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Old 06-10-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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Hello everyone

I am Lane

I don't have an RV yet, still tent camping on all my vacations, but before I jump in I thought I better chat with people that know a lot more about what I will be jumping into than I do.

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Old 06-10-2016, 04:04 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. You come to the right place to get your questions answerd. Depending on what unit you are looking at I'd post any question under the thread pertaining to the unit you may be looking at. Later RJD

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Old 06-10-2016, 04:05 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You come to the right place to get your questions answerd. Depending on what unit you are looking at I'd post any question under the thread pertaining to the unit you may be looking at. Later RJD

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Old 06-10-2016, 04:21 PM   #4
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Ask away, buddy. Last year, I was an idiot on this stuff.

This year? I'm a way smarter idiot!

Good, GOOD folks here. Trust them.
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Old 06-11-2016, 02:02 AM   #5
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Welcome Lane...RV camping is G-R-E-A-T !!

PopUp: One tire threw it tread at 3 yrs taking out the plastic wheel well and dumping our pots-n-pans out on the highway. Other than that, flipped the axles for 4x4 ground clearance and enjoyed the heck of that thing. Very affordable. All-in-all we really got a lot of use out of our PopUp. Made two 2400 mile trips, one 600 mile trip and a whole slew of short hauls with it. Only complaint other than the plastic wheel wells was when the wind blew the raised top wobbled a bit and transferred that movement into the bottom half. Tow vehicle: IH Scout II. PopUp was a StarCraft.

TT: Had our 23' TT for about 10 yrs. Purchased used. Only a couple minor issues: Needed to tighten the water connection in the bathroom one time and the tank level indicators never worked. Our only dislike was that the heater was located underneath the master bed. We had to keep it at a storage facility where it was broken into and the chipboard underfloor soaked from rain. Got a great deal on replacing the underfloor with marine ply and back in perfect condition again. Sold it when our new '99 F150 4x4 couldn't handle the mass. Our '86 F150 4x4 had no problem towing it though. Best part was 4-season comfort. In-use security increased considerably from PopUp. Oh, plus it had an oven we used for roasting game hens. Let me tell you that makes for one delicious meal!

Class C MH: Just purchased a used 2015 . We haven't taken possession of it yet. Wife didn't want us to be hitching up then packing up a TT anymore. Her new motto is, "Get in and go!" Very spacious inside for the 2 of us including the occasional grandchild. Plus it has an oven for roasting game hens! It seems ovens are being phased out in the newest MHs along with 3 & 4 burner stoves.

Miscellaneous: For the first few years we owned our TT we lived in a neighborhood with covenants. I would bring the TT home from storage on Thursday evenings to give us time to load it so we could take off right after work on Fridays. At first I unhooked the TT along the curb in front of our house. The CCR people called the law on me and I got several warning tickets. The local law says 48 hours on the street max so what I learned to do was leave the TT hitched up to my truck and the law would leave us alone. CCRs covered my property but not the street in front of it. This made for a bit more stress getting to work Friday mornings but we managed. Since then we've moved to a small acreage where there are "No Covenants!" Life is less stressful now.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:40 AM   #6
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Welcome to the site from SW Idaho.

As the others have posted there a lots of good people here, your got questions they got the answers.

Ask away when you are ready.

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Old 06-11-2016, 07:03 AM   #7
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Welcome to the forums from Ontario, Canada
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Old 06-11-2016, 09:45 AM   #8
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Also welcome from Ontario....there is no dumb question...just the one not asked.

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Old 06-11-2016, 09:55 AM   #9
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Welcome from Western MD, currently camping at Raystown Lake, PA!

Like northerlee, we've done almost everything in camping. Started out in tents many years ago, moved to a pop-up for about 3-4 years, then a hybrid trailer for about 5 years, a travel trailer for 3 years and now a Class C motor home. Never really had a bad experience with anything on wheels...... yet.

You need to decide what's best for you; cost, "roughing it", tow vehicle, where you want to camp and how..... just to name a few.

So, like so many have said, "ask away!".


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Old 06-11-2016, 12:08 PM   #10
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Welcome to the FRF...great place for helpful info.
This is the process DW and I went through the year before we bought our 1st TT June 2015.
Went to as many RV show as we could stand...perusing dealer catalogs...spent many weekends at RV dealers going in and out of numerious quickly became appearent the layouts we didn't like, construction details we wanted...compatible TTs for the TV we owned. This exercise was valuable the closer we got to purchasing a TT. We could now focus on those TTs which met out criteria and when we wrote out the check there were no second guessing.

Good luck with your purchase.
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