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Old 08-29-2009, 11:35 PM   #1
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We just bought our new 2009 SP-275

My husband and I are a little excited We pick it up on Thursday!
This is the first time we have had a new TT.

Oops it is actually a 2010. Where does the time go?

We are currently located in Central Alberta Canada and will be living in the Trailer full-time as soon as our acreage sells here.

We are retiring and we plan to head south meandering through the USA, Mexico and Central America to as far as Panama an then make our way back to Belize.

We will be dry camping for the vast majority of the time. We need to be as self contained as possible.

We are looking into installing solar panels and taking a mid sized generator with us.

Any suggestions???

Judy & Allan Green

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:56 AM   #2
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Going Solar ...

We've added an 80 Watt solar panel to the order.
The panel will be installed at the dealer so no loss of warranty and no holes in the roof.

My only worry is that the panel is glass. Is there any way to protect it without reducing its effectiveness?


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Old 08-31-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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Found a Tow Vehicle

We are picking up the new tow vehicle today.
It is a 2009 For F-150 XLT XTR
5.4 V8 6 speed auto with the MAX Tow package and a brake controller.

We wanted a tow vehicle that would put us closer to the 60% of max rather than the recommended 80% of max.

It should be interesting as we are going RV-ing full-time so everything we own with a few exceptions will be traveling with us. No house except the one following us.

It sure makes you think about what is real important and getting rid of all the clutter is proving to be rather cathartic. We still need to keep our weight down as it will affect gas mileage and we do not want to fill the trailer with so much stuff that we feel claustrophobic.
Judy & Al
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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Wow you are living the american dream congrats and let us in on your adventures as you travel it will make some good reading and welcome to the forum
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Old 09-25-2009, 02:12 PM   #5
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Update: We just returned from a week long trip 1000+ kms from Alberta to BC and back. The trailer was wonderful. Good battery life .. good furnace and a dream to pull once we set the equalizer hitch to where we want it and not where they set it off the lot. We had to adjust the Trailer Brakes as well. All is good now.

Only problems: we bent a front stabilizer driving off of a Ferry and we lost the small hatch on the Propane cover. Both are fixable/replaceable.

Parking in some of the RV parks is a challenge. Halcyon only has two spots that will fit our rig at 51" truck & TT. Both were booked so no Hot Springs for us .

We are now actively looking for a small Honda Generator. Not expecting to run A/C with it ... just need to re-charge batteries and run my Vita-Mix and rice cooker when shore power is unavailable and the Sun is not co-operating. The ones large enough to run A/C are too large and cumbersome for our liking.
Judy & Allan Green
2010 Forest River Surveyor SP-275
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90 Watt Solar Panel
800 lb. Equalizer Hitch
2009 Ford F-150 XLT XTR 5.4 V8 Max-Tow-Pkg
Two Happy Campers
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