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Old 10-11-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Downsizing Dilemma

We have been exploring the possibility of
downsizing our 36CKTS. We bought it in 2012 with the intent of full timing. We did that for a year and enjoyed it very much. The economy recently presented us with an opportunity to buy some property in an area that we were spending 8 months in anyway. That leaves us 4 months of travel.
We took a short 10,000 mile trip this year and explored New England and the Maritimes. We also drove the entire Natchez Trace Pkwy. There were an awful lot of campgrounds, both government (including provincial) and private that we wanted to stop at but we didn't fit!
So we have been looking for a 5er that is 30' or less that is of similar quality and basic floor plan of the 36CKTS and equally equipped.
Here's what we have found;
Zilch

Short of having a NH Summit 29' custom made, is it true that there is nothing of quality out there for ex-full timers that still travel and want to go where Creeks don't fit without giving up "Creeker Comforts"?
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:03 AM   #2
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Hey Duck, try looking at the Creek sight, they have a new 32RL. We had a 30 footer for about a dozen years and constantly looked for something longer all the time. The 32RL may be a solution with the same quality as your CKTS.

DRV has the 32RSE @ 33'8" & a 34 RESA (length tbd) & a 36 RS3 that's 36'11"

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Old 10-12-2013, 01:07 AM   #3
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... try looking at the Creek sight, they have a new 32RL.
The CC 32RL would be perfect if it was 30' or less. It's 35'8". For clarity, 31'+ is out. We could probably fudge up to 30'5" but that would be it. Anything larger just will not fit where we want to go. We are actually looking at Truck Campers as an alternative. Host Mammoth, Eagle Cap 1165 and Lance 1172.
Palomino used to make a WinterCreek model but it appears it was deep 6'd when Forest River bought them up. The new Palomino's don't reach the bar. No interest in tag alongs.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:30 AM   #4
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We came from a truck camper to our CC 5th wheel and discovered the same thing as you... we couldn't find anything under 30' of any quality or floor plan we desired.

I really miss the TC... the ability to camp just about anywhere was great. They can be very comfortable... but there is next to nothing for storage space. We had a small 9 footer (plus the overhead) and found only one person could really do anything at a time... like cook, dress, clean or move about. We still really enjoyed it but I couldn't imagine living in it for any real length of time.

If at all possible I would like to have both a TC and 5er!

Good luck with your new adventure.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #5
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That is a dilemma, Ducky. We love our 36CKTS so much that I can't see downsizing at all. However, we have found a few places where we would not fit. We haven't traveled much yet, as we are waiting for that magical day when I can get Medicare. We are about to leave for a trip to Desoto State Park in AL and they have large pull through sites. Hopefully, more and more of the older campgrounds and govt parks will update for the larger campers that folks are pulling. We are spoiled!
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Old 10-12-2013, 08:53 AM   #6
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I hate to mention other brands but I think Excel makes one that short and they will customize one somewhat, but if I had the money I would go with NH , or Spacecraft.
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I hate to mention other brands but I think Excel makes one that short and they will customize one somewhat, but if I had the money I would go with NH , or Spacecraft.
We looked at the Winslow rear kitchen. DW doesn't like the walk thru bath and no res fridge. Spacecrafts smallest chassis is 31'. Then there is the outta this world price tag...
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The choices for a high quality short fifth wheel are very limited. Forest River certainly doesn't offer anything like that. You would have one more option if you considered a travel trailer.
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I thought you could change the bathroom in the Excel and get a residential fridge
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We looked at the Winslow rear kitchen. DW doesn't like the walk thru bath and no res fridge. Spacecrafts smallest chassis is 31'. Then there is the outta this world price tag...

If you want "quality" then you're going to need to pay for it.
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