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Old 02-21-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Post RV Must Haves...?

We were having a heated discussion at Wildcat today about what attributes, features, options, specs, etc. are absolute must haves for your RV. If you had to pick the top five items (and you can be very broad or super specific here), what would make your list?

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Old 02-21-2012, 06:38 PM   #2
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Wow, great question. I have a list of what I would like but I'll have to think about MUST HAVES. I do know that my next fifth wheel will have to have a battery cut-off switch. The other four? I'll have to get back on that one.


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Old 02-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #3
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I have a couple to add.

Separate slide control switches for each slide...don't always want them to open or close together.

For 5th wheel campers, have the bathroom/bedroom on the same step between the bathroom and the bedroom.


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Old 02-21-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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Great point just so you all know Wildcat has a one floor bedroom bathroom standard on all models. Standard Extralite wildcat sterling !!!! Thank you keep the ideas flowing!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:20 PM   #5
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Name brand tires instead of the cheesy things they come with. You have great looking wheels and a pretty good camper, but put the worst tires you can find.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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Rear hitch for bike rack, generator, or whatever, and should be available on most models.
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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As I’m sure you know, must haves will certainly vary depending on the way the trailer is used. Weekend campers will have different wants than those who use their trailer primarily for travel, and snowbirds will have other wants and needs. Families will have different wants that older, retired folks, etc.

Just so you know where I’m coming from, my wife and I are retired but we like to pretend we’re still young. We enjoy snowbirding for the last half of winter, go to local campgrounds during the summer, and then we will usually go on a month long trip in late summer or early fall. We love the western states.

Must have #2: Access to the toilet when the slides are closed. If you’ve ever driven on state roads in some of our less populated states you know why I need this, rest stops and bathrooms can be few and far between. When I pull over on the side of the road to use our bathroom, I don’t want to have to open the slides. Most fifth wheels floorplans have this bathroom access, but surprisingly not all do.

Must have #2 and : This one depends on how long our next trailer is and how many slideouts. If our next fifth wheel is over 32 feet long then I must have two A/C’s and of course 50 amp is a must for the two A/C’s. While our current 15k A/C will keep our Wildcat cool during the summer, it is barely adequate during extreme summer heat. This is especially true when you’re camped in an area where the only shade is from your awning. I’m sure this isn’t an issue with those who RV in the northern states, but here in the Midwest and desert southwest two A/C’s on big units is a must have.

OK, I have to get on my soapbox now.
The following applies to the RV industry and not just Wildcat or Forest River. Travel trailers and fifth wheels have been getting longer and longer, with more and more slideouts, yet many/most still come to the dealer with that same 13.5k A/C that was on yesteryear trailers that were smaller and had no slideouts. In 2003 the biggest fifth wheel Wildcat made was 30’7” long and all but the 29RLKS had only one slideout. Today Wildcat is now making three units over 38 feet long and one of those models has four slideouts. Believe me, those units need two A/C’s.
Getting off my soapbox now, thanks for taking the time to read this.

I’ll close this post with a thank you to Wildcat Chris and TomCat for making themselves available to Wildcat owners. While I may not agree with them all the time, I really appreciate them being part of this forum.

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Old 02-21-2012, 08:42 PM   #8
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Battery disconnect switch - a must have item

More outlets especially another one for larger size plugs (like my hair dryer has)

Some type of a holder that can keep the OH doors open while you search for something - really helpful for short people like me.

Real backsplash in the cooking area instead of wallpaper
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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Well, I'll start by saying We're a young family (I'm 30, just adopted our first kid, he just turned two). So when we were shopping last year for our RV, here is what we found were the top features we found as "must haves":
  1. Separate "master" area. We wanted to have an area, that even if we had guests along with us, was clearly our bedroom. Along with this, we wanted a separate bunk area for when the boy is a little older and has friends along, at night, we can lock them in there and they can have their fun while the adults can be in the main area having their fun. We went to the RV show this weekend and went through $500,000+ RVs, and while they were nice and huge, none had this separation, they were all geared towards the retired couple traveling alone.
  2. Nice outdoor kitchen. We go camping to be outside, we also enjoy having the really stinky (aka unhealthy, yummy, etc ) food while camping. Once we found some RVs had nice outdoor kitchens, we found that something that we had to have. Our intuition was spot on.
  3. Kind of opposite of my last point, we wanted a great entertainment setup. While inside during those crappy weather days, we LOVE to sit around as a family and watch movies. Being able to do this while camping was definitely a must have. Many people can't fathom having your whole movie collection, etc along with you while camping, I don't leave home without it. I think the RV industry has a long way to come on this point. We're as happy as we can expect to be in an RV, but there are a lot of things that can surely improve, starting with the quality of the components that are put in the RVs (something else we noticed at the RV show this last weekend, even on the super high end RVs, the quality of the components left something to be desired).
  4. Two entrances, again nice to have your own entrance to your "master" area. This also help with entertainment.
  5. Tank Sizes (Grey, Black, and Fresh). We ended up finding a TV with an 84 gallon grey water tank, I can't imagine it being any smaller. It's also nice to be able to "dry camp" and not have to worry about running out of water.

I'm sure I could keep going, but these are items that hit the top of our list when we were looking last year and continue to come up when we continue to stay "educated" on what's available out there.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:53 PM   #10
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well, the DW would say #1-counterspace in the kitchen, #2-rear or front kitchen, #3-toilet in a separate stall.
i would agree about the 2" receiver on the rear and the battery disconnect switch.
i would add an optional inverter or a 12v plug outlet for my own.

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