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Old 09-09-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hello from Lil Rhodey

Hi gang, and hello from Rhode Island. I joined this forum to do a little research on a camper purchase. This summer, we rented a 24' TT from our local dealership. Now we got hooked.

Since they treated me so well, I decided to see what they sell. I first wanted to look into a Visa 23CSK, but the service manager talked me out of it due to bad wormanship on a great design and materials. Took him 28hrs of work to make it acceptable for their lot.

He referred me to the Rockwoods and Amerilites. I like both, but leaning towards Rockwoods. The 2 I like are the 2306 and 23RS. I hope to read up and see how people like their campers and any know issues.
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Welcome to FRF!!

it would help if you posted what you plan to tow with and its specs.
also, how many will be traveling and staying in the trailer.

this will help with us making recommendations.
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Greetings & welcome. Remember, no trailer is perfect. Little things can & will happen. This is a great forum for answers. Good Luck on your search and purchase!
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Hi gang, and hello from Rhode Island. I joined this forum to do a little research on a camper purchase. This summer, we rented a 24' TT from our local dealership. Now we got hooked.

Since they treated me so well, I decided to see what they sell. I first wanted to look into a Visa 23CSK, but the service manager talked me out of it due to bad wormanship on a great design and materials. Took him 28hrs of work to make it acceptable for their lot.

He referred me to the Rockwoods and Amerilites. I like both, but leaning towards Rockwoods. The 2 I like are the 2306 and 23RS. I hope to read up and see how people like their campers and any know issues.
Welcome to the forum !

Just out of coursity what did they charge u to rent the unit ?
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:29 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forum !

Just out of coursity what did they charge u to rent the unit ?
Thanks for the welcome.

The total after Tax, Ins, was about 670 for the week.
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Thanks for the welcome.

The total after Tax, Ins, was about 670 for the week.
Not bad to see if you like it !

Glad your hooked !

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:38 AM   #8
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Welcome to FRF!!

it would help if you posted what you plan to tow with and its specs.
also, how many will be traveling and staying in the trailer.

this will help with us making recommendations.
4 to 6 people. Looking for hard sides, and bunks for the kids. Trying to keep it under or around 4klbs. My TV has a UK tow rating of 7400 and US of 5000. Why the difference? Only difference in spec is the torque converter. Many people on another forum have no issues towing up to the UK rating (with torque converter upgrade).

My rental was 24BH Amerilite. We liked it and it is an option. With the tow gear that was provided, it towed great. I never fine tuned the WDH because it was only being used on one round trip.
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Welcome to the forum!! Good luck on your search. There are many different styles and types of TT. Take your time and get what you want and need.
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4 to 6 people. Looking for hard sides, and bunks for the kids. Trying to keep it under or around 4klbs. My TV has a UK tow rating of 7400 and US of 5000. Why the difference? Only difference in spec is the torque converter. Many people on another forum have no issues towing up to the UK rating (with torque converter upgrade).
Both the 2306 and the 23RS that you are looking at seem to fit the bill as far as floorplans.

As for the difference in UK vs US tow caps for the same vehicle, I've also read those and have yet to figure it out.

This is propbably not what you want to hear, but just consider that - here in the US - its widely perceived that car manufacturer's inflate their towing numbers. And, a (very) general rule-of-thumb is that you should not plan to tow more than 80% of the towing cap.

Combine the fact that US auto manufacturers tend to be optimistic with their tow ratings and that it is best to tow less than the vehicle's maximum, I would say the mini-lite is a better match for you because of its lighter weight. That 23RS would be over the US tow rating once loaded.

Good luck with your purchase decision.
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Triguy, Thank you for the input and I appreciate the info. Here is a nice opinionated article I found.

The Great American Anti-Towing Conspiracy | The Truth About Cars

After towing the Amerilite, fully loaded, with a full load of H20 (I figured I could "dump" the water if it was too much), I believe the UK and AU tow rating of 7400lb. But, using a "the rule of 80%", I don't want to go above 6000lb fully loaded. I have faith in my little VM Diesel.

I am not here to flame or to start any controversy. I am here for one purpose. Get information on trailers, and to hopefully join the FROG community when my family purchases a trailer. BTW, it will not be my first trailer. When I was much younger and stupider, I owned an old TT, FW, and Slide in that I used at the race tracks. I have owned a 1987 F250 6.9 with a hypermax, and a 1991 F350 with a banks. I have towed race car trailers up to 35' tow behind and 45' FW. Now, with the family, and getting through the recession, I would LOVE to own a nice 3/4 to 1 ton. But with my commutes, up to 150 miles a day round trip, I have to sacrifice.

Lets all enjoy life.
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Thanks for the article. I read it once a few years ago and had misplaced it.

As for your original question about the 2306 and 23RS, I have read owner's reports about the 2306. They seem to be fairly happy with their campers.

In case those 2306 and 23RS owners don't find your welcome thread, you can search through our Rockwood subforum where there are a bunch of threads.The 23RS is a little more rare here. Most Roo owners have a hybrid with the bunk ends instead of the rear slide. But, there are a few who have posted. These are under both the Roo and Shamrock subforums. Mostly threads looking for information on a rear-slide unit.

Best of luck to you with your decision. Whatever you get, we're happy to have you here.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:02 AM   #13
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Thanks for the article. I read it once a few years ago and had misplaced it.

As for your original question about the 2306 and 23RS, I have read owner's reports about the 2306. They seem to be fairly happy with their campers.

In case those 2306 and 23RS owners don't find your welcome thread, you can search through our Rockwood subforum where there are a bunch of threads.The 23RS is a little more rare here. Most Roo owners have a hybrid with the bunk ends instead of the rear slide. But, there are a few who have posted. These are under both the Roo and Shamrock subforums. Mostly threads looking for information on a rear-slide unit.

Best of luck to you with your decision. Whatever you get, we're happy to have you here.
Thanks for the links. I will be sure to check them out. I found a 23RS in Vermont. I think a road trip is in the works.
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