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Old 06-14-2014, 06:46 AM   #1
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Hi from north FL / Still looking....

Hi,
We are a couple with 2 doggies still researching for our 1st camper. We are new to camping in general but had the desire to do it for the longest time. Don't think plain tent camping would be our style at this point and need to store the unit in our standard garage. Though a pop-up would be a good choice, and to pull with a Highlander or a Pathfinder.......... any thoughts??? HELP
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:21 AM   #2
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Hi CampingDogs,

How about the Aliner. It should fit in your garage and it has several different models/sizes. I like the Expedition.

Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer

You could also consider the R-Pod but I'm not sure it will fit in your garage.

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:22 AM   #3
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Welcome...my only advise, take your time and research a lot before you pick "the one"...Happy Future Camping!
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:26 AM   #4
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Hello there! We too are from North Florida.

We did the tent camping thing for a little bit but the wife got over it pretty quickly. Part of the problem was we tried to make it as comfy as possible and thus packed so much stuff on truck that I'd spend hours loading, unloading and then setting up, and be exhausted and sore, only to sleep on a damp air mattress (sheets yes but condensation, heat) and then in the end spend similar time breaking camp.

The best advice I can give is to take your time while walking through the units you are considering so you can ftry to get a good feel for "living" in it. How much space u and the doggies will need to move around comfortably, amenities you would like, etc.

There are some units that will fit in a garage but unless your garage has high opening and ceilings, you may well be limited to a pop-up. If you have the option of storing it in yard, driveway, etc, by all means keep an open mind and look at the other types of RVs out there. Maybe a class B motor home (kind of a super custom van) might be an option as it might fit in garage.

And keep in mind what your tow vehicle is or will be. Don't get too much trailer for your truck or you will find yourself buying another truck then wanting and possibly getting a bigger RV after that - been there, done that!

Let me know if I can be of any other help; hopefully my advice has helped a little!
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:33 AM   #5
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Hi campingdogs,
Welcome to the forum from Bainbridge, Ohio. Have you ever been camping in a trailer before with friends or family? Have you considered renting a small camper or popup to make sure you will enjoy it before you go all in?
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:45 AM   #6
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I live in Central FL and my wife and I purchased an ultra lite TT earlier this year. Initially, we were set on a pop-up. We went to a big RV show in Tampa and we walked into the pop-ups and we walked into the TT, and the temperature difference was significant. It was a relatively cool day outside, yet the pop-ups were very warm inside. Meanwhile, the inside of the TT's were very cool, significantly cooler than the pop-ups. We were seeking a unit to replace tent camping, mainly because of the A/C. I imagine pop-up camping in FL during the summer would be a little less comfortable than a TT, no to mention the noise element, too. We are very happy with our little TT. We tow it very slowly and very carefully with a Dodge Grand Caravan. Make sure you get out and see some different styles. Pop-ups, hybrids, TT's, etc. But, most of all... good luck with your selection and safe travels!
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:04 AM   #7
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Thanks! This is the friendliest forum ... We will research quite a bit as we have several yrs before retirement still. Great suggestions from all. We were kinda' afraid (well I am) of pop-ups because although we love camping, I guess at a time I need some creature comforts (and my husband although he wont admit it) and wouldn't want to spend 30-45 min setting up a camper and then again to unload the whole thing. I read Aliners are quite difficult and need a lot of maintenance......Yet I do want something smaller than a huge motorhome, something under 5000 to tow. My HOA wont allow RV parking (for now at least) although if this changes in several years the story is different. As space... I guess the smaller would be like a 17.... the dogs are small shelter dogs but now are spoiiiiled the more space the merrier for them LOL, although I would get an attached covered screen tent for the outside so we can all have outdoor space.
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Gentle suggestion (especially since you sound like this is something you are going to do in retirement which, for most of us at least, means you are 50+ )

Forget about what you are going to tow the rig with, don't worry about your HOA--these all have easy solutions.

Instead, go RV shopping for what will work for you, your DH (dear husband--that's RV slang By the way ) and your doggies.

For retirees, I can almost guarantee anything less than a TT (more RV slang - travel trailer) will not do simply because of ease of setup and maintenance.

After you select your unit here are potential fixes for the TV (mo' slang - tow vehicle) and the HOA:

Buy a new TV to match your RV--some of the ultraliteweight RVs can be pulled by F150 class trucks...ours for example and IMHO it is a rolling palace

Lots of forum members have HOAs and the solution is to park your RV at a storage facility. Or, if you have the land available, build a RV-specific garage addition.

Hope this helps and welcome to the forums from Huntsville, AL!
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:41 AM   #9
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Our HOA is the same way - we have to store ours in a storage yard but it's fenced, managers live on site, electricity within reach, and within a mile or so drive of home. We don't even bring ours home to pack/unpack any more - keep it mostly stocked and take a few items with us, especially cold stuff.

Oh yeah, what is your tow vehicle? Do research on your own on what your vehicle is rated to tow. Some dealerships will not tell you that you might be overweight given your truck. We started with our Chevy Avalanche and it felt like the travel trailer we had (like 7,000 lbs dry weight) was pulling us at times...come to find out we shoulda stayed under 6,000 or so. We are technically over with our 5th wheel now (added leaf springs to the F250 so it is almost like a SRW F350 now) but pulls like a dream - no white knuckling!

You will fin that this forum is a great resource tool - lots of great info and the best people, many of whom will go to lengths to help you with your specific questions or problems. And you will find that many questions already have been asked and answered too! The forum is addictive though - I can't seem to get enough of it!
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Old 06-14-2014, 08:45 AM   #10
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Gentle suggestion (especially since you sound like this is something you are going to do in retirement which, for most of us at least, means you are 50+ )

Forget about what you are going to tow the rig with, don't worry about your HOA--these all have easy solutions.

Instead, go RV shopping for what will work for you, your DH (dear husband--that's RV slang By the way ) and your doggies.

For retirees, I can almost guarantee anything less than a TT (more RV slang - travel trailer) will not do simply because of ease of setup and maintenance.

After you select your unit here are potential fixes for the TV (mo' slang - tow vehicle) and the HOA:

Buy a new TV to match your RV--some of the ultraliteweight RVs can be pulled by F150 class trucks...ours for example and IMHO it is a rolling palace

Lots of forum members have HOAs and the solution is to park your RV at a storage facility. Or, if you have the land available, build a RV-specific garage addition.

Hope this helps and welcome to the forums from Huntsville, AL!
X2 - very well said. I'm under 50 but echo these sentiments!
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