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Old 12-07-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Your thoughts on a trailer...

Hello all,

Ok my wife and I headed to camper world in Las Vegas today. We had plenty of time to look at all the different models (they let us free roam) I would like your thoughts on a few we saw. Keep in mind we are still open to a certain brand, we started looking at floor plans to find one that feels good to us.

We are not sure if we want a 5ver or a tt. We do not have a tv yet so we are open to everything. What we have eliminated are bunk models as we have no use for those, and they take up space for other things. We also do not want a toy hauler. Kitchen size (and counter space) is also important. Slides must also be present.

We started with the Montana 5ver, and those are nice rigs. We like the front living and rear entertainment models. We really like the opened up living areas as opposed to a smallish living area and more bathroom for instance. We like to stay indoors mostly so this is important to us. Washer dryer hookups were also nice. We are more rv'ers than campers.

We looked at other 5ver models such as the cougar and some others. Cougar and Montana are in the running.

Next we moved on to tt. We looked at the salem, which we considered initially, but after looking today we much prefer the bullet or the cougar. We liked the look of the rear kitchen, what are your thoughts on those? The rear bath is ok too for a little more space. Again we were really attracted to the rear entertainment model as it felt much more open. We also like the outside kitchen although I'm not sure I saw a bullet or cougar with one. They were packed pretty tight together.

This was only an initial run through one dealer, we are open to just about anything. What other brands or floor plans should we consider?

Thanks for reading!

Mike
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:06 PM   #2
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Mike, with so many shapes, sizes and options..... research... look... and sleep on it for a while.... research... look.... and sleep on it some more. The 'right' unit will appear and you will know that that is 'the one'.... and then 'The Force' will tell you so.....

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Old 12-07-2014, 08:22 PM   #3
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If you are not in a hurry and this is your first RV. Try to find a place where you can rent one for a weekend. The best way to see what works for you is to spend some time in it.
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Old 12-07-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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Ahhh, the shopping stage. Some say, I do anyway, that this is the most fun stage of owning an RV. Enjoy this time, take your time. Go to an RV show if you can and look at many different models. Like it was said above, you'll know when the right one is yours.


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Old 12-07-2014, 09:09 PM   #5
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Just remember, take everything the dealers (TV or TT) say with a grain of salt. Do your homework. Think and think again. Take pictures/get brochures and write down what you like about each. It's out there and you'll know it when you see it. But, after a while you start to forget which one has what. And a thought, you indicated washer/drier would be nice. Yes it is. We have the all in one Splendide; love it for what it is but it takes at least 2 to 3 hours to do one load of laundry. It washes then dries it, if you don't want tons of wrinkles, you take it out after wash and shake it. Wished I could have gotten the side by side. Our trailer didn't have the room. Also, we have the 8cu. Ft fridge; better than the 6. Also ducted air and heat are the best. The second AC/heat in bedroom isn't ducted and, to me, is annoyingly loud. Love our outside kitchen as well. Have fun looking and remember, "If DW ain't happy you're gonna be miserable." So if there is something you or DW really wants - go for it. May cost a bit more but it will be worth it. Oh, and set your budget up front. No sense looking at what you can't or won't buy.


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Old 12-07-2014, 09:10 PM   #6
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Go to the Pomona RV show in the spring. Most styles and manufactures will be there which will give you tons of sit in time.

We currently have a Evo bunkhouse model BUT saw a 5th pass me on the freeway that really caught my eye. Stoneridge by KZ. looked at online and putting it as the next one in the future.


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Old 12-07-2014, 09:25 PM   #7
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Check out the sabre line. They are as nice as the Montana but cheaper. I have the sabre 34REQS. Lots of space inside, nice windows so you can see the outside without having to be out there. It has the little island and lots of kitchen room. I think you need to decide how much investment you want to make. Do you want a larger 5er? then you need to be willing to get a larger tow vehicle (ie 350/3500 diesel srw or drw). With a tt you will have a little less living space but can get away with a lighter truck depending on trailer weight (think eco boost).

Take some time, sit in these trailers with the doors closed. Imagine your usage (ie clothes in this closet, dishes in that cabinet) etc. Walk around the trailer acting out daily activities like cooking.

How will you be camping... full hook ups then tank size doesn't matter, w/e sites then pay attention to grey tank size (you will likely not have enough tanks to run w/d without full hook ups). Boondocking then all tank sizes matter. If you want mostly national parks then larger rigs are not for you as they tend to be limited to the smaller rigs. Be aware the larger the rig, the harder it can be to get nice parking spots (it's a trade off).
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Take some time, sit in these trailers with the doors closed. Imagine your usage (ie clothes in this closet, dishes in that cabinet) etc. Walk around the trailer acting out daily activities like cooking.

I can only imagine that I'm the talk of RV shows - I sit and pretend to "go" in every bathroom! Some had decent leg room, some were too cramped for my style. It's the little things.
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I can only imagine that I'm the talk of RV shows - I sit and pretend to "go" in every bathroom! Some had decent leg room, some were too cramped for my style. It's the little things.

Your not alone. I'm a "hefty heifer". I would take my shoes off and stand in the shower with the door closed, doing shower contortions. I'd also sit in the dinettes and plop on the couches and beds. It truly is the little things.


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Spend a good amout of time like others have said if the dealer wants your business they won't mind you doing that
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