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Old 09-14-2016, 09:53 AM   #1
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Hello from Iowa!

Hello all!!

I have learned so much from this site - thanks to all for being willing to share your wealth of knowledge on this forum, it is so appreciated! I realized that I had still not even introduced myself in the Welcome Mat, so here goes!

My wonderful wife and I live in southern Iowa (about 50 miles south of Des Moines) and last year we took the TT plunge and bought a new 2015 26BHS. We have 9 children from ages 21 down to 2 1/2 and we can all fit comfortably in the new trailer and couldn't be happier!

Our camping started with two big tents and a 5x8 enclosed trailer to haul our gear. Took that setup to Branson in the fall of 2011 and had to move into a cabin after day 5 when it poured all night, was 35 degrees, and both tents had 2 inches of water standing in the bottom. We'd had enough. Tenting is "real" camping, and we discovered that with a family of 11, we weren't cut out for roughing it quite like this.

In 2012 we upgraded to a nice used 2009 Jayco 1206 popup. We loved it, but with 9 children (many of them small and able to triple up on beds), we were still VERY cramped and very short on storage. We got a lot of great use and awesome family memories from it in the three years we owned it!

Last year, we realized that we needed something bigger and traded the PUP for the TT. I got a bit too excited and didn't negotiate the best deal, but that is water under the bridge now. We LOVE that camper. It is at the very top end of what we can pull with our Ford e350 van (5.4L, sure wish I had the diesel), but with an SCT tuner and a K&N cold air intake, we can comfortably tool along at 60-65 mph and get ~10-11 mpg. We have reasonable power, but will not be setting any land-speed records. All-in-all, it's not too shabby considering the weight of the entire rig.

Looking forward to learning a lot about keeping and maintaining a travel trailer from all the wonderful people on this forum!!
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:15 AM   #2
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Hello back from Arizona and welcome to JOF.
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:24 AM   #3
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WHAT, no dog?
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:31 AM   #4
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CONGRATULATIONS on the JAYCO!!!

...and WELCOME TO JOF!!! The members here are GREAT!!! There is a lot of GREAT information to be found here. I am sure that you will have information and pictures to share with us... so please do!!

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No dogs in the camper!

We have a rat terrier named Pico, and a great pyrenees/st. bernard mix named Sugar that is 118 lbs. They provide barn mice patrol and pasture sheep protection respectively, but not camping companions! :-)
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:51 AM   #6
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Welcome to JOF! I might be coming up to Sioux, IA so what's the weather like in mid October I don't know if we want to take our TT or just fly? We will be coming from WA and driving through Elk Mountain.
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