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Old 05-05-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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Howdy all!

Just came to terms with a seller and doing the paperwork tomorrow to purchase our first RV - 2014 Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL.

It was owned by some guy on Craigslist who bought it in April 2014 and they have a new baby. Thus, he says they can't justify monthly payments financing it and the $120/month RV storage so they decided to sell. It has everything added on such as all electric jacks/hitch and other upgrades. We negotiated to $12,750 and think it's a great deal for us as he's upside down, obviously. Sorry for him, but looking out for us. And, yes, I had my dad come with me to help check it out and let me know of problems and whether worth the money. He couldn't find a thing and it's been stored under a roof. He thinks it was a solid buy. He's been around the block with RV'ing as I'll describe in the next paragraph.

I grew up camping, then my folks graduated to a Starcraft Popup, then to a 26' Tioga motor home and then finally a 30' 5th wheel. Thus, I've been exposed to this way of vacationing.

However, I've never owned anything beyond a tent myself and find myself in the awkward position of not knowing what I'm doing. Now, the guy says he'll show me how to do what I need, and I hope he allows me to pick his brain long enough. Plus, I can default to my dad to help me just based on his experience.

But, I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on how I can go about getting hands-on education to further my knowledge on this trailer and RV'ing? Are there classes in Southeast Texas? Or other thoughts on how to learn for this particular model?

Next up, I'm buying a 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 V8 this weekend. I know it's a little more than what I need for this, but if we upgrade in the future, I'd like to be ready as it is rated for 10,050 Lbs towing. I don't know if it makes sense to get "too much" truck but seems to me the more power it has to pull above the capacity, the less the wear and tear? Or is that just circular logic?

Thanks, and look forward to bantering!
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:12 AM   #2
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Welcome from Madison, AL. Congratulations on the new Wildwood, Happy Camping and
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Welcome from Wisconsin and congrats on your 2014 Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL.
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Howdy from Seguin!

I've never heard of any classes. Ask a bazillion questions from the previous owner. The rest is just sorta learn as you go.

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First off, welcome to the forums and the RV lifestyle from Huntsville, AL!!

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Howdy all!

Just came to terms with a seller and doing the paperwork tomorrow to purchase our first RV - 2014 Wildwood X-Lite 261BHXL.

It was owned by some guy on Craigslist who bought it in April 2014 and they have a new baby. Thus, he says they can't justify monthly payments financing it and the $120/month RV storage so they decided to sell. It has everything added on such as all electric jacks/hitch and other upgrades. We negotiated to $12,750 and think it's a great deal for us as he's upside down, obviously. Sorry for him, but looking out for us. And, yes, I had my dad come with me to help check it out and let me know of problems and whether worth the money. He couldn't find a thing and it's been stored under a roof. He thinks it was a solid buy. He's been around the block with RV'ing as I'll describe in the next paragraph.

I grew up camping, then my folks graduated to a Starcraft Popup, then to a 26' Tioga motor home and then finally a 30' 5th wheel. Thus, I've been exposed to this way of vacationing.


However, I've never owned anything beyond a tent myself and find myself in the awkward position of not knowing what I'm doing. Now, the guy says he'll show me how to do what I need, and I hope he allows me to pick his brain long enough. Plus, I can default to my dad to help me just based on his experience.

But, I was wondering if anyone had thoughts on how I can go about getting hands-on education to further my knowledge on this trailer and RV'ing? Are there classes in Southeast Texas? Or other thoughts on how to learn for this particular model?.
Attending RV Shows and seminars is one way. Also, if you can, consider attending the FROG International Rally in Goshen IN Aug 9-15. They have daily seminars on everything from electricity to sewer!

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Next up, I'm buying a 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 V8 this weekend. I know it's a little more than what I need for this, but if we upgrade in the future, I'd like to be ready as it is rated for 10,050 Lbs towing. I don't know if it makes sense to get "too much" truck but seems to me the more power it has to pull above the capacity, the less the wear and tear? Or is that just circular logic?

Thanks, and look forward to bantering!
LOL BOY have you opened a can of worms! This is one of the most hotly debated topics on the forums!

The general consensus is, if you are buying a new truck, buy it for your NEXT camper

Do you envision yourself going the route of your dad in a couple years and getting a 5th wheel? If so, consider investing in that 3/4 ton (or even 1 ton!) *diesel* truck now so that you will not have to trade up your truck in addition to the camper!

If you think "this is it" and you will never upgrade, then you are fine with the Ram 1500.

(Assuming the RV bug has bitten you however, you are deluded and will be trading the Ram 1500 for a 3500 Diesel Dually in 2-3 years to tow your 40' Cedar Creek )

Finally, feel free to ask questions - we are a friendly lot and enjoy helping others!
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Welcome from Round Rock, TX…previously from Columbus, TX…make sure you take that rv on the short drive from Houston to Lonestar Yogi in Waller, TX…
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Welcome from Round Rock, TX…previously from Columbus, TX…make sure you take that rv on the short drive from Houston to Lonestar Yogi in Waller, TX…
Thanks. My wife learned about Yogi and that's going to be our second outing for the kiddos. The first will be next weekend probably in Galveston just to get my feet wet.
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Every weekend in October is Halloween…our boy LOVES it! We'll be there 1st weekend in October!
I heard that. Going to try to go watch my Red Raiders beat Baylor in Jerry World that weekend. But, if it doesn't work out, perhaps we'll be there and meet up. Would love to meet fellow campers, especially ones with good college football rivalries.
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