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Old 07-20-2015, 07:53 PM   #11
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We are purchasing our first camping trailer this week. 2014 Oasis 25bh. We are excited. We are also looking at towing it with a 2003 Toyota Sequoia 4.7 liter. We haven't purchased the SUV yet. Thought I would rely on oasis' owners for towing advice. Thoughts?
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Old 07-20-2015, 08:09 PM   #12
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Looks like the sequoia has a max towing of 6500 which I believe is cutting it pretty close. I probably wouldn't put that much strain on a 12 year old vehicle.
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Old 07-20-2015, 09:48 PM   #13
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I sent robioli628 a PM about my bad experience hauling with the exact set-up he's considering: '03 Sequoia hauling a 25BH Oasis. BAD combo! The wheelbase on the Sequoia (118") is waaaaay too short for a 29' trailer. I tried every trick everyone told me to try and no improvement. Waved the surrender flag and bought an '09 GMC 2500HD just over a week ago. No comparison! And more important, no more getting knocked around by a passing semi, box truck, or hotdog wrapper.

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2014 29RK. We love the layout. Click image for larger version

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Our first trip!
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Old 09-28-2015, 10:21 PM   #16
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We got back last week from our week long trip with our Oasis on Route 66 out to Amarillo, TX, about a 2200 miles round trip. The Oasis did great, aside from a couple of screws working themselves loose here & there. Here's one pic from our trip. I can't post a link to my trip recap that I have on my website here (I have ads on it), but if you'd like to send me a PM, I'll forward a link to it.

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my oasis 26rl

Parked at a permanent site...Cannot wait till next year!!!
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Old 12-23-2015, 08:22 PM   #18
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Laura - What are your thoughts on your 18BH so far? We're going to be downsizing from our 25BH and the 18BH is one that's high on our list. Does it tow pretty well? That's the main reason for us going smaller (long story!). Any likes/dislikes on the inside?

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Laura - What are your thoughts on your 18BH so far? We're going to be downsizing from our 25BH and the 18BH is one that's high on our list. Does it tow pretty well? That's the main reason for us going smaller (long story!). Any likes/dislikes on the inside?
Hi Pat - We moved up from a 14ft Dutchmen, so it is pretty snazzy for us. We gained things that are probably standard on your 25BH such as the electric awning, automatic water heater, third burner, and four stabilizer jacks.

We had two trips this year in the Oasis. We are towing without any weight distributing hitches etc. It is nearly dialed in correctly for towing. I think we need to lower the "drop" for the Reese hitch one to two inches, and then it will be hitch up and go. It tows well on our winding WV hills and does well on the interstate when big rigs pass by.

I love the layout of the BH. We use the bunks as storage shelves and the camp chairs, folding bike, and folding kick scooter ride there en route, and the scooter and bike are stowed on the bottom bunk when we leave the the site. DH keeps his clothes in a duffel bag stowed on the top bunk. I found that Ozark Trail sleeping bag liners fit around the bunk mattresses and are easy to take off and toss in the washer.

The bathroom is big enough to turn around in. I like the enclosed storage shelves along the back wall. I keep my clothes there as well as the towels and toiletries. I use vintage carry on bags that are a perfect fit on the shelves.

We gained a dedicated faucet as well as shower wand in the tub - my Dutchmen was shower wand only - and the tub is a deeper tub rather than a shower stall. So, weird as it may sound, the fact that I can reach over and wash my hands and brush my teeth using the tub instead of using the kitchen sink is great. I intend to change out the shower wand to the Ecocamel as that is an easy upgrade, but the regular shower wand is adequate.

DH does not fit in the dinette, so we leave the table out and use folding tables for eating, and the dinette seats as chairs other times - liberally enhanced with pillows. The folding tables store between the forward seat back and the bed as there is a 5" gap.

The bed is easy to make with a large open L shaped access. Once at the campsite, I put a 23" LCD TV on top of a wooden shoe stand on the storage bay shelf at the foot of the bed as that is where the cable/antenna access and an outlet are located. That raises the TV up to see from the bed and the dinette area, and having it there frees up the kitchen counter and alleviates the need to put in a TV wall mount.

The cons aren't really cons, but....DH is 6ft. tall and the ceiling is plenty high. But for me at 5ft. tall, I can't reach the fan switch on the ceiling in the bathroom or the cupboard above the kitchen counter without using a step stool.

There is no outlet next to the head of the bed. One needs to run an extension cord from the dinette outlet or the outlet at the foot of the bed.

DH uses a bpap, so with no headboard or night stands, he uses a sturdy stool on the forward dinette seat to rest the machine on, and plugs it into the dinette outlet. Not a big deal, but I am considering putting a shelf between the bed escape hatch window and the dinette picture window for the bpap.
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Laura - thanks for the detailed reply! We too have had concerns about the front bed area and especially, accessibility since I'm the one who'd be sleeping next to the front wall. If we pull the trigger on this, I'll ask my dealer to install an outlet upfront by the bed. We've been exploring this same floorplan in several brands. There are bits that we like from all of them, but just can't find the one that has everything we want! I'd say right now we're leaning towards he Oasis since it's 8' wide, where some of the competition is just 7' wide. Plus storage wise, no one has the storage the Shasta does, which is a big factor for my wife.

Would you mind if I asked what yours cost not including your trade in, our local dealer is asking $12400 and have two on their lot. Just interested to know what other dealers are accepting.

As for your Dodge Ram, is that a short bed or regular bed? Just curious to know that because of the wheelbase. We had to get a different tow vehicle for our 25BH because our wheelbase was too short (118") for our 29' trailer. But that new tow vehicle is wrong into our early retirement goals, so we've gone with a cheaper rig, but alas it's a little squirrelly with the 25BH, so we decided downsizing to something in the 21' range should be small enough for our tow vehicle.

So thanks again for your response!

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