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Old 12-18-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a hybrid...thoughts?

Hi friends! I'm curious...are there any makes/models you'd stay away from because of poor construction? I'm looking at Palomino, Jayco, KZ, coleman. I understand each will need to be maintained. But are there any glaring things wrong with any of these? Thanks so much!
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:52 PM   #2
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Hi friends! I'm curious...are there any makes/models you'd stay away from because of poor construction? I'm looking at Palomino, Jayco, KZ, coleman. I understand each will need to be maintained. But are there any glaring things wrong with any of these? Thanks so much!
Only one of those is a FR brand. We do have owners of other brands here but I don't know how much info you'll get on the others.
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Old 12-18-2018, 01:06 PM   #3
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We have a Coachman Clipper 15RB, 2015 model built in 2014.
No glaring problems, mostly minor to me stuff, which could be a roaring disaster to others.
Left side brakes did not even come on. Easy for me to fix and a good reason to lube the hubs correctly.
Radio had no reception. I opened up the compartment and cleaned out all the debris and removed about thirty feet if excess wire and plugged in the antenna.
C rated tires were almost at the weight limit and had a 62mph speed rating.
These things could be a train wreck for someone not very mechanically inclined.
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Old 12-20-2018, 06:33 AM   #4
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I have a 2016 23ss and no problems only the water tank brackets

Jayco I never liked the floor set up

1 you have to climb over the dinette to get in the front bunk and

2 the stove and burner's was right next to the couch and I was looking at the chances of someone getting burned , to me that was hazard
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:07 AM   #5
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I'm not aware of anything out of the ordinary with any of the brands you mention...Find a model and floor plan you like that is within you tow vehicle weight limits... Another important factor in your decision is, if you're not handy, what's brands are available from a local dealer that you trust.
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:46 AM   #6
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I have a 2016 23ss and no problems only the water tank brackets

Jayco I never liked the floor set up

1 you have to climb over the dinette to get in the front bunk and

2 the stove and burner's was right next to the couch and I was looking at the chances of someone getting burned , to me that was hazard
Exactly the same here. No issues with our 2012 23SS. When we were shopping, we looked at Jayco as we had a Jayco pop-up. However, we didn't like the floor plans, fit and finish or having to climb over a dinette to enter the bunk.

No regrets with the ROO.
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Old 12-20-2018, 08:01 AM   #7
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2009 23SS and no issues to speak of. We loved the floor plan for just the two of us.
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Old 12-20-2018, 09:28 AM   #8
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We have a 23kss and previously owned a Roo19. Both units have been good
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:27 AM   #9
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Pretty much all of the different brands put out the same quality of units as far as manufacturing quality control is concerned.

First off...dry weight doesn't mean squat!

How much it weighs when loaded means everything!

Make sure you buy within the real tow ratings of the vehicle you plan to tow it with...and not the max tow weight rating it says it is capable of pulling!

Those are two totally different numbers that often get confused (and ignored) by many around here!

Just pick out the trailer you like...make sure that the dealer does a complete PDI (typically 3-4 hours long) to show you how (and if) everything in it works and to find and fix any issues BEFORE you sign any paperwork or they hook it up to your tow vehicle.

And...most important...

DON'T plan a cross country trip of a lifetime for the very first campout with it!

Do the first two or three locally to make sure there aren't any hidden issues that might pop up to ruin that trip of a lifetime!
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2019 Rockwood Roo 233S

We purchased our ROO 233S last spring and took it on 9 trips this year. It has a ton of space with 3 pop out and a slide out. We looked at several other manufacturers with similar layouts and the build quality was what sold us. Yes some are going to have issues but from what we have seen we are happy. Totally recommend.
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