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Old 10-11-2016, 09:06 PM   #1
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28BHBE in Texas

Good evening everyone! I am new to the travel trailering world and am looking into getting a 28BHBE. As for family, it is myself, my wife, and two children (1 and 7) in San Antonio, TX. The reason behind the purchase is for a job i got called up to go do in far West Texas between Pecos and Carlsbad, NM. For the most part it will be just me living in it, but wanted to buy something that is nice for when I'm done with this job and we can use it for camping/travelling. We are looking at a unit at Crestview RV in Selma. My tow rig is a 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD CC Duramax 4x4 with MiniMaxx tuning and an 8" suspension lift on 37s.I am requested to be on site this Sunday, so this is a rather rushed entry into this style.

I have read quite a bit now on the forum and have narrowed down my questions to: Is the 28BHBE a good fit for the West and South Texas weather/sun? Are they any recommended hitches for my truck/trailer choice combo being that the truck is not the typical tow rig? Are there any options that stand out as being a "wish I had that" or a "well that's worthless"? What are the best ways to finance this type of purchase (told that they can get financing for 5% probably since we have good credit.) Would a fiberglass option be a better choice over the aluminum skin? Aside from the trailer, what accessories are a must have? Any sites or videos recommended for a newbie family like ours for an introduction and how to (also willing to take any info/reviews for sites/parks in the Carlsbad/Orla/Pecos area)?

Thank you all for any input and your time!
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:11 PM   #2
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Have fun in Orla.
It ain't possible, by the way.
Stay in Carlsbad. (Dining)
Get on the road early, it jams up before sunrise.

Good luck.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
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Oh. Sun west park in Carlsbad.
It's quiet at night. If you hear trucks firing up, you better get up.
The time zone thing is a pain though.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:27 PM   #4
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Make sure it is a 50 amp and two air conditioners otherwise the summers will be HOT. I like the fiberglass but there are pros and cons. You'll also want the thermal package ideally.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:33 PM   #5
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Make sure it is a 50 amp and two air conditioners otherwise the summers will be HOT. I like the fiberglass but there are pros and cons. You'll also want the thermal package ideally.
Concur.
Also, of all lodging options, I prefer the RV.
Just make sure there is a chair to sit and relax in.
Be sure and visit Sitting Bull Falls.
Hard to believe there's a waterfall out there in the desert.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:38 PM   #6
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Vaquero - I have heard my closest places to Orla are 30-50 miles away, guess they were right. When said that "if you hear trucks starting up, get up" - do you mean that there is some theft going on? My truck is an attention getter per se and attracts those looking for an easy buck.
drk98 - This one has the thermal package with 50A and set up for solar trickle, no second A/C though. Is it difficult to install one?
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As mentioned get the 50amp with two a/c units. If not at least the 50 amp with 2nd a/c prep.

I have the thermal package and would recommend that.

I like my fiberglass siding. It's nice and your truck can handle the additional weight.

A lifted truck is not ideal for towing in my mind but you have a good tow vehicle. I have a LBZ duramax and tow my 28BHBE just fine with a Blue OX Swaypro WDH. There are other good ones but I like my setup.

For financing, 5% is high to me. I'd shop around.

We really like our 2017 28BHBE and have had a great season camping with it.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:44 PM   #8
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Vaquero - I have heard my closest places to Orla are 30-50 miles away, guess they were right. When said that "if you hear trucks starting up, get up" - do you mean that there is some theft going on? My truck is an attention getter per se and attracts those looking for an easy buck.
drk98 - This one has the thermal package with 50A and set up for solar trickle, no second A/C though. Is it difficult to install one?
No real theft issues. If you hear trucks leaving the rv park, you're running late.
Heh! It's 50 miles from Carlsbad to Orla. A tad less from Pecos. But, there ain't nothing in Pecos.
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:00 PM   #9
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Boyd,

I am just North of there in Eunice, NM living in my 25RKS for the past 3 years. I concur with the responses you have received from others regarding the thermal package and two AC units. There was a guy here in my park with that model trailer a few weeks ago and he seemed to be ok. If you are starting this life soon you will not need to worry about AC much longer. It will be getting to be winter soon. This is where the 50a service may also be helpful by allowing you to use electric heat to supplment and conserve propane.
On the aluminum vs fiberglass - that is more of a personal decision but there are differences. The fiberglass is heavier but we had some golf ball size hail recently and the aluminum siding now has dents. My neighbors with fiberglass did not have damage to the siding.

The only other comment that I have concerns the rear bunks on this floor plan. I have not seen one in person but the photos on the web look like access to the bunks is tight. I am not sure how you would get in there to change sheets. I would also spend some time sitting in various places and watching tv. Living in it you will likely spend some time watching and you need to be comfortable doing so.

The comment about "trucks starting up" is referring to all of the other workers getting up early and starting their trucks to leave. Remember there is a time zone difference between NM and TX which you will likely straddle between your worksite and any rv park.

Help is out there once you decide to come this way. Feel free to PM me if you have more questions.

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No real theft issues. If you hear trucks leaving the rv park, you're running late.
Heh! It's 50 miles from Carlsbad to Orla. A tad less from Pecos. But, there ain't nothing in Pecos.
Yeah, really not looking forward to putting 100 miles a day on my truck, especially after just putting new 37'' Cooper STT Pro on last week.

I thought 5% was high too, but have never looked into financing anything like this or if credit unions do these.

This one is all aluminum, but i wasn't sure if i was better off waiting and finding a fiberglass model. They are putting this one at $25k and throwing in a weight distributing hitch so they say. Seemed like a decent deal since MSRP says it's 32k (granted i don't know how accurate that really is.)
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