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Old 11-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #21
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Like the others - floorplan with specific features (bedroom slide, u-shaped dinette, bath w/ exterior door, bunkhouses with slide, outdoor kitchen).

For me, it had to be a 5th wheel with the lengths we were looking at (> 30').

And then quality and usability came at the same priority level. Many of the awnings on these were seemingly unusable (so far forward and no place to put a table w/o blocking an access door of some kind). For us, the fold-down bunk in the Sierra/Sandpiper 365SAQ bunks just felt like it wouldn't support our weight. Comfortable bathroom. No step mid-floor in the master bedroom but still having head-room to walk around the bed.

There are things we compromised on-
1) I wish the kitchen was laid out differently. I can't get to the fridge when the slide is in without stepping on the slide floor (which is bad, because it's raised and unsupported).
2) I wish the TV was in-line with the sofa. Looking left to watch TV just isn't comfortable.
3) I wish our bedroom door opened fully.
4) I wish the quality overall was a little better - silly stuff that shows how quickly it was built.

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:17 AM   #22
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Oh I forgot, full access to the pantry, fridge, stove and bathroom with the slides in.


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Old 11-14-2012, 09:24 AM   #23
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We researched for well over a year. We made a list of "must haves" and this is what was on it:

Outside kitchen
Free standing dining room table and chairs
Big bathroom
Ability to sleep 2 (and no more than 2, if you get my drift)
Electric everything
Adequate storage inside and out

Since we'd never owned an RV before, we researched umpteen models and looked at what seemed like hundreds of floor plans, from all sorts of different manufacturers. When we ran across the floorplan of our eventual purchase it was like BAM! Everything we wanted, in our price range.
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:43 AM   #24
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My wife found ours by mistake, we had been talking about buying a camper and looked at a couple, one of her friends decided to sell their camper because they had only used it once. I got it for half what it was worth according to

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:46 AM   #25
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We needed more room so first on our list was a slid out bunk house.

Outside kitchen was second on the list followed by a separate entrance to the bathroom, which turns out we never use, solid doors verses cloth, and a entertainment center that did not have a swivel television set up. The dw didn't like the fact that the kids could see into the bedroom through the seams in that type of setup.

And finally I needed all that in the 7000lbs range.

We found that the flagstaff 831bhs satisfied everything on our wish list. I feel that we got what we paid for and the unit makes our camping experience that much better. Having said that, the next time around I will not be shopping in the light weight category.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #26
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First, price, you must be able to pay for it. After 17 months looking and attending
Excapee's Boot Camp, were they teach you how to buy your third RV first, we had a good idea what we wanted and could pay for. RV shows are a very good way to see many different units at the same time and then the internet and forums like this one and Excapee's fourm were the most useful. After the 17 months looking, we got a 2012, V-Cross 275, fiver. Much to our delight, it was purchased at the closed RV dealer to our small ranch, less then 10 miles away. We had found it at another location owned by the same dealer which was 75 miles away and the transported it to the closer dealer were we picked it up. Good Luck
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #27
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The V nose with the large closet was one of the main reasons we purchased our TT. The weight of the TT was also a major reason. We also liked the rear living room with the large picture window and the two chairs. It is great while parked in BC and the trailer overlooks the water with the mountains on the main land in the distance. We sit in the chairs and watch the scenery several hours a day.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:58 PM   #28
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For me it was first weight and length. I wanted to be able to tow with my Durango. I have been a backpacker most of my life so anything larger than a 2 person tent is roomy enough for me. It is just DW and myself so a smaller TT works for us. Next was the floorplan. I looked at a lot of different models on the internet and the Mini Lite just fits my camping plans. I plan to do a lot of boondocking.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:35 PM   #29
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We wanted a toy hauler where you lived in the entire trailer once the motorcycles were out. Forest River made several changes to the floorplan which made it more comfortable. We love the large living area in the front and the kitchen in the V nose. The large slide provides quite a bit of living space.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:07 PM   #30
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Beds! My DW wanted the kids to have beds bigger than bunks. Weight! I wanted the weight to be well within my TV capacity(5500with options) Length 31' isnlonger than I wanted but I'll deal with.

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