I grew up camping with my family (mainly in a Coleman Pop-up but after I went to college they upgraded to a 30' Passport) and I really didn't think I would end up wanting to get my own camper. Well, I happened to find and marry an awesome man who never camped growing up but instantly fell in love with the lifestyle. When we took our 9 month old daughter camping last summer in my families 30' travel trailer, we thought it would be a disaster. Turned out she LOVED it. Natural camper!
It's seemed like a long 7 months since we went on that first camping trip, but we decided we wanted our own camper before next summer. One minor problem, we had just bought our new "family" SUV and we didn't think about towing when we did. So step one was swallowing the stupidity of that one and trading our brand new 2013 Ford Explorer without tow package (whoops!) in for a 2013 Dodge Durango Crew v6 with tow package. Yes yes.. we could have gone with the v8 but we live in Northern VA, so those city miles really count for us. And honestly, the decision helped to limit us from going overboard on the camper we chose.
So the research began. I did NOT want to go back to a pop-up. I just couldn't imagine having a toddler (and hopefully another baby at some point) in a pop-up camper. But the short wheelbase of the Durango limited the length of trailer we could really look at it, so the obvious choice was a hybrid. And I actually missed the bunk ends from the pop-up, so best of both worlds!
After going in complete circles, we ended up on the Shamrock 183. We have lots of siblings who want to go camping with us, so the three bed option was a winner. Love the layout! So last week I played the quote game, getting quotes from all over the eastern half of the US. Luckily, a dealer only 2 hrs away gave me a great and unbeatable deal (highly recommend working with Southern RV for you! Small company, great people, and they do Owner's Rallies and Monthly Camp-outs that we can't wait to participate in next summer!).
Now the waiting game begins! Any tips on what type of things we should be getting now? I know the basic items like towels, sheets, etc. But what about the RV specific items... like do I have to provide my own cable for the TV or does it usually come with one? Thanks for your help!
Also, any other young families in the Northern VA area? Most of our friends are just settling down and getting married, not many are really thinking of buying campers!