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Old 10-06-2016, 06:16 PM   #11
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Great pics and story, thanks for sharing. I got a little sad seeing your muddy WH in AK. We trailered a WH to your state last summer and our trailer looked like that quite a bit!
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:08 PM   #12
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Great pics and story, thanks for sharing. I got a little sad seeing your muddy WH in AK. We trailered a WH to your state last summer and our trailer looked like that quite a bit!
Thank you. Those who have known me and remember my past rv's know that seeing me with a muddy/dirty rig is nothing new. They also know that I tend to take my rigs through pretty rough extremes.
I feel rather lucky and blessed as I read through these forums and see the problems people have with slide outs gouging floors and cabinets falling apart, or water leaks, etc. that I have not really had many problems with the overall construction of any RV I have owned. Most problems I have encountered have been ones I have had a part in creating.... Most of them I have fixed myself.
To me an RV is built to be mobile and lightweight and maneuverable. It's not a house, never was meant to be, therefore it will never be as comfortable or convenient as a house. Yet, it's mobile and built to 'get away' so I take that seriously and to the extreme.
This WH TT is proving to be one of the best rigs I have ever utilized. It has many features I have ended up modifying into past RV's. (ground clearance and wide stance axles for one)
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Curious, why not stay with a pickup camper with all your back country excursions? Just not enough room? I may go to a Lance 1172 in the future (just possible, not set in stone), so that's why I ask.
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Curious, why not stay with a pickup camper with all your back country excursions? Just not enough room? I may go to a Lance 1172 in the future (just possible, not set in stone), so that's why I ask.
Aye, you hit the nail right on the head. Not enough room with a pickup camper. Not only that, but with a trailer, I can have a lot more equipment loaded and then still have the truck bed to load other stuff. Including, if you notice, at least one ATV (that is until I get a "sled deck" then I will take two ATV's.

I had a fifth wheel at one time, which I did some extensive work on with a skid plate protecting the grey and black tanks and the plumbing, and then a lift kit for more ground clearance. However, I found that with a 5er, we lacked the vertical travel at the hitch point for those pesky little ups and downs so often found in back country.

We also utilized a Class C for two years, but found a lacking in ground clearance and they are not easily found in 4 wheel drive so back country access is extremely limited.

We still maintain basic 'spike out' tent equipment for those excursions into deeper higher areas. Again, the truck and TT combo serves to get us deep enough into rough areas that we can be semi isolated and then the TT serves as a base camp while the truck or ATV can still serve to get us to a point where we can (and sometimes do) spike out for a day or two or three.

Finally, though I do take my equipment into areas most people wont, my DW can attest, I am fanatic about taking care of my equipment, and so the TT stays in very nice condition so that during the rest of the year (especially late spring and through the summer) it serves as a great luxury camping rig. Which we do camp a lot.
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Good info, thank you. Best of luck on future hunts.
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