Originally Posted by javankrona
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.