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Old 10-03-2016, 12:14 AM   #11
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If you. never camped in a travel trailer I would suggest renting or possibly borrowing one first. Figure out all the systems and their abilities to support extended stays. Black and grey water tank issues, hot water or lack of, refrigerator, air conditioner issues, etc....

Actually I think it is a great idea, just try to make sure it is gonna work for you before spending 20 grand!

I would try to find a good used Airstream that my truck could tow and go for it!
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:12 AM   #12
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B-man,

Have you figured out where you are going to put the camper? If you don't have a safe neighborhood or cool campground that allows extended stay near campus, the room rental or apartment close to campus may make college life a bit easier.


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I would try to find a good used Airstream that my truck could tow and go for it!
Every time I see the Airstream campers on television RV channels I can't figure out the big draw. Are they that well built that it makes up for the cramped, narrow floor plans and high price?
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:20 AM   #13
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They are some of the most expensive tt's you will look at.
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:49 PM   #14
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The longest I've stayed in one was about three months when I was younger and smaller and needed less space. But I found a campground with full hookups within walking distance of the school. But I did find a cheaper place to rent. I'll keep looking but won't rush anything. Im motivated to get a trailer so I'm putting money towards something that's mine and not just borrowing it to someone.

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Have you checked out your GI Bill? Will it pay for housing if your living in a camper? Something to check out before you pull the trigger.


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I lived in a little 23 foot TT for a couple of years while I was still on active duty as a young lad. It was only slightly smaller than a barracks room yet had more amenities and comforts. Once I parked it at a long term site (on base no less) with full hook ups, I got a couple jack stands and raised it so that the tires were about an inch off the ground, then heat taped the main water hose, and the sewer hose and skirted the whole thing. Then I rented a very large stand up propane tank (which usually lasted me 4 months).
I look back on those times very fondly. I got very used to having everything I needed in life within a small space. It gave me a lot of discipline to realize what was truly a need versus a nice to have 'want". Best of all, unlike an apartment, it was all mine. When I changed duty stations, it was easy to pack out and move.
Then I screwed everything up and met a girl...
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Have you checked out your GI Bill? Will it pay for housing if your living in a camper? Something to check out before you pull the trigger.


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Same question... post 9/11 GI Bill has a basic housing allowance built in. Would be pretty cool if they would let you buy a camper with that, might change your options a lot.
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:35 PM   #18
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Firstly, thank you for your service. Welcome to JOF from a brother in arms.

Post 9/11 GI Bill pays the E5 single rate for housing (based on the school's zip code) direct to the veteran. I transferred my 9/11 bennys to my youngest daughter to go to Baylor University. Without it, she would have been forced to go to State school like UT, A&M, or (Heaven forbid!) Texas Tech!
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:05 PM   #19
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I just recent bought a 08 TT that was lived in four days out of seven for the past eight years. Though the trailer was owned by an older gentleman that was very clean and a non smoker, TTs are not really designed to be lived in. Within the last two years the previous owner replaced the fridge and the AC. The motor on the awning was replaced as well as the awning itself. I purchased the TT with a crack in the shower tub. It was an easy replacement but it too had suffered from use it was never designed for.

I do like the idea of not throwing your money away. Having something when you are done with your education seems quite wise. But, be prepared for issues. No TT is designed for steady use.

Best of luck no matter what you decide and if you go the TT route... try to buy a floor plan that has a bit of living space vs a booth and a couch/bed. You will want it.
And, as others have said, thank you for your service!
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You can find a lot of high end used trailers in Az for less than your budget. If you will be spending several years in the trailer you most likely wont need to move it so being half ton towable may not be real important. In Az slides and two air conditioners can be important.

Good luck on your decision.
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