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Old 02-17-2019, 09:37 AM   #1
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Considering New Grand Lodge. Help!

Considering purchasing a new Grand Lodge 42DL. We have 2 kids and a lab. Never owned a camper or stayed in one. Planning to put it at the beach and leaving it on site. Have several friends already there. What do we need to know about owning the Grand Lodge and in general? Thanks for all the help! We are excited!
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Old 02-17-2019, 10:24 AM   #2
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Considering purchasing a new Grand Lodge 42DL. We have 2 kids and a lab. Never owned a camper or stayed in one. Planning to put it at the beach and leaving it on site. Have several friends already there. What do we need to know about owning the Grand Lodge and in general? Thanks for all the help! We are excited!
Welcome to the forums, and good luck with whatever you decide for your new trailer. The 42DL from Wildwood (a Forest River product) looks to be a very roomy trailer with three bunk mats in the upper level for the kids. I'm not sure how much headroom there is in the loft, or how old your kids are now, but consider that as they get bigger, there might not be sufficient room for them.

Have you considered a standard bunk-house travel trailer? Offers real beds for the kids and, since you are leaving it at the beach, you could find one with an outside kitchen, meaning water, drinks, and food could be outside without dragging sand into the unit each time they come in for a snack. Might also look for one with access to the bathroom via an outside door, again to minimize sand in the trailer.

Finally, if you do go with the 42DL, make certain that you have sufficient air conditioning (at least two units) to cool the trailer. The loft area will be much harder to keep cool as hot air rises.

Good luck with your decision and purchase.
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Here is a trailer with bunk beds, outside kitchen, and separate entrance to the bathroom from outside. This one does not have a loft.

Just something else to think about.

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the only problem with a destination trailer is the limited number of people looking at them when it comes time to resale.
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We like the loft because the kids like it. The front living is a good setup for us because it will overlook the sound. We looked at regular park models but the price was hard to swallow
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the only problem with a destination trailer is the limited number of people looking at them when it comes time to resale.
The only thing at this campground is park models and destinations
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and when you go to sell it about 2% of the camping population is going to be interested in it unless you know someone at that campground is going to buy it.
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and when you go to sell it about 2% of the camping population is going to be interested in it unless you know someone at that campground is going to buy it.
So what’s your suggestion
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The only thing at this campground is park models and destinations
The Sierra that I listed in post #3 is a destination trailer.
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We like the loft because the kids like it. The front living is a good setup for us because it will overlook the sound. We looked at regular park models but the price was hard to swallow
I would think as the kids get bigger the loft would be a deterrent. I think Capt Mikes suggestion would be more practical over all. Just my 2 cents. Later RJD
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