Back to the positive re FR. We bought an '07 Rockwood ROO HTT and it served us well....not a problem other than a refrig recall and that was Dometic, not FR problem. Just replaced our beloved HTT with a Rockwood Ultra Lite and so far have had 2 minor issues....both remedied very quickly. Bear in mind that no matter what manufacturer, there are going to be things that pop up from time to time....some nothing more than a screwdriver will remedy. Some more involved. But we've never had anything to complain about with either of ours.
never had trouble with cabinet doors opening....except going south on I-65 through Birmingham....THE worst!!! Invested in a package of small bungys at Harbor Freight and used them on the two that opened. Never need them unless Birmingham was on the route. Also the frig....get a couple of those rods that are supposed to keep everything in place. Maybe. Part of my job was the inside stuff and I knew to open the frig very slowly and be ready for falling objects. DH didn't know that part, but he does now. Where is the dog when you need him?
Absolutely agree that was totally unacceptable. This is a big investment and you should have been given whatever time you needed to be comfortable. BTW, don't use the WH until you're sure there is water in it. DH and I would personally tow that trailer back to the dealer and ask to talk to the top dog. When we recently picked up our new TT, we'd had almost 8 seasons with our HTT and felt like we were pretty knowledgable, but things have changed a lot in those years. Our tech that did the PDI took all the time we needed - close to a couple of hours including going over the hitch after installation and made sure we were comfortable. Sorry your tech might have been late for dinner....put the thing in the microwave and heat it up! You need to make a return visit PDQ!
Back in the days mostly on the hybrid side, someone wanted their HTT left plain...no decals of any kind. There was going to be a charge of something like $150 for NOT putting them on. Guess the manufacturer considered that a mod. All of the decals on our '07 ROO looked like brand new - we store under cover 24/7 - except for the rear bunkend that got the brunt of everything and it was drying and cracking. I called FR and they were still available for $50 or so + shipping. It was all of a 10 minute job to take my hair dryer and remove the old one. Then clean with mineral spirits, align the new one and you're done. The one change that we did differently than the instructions, after asking for forum input, was to wet the area with soapy water (Dawn) and then get the new one aligned correctly. Squeege the water out and it was dry in just a few minutes. We had done it that way with the decals on our boat years back and DH was very nervous about just trying to stick it on and have it perfect the first time. The soapy water is the solution.
My cousin and hubby in Houston store their TT at a storage lot so it got the full brunt of everything. They decided to replace and found it to be a PITA job. Even with the hair dryer, they picked tiny specks of their old decals for days and days. The new ones went on nicely and it looked good, but a job they said they would not do again. They did not have the smooth side exterior, so it was more of a project, but a nice finish. They did simple stripes.
Absolutely agree that some of the new graphics are just way too much. Our new Rockwood Ultra Lite, we feel, has enough to be interesting but not so much as to be downright ugly.
On the hybrid side of RVNet, Spirit Deer has an Aliner. Can't recall the exact model, but it's a pretty darned roomy. Has some nice amenities and appears to offer lots of room. Might be worth a look. Don't know about the off-road capabilities.
Also, KZ Sportsmen Classic has a 13', single axel that's lightweight, although you'd have to deal with the barndoor effect. It's available with or without a hybrid style bunkend in the rear, but has a big u-shape dinette - would have to be made up for a bed - kitchen goes across the entire front, so lots of work space. Nice amount of floorspace. Bathroom is functional. Pretty darned cute for a smaller size trailer.
Also the R-pods are nice, but you'll be getting into more $$.
At the risk of offending some, I have always wondered why some folks will declare with great pride that they've towed an X' trailer a zillion miles through all sorts of weather and never had a problem and they've never had sway on their rig. It just seems like extra protection - not only for those in that rig, but the ones traveling the same road - and is relatively inexpensive. If you're going to spend a bunch of $$$$$ buying a great camper, spend more $$$$$ to have an adequate TV, invest in a hitch to handle the thing, why not have sway?? Not a criticism, but something I've never understood. Why NOT??
Lake Quachita area in AR?? There are several SPs and, I believe, some COE. They fill up pretty quickly, so you'll need to get on it. It's not far from Hot Springs, so a day trip might be something you'd like. Wooded, so some shade to be had, all sorts of water activities. A few degrees cooler than DFW.
We had an Equalizer on our HTT since Day 1 and it did a fine job....with the exception of the noise factor and getting greasy. We just made the leap to a TT - Rockwood Ultra Lite 2604 - and the dealer recommended the Blue Ox 1000. DH was hesitant since the Eq had done so well, but he watched the videos on the Blue Ox website and liked what he saw. The dealer would have ordered the Eq if we decided that was a better choice for us. In the end, we went with the Blue Ox 1000 and DH is sooo glad. Easier to hook up, does it's intended job very well, quiet, no greasy hands. The price difference was maybe $50 with the Eq being the higher of the two. Might be worth 10 min watching the videos before you make a final decision.
