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Old 04-22-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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Continuing the Transistion to Trailer Life

Hi All! I am Ben and my DW is Doreen. I am happy to virtually meet y'all!

We have been tent camping for most of our lives. As we got older, getting up off the ground became harder and harder, so about 5 years ago, we bought a used popup a 1999 Coachmen Clipper ST. I got to learn all about most parts of a trailer as I rebuilt most everything in it (and had fun doing it). About a year ago, my DW decided she was tired of the popup and wanted to get a Travel Trailer.

At that time, I had an F150, so we wanted something light enough for that to pull for long distances. We settled on a 2014 PT Avenger 21RB. Nice TT. After a couple of trips of driving and it sounding like the engine was going to fly out the front of my F150, we decided I should upgrade to an F250. WOOHOO!! I found a nice used one (2008) and we then easily pulled the 21RB.

Like I said, the 21RB was nice, but it was a tradeoff for size/weight to allow the F150 to pull it. After our first trip, we didn't like that we couldn't walk side by side between the dinette and the kitchen area. We also ended up not liking showering in the tub. I am tall, so my head was in the skylight. However, I was in it for the long haul, as I always like to keep things until they are beyond economical repair.

Well, I took it in two weeks ago, to get the Rubber Roof treated (and a couple of minor things looked at) and the DW came along. While I was setting up the service visit (paperwork, etc.), she went shopping. When I was finished with the service manager, she "wanted to show me something." I smiled and dutifully followed her out to the lot. She took me to this TT (28RKS) and informed me that we were buying it. She said she would be willing to spend long periods of time in this trailer. OK. So, into the sales person we did go.
We went from 28.5ft total length to 34.5ft and this one has a slide. A lot roomier.
Over the weekend, we're off to Crooked River State Park for our shakedown trip.

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Old 04-22-2015, 08:07 PM   #2
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Welcome to FRF, Ben, and also congrats on your new trailer!

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See what happens when you men let us women go "looking around"!!
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Congrats! You will love the extra room the slide gives you.

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See what happens when you men let us women go "looking around"!!
Love it!

Congrats! You will love the extra room the slide gives you.

That's why I shop alone....I'm my own worst enemy at the rv joint.
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Welcome from Ontario. We had the same scenario, tenting....getting out of the sleeping bag after a rain storm....not again.

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