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Old 07-28-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Help deciding on a 195bh

Hello everyone. I'm currently looking for my first TT and found someone who has a brand new 195bh they need to get rid of due to a family illness. I'm just trying to decide if this is the right choice as the purchaser (husband) isn't available to answer questions, it's just his wife trying sell. We have two toddlers so I liked the bunks. My tow vehicle is currently a midsize truck with a V6 that I believe is rated to tow up to 5,000lbs. So I think I will be okay until we get something better???
Could anyone with this model give me some feedback? Keep in mind I know nothing about trailers. Here are my concerns:
- is that small window AC unit enough?
- is there heat?
- I'm assuming this has a generator to run all the power?
- is the one propane tank enough for this size family?
- do I need any special equipment to tow?( other then hitch)
- it doesn't have a tv but figured i could add that, what about an antenna?
- there's no ladder on the back, can I get on the roof?
- looks like a very small fridge, any way to upgrade?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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I can't help too much as I'm not familiar with that unit, but I doubt it has a generator. You usually only find onboard generators in motorhomes and some of the higher end toy haulers.

Instead, most trailers work off a 12v battery (like your car). This should take care of most things like lights, etc... The stuff that won't work without being plugged in is the TV, the microwave, the air conditioning, outlets, etc...

What kind of camping are you looking at doing with this trailer. Most places will have power. You really only need to be concerned about no power if you're specifically looking for places like that.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:47 PM   #3
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Wow that's good to know. We have always done tent camping in campgrounds that had shower facilities. We were hoping this would expand our ability to camp in more places but I guess we would have always look for a power hookup.

So if we camp somewhere without power what about the fridge, would it work?
Is it possible to just get a generator for when needed?
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:52 PM   #4
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1) Yep, the fridge should work. It'll use the 12V for the controls and propane for the cooling.

2) Yes, you can buy a portable generator. But before you do that if you're really looking for camping without power then review some of the threads under the terms "dry camping" and "boondocking". There's a ton of information on this site about how to maximize what you're getting out of your batteries. Based on what I've read, it sounds like quite a few people are capable of making it through a weekend+ with the proper setup without having to worry about using generators.
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What about the water, if there isn't power does it still pump water for toilets, shower, etc?
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:13 PM   #6
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Yep, the water pump's 12v. Only turn it on when you need it to maximize your battery.
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1) Yep, the fridge should work. It'll use the 12V for the controls and propane for the cooling.
That depends on the fridge. It could be that these fridges are simply 120v dorm fridges and they would require an inverter + stout battery setup (or generator). Based on another thread (see this one) and a faint past recollection that on some models, a 2-way fridge may be an option and not standard.
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Old 07-28-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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That depends on the fridge. It could be that these fridges are simply 120v dorm fridges and they would require an inverter + stout battery setup (or generator). Based on another thread (see this one) and a faint past recollection that on some models, a 2-way fridge may be an option and not standard.

Oh, yeah, thanks for reminding me. I had assumed a 19' BH would have a 2 way, but now that you mentioned it I do remember reading about some of the cheaper ones going with dorm fridges. We'll have to wait for the OP to tell us what the one (s)he's looking at has.



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The current owners response was "I have no idea". But on the website it looks like the the standard feature is "4.3 cu ft Electric Fridge". But there is an option of "RV Refer In Place of Electric Fridge."

I'm assuming this means the the standard only runs when plugged in to 120v? But is that option for a 2way? If so how can I tell what it has?
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