Generally Pilot, Flying J, TA or Love's, with Sam's/Walmart/Murphy USA all possible. Love Gas Buddy! When we have a choice, we drive nearest the building and then turn into the pump island heading out...we seem to be able to avoid most of the auto traffic that way and always try for an outside island. Agree that starting your search for a station at about the 1/2 tank point is good advice.
if you want to retain the original features, contact FR directly. There may be a sticker either on the inside of one of the cabinets or outside on the street side that will tell you which facility it was manufactured at - (I know, not proper sentence structure, but you know what I mean). Our ROO was manufactured in Millersburg, IN and we were able to order a couple of things from them to keep it OEM. Don't actually know where our new 2604 was manufactured. If you can't find it, just try the main office for Forest River and they should direct you. Personal opinion...I would prefer to maybe spend a couple extra dollars and have it original.
We just parted ways with our beloved 23SS to make the change to a TT - notice I did NOT say "move up". It gave us many years of use with no problems. Hated to see it go, but time, age and all that goes with it made making this change the best choice for us. It has a great new family and we're thrilled for them.
The leak in the kitchen faucet, I believe, is OEM....our new Rockwood 2604 also had one. Luckily DH was going to make smoothies for breakfast and when he got the blender out discovered it was damp. A very small drip, but a quick tightening of the fitting fixed it, so we were dried out in no time at all.
Enjoy your 23SS, it's a beauty!
Agree that the blue tarp will cover it, but it's also abrasive and not breatheable, which you need. For the investment you have in a nice camper, I'd be inclined to spring for the Adco or similar cover and keep the whole thing covered. If you need to get inside during the winter, it has zippers that you just unzip for access.
Interesting question. We just made the leap from our HTT with a 13.5 to a TT with a 15. We never had a problem with the 13.5 until a trip to Vicksburg, MS with 99/99%. Could not get the HTT cooler than 85 during the day even with the PUGS on. Made a Walmart run and got some small personal-size fans thinking that would help in the bunkends, but wrong. All it did was help move the hot air around. After sundown, it cooled off nicely.....until the next day. UGH! The dealer we bought the TT from orders 13.5 A/C routinely, but for whatever reason, this one has the 15. In what I'd consider "normal" summer weather, does anyone notice any difference in performance/efficiency/operating costs in the 13.5 vs the 15. We're not headed to AZ for sure, but TN has some pretty darned hot/humid weather. We keep our TT under cover 24/7 at home, but also keep the A/C set at about 80 since we're in and out all the time. Am I going to drop over when I see the electric bill with the 15 now?? I never noticed any appreciable difference when we started keeping the HTT plugged in over not.
FWIW, if this AZ visit is not going to be a routine thing and the 13.5 is normally effective, I'd look into that portable unit that was linked....at least for the short haul. It may do all you need for a bunch less $$$.
Now I'm confused. Aren't you in the market for a new TT?? Saw your 6/10 post re 2 TT choices, so I would not spend a lot of time fretting over the weight limit on a HTT dinette/bed....unless you're needing to use the dinette in the new TT for a bed. What did you decide on the TT??
My understanding that the WH does recover faster on propane than electric. DH just flips the switch to the WH during regular set up so it's ready whenever we are. Have never had a problem running out of hot water either showering or dishwashing....just getting used to turning the water off and on rather than letting it run. Same thing with the frig - cools faster on propane, but changes over to electric at the CG. We've never needed to speed up either process. We figure we're paying for electric with the site fee, so that's what gets used.
Sorry to hear about this....not a good way to start a fun summer. I would strongly suggest you think about investing in a cover for winter storage. Hope they can get this fixed and get you out there ASAP. And thank goodness for insurance.
Putting the slide in and out just takes a little finesse. If you hold the switch down after the slide is either all the way in or all the way out, that COULD be the culprit. You'll get a feel for it after a few times, but listen for a slight click when using it and then let up off the switch. I would give it several trials at home before heading out to be sure there is not something else going on, but I'd bet it's just holding the switch down too long. You'll also learn to watch for the edge of the cabinet to be lined up along the bathroom wall or the sofa to be just at a certain spot along the cabinet by the front bunkend. We never had a fuse blow on our '07.
For some extra insurance....after adding some adequate screws or even bolt through, consider making a couple of 4x4 "legs" to go underneath the dinette in the bed position. You could add something a simple as sticky velcro to hold the leg to the base and maybe a larger block to stabilize in the floor so it doesn't slide out. We never use our dinette for other than a dinette, but you're right, there's not much support there.
What a minute!!, didn't you just buy a HTT a couple of months ago??? What happened??
Anyway.....if you're now in the market for a TT, triple check your tow capacity, I would suggest shorter WITH a slide over longer WITHOUT a slide.
A slide makes all the difference in the world. Realize, though, that a slide also means more weight. Check your numbers before you jump. And do plenty of homework on your price for the unit before rather than after. Good luck.
My only hesitation with using home-cleaning or similar products is that they may or may not be compatible with your roofing material. Bummer to find out you used the wrong stuff. We use whatever it is that the information on the roof calls for....not in my job description, so I don't know the brand. Surely can't think Dawn would hurt anything, but I'd be cautious of the other products.