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Old 04-30-2013, 09:42 PM   #31
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We just went through the "what do we want" a few months ago ordering a new trailer, it was our 11th trailer, the past trailers have been pop ups, bumper pulls, fifth wheels, slides, no slides etc.

With a change in our lives we decided a bumper pull toy hauler was our most usefull, I can haul my work tools when working out of town, take the dog when we do bbq comps, and haul the motorcycles etc. for vacations. We chose a work and play 36' no slide trailer.

Important features, nice shower, great heat and air, double pane windows, insulation package, ability to pull into a rest area and have access to all features, a full queen tempurpedic bed and generator to power a/c etc while napping in rest areas. Power awning, lots of tie downs in garage area and a 10 gallon water heater. Tv's in dining and bed, all wired for antenna,cable and satellite. Vapor barrier door between cargo area and living area.

We eliminated all exterior speakers, cargo lighting, reduced graphics, no beds in cargo area, no outside shower.

I will add that with all the changes etc the trailer was built exactly as we wanted and we are "happy campers".
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:50 PM   #32
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In my opinion, from what I learned, a washer/dryer is a waste. The dryer is 110V, so,it'll take all day to dry your socks!
Essential to us is the electric awning, electric tongue jack and two 12VDC batteries.
Storage space is important. Using shelf savers/racks really helps in most of the storage areas.
Sufficient outlets, ESP for those wonderful crockpot meals!
Room next to the bed to get in and out as well as to make it!
LED lights to save power, reduce heat as well. I replaced my tungsten tail lights with LED's
for safety.
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Old 05-01-2013, 12:07 AM   #33
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Well we thought we wanted space for company, got a front bunk model with queen slide bed at back. Know better this time around I think.
Had to have a front kitchen with front window and a large bathroom. Decent kitchen and bedroom storage space but learnt we didn't need as much as the last trailer, man can two people collect a lot of junk when you have the space for it. The outside shower is not nessesity so will change it to a spray hose for rinsing and cleaning items and sewer dumps. A turd tote is important but we also got a maserator pump now to pump poop to our sanitary dump.
We got electric tonque jack and electric stabilizers. Bought better wheel blocks for between the wheels, getting rid of the rock and roll is so important . I upgraded our last stereo so a better one to start was important as well as a tv for video games, wii guitar in the rain is important. Comfortable seating is very important so the 8 inch cushions are way better than our last 4 inch cushions. A better mattress to start with then we will transfer our memory foam topper over. We still have to pull our original trailer home to move stuff to the new trailer. A lighter trailer was a nessesity as well, old trailer is 7000 dry and 11,000 gross.
New one grosses out at 6635, another biggy is the length as the new trailer is almost 4 feet shorter. I don't have an issue with the length but some campgrounds do as we were 33 feet.
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:36 AM   #34
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We just went through the "what do we want" a few months ago ordering a new trailer, it was our 11th trailer, the past trailers have been pop ups, bumper pulls, fifth wheels, slides, no slides etc.
Eleven? Yikes! Why so many? Over how many years?
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Old 05-04-2013, 02:50 PM   #35
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It has been over 25 years,,,Wow we have done alot of camping lol. For many years our main use was housing as my job took me all over the US and fortunately my wife and daughter traveled with, my wife home schooled our daughter, to the point of planning her school to coincide with where we would be, if we were in South Dakota she learned about Mt Rushmore etc. then got a field trip. And I must say she graduated from Florida State 4 years ago with honors.

So we put alot of miles on our trailers and lots of use, this one we just picked up in Feb already has 6k mlies on it and by the end of August it will have close to 17k on it, but then it slows a bit as I will be officially retired, so it will be fun miles then.
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:13 PM   #36
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That's wonderful.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:05 PM   #37
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What we love about our Tracer: outdoor kitchen, good storage, hydraulic lift on the full size walk around queen bed, large shower with a real door (not just a curtain), fantastic fans with vent covers, large refrigerator, quick recovery gas/electric water heater, strong AC/heat, sewer hose storage bumper, black tank flush, built in vacuum, rotating flat screen tv that faces bed or living.

What we would like to have / plan to add: battery disconnect switch, slide out storage under the dinette.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:49 AM   #38
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2014 295rst touring. Love the bigger shower , rear theater seating, auto levellers, power awning, larger bathroom, lighter weight with higher gvwr than competition. 16 inch tires with alum rims , champagne color,50 amp w bedroom air per wired. Not bragging but still amazed at the value prime time includes. Oh bigger fridge, fireplace, easy lube axel, rubber spring equalizers BBQ with quick connect. Batt disconnect.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #39
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Must Haves depend on your use....other than a slide and the lighter the better it will depend on that.

Slides give you more space inside - something you'll appreciate no matter what. I like our floorplan but we have to open the slide to access 90% of the interior (like fridge, kitchen, bath) so we run the slide in and out a lot more often.

Lighter saves fuel.

I don't think we have a lot of exterior storage but it works for us.
Drawers inside would be nice (we have none- spaces for them, but none).
Light switches on the walls instead of on the fixtures on the ceiling (kids have to climb to reach any light, wife can't reach bathroom ceiling fan switch)

Size of bathroom - I need more 'toilet space'. Almost have to leave the room to wipe LOL.

A full hardside is quieter, warmer/cooler (as needed), more secure (for pets). And you can pack up wet and not worry about mold/mildew.

We have enough (barely) counterspace for making meals (and toaster and coffee pot) but that came at the expense of a pantry.

The sofa is a waste - the dog uses it the most and we pile stuff on it (toys, bags, dirty clothes, etc). Too short to lay down or sleep on.

Power awning is nice - wind isn't an issue, when other are folding up or tying down we do nothing.

Don't have an outside kitchen...next one may have that or at least some more 'outdoor living' options, like my FIL's pop up has a shelf and grill hangar for outside cooking.
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Must Haves depend on your use....other than a slide and the lighter the better it will depend on that.
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Power awning is nice - wind isn't an issue, when other are folding up or tying down we do nothing.
Not so sure about "the lighter the better". Lighter means lighter materials and lighter construction techniques. For instance, lighter means you won't get a real I-beam frame. These "lighter" methods are going to yield an RV that you won't think is made as well, and it will have a shorter life.

Power awnings are susceptible to wind damage just like any other. "Power" isn't going to save you, unless you mean that you can furl it quickly!
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