Looks Like We May Be Going Grey

Discussion in 'PopOut (Hybrids)' started by phager76, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. phager76

    phager76 Member

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    So we decided to head out to the Pittsburgh RV show today in spite of the dicey weather conditions. We're planning on upgrading from the Utah to something with a more permanent bathroom and a little more space for the growing family and dog. I was originally leaning towards something like the Roo 21SSL with the front deck so we can bring the kids dirt bikes or my scooter along, but I was also open to a toyhauler or a three bunk hybrid. After looking through the entire first floor of the show and finding very little that was appealing (The toyhaulers in the size I wanted didn't have the sleeping capacity that would be comfortable for us with out re-configuring between day and night mode), we decided to head upstairs.

    After looking at TTs and Fifth wheels everywhere, and begining to feel a bit let down that there were no Hybrids to be seen and very few pop-ups, We turned a corner and finally saw it, The Rockwood Roo 233S, We talked to one of the salesman and after a little back and forth, came to a conditional agreement. Assuming they can get the financing terms where I want them to be, we've put a refundable deposit on a new 233S. They're also throwing in $200 towards a WDH.

    Of course, this thread is worthless with out pics, so here's a few shots of the new unit:










    As you can see, the kids have already made themselves at home in the new camper!
     
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  2. GalsofEscape

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    congratulations on your new Roo !! We were wanting this model when we were looking 6 years ago but did not have the tow vehicle for it and ended up with our highwall. Which did well for us until last year when we finally went to the hybrid - but we no longer needed the three beds and ended up in the Shamrock 23WS. We have also found that those RV shows are a bit thin on hybrids and even thinner on popups - a bit of a disappointment for those of us not wanting the rolling mansions.
     
  3. phager76

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    Yeah it really is a shame that they focus so much on the big trailers. While it was kinda fun walking through them, It's really hard to beat the efficient use of space in a pop up or hybrid. Fortunately, tow vehicle capability isn't a huge concern for us with the Excursion, I'm much happier sitting at 3/4 of my rated tow capacity, given the fact that I've got 200K on it. We were really looking at the Coleman 300TQ toy hauler but the empty tongue weight on that was right around 1300# and that's pushing it, even with a 3/4 ton truck chassis. The length also had me worried, since we have a tight right had turn with a retaining wall to get to the house with not a lot of room to swing a trailer, and I could totally see me clipping that wall trying to maneuver it around!
     
  4. mpotapa

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    Very nice! We purchased our 2018 Rockwood Roo 233s in November. We have yet to use it since we live in Michigan. I do have 4 trips booked so far. One being a 6 night two campground trip which will be the longest we have done. It’s currently my wife, my two year old, and myself but we wanted to buy a camper that we will keep for 10-15 years. Before this we had two Pop ups, our latest being a 2014 Rockwood 2280BH.
     
  5. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Welcome to the grey side we have cookies!!!!!!! We have a Roo 183 and looking to upgrade to the 24ws. We like the 233s but with wife wants more counterspace. Good luck and happy camping.
     
  6. mpotapa

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    We came from a Rockwood 2280 Popup which had virtually no countertop space so we think the Roo 233s will work. The flush stove and sink will help a lot plus we can slide the table over if we need more countertop space. We also got ours without an oven for more storage space. My wife didn’t want an oven since we do most of our cooking over the fire.
     
  7. phager76

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    Counter space was a concern for me as well with the 233S (As well as most other hybrids we saw), but as mpotapa says, with the cutting board over the sink, and the glass cover over the oven, it does give the semblance of counter space when not cooking. The Utah has even less counter space and we've made do with that for the last 4 seasons.

    We did want the oven, though, since the kids would love to make cookies and the like on some of our trips, I'm not 100% postive how much use it will see on a day to day basis, but I'd rather have it and not need it, the want it and not have it!
     
  8. GalsofEscape

    GalsofEscape Active Member

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    we use the oven alot - (but our highwall had the oven as well, so not really anything new for us - cinnabuns are frequently on our breakfast menu LOL) - the size of the freezer was a major upgrade for us when we went gray - we went on a three week trip and were able to stock plenty of dinners in the freezer.
    Peter - I have the 23WS (early design of the 24WS) - we love it. I did put shelving in the slideout wardrobe, made it much better for storing clothes for 4 people.
     
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  9. bikendan

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    it's nice to see those moving to the Gray Side, replacing those of us Gray Siders who've moved to the Dark Side.[:P]
     
  10. kcsa75

    kcsa75 Active Member

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    Congratulations! We skipped grey and went dark last fall.

    I'm sure you're going to enjoy the new digs. [:)C]
     
  11. Grizzly_Wayne

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    Congratulations! We went to the RV show two weeks ago in Pigeon Forge, they didn't have any pop ups or hybrids. We currently don't have a camper, but are planning on purchasing our first this spring. My daughter was so excited, just like your little ones. My wife has always been a tent camper, but I seem to have swayed her to a camper. We are looking at Jayco hyrbids.
    Looks like yours will get a ton of use!
     

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