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Old 03-09-2008, 02:16 PM   #1
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Scared to Death... buyers remorse - comfort please!

We just bought a Rockwood Roo 23RS from RVW. We are in WA state and are meeting them half way in WY the first week of April. TOTALLY FREAKED OUT. We started looking for a pop up 3 years ago, then went to a tent Hybrid to a hard slide HYBRID at 23 feet!!!! DEAR LORD!

We love camping, have 2 boys, 7 and 5 and have NEVER owned an RV before. Did we get one too big? Did we get one too heavy? Should we have bought used? Should we have bought local for 7K more?

What do we need to know before picking up this trailer? What do we need to ask the RVW deliverer? What do we look for on our trailer before we take posession?

Any and all feedback is appreciated!
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Old 03-09-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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lylylylyHello & welcome.
I think your choice is fine. Most folks buying tent traikers & hybrids end up in larger box trailers anyway. First, they want full bathrooms, then more space. Why not skip the trade up process?
Buying new is the only way I've bought RV's. Nothing like a new one!

Do a good thorou lygh
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Sorry, Smartphone hiccup above.

Do a thorough pre-delivery inspection (PDI). Check all systems, and look for any defects. Nice thing about buying new is you have a warranty. There are some good checklists out there, just search for PDI's.

Many people second-guess a big decision. It will last until you see how much fun, and togetherness your family will share in your new adventures. My children are grown now, and many of their best memories are from our traveling RV adventures.

Enjoy!
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:19 PM   #4
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New2roo,

We just bought a new camper, its over 34 ft long. We had the same questions you do. New is ok as noted by others. We have a smaller older camper too, it has been ok also.

As mentioned, learn what you can on this site from these very helpful and friendly people, buy a coupld CDs and books from RV Travel or other helpful RV sites to learn about RVing. Important thing like any camping, enjoy being together with your family. Other people will help you as you travel and in the campgrounds. ROOs are very popular, bigger is probably better for a longterm plan, new has a warranty and you can extend it probably if you desire, ask RVW. You spent the least amount you could buying at RVW and most posts where they are discussed seem positiive. Get a good PDI and take it with you. Tell RVW that you want to have a detailed review using a PDI and maybe send them a copy of what you want to do in your inspection. Maybe try to stay in it a night there, if they will allow this, ask them a lot of questions, take pics/video, etc.

Enjoy your family, your new ROO, the FR Forum family, and have a great time camping.

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Old 03-09-2008, 07:29 PM   #5
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When that remorse feeling hits in the pit of your stomach, smile, take a deep breathe, exhale, and then say to yourself "what is the worst thing that could happen if my choices weren't perfect?". In your case, it sounds like you could make a few changes if needed and still be more than aok. You bought cheap, then the resale will be higher. So, At this point just plan on enjoying your new toy and revel in the great new experiences your family will work out together. Have fun!
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:38 PM   #6
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New2Roo,
Welcome to FRF.

Congrats on your purchase. You made a good choice and saved a ton of money. It's only natural to be scared in your position. As other have stated, bring along a PDI(pre-delivery inspection), camera and note pad.

Let RVW know that you plan to go over your new trailer with a fine tooth comb. This way, they'll go over it much better before it leaves their yard and will be prepared to have the driver ready to spend some time with you. I'm sure this is not their first time dealing with a situation like this.

Breath easy.

Keep us posted on your pick-up/deliver.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:44 PM   #7
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I bought though the internet, got the great price, got the delivery and have been totally happy! Take a chill pill, sit back and enjoy that new camper. Until you meet up take the other's advice and get some books that explain RV stuff. Even at Wal-Mart I found a book in the camping section that was geared to first time RV'ers and it was pretty good! I think you will find you made the right choice!
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Old 03-09-2008, 10:52 PM   #8
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Thank you, thank you... a bazillion thank yous. We are feeling much better. Will keep you posted on our progress. If anyone has specific books or video's we can look for, let me know.

It appears from threads that we are all curious how things with RVW work out. So far the experience has been amazing. Great follow through, clear communication, we will see how delivery and service is.
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Old 03-10-2008, 05:29 AM   #9
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A lot of excellent advise above, since you are new at this you properly have no idea on what to look for as far as going over a TT with a fine tooth comb, a check list is perfect for a new comer, experience is the best tool. If you know of someone that has this experience, a person that has camped with an RV, they would be extremely helpful to you....Good luck with your choice and happy camping.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:21 AM   #10
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Welcome and it's perfectly normal to have the jitters, especially buying something long distance. You'll get over it and have an great time enjoying your new RV.

You don't say what you're towing the new Roo with but with a GVWR of 4780 lbs and tongue weight of possibly close to 600 lbs you'll want to consider at least sway control and maybe weight distribution if you haven't thought about it. Also make sure your TV's (Tow Vehicle) tires are inflated to max pressure listed on the sidewall.
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