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Old 02-04-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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Smile Hi from SC-XLR living,.....

Hi all! We are Em and David from SC, currently looking at purchasing a 5th-wheel toy hauler to live in while we build (actually, sell what we have, buy land, and then build!), and then be able to use for our CanAm800 & CanAm 400 Outlander 4wheelers, kayaks, dive gear (David dives extensively,....I am learning!) etc. on trips later on. I also work extensively with horses, so it would be great to have to haul gear in, etc. when we camp with the horses.
We have been looking at the XLR Thunderbolts: 415AMP, 395AMP, 380AMP, 386x12, and the 35x12(and14).
We have 3 dogs, and I (Em) am growing my sporthorse rehabilitation business; David is an electronics engineer. We plan to buy enough land to set up our equestrian center and home on the farm together, and are excited to 'downsize' our living for the next few years while we do it.
Looking for any and all advice on the XLRs, living-in them full time, etc.
We have looked (and liked) the Raptors as well, but have heard a ton of negative reviews on them since then, so switched our thinking to the XLRs.
A few things we are looking at having as 'must haves' (any advice on these are greatly appreciated, as we are total newbies to this!):
A full size washer and dryer in the 'garage' area, which means putting in a dryer vent on the wall.
A larger (double door?) fridge, not the 8 cubic ft. one.
The two bathrooms would be a plus, but not a requirement.
We don't need the loft areas (no kids, and don't want them), except to use for storage, and the stairs that some models require seem to take up more space than we would use them for-the ladder is fine with us-.
We look forward to lots of great advice and learning tons from this site. We've been reading a little and am quite pleased to find some others on here that also have the XLR and are living out of it. Would love to get some connections going with people that are doing the same, to share ideas and advice with!
~Em and David

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Old 02-05-2013, 07:51 AM   #2
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Good to have you aboard!

It would probably work best for you to look at and post in our XLR subforum for answers to some of your more trailer-specific questions.

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Old 02-05-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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Thank you, we will definitely do that.
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Truly great to have a new members!

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:53 PM   #6
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Em & David from Columbia, South Carolina
Truck: 2013 Ford F350 Dually named Maggie.
Hitch: Reese Elite System with 25K 5th wheel & gooseneck
Campers: Em, David, our 3 dogs-Maggie, Pikey, & Marlin, and not in the camper, but with us: our 1 mini donkey-Izzie, & 3 horses, Max, Fred, and Roanie.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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Hi Em! My DH and I bought 100 acres in the country, sold our home, moved into our 31ft Class C on the property while we build a new home. That was last September. We sold the Class C and bought the XLR Thunderbolt 35x12 for a couple being that we plan to take out Harley with us when we travel, and the extra space in the XLR has been priceless. This unit is an inch short of 40ft. My DH is a full time commuter, and the garage/cargo/man cave is where he works. It is perfect in that the door to the garage makes it nearly soundproof back there, so he can be on conference calls without being disturbed! And when the weather is great, we lower the garage door and he has the most amazing view for his "window"!

I love living in the XLR! I will admit that it is not like living in a home, but once you adjust to that fact, it's actually fun! We had to bring the water about 1/4 mile from the main road, back to where we have the RV set up, then we installed a 750 gallon septic, and we have electric to the site. That was done last November.....and life got a whole lot easier! No longer do we have to drive to a dump station!

There are a few of us XLR Thunderbolt owners out here! Please feel free to ask questions!!

Kenny n Karen
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