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jeraco

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Posted: 12/25/19 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll keep in mind the two vs. one door and murphy vs. bed options.

I assume the most common place to look for water damage is along the ceiling and floor/wall junctions. Thanks for that tidbit. Also, where does one find a reliable mobile home tech to make an inspection? I doubt a dealership would want to offer this service...(just google it, Jess!)

I'm going to open a new thread to discuss truck and towing- I think it deserves it's own...

Thanks for the input everyone. Definitely gives me some thoughts to ponder...Happy Holidays!

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Posted: 12/25/19 09:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After 2 or 3 seasons in whatever you choose to buy you will have enough experience to make a good decision based on experience. I pretty much guarantee that you will be ready for a different TT by then and you will find and purchase one that better suits you. Our current TT is our 4th over the past 20 year period. It meets our needs well.

You will also have a much better feel for the tow vehicle that keeps you happy. My philosophy is: “Being over-powered is way better than being under-powered.” My first 15 years I towed with a half ton (F-150)...lots and lots of days creeping up mountain passes and fretting about my brakes descending the other side; the past 5 years with the 3/4 diesel in my signature...going up is easy and the compression brake takes away fretting coming down the back side. A much, much better towing experience. Powerful, safer, and less stress.

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Just like your truck questions, seems like you’re totally on track, with the right considerations being made/asked.
Second on the water tanks. Although unless you’re living like hippies or taking sponge baths, if you’re spending more than maybe a week boondocking, water will become scarce. However, you’re not going to find a smaller lighter rig that packs hundreds of gallons of water, so maximize what you can get in tank size and then have a water hauling plan if you’re off grid for longer than the water lasts. IMO, the whole point of ditching the tents and going to a camper is to have amenities and water/showers is high on most people’s primary amentities list.
(Fwiw when we need to pack in extra water, I use one of my wakeboard boat’s ballast sacks. Fits easily on the floor in the back seat or in the truck bed, hauls an extra 50gal)

The other thing not mentioned yet is trailer cargo/axle capacity. Especially, if f/t you may be packed heavier than average. Some /many TTs don’t have a lot of headroom with spring and axle capacity. This would be a primary concern to vet out, as you’ll want reliability and many miles of service as full timers .


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Look at the chassis road clearance, especially the sewer pipes hanging down, to avoid dragging or damage on rutted or rough dirt roads with quick ups and downs. On my 2019 Wolf Pup 16BHS, I have to clear my driveway onto the highway prior to installing my WDH load bars to avoid pipe damage and cannot use my factory folding rear rack for the same reason. Added to that, the spare tire is mounted to the rack and is supposed to be able to remain there with the rack down. THAT would definitely drag!
Look at propane tank and battery mounting capacity. Boondocking, you'll likely want two batteries and larger dual tanks, along with the quiet generator or solar to recharge batteries. Using the tow vehicle for that is very inefficient. You'll use the propane for hot water, refrigerator, and some cooking. Battery for lights and control circuits for the hot water and refrigerator.


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wanderingbob wrote:

The solar port will not support a very large solar array , but that would not be a deal killer !
Myself , having two doors would not appeal to me , just takes up space for something useful .
Staying small is correct , we went from 38 feet down to 20 feet and love the ability to drive like we are in a sports car .
Walk around bed is what I would want , we pull over and take a nap , no hassle !
Water tanks will not be large enuff no matter how large for boon docking , we carry a 35 gallon tank in bed of PU.
Good Luck


We went from a 30' to a 20'. I love the difference.
We spend a lot of time outside, so the inside is for sleeping and occasional rain.

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Jumping right into fulltiming is quite a leap.
As I and others have found, the perfect RV for you will probably not be your first one. How you imgine living in it, will most likely NOT be how you really live in it.

And a rig suitable for full timing should have more robust construction which will make it heavier. Most TTs are not warrantied for FT use... There are reasons for that.
I won't discuss them now, as it would take too much time... But a short answer is to get a unit that the manufacturer will warranty for FT use.
You have a hiking and backpacking background and want to boondock with the TT in the forest. This is right up my alley as that is what we do.
Unlike backpacking, your TT REQUIRES a certain amount of power to be functionable.
It gets this from a battery, which has a finite capacity. Increasing the capacity is problematic due to cost/weight/space. So you NEED a way to recharge. Solar or generator are the options. I do not FT, but do routinely camp for over 3 weeks straight. I use generators. I have two Honda EU2000s. I usually only run one at a time, but I like having a backup. I once had a pullcord break on the first pull in camp. Since I had a backup, it was not a big deal.

As a FT, I would want solar as my primary, and a generator as my backup.
A fulltimer needs to have a power option for when the sun doesn't shine... The weekend campers will just head home in bad weather.. You can't do that as you will be home. So Solar and a generator will be needed.
As you can see, the weight is starting to add up. Most all fulltimers have a stout truck, and a heavy rig.



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Our jump into RVing full time has to do with a combination of selling our home and my wife's job coming to a close. Rather than throw a bunch of money into another home, we are both ready for some change (and fun). It might not be forever, but it could get us 6 months or more down the line... We are looking forward and have started to get rid of our excess stuff, and WHOA BOY is there a lot of it!

Again thanks for all the great feedback everyone! This forum is very helpful!

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I love my micro lite and I tow with a similar truck see sig but there is no way I could fulltime in it. too small and not enough payload. also not comfortable below freezing without some major heating.


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A Rockwood or Flagstaff is not going to stand up well to full time use, and IMO they fall into the category of better built trailers. I would not expect our Grand Design Solitude to hold up well to full time use, built very much the same from the same materials, components, furniture, you name it.

When buying a Rockwood / Flagstaff used, prior to the mid year changes in the 2018 production year they all had laminated floors. Believe me you don't want one of those laminated floors. There is a reason they changed them. They're like shooting c r a ps, some held up well, some failed miserably, and most ended up somewhere in between with sponginess and other issues.

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