I feel really badly for the young couple. I would love to give the salesman a good thump on the head. However....this lesson is one a lot of us learned the hard way. Do your homework! I do think that they should make their case known to both the RV dealership and the truck dealership. If the truck dealership misrepresented or just made a bad call, they need to step up and accept their part of this mess. The RV dealership should have done a bit of pre-qualifying and they need to know it in no uncertain terms and do their part to get this right. This isn't just about making a sale.....it's about safety and people's lives. I hope they can come to some resolution and that the young couple have learned a valuable lesson. #1...DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING A SALESMAN TELLS YOU!
Replaced it. Moved from our beloved ROO 23SS hybrid to a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604. Still moving stuff from one to the other, but today should finish that job and wet mop the floor and it's ready for another loving home.
Looks a bit naked with all our personal things gone, but also like the first day we stepped inside. Lots of loving care. "Rocky" is beginning to look like home with all the stuff in there.
Turn off the battery and plug in from Day 1 of the season until Winterizing Day. Frig is always fully loaded and ready to go...just toss in the last minute food, clothes, check the tires and torque and hook up. We do run the A/C at just a bit higher temp than if we were actually camping. Keeps everything fresh and dry...no musty smell. If your DS loves to do his homework out there, don't stand in his way! Cost is minimal and it gives everybody an escape when things get tough in the house.
We have DirecTV at home and I called them about something for the trailer. They said I would either have to buy an additional receiver + the dish or take a receiver from the house and buy the dish. I asked if there was a charge for the time used only....no such luck. We would have to have a monthly plan and whether we used it or not, the bill would come rolling in regardless. We decided the whole thing was just way more hassle and $ than we were interested in. For a few dollars, we just buy a couple new DVDs when we see something good and go with that. Actually, we spend very little time watching anything but the trees, birds, and enjoying the quiet.
A big part of those already listed + a supply of fuses for the truck and trailer...learned that the hard way. If we're going on an extended trip there is usually one of the small air tanks tossed in....think there is also a tire repair kit somewhere in there. Moving all our stuff from our ROO 23SS into the new TT, DH has found that he accumulated quite a pile of duplicate things, so that is also being sorted out. Trust me on the fuses....Auto Zone closes at 9:00 and thank goodness there was a Walmart nearby.
Good morning all! This past week we officially became members of the darkside. We've loved our ROO 23SS hybrid, but time marches on and it was time to make a move. Found the perfect-for-us TT....a 2013 Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604. I had no clue how much "stuff" was in our ROO until spending the past 2 days moving it into "Rocky", as it is now known. Actually, they're both going on a diet and Goodwill + the new ROO owners are reaping the benefits. After beginning our 8th season with the ROO, we felt like we knew pretty much all we needed to know about it, but this 2604 has a bunch of features we've never laid eyes on. Went from the Equalizer to a Blue Ox 1000 WDH hitch and so far DH is happy as can be.....and it's quiet. Love the layout, wonderful storage, the interior, the exterior graphics, everything about it. Now to find a new and loving home for the ROO.....and soon would be good.
So "hi" and Happy Camping to all!
Home safely with our beautiful Rockwood 2604. Spent yesterday moving stuff from the ROO to the "Rocky", as it's now known. Fun, but made us a bit sad....actually pretty darned sad. So it's about half done and hoping to get the last half done today and tomorrow. We're meeting some DFs in Memphis that we haven't seen in 15+ years next week and really need Rocky to be ready and the ROO to be detailed and ready for another loving home.
Foxy.....not too sure she's crazy about Rocky. She's used to being able to hop onto the bunkend and snoop around to see what's going on.....no bunkend, sorry Fox.
Story from our time at RVW and chatting with a unit delivery driver.....we had a mile long PDI list, so no problems. He was telling us that his job is to deliver the unit safely to wherever the owner wants. He had a delivery recently where he met the owner "out in the middle of nowhere". The new owner didn't have the very first clue what he had bought. Apparently he had a way less than adequate hitch of some kind and seemed totally surprised that it wasn't sufficient. Also wanted to know how this and that worked and what's this thingy. What does this do? The driver said he explained that he didn't have that info and that all he did was deliver....after that, you're on your own. Nice guy and we enjoyed talking to him, but a real lesson on why it's important to do everything possible to take delivery at the dealer and get the PDI and your questions answered. After starting on our 8th season with the ROO, we thought we knew pretty much all we needed to know.....WRONG. There are a zillion different things on our new unit and it would have pushed DH right over the edge to not have someone to explain and show him how all this new stuff worked.
