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Old 06-05-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Interested in Sabre 36qbok

Hello,

My wife and I currently own a travel trailer which we bought not too long ago. Since buying it we have become interested in living in an RV fulltime while I finish out my years to my military retirement.

We have 3 children ages 8, 5, and 3. We have been looking at the Sabre 36qbok and wondered if anyone had experience camping with it in the wintertime?

I know that their website says it has R-28 in the floor, R-28 in the roof and R-9 in the walls. Is there an option to add more insulation factor?

We are already thinking about having the dual pane windows put in.

We are also looking at upgrading our tow vehicle if needed.

Any help would be appreciated.

Derek & Melany
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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We camp in late spring and early fall, but no winter camping. The bunkhouse was pretty chilly some of those nights. I think double-pane windows might help.

What area are you thinking of dealing with winters in?
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
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ependydad, thanks for the reply. We will be in Kansas during winter, where its possible to get a few snows.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:40 PM   #4
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Oh, sounds cold! We use propane mostly for heating- we generally keep it at 72 or so. We usually go through close to a 30 lb. tank of propane in a weekend.

It would be less if you used electric heaters and supplemented the heat somehow.

As well- the 1/2 bath has neither heat nor air conditioning vents.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #5
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Very good info on the cold weather camping. Thanks

On a another note, from everything I am reading, it seems that the 1 ton dually is the way to go for towing. In your experience is that the way to go. We currently tow with 2011 F250 SRW.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:59 PM   #6
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Sooooooo... everyone's opinion differs on this. For me, I want to stay within all of the published ratings of my truck and that demands a 350. Some of the 2013 vehicles have the payload ratings to support the pin weight, but I still feel like there's a lot of stability that the training wheels add.

Personally, I wouldn't tow this camper with less than a 3500 and a dually at that. Especially with the weight of a 5-person family.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:10 PM   #7
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Don't get me wrong- I LOVE MY 36QBOK! I'm not sure I'd want to spend a cold winter in it. The double pane windows would be required, at least. But even the floor itself is chilly.
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I wouldn't tow a qbok with anything less then a 1 ton dually either.
Just my opinion.


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Old 06-05-2013, 11:35 PM   #9
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thanks guys for the info. Sold on the 1 ton dually idea for towing for sure. Will be selling/trading the f250 Still not sure on the cold weather camping quite yet.
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I camped a couple nights (on way home from dealer in Ohio