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Old 07-15-2015, 01:29 PM   #11
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Nope. We're both well into our fifties and are pretty well done with canvas ... Now luxury camping ... That's the ticket ... Stick me in fort wilderness resort for a month.
I'm 54 & she's [we don't discuss it] and are both through with canvas [ok, rip-stop nylon] too!

We were pretty happy with an 18 footer. That (after a bit of work) had 100% of the amenities we wanted.

The new trailer (23') has a queen-sized bed, plenty of room to sit and watch the television.

The fridge holds more than enough food for two weeks! The tanks are good for 5 days. The only downside to the 19RD (and all such owners will agree) is countertop space is a bit limited.

I had looked at a 28' (can't remember the model) that had a similar floor plan. Those 5' added a wall with a pocket door to the bedroom. Moved the entrance door to the back, added lots of cabinets, plenty of kitchen counter space and a much more airy feel to the dining area. According to the salesman, that trailer could have been pulled by our 1/4-ton.

I say, start serious shopping now. We looked at several kinds of RV's a year before I was ready to buy.

Consider your process an attempt at a balance. With a truck and TT, you will have budgeted a certain amount. A used truck is clearly cheaper than new. Generally smaller trucks are less costly than bigger ones. Then you have to consider parking your truck at the local attraction, market, theater, etc.

How much trailer do you need? Will you be hauling grandkids from time to time? Or is it just you two?

How handy are you? Can you fix (or at least get it closed) a balky slide out? Will you be able to change a flat tire yourself?

What about electrical or plumbing annoyances? Will those ruin a trip or are you a duct tape ninja?

Welcome to the Wonderful World of RV's. Its fun as all-get-out! But be prepared for the bumps in the road!

Keep shopping, keep thinking, compare notes with your other half. You will find a combination that is right for you.

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Old 07-15-2015, 03:52 PM   #12
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We have been looking and shopping for two years. Unfortunately, I'm an engineer, so I have been reading and studying up for about as long. We were originally sold on Heartland but watching their owners board for two years, I'm not happy with the amount of complaints. My bride's career had her working with people if all walks including a handful of RV techs whose experiences have been picked. So, here we are at jayco. We will eventually move to s 5th wheel, but not for at least 5-years. We have a trip planned to Hershey this September for the RV show. We have been to quite a number of shows already, but the most satisfying was a trip to a close by Jayco dealer. I have to tell you, I'm in love with the patio door option on the front kitchen 34FKDS. I suspect we will have visitors, the grands will stay in a tent outside ... That's my plan. And we will use the TT to visit our kids and grands who are already being disbursed around the country.

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Old 07-15-2015, 04:14 PM   #13
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The only cheap late model used trucks had salvage titles. The other used ones I found were either very used, or had really high miles. Because of incentives and financing options, I went for a new truck.

I also agree, you need a 2500/250 truck.
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Old 07-15-2015, 05:30 PM   #14
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I read somewhere that buying used 3 years old is the magic number. Hits the initial max depriaciation so you are looking at usually half price from new and it a lot of cases still have a couple years left of factory power train warranty. if your going 3/4 ton half to go diesel imo.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:05 PM   #15
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After 30 satisfied years with a gasser + tent-trailer, we graduated to a diesel + 25' travel trailer ~ a perfect transition we'd do again!
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:34 PM   #16
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I bought my diesel ~5 years used with 95k miles. I have had it for 3 years and been very happy. I did have to replace the Body Control Module (BCM) last fall. The repair cost $700. I paid mid-$20s opposed to mid-$50s for new. For that savings I'm ok with a repair now and the.

The Allison transmission on my duramax has been excellent and I expect to get as many miles from it as I do the engine.
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Old 07-15-2015, 08:30 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by javankrona View Post
Nope. We're both well into our fifties and are pretty well done with canvas ... Now luxury camping ... That's the ticket ... Stick me in fort wilderness resort for a month.
Yeah man, that's the ticket!
I'm less that a year from "graduation" and we upgraded to a 5th about a year ago. The TV upgrade hadda come first. I knew the target weight I was aiming for and chose the F350. Mt first pickup and first diesel. The 5.4 Expe gasser gave us mpg in the 9's pulling maybe 4500#, the 350 piuls about 12700# and returns solid 12's. With no load I get 21 on the highway.
So, my opinion (that and $3 gets you a coffee at Starbuck) for a DD it's not too bad and for a TV it's awseome. I'm a Blue Oval guy from day one but in general a diesel is the thing for a heavy TT and I would expect 150-200k mi from a "Big3" brand with a few minor repairs along the way. Periodic PM is an absolute must!
IMHO, there are many people that just expect their vehicles to just "work", hop in, turn the key, fill the tanks.... And go. Your car, RV, boat, airplane.....(toy) NEEDS regular maintenance. Give it and it will return reasonable dependability, fail to maintain and it will leave you on a dirt road, empty beach, corn field....
Sorry, couple of glasses of wine and I hadda pontificate.


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