Another reason to stay overnight at Indian Lake if you buy from RVW.....DH found a tiny crack on one of the front skirting pieces + 1 of the outside speakers wasn't working. Called RVW and the warranty person - you could not pay me enough to have her job! - said to swing by on the way out and she'd need a picture of the piece to have another one ordered and the tech just pulled the stereo out of the cabinet, found a plug not plugged in, fixed that and we were out of there. DH told her to just send the piece to us and he'd put it on....a 10 minute job that he did on the ROO after something on the road bounced up and broke it. If you find something wrong, you're 5 minutes away. And....for some unknown reason, we thought we should have a full hook-up site at Indian Lake. It's a beautiful SP, but those 12 full sites are dreadful. Unless you absolutely feel it's crucial, just go for one of the water/electric sites. Dumping the grey tank isn't exactly rocket science and we could have had a nicer site for less $.
Please tell your friends you know just where the perfect '07 23SS is and it's immaculate!
At the motel tonight with our new camper 20 miles down the road....so close...11:00 tomorrow and it's ours. Confirmed we are too old for 500+ miles in one day...we're whipped. Trip home is 2 easy days...fun and relaxing. Then move the stuff from the ROO and get it ready for a new family to love it. Nite all.
We're excited, but also a bit wistful to know the ROO will be leaving.... but SOON, we hope. We're loading up the necessities for pick up and the trip home. First night at Indian Lake. Doubt we'll hold up for the whole trip back in one day, so will probably pull in Thursday noon. DS will be anxiously waiting to see what all the excitement is about.
Looking through the RVW website - like I didn't have anything else to do - it's been interesting to see the changes in the 2604 and others over just the past 2 - 3 years. Colors - some really great, some OMG!!! They changed a wardrobe in our 2013 from a shorter length to a mostly full length locker with a mirror on the door. Eliminated 1 convenience outlet in the bedroom, which will be remedied the first weekend we're home - gotta have a place to recharge your phones and Kindles! Cabinets went from the oak we have in the ROO to the cherry, apparently as the primary.
PDI - as newbies we didn't have a clue. Just sorta walked in, looked around, the guy pointed out a few things and we were outa there. We were lucky, everything was perfect. This time we have a 2 page list of things to check over. Not taking any chances if we can help it.
Hotels - I didn't want to BUY the thing, just stay in a room for 1 night.....good grief! Could have camped 4 nights or more for what some of them wanted. We found an acceptable one for a sorta decent price. And it's closeby. And has breakfast. Guess we'e used to campground rates, not the Waldorf Astoria.
So come Tuesday morning at 11:00 Eastern time, please think of us signing on the dotted line. At at 11:10, pleae call all your friends who might be interested in an immaculate '07 23SS and tell them it's available.
We'll just have a few days home to get this all sorted out and then we meet some DFs from a zillion years ago - haven't seen them in nearly 20 - for some wine and catch-up time. Then home. Then to our fav CG for 4 days, previously planned. I think the Rockwood will get a good going over during this first few weeks. So excited. So wistful.
PUGS are Pop-Up-Gizmos. They a covering for the top of the bunkends that not only keeps the heat in during the cold weather, it helps to keep it cooler during the warmer weather. Also keeps the bunkends cleaner. There is a website. The owner is Bob and you could not ask for a more responsible, responsive and pleasant owner. Generally, he has the sizes for the various units, just needs the year, make and model. They are a reasonably priced investment and highly recommended. He has recently added an interior liner for those in really chilly climates. The material is lightweight, but does a dandy job....one side is a color and the other silver. Your choice of available colors. The vast majority of us have them and wouldn't know what to do without. Suggest checking his website.
Not sure the answer you got was correct...or that my thought is correct, but here we go. I think it's not glued down due to the flexing of the trailer not only during transit, but even set up. If the whole thing is glued down, I think it would pull loose and maybe cause more of a problem. When we toured the FR plant a couple of years ago, they did not glue. You would either glue just around the edges or use a staple gun and then trim molding over that.
We generally use the product we use for car washing - something like Turtle Wax car wash or similar. If you have some stubborn spots, suggest you don't use a Magic Eraser, but try a bit of Simple Green and rinse very thoroughly. We get a product at Dollar Tree, LA's Awesome - a yellow colored product in a nozzle bottle - it says to dilute it per...... DH, not always one to read instructions has used it full strength on the bad spots and they're gone. But he has the canvas wet, sprays this on, gives it a soft scrub with a sponge or towel and rinses very thoroughly. This is not a recommendation, mearly something has worked for us, so try an out-of-site spot before you get into this. We have never used the 303, but have heard wonderful reports. If you find the inside needs a bit of freshening, I use Woolite and then a towel to dry as much as possible. Be sure to leave the bunkend open until everything is completely dry - maybe a day or two.
