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Old 02-09-2014, 08:19 PM   #11
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No need to worry...just enjoy the trips and let good memories begin while camping with your girls.
We started like you....and now a couple of trailers later we jumped to a MH which I had no clue what we were getting ourselves into. But then again, my wife and I thought about when we bought our first trailer then we will get camping fever along with your family.

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:26 PM   #12
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We have family and friends who camp and are always singing the praises of their adventures. In the past year, I first pulled the trigger on the 2013 Chevy 2500HD tow vehicle, and after much thought and sore muscles going in and out of trailers at several shows, purchased a 2014 Wildwood Heritage Glen 300BH.
(W)ho can calm my nerves which have me thinking that this thing I bought is going to fall apart a mile after leaving the dealership (which, if I read right, will disavow any knowledge of my purchase 5 minutes after the sale is complete), leak if I am not constantly on the roof catching raindrops, bounce like a carnival ride every time a take a breath, and basically fall apart before I open my first beer?
All will be OK, won't it?!
I wouldn't be worried about problems with the rig. It looks to me like you've just dropped something north of $55-60K (maybe more) to go camping, and it doesn't sound like you've ever BEEN camping. That's what I'd be worried about. All it's going to take is the wife or a kid to not be thrilled and it's all over. So - I SURE HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!

If not.... whew - that's some cash for something you don't like!!

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:27 PM   #13
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Remember the saying, there are "Two good days to owning a RV and/or boat, the day you buy it and the day you sell it".

Everyone will have some sort of problem but, that's what is great about this forum. There are always people willing to help! Same goes for the campground too, there are always people willing to help.

Happy camping!
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:43 PM   #14
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I bet that less than one percent of the campers actually have problems but that one percent of the one that fill up the forums with negative comments

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Old 02-09-2014, 08:50 PM   #15
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Don't worry about your purchase. Most trailers have small problems. If you are handy at home repairs you will have no problem with the small items that might pop up. You should do a yearly maintenance check on the roof and check for cracks in the caulking. Keep the unit clean and you will be able to spot any points that might need attention. It is now different from owning a home. You have to do yearly inspections to the roof and window caulking. Enjoy your new unit and if you do have a problem do not be afraid to ask. There are many RV owners on this site that have problems and have a solution to make a fix.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:53 PM   #16
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Many years ago, I moderated a forum for parents & caregivers of kids with brain tumors (link). The same types of questions and discussions would come up as was raised by the original poster on this thread. The problem is that you have an extremely skewed segment of the population when you look at forums.

Forums attract the passionate and the problems.

Believe it or not- *most* campers aren't modding fanatics like forums would leave you to believe. And *most* campers have some kind of issues, but in reality- the big problems are generally few and far between.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:03 PM   #17
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We had an excellent experiance with our first trailer. A 2013 puma 295kbh- we had a couple little self inflicted issues, like melting the plastic around the outside kitchen stove, but very good success all in all.
But our trailer was totaled by hail after about 10 months of ownership (damaged in May, finaly got it all settled and checks cashed by mid August). And we have been reserching and have looked at almost every larger bunkhouse 5er out there (really I have brochures of about 12-13 different brands). I was waiting to order again untill this late winter, so we didnt have to Winter it after the pdi and all.

Now for the important part. My kids, age 12, 5 and 2 absolutely love camping. I was getting asked everyday for a while, when I got home from work, by my 2 year old if I "bringed my big camper home" . We look back over the past couple of years and all the great pics were of us camping at the lake. I dont give a crap how much it cost now (ok I do some) but looking back now, and especially in the future, I wont regret a dollar that was spent making those memories.

There may be some headaches along the way- but that makes the good times so much sweeter!!!

Have fun!! You probably wont regret a minute!

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #18
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You will have 'bugs' and they are all fixable. 'Life' has bugs in everything that we do. You are getting a very nice camper and you have a tow vehicle that can handle it easily. A+. You will learn the adventures of 'packing' and 'unpacking' a camper.... the adventures of getting 'to' and 'from' your destinations. And all of the great time(s) that you will have when getting to these destinations. Something will always 'go wrong' when we get out of bed each morning in life.... But we must get out of bed and what goes 'wrong' will be handled.

Rule #1) Safety first and always.
Rule #2) take your time and don't get in a hurry. It always takes longer than you think it should and bad things can and do happen if you rush.

Get to know all of your equipment, you will enjoy it so much more and know how to fix it when a bug does pop up.

What kind of equalizer hitch are you getting? You will need a stabilizer type controls for your trailer.

If you have any question, please ask. There are many here that will give you an answer.... and some of the answers might be correct (just kidding). To clarify, all answers will be correct from the view point of who is giving it, because we are all human. None should ever give a 'wrong' answer but we have all had different experiences and do things a little differently.

Welcome to the forum and happy camping.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:22 PM   #19
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Don't sweat it too much. If you're able to hook it up at home and spend a night or two in it to find out what the bugs are going to be before you head out for a full blown trip.

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Old 02-09-2014, 09:32 PM   #20
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If you can raise kids, you can handle a TT. TTs can be fixed. Kids, not so much. More seriously, we've had our hybrid 2 seasons and no major issues. Odds are, everything will be fine.

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