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Old 07-12-2018, 02:15 PM   #1
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Need Advice for First Hybrid Purchase

My wife and I recently sold our worn out popup and are looking at hybrids, specifically the Shamrock/Roo 183. We have a '18 Toyota 4 Runner as a TV and are confident it can safely pull a 183 with a WDH and BC. We found the model with options we want about 3 hrs away and they are willing to sell a 2018 Roo 183 with several options (15K ducted air, power tongue, heated mattresses, etc.) for $20K plus tax, and that includes a WDH plus installation.

We both have a couple of concerns about the process.

1) My wife is concerned that because it's a 2018 model it's sat on their lot for several months exposed to the elements and what impacts that could have on the overall condition of the unit. She wonders if we should wait until a new 2019 becomes available nearby.

2) I'm concerned that we may not find another one this close to us with all the options we want. I called the SE regional sales reps for both Rockwood and Flagstaff and they BOTH said that VERY few 183s are delivered to the SE. Of course the dealership assures me that the 2018 they have is in perfect condition and that they inspect them regularly.

Any thoughts or advice?


Link to CL ad for the unit we're looking at:
https://knoxville.craigslist.org/rvd...624084671.html
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:45 AM   #2
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I personally would not worry about any sun damage if its a 2018. it's not old enough to really gain any discoloration or damage from the first year or two. I would however look at the 2019's at least online to see what options they may have over the 2018. Look at the little things.

If you find one that workweeks out for you some distance away, it's worth the trip.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:57 AM   #3
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My wife and I recently sold our worn out popup and are looking at hybrids, specifically the Shamrock/Roo 183. We have a '18 Toyota 4 Runner as a TV and are confident it can safely pull a 183 with a WDH and BC. We found the model with options we want about 3 hrs away and they are willing to sell a 2018 Roo 183 with several options (15K ducted air, power tongue, heated mattresses, etc.) for $20K plus tax, and that includes a WDH plus installation.

We both have a couple of concerns about the process.

1) My wife is concerned that because it's a 2018 model it's sat on their lot for several months exposed to the elements and what impacts that could have on the overall condition of the unit. She wonders if we should wait until a new 2019 becomes available nearby.

2) I'm concerned that we may not find another one this close to us with all the options we want. I called the SE regional sales reps for both Rockwood and Flagstaff and they BOTH said that VERY few 183s are delivered to the SE. Of course the dealership assures me that the 2018 they have is in perfect condition and that they inspect them regularly.

Any thoughts or advice?

Link to CL ad for the unit we're looking at:
https://knoxville.craigslist.org/rvd...624084671.html

This thing is designed to sit outdoors, in the sun for years. A few months aint hurting anything. My 8329ss is a 2016. I was looking to buy a '17 (in 2017), but the deal on this one was too good to pass up. The unit had exactly zero issues from sitting on the lot. It had some dealer signs (you know... the star-burst kind listing features or payments or stuff) in the window that were done by hand with a magic-marker. The ink on the signs were faded almost to nothing, telling me that they had been sitting on it for a while. That meant they were motivated to move it and let me negotiate a better deal.


Tell them you'd rather have an 2019 unit, but if they'd take $18k for it, you'll take it. Worst they can say is "no".

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Old 07-17-2018, 11:47 AM   #4
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I would second at least looking at '19 models to see if there is anything desirable to you there.
I would also second no special worries buying the 18.

Our Roo 21 ss sat on the Dealer's lot for 212 days. (Well the slideout fuse blew during the PDI, that is how I know it has one, and where it is). no issues so far about a year and a half in.
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Old 07-17-2018, 11:54 AM   #5
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Make sure it has the 15.000 BTU A/C. If not see if they will upgrade it for you.
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Old 07-22-2018, 09:08 PM   #6
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The RV dealership may be more than willing to offer you a good deal on the ‘18, you may be able to get them to add a few ‘extras’ because I am sure they want to make room for the incoming ‘19s.
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The RV dealership may be more than willing to offer you a good deal on the ‘18, you may be able to get them to add a few ‘extras’ because I am sure they want to make room for the incoming ‘19s.


If he’s got it on the lot and it’s equipped the way you want then try and make a deal.. A good way to approach it is, if I could get this RV for $X, it would be a no brainer and thats what you offer...
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:59 PM   #8
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We actually decided to order a new one last week
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