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Old 10-16-2016, 05:09 PM   #11
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I STRONGLY recommend going to a dealer/RV Show w/family of 5 & spending at least an hour inside the hybrid/etc. you want to buy before pulling the trigger... We were really set on buying a new $20K 5000 lb. Roo 233S, etc. & towing it with a 1/2 ton SUV. Then we went to a RV Show & all tried to fit inside of one...

We didn't like that there were no separate areas to change clothes, etc. and that there was no large pass-through storage, etc. DW especially didn't like that one of us would have to crawl over the other to get out of bed... At the same time several friends were trying to sell us their hybrids & we later learned that they did not like them for the above reasons... The Roo 233S also has 4 large openings that have to be inspected regularly for leaks...

So for the same $20K we bought a gently used 2-slide 6,500 lb. bunkhouse, only 1,500 lbs. more than the Roo 233S... The kids' roomy slide-out provides a privacy door & separate beds for each. They can turn the bottom bunk into a comfy couch. Our master BR also has doors so all 5 of us can get dressed at once vs. taking turns... We LOVE the outdoor kitchen, outdoor access to bathroom, and roomy pass-through storage - again - all in a package that is only 1,500 lbs. more than the Roo 233S...

At 6,500 empty our Tracer 3150 is "1/2 ton towable" but we bring a lot of stuff along: 5 mountain bikes mounted in the dinette area, 3 inflatable kayaks, 3 scooters, firewood, etc. Therefore I opted to tow it with a 3/4 gas PU.

Just before we bought the TT I found a 2 year-old Ram 2500 CC for $14K, less than most 1/2 tons... The Ram had E rated tires & a payload of 3,000. At the time I only had an Accord but if I had a 1/2 ton I would have traded-up so that I could have the TT that best fits the needs of our family.

IMO it is easier to sell a PU truck vs. a used hybrid. Two local dealers really low-balled our friends who were trying to trade-in their hybrids & the dealers also always seem to have a lot of unsold (used) hybrids on their lots... We also live in OH where hybrids are not a true 3 season option... Our TT is still toasty inside when it freezes at night...

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Old 10-16-2016, 05:57 PM   #12
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Kinda hard to compare a 23 ft hybrid to a 34 ft hard side, dual slide bunkhouse. Both are boxes riding on 4 wheels but they differ greatly in ( obviously ) length and weight, but also price, ease of towing, ease of storage and maneuverability in tight campgrounds. For a first time camper owner used to sleeping under canvas, a hybrid can be ideal.
But the rhino is correct. Take a lot of time in any prospective camper. Twenty grand is a bunch of bucks so buy the one that fits YOUR needs best. Good luck.

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Old 10-16-2016, 06:22 PM   #13
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Something to consider. The 23IKS is nice, but you have no access to the bathroom when the slides are closed. We like the 233S that we have because of access to the bathroom on the road as well as able to access the fridge when the slide is closed. Only 2 of us, but we still open all 3 beds just for the room & then when the grandkids come we are able to sleep 8-10 easily. Smart to do the research & see as many models as you can. If there isn't a Roo dealer nearby check to see if there is a Shamrock dealer. They are same trailers with different fabric, etc.
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:32 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone the boat sport and travel show is here in February I will be going. I'm not to interest in getting rid of my 40k dollar truck for a 20k dollar camper. The one hard side that caught my attention was a prime time avenger 27dbs at 6400 lb but they don't seem to have the greatest reviews. There is just something about a hybrid that I like.

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