If you normally use Dawn, I'd see no problem. If it's safe for baby ducks after an oil spill, it should be good for your bunkends.
Actually looks kinda like a slumber party, except that they're really asleep! DH and I are both "onlies" and missed out on this part of growing up. First, I find it hard to imagine 9 children and second I'm wondering how in the world you maintain any sanity at all. Kudos to you!
We did watch the videos very carefully. DH liked the grease fitting part a lot. Looks effective and easy to use. Your reference to the noise really pushed DH into having me call and tell them to add the Blue Ox. He really hates the Equalizer noise, even though it's been an excellent WDH. Thanks for the feedback.
Very long story shorter, DH has some health issues that are causing the cartilage to deteriorate in his feet and legs. In additon, the shiny new hip is not allowing him the mobility we were hoping for. Getting older is not for sissies. Anyway, we have batted this around over the past few months and kept coming back to our beloved ROO. But thinking long term, we need to be out from a bit of extra work. Surprisingly, there are not just a ton of trailers out there inbetween the ROO and a mile long TT or 5er - which wasn't gonna happen. Then you get into the new truck, which also isn't gonna happen. So from time to time, I would just peruse the various trailers to see what might be right for us. I can tell you that before we bought the ROO, we saw a Surveyor 264 with a dynamite kitchen all the way across the rear and we always thought if and when. But time came to check more closely and the stinker is too heavy to give us enough cushion to keep DH happy. Just happened to go back to RVW website, where we got the ROO, and there it was. FINALLY got my greenish interior!!! There is a 2604WS with a large wardrobe on a second slide, which we neither needed nor wanted. Just the regular 2604 was perfect. Bedroom in front with nice storage, a to-die-for bathroom and a large living area and kitchen. Very open. So..... Anybody wanna buy an immaculate 23SS????? We've taken very good care of it and I anticipate a downpour of tears, but it's time to move on. We saved $11,000 off MSRP and then an additional $1000 summer sale, so we're very pleased with the financial part. If you're inclined to take a peek, it's a Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604 and is the top right of that section....Seagrass interior. After many years on this forum we feel like we know many of you personally and don't plan to stop visiting. DH says we're still "hybriders" at heart. Foxy is going to be most unhappy to lose her great view out the unzipped bunkends. Thanks all for the fun times and the lively discussions. We've learned a lot and hopefully helped newbies to learn. Before the ROO became a reality at our house, we learned a lot from both RVNet and HYX. Thanks for the memories. BTW, we pick up the 2604 on Tuesday the 14th at 11:00 and heading straight to Indian Lake to have a close look at what we've bought. DS will be holding down the fort and waiting to see what the excitement is all about.
Well, as of about an hour ago, we have our beloved ROO in the ROOport and also have a beautiful Rockwood 2604 waiting for us to pick up tenatively on the 14th. OMG!, the stress and headache over making this change. I think buying the house caused less stress....maybe it's an age thing. Now, the ROO needs to sell.
Not surprisingly, I have another question...RVW now sells Blue Ox WDH rather than Equalizer. Opinions? If the new owner of the ROO doesn't need the hitch, that's fine and we'll just move it over. RVW is recommending the Blue Ox 1000#. They said if we preferred, they would order an Equalizer for us. DH has some studying to do, but would like your thoughts.
Can I please stick around just to see what's going on in the wonderful world of hybrids?
PS NOW what are we going to call the ROOport?????
Bingo! Wayne and Chuck win! That is the info we needed - or maybe I should say reinforcement of our thinking. DH is still a basket case over this decision - he's also dealing with issues with his mother's assisted living, but that's another whole stressor of its own - but is strongly leaning toward the change IF all the ducks line up. I never thought that we'd be even considering a hardside, but things change. Now, anybody interested in a near-new condition 23SS with brand spankin' new tires and stored undercover 24/7 and meticulously maintained?
Remembering that we're not looking at the 2604WS - with a second slide, but rather the 2604 with at GVWR of 6629 - without the second slide. According to the specs, the tongue weight is 739#, so if I'm reading all this right, we should be fine and still have plenty of wiggle room to be safe weightwise. Right?