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Old 09-09-2016, 07:27 AM   #11
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Welcome aboard! The kid will be just fine. Your TV needs to be your biggest concern in picking out a camper. They are weight limited, both in cargo and towing capacity, and they are not all built the same. If you have a vehicle already that you would like to use to tow a new TT (travel trailer) or PU (popup), I would call the manufacture customer service, not the dealer. Have your vin number. They can tell you the tow rating, based on how your TV was configured as it left the factory. Dodge was really helpful and informed me how it was calculated, I asked a lot of questions. In my case, they calculated it with an average size driver (150 pounds) and a full tank of fuel. That was all, no passengers, no cargo. Remember your kid will grow, maybe another will becoming, or a friend, niece/nephew? So leave room for growth if you can.

As for picking out a camper. My recommendation is wonder around the dealership, pick out a few that you like. Then ditch the salesperson, sit in the camper, for a while, dig through every cargo hold, drawer, cabinet, and look for hidden spaces. Think about where you are going to put your stuff. One of the complaints I hear from people is where do I put ????? for example I like the 17Z, but the first thing I noticed was nowhere to put our cloths. That meant, everything was in duffle bags, and it had to be moved to go to bed during the day to use the table, or moved to the table we wanted to lay down. If the weather was bad and we were hanging out inside, it was just going to be in the way. I gave up on the 17Z fairly quickly. As others said we leave a cheap set of dishes, pots, pans, silverware, jackets, etc in the TT, all year. At the end of the trip, the perishable food, bedding and cloths come out to be washed. The bedding goes back in. When we are ready to go on our next trip, load in our fresh perishable type food, cloths, and go.

As for entertaining the Kido. We took out our tv (television) right after our first trip. My thought is we can use the tv at home the rest of the week. We go camping to get out and about and do something different. We do a lot of hikes, bike rides, fishing, sitting by the fire, and so forth. We do bring a couple tablets and books for buggy evenings and late night relaxing. We have games and cards that stay in the tt year round. Our Kido has an activity bag. He is responsible to pick out whatever he wants and it has to fit in there.

Happy TT hunting!
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Old 09-10-2016, 10:20 AM   #12
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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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We had a Trail Manor TT before our current one and I being 6'2" was constantly giving myself headaches as the TT was made for someone under 5'11. DW spent 6 months looking at different models/floorplans (interior height was a major point) on the internet. She narrowed it down to 3 different MFR/models. We went to the RV show in Tampa and narrowed it down to the Jayco 2012 EAGLE 284BHS. We ordered it through RV Express (internet) and they had a price no one else (in 3 states) could even come close to, so we ordered it. Saved an extra $1900 by driving to Indiana to pick it up and head back to the mountains in Georgia, where we have a seasonal spot. Never had any issues with getting things done at dealers either. I love gadgets...

Good Luck!!!!
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As for entertaining the Kido. We took out our tv (television) right after our first trip. My thought is we can use the tv at home the rest of the week. We go camping to get out and about and do something different. We do a lot of hikes, bike rides, fishing, sitting by the fire, and so forth. We do bring a couple tablets and books for buggy evenings and late night relaxing. We have games and cards that stay in the tt year round. Our Kido has an activity bag. He is responsible to pick out whatever he wants and it has to fit in there.

Happy TT hunting!
I guess everyone is different, but I like my TV. At the end of the day, I enjoy watching some late night TV. And watching an occasional movie (RV anyone?) as well.
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I guess everyone is different, but I like my TV. At the end of the day, I enjoy watching some late night TV. And watching an occasional movie (RV anyone?) as well.
Oh, I see lots of tv watching while at camp. I just like to mix up things up and that is one way to ensure we are doing something different than when we are at home.
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Most things about this you can learn as you go. There is one thing you should memorize immediately, though:

When the grey and black tank handles are pushed IN, the are closed.

Mistaking this can lead to a disaster that is only funny when you see it happen to a comedian in a movie, or in retrospect MANY years later.

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