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Old 10-02-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Long term stay for a college kid

Hey guys/gals,.

I'm new to the RV world but I've done some research. I'm separating from the military and going to school on my GI bill. I'll have a part time job and will be able to afford something around 20k but preferably less.

Does anyone have any recommendations on a unit that's just big enough for a guy and his dog. But spacious enough for long term stay and able to be pulled by a Silverado 1500?

You guys are the experts and I will appreciate any help and information



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Old 10-02-2016, 03:50 PM   #2
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You really will need to decide what kind of a floor plan and features you would like. You have 2 dealerships near you, Affinity RV, and Little Dealer in Prescott Valley. Take a look at what units and designs may appeal to you. They will tell you that the TT are not built to be lived in full time or it will void the warranty but people are doing it all the time.

You should be able to find something that would work for you within your budget.
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Maromeo gave you the best advice. Nobody can tell you what you will be comfortable with. Go look at a few that appeal to you and then come back and ask some specific questions. And THANK YOU for your service...
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Old 10-02-2016, 04:06 PM   #4
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I would definitely look at a local dealers used inventory. Something 3 or 4 years old. Some of them look almost new. I think people get them and dont use them as much as they thought so they get rid of them. If you plan on staying in one place for awhile I would get a trailer bigger than you think you need. What seems cozy at first will start to close in on you after awhile. Maybe rear entertainment area with center kitchen and front bedroom.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:36 PM   #5
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Sounds like a plan. Thank you for the tips!

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Welcome to the JOF. I separated from service 50 years ago. Rented a room in a house near school. Didn't have a dog at that time though.

Be sure your floor plan includes enough space for your dog, which you will probably want to leave in a crate, when you are away from the trailer. My dog is #100 black Lab and requires a large crate.

A slide out adds a lot of floor space to a trailer. Also given where you live be sure to get an insulation package and a 15K air conditioner.

Good luck with your civilian life!
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:16 PM   #7
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Brinkmank Thanks for your service and good luck with college!


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Old 10-02-2016, 08:57 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone! Fingers crossed.

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Old 10-02-2016, 09:13 PM   #9
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Thanks for your service, glad to see my tax dollars going to good use for once!!!

I'm going to give you some odd advice for a Jayco forum... don't buy a Jayco for this purpose. If you are staying in the trailer for long term, you want a trailer that is built for that purpose.

Depending upon where you are going to school you might need to worry about a true 4 season camper. You will most certainly want an extended living designed trailer too. Most travel trailers are meant for occasional use... not full time use.

Your $20K budget likely won't buy you a new extended living trailer, but you should be able to find one that is a couple years old. The furniture, upholstery, appliances, etc are designed for the type of use that you will have.
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Thanks for your service! I went to Riddle in Prescott, and it can get cold up there. You definitely want to get something with good insulation.
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