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Old 08-03-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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1st time camper - trying to decide to buy a TT or not

My wife and I (& two dogs) have never camped. We love hiking and being outdoors. It's sometimes a struggle finding a place to stay that will accept dogs. Typically we use VRBO and find a cabin. But now we are thinking of buying a TT. We love the 27RKSS. But we are not sure if we will like the campground experience as much as a cabin. We are particularly concerned about our dogs being confined to such a small area while at the campsite.
Please offer any and all input to help us in determining if we should camp versus continue in cabins.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:48 PM   #2
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First welcome to the forum. Camping can be a lot of fun and a place to meet a lot of fine folks. Don't know what size dogs you have but lots of folks camp with there fury friends. Just be considerate and abide by the rules of pets on a lease and all goes well. Go for it and enjoy and Later RJD

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Old 08-03-2016, 06:50 PM   #3
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try renting a rv from 1800RV or so. with out the dogs (or with but shh) and see if you like it. i didnt think i would like it borrowed a family members and been hooked ever since
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:02 PM   #5
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Please remember that there are 300,000 camp grounds ( my estimate) where there is no cabin available. Beyond that, there are millions of places to explore from your base camp. That's not counting all of the wonderful people you will meet. Hope to see you out there!!
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Old 08-03-2016, 07:05 PM   #6
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Also keep in mind the places you want to visit. Certain parks/places may have things YOU want to do but dogs are not allowed. Weekend campgrounds, no problem. Driving long distances to a different national park - may want to weigh it out.

Also, consider the maintenance on the Rv. Do you have time and mechanical knowledge or do will you pay someone to fix it? Brakes, bearings, water pumps, electronics, woodworking,etc. almost every camper I know has either something broken to fix or going to upgrade.

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Old 08-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #7
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I understand your concern with your dogs. At most campgrounds they will not be allowed to roam free and must be kept on a leash. You also have to pick up their....uh...."deposits".
We have a small dog that loves to go camping. In some parks I'll take him off the leash as long as he stays in our site. Otherwise he's on the leash and really doesn't seem to mind. We take him for walks and always have a few bags in our pockets to pick up after him.
So maybe your dogs won't be able to run around and discover things like they want to do, but they can still enjoy the experience.

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Old 08-03-2016, 07:29 PM   #8
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I recommend buying a 2-3 year-old TT at 30+% less than the best new wholesaler, etc. price & trying it out for a whole year. If you don't like the experience you can resell it without much loss since most of the depreciation happens the first year...

We bought a 3 year-old TT & had zero problems the first 2 years whereas friends who bought new had to have a lot of warranty work done the first year... We found that we could find used TT at local reputable dealers for about the same price a private sellers on CL, etc. and our dealer provided a full inspection & "free" WDH before we finalized the sale.

Our dog goes with us for most trips. We have (2) 12V Deluxe MaxxAir fans setup as a "backup" in case the A/C should fail while we are gone. They kick-on if the indoor temps rise above 80. We have also arranged for dog walkers or nearby kennels to watch her if we are gone for extended time. However, she is used to being home alone while we're at work/school so as long as the A/C fan is running & light music playing she does not bark at CG neighbors, etc.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:21 PM   #9
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DW and I stayed in KOA Kamping Kabins for exactly 16 years before purchasing our first TT. We have two dogs and two kids. Don't miss cabins at all. Only thing is, I don't leave the dogs alone in the camper. I either bring them along, or I stay behind with them while DW and the kids go off and play.

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Old 08-03-2016, 08:44 PM   #10
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Welcome to the Forum !!!!

Our dogs well know when we are going camping and beat us to the truck when it is time to go. At home they have free run of an acre and the house, camping they are confined and on a leash......... but they seem it just enjoy being with us.....

Owning a camper is not cheap and does require maintenance.
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