood Roo 233S.
__________________

__________________
Buttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 06:58 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
karrun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Chicago Western Burbs
Posts: 462
You're coming to the wrong place if you want negative feedbacks about the 23ss and Roos in general. Let's see. If you dislike the sounds of nature while you camp and don't want to wake up as the sky lightens through your tent end canvas, don't get a hybrid. If you don't like traveling light and not needing a monster truck to pull a heavy rig, don't get a Roo. Finally, if you don't like cozy luxury and need yards and yards of living space, don't get a Roo.
__________________

__________________
karrun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Farragut TN
Posts: 24
Picking up our 233s on Fri

We're moving from a high wall pop-up after 7 yrs of camping with 3 kids to a Roo 233s. As the previous response indicated, the relatively light weight for the space and amenities you get was a big selling point for us. We really enjoyed pop-up camping but we'll be on a multi-stop 6-week camping trip this summer and just couldn't see going through all the set-up/tear down associated with pop-up camping, especially with a few one night stops. We found pop-ups are great as long as each stop is at least 3-4 nights. Sooooo...we're not going to talk you out of a 233s as long as you really need 3 bunkends, as other HTT have fewer beds if that meets your needs.
__________________
BumpyCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 08:22 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 4
Great response- great info!! We can't figure any good reason NOT to get one. We love everything about them, we think. We are towing with a Toyota Sequioa and make regular trips from TX to CO, so need easy set up and light towing...... just can't help but wonder what the downfalls are. What aren't we thinking of?

Thank you for responding!
__________________
Buttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 09:46 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
karrun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Chicago Western Burbs
Posts: 462
Well we are pretty new to hybrids ourselves, so maybe I haven't figured out all the negatives. I have heard that the tent ends can get pretty cold on some nights, and warm in the heat of summer. But there's ways to mitigate that (PUPS, reflectix, etc).
What's the towing capacity of a Sequioa?
__________________
karrun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 10:15 PM   #6
RV (Not so) Noob
 
Glindz233s's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: NE Ga
Posts: 93
Don't do it. Just go with one of the hard shell campers. It'll be a much better camping experience.... like being in a tin can. And don't get the slide out. You don't need that extra floor space. It'll be more fun to squeeze by someone else to get around in the camper.


Seriously, we love our 233s. We had been looking at hybrids for a few years before we finally got ours last year. Haven't regretted anything about it except not having enough camping trips on the calendar. They are a good balance between tent camping - which I still like - and having the comfort that a camper provides.


Likes - slide out provides lots of open space inside, three beds provide plenty of room for all of us plus more if needed, kids have their own bed, shower, potty. lights, light weight, easy to tow.


Likes less (not dislike) - it can get cold when the temps drop but we manage it with the furnace plus and extra electric heater and warm bedding. A/C struggles in the hot summer (still working on ideas for that like pugs or closing up the ends during the day). Water heater has a small capacity but we manage that by limiting shower time or using the campground showers if we need to. Some of the older campers have water leakage problems around the bunk ends but I have not experienced any of that.


I tow mine with a Tacoma. I think the Sequioa would do better. 8 cylinder? Should have enough towing capacity. Better to have more than you need. I'll probably upgrade to a Tundra or Silverado soon.


Good luck with your decision.
__________________
Me, Wifey, Thing 1 & 2 plus Gracie the Shitzu rescue
FR Shamrock 233S 2015
2008 Tacoma Double Cab
Nights Camped: NOT NEARLY ENOUGH!
Glindz233s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2015, 10:38 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
deartruc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Southern New England
Posts: 818
what's your camping prior experiences? How any people are "we"?
__________________
2008 Dodge Durango
2015 Roo 23 ikss
deartruc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2015, 08:38 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Jimandchris's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Southeast Michigan
Posts: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by Buttercup View Post
We are looking to purchase a new trailer- and have never owned one before. Talk me out of a Rockwood Roo 233S.
Have you owned a popup? Most hybrid owners have previously owned a popup and enjoy the camping experiences that are associated with the tent ends on a hybrid. It's obviously not as secure, more susceptible to hearing noises at night, and you may at some point have to close it up wet. I think you need to be more diligent with maintenance since you have three big openings in the sides of the trailer. These aren't dealbreakers, just things to consider.

We purchased a 2014 23ss (just two of us) and we love it! It's such a huge step up from a popup. Just having the abilty to stop for the day, open the door and turtle for an overnight stop is huge!
__________________
2014 Roo 23SS
2013 GM Sierra CC
Prodigy P3 Brake Controller
Equal-i-zer Hitch
Nites Camped 2016 -25
Jimandchris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2015, 10:42 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 4
We are a family of 4, kids are 11 and 14. We tent camp. And love it! Sick of set up and loading... Packing the back of the sequoia has evolved into an intricate puzzle. One wrong move and we are unloading, to reorganize, repack, and reload. Coolers, bedding, dog crates, and luggage... You know the drill.

We originally considered a popup but realized that won't solve much.

Towing cap. for a sequoia is max of 7400#

PS- your responses are REALLY fun to read! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!
__________________
Buttercup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2015, 02:12 PM   #10
Take The Road Less Travld
 
MuddauberE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cincinnati
Posts: 499
Quote:
Originally Posted by BumpyCamper View Post
We're moving from a high wall pop-up after 7 yrs of camping with 3 kids to a Roo 233s.
It's nice finding others like us who upgraded from a HW. Three kids, myself and my wife had a HW 276 prior to moving to a Roo 233s. One of the best camping decisions we've made. 7 years in the HW, Now we are on our 3rd season in the Roo.

Only one issues I have run into with the 233s model. Counter space. I wish I had more of it. There is plenty of room and I love the larger size appliances. But not having enough counter-space has always been an issue, but only in the 233s to my knowledge. Not enough to steer us to another Roo model though. We are still looking for more ways to add table tops.

Besides that, I love my Roo. Spacious, Light weight, full bath and fridge, oh a full fridge is great! The of course plenty of room to walk around even when closed. A large plus over a pup.
__________________

__________________
"Take The Road Less Traveled"
2013 Rockwood Roo 233s
2017 Ford F-150 EB
I've been an RVer since 2007, Lifetime Camper
Gotta love the Outdoors, Disconnect and Enjoy Nature!
MuddauberE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
233, 233s, rockwood, rockwood roo, roo

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:04 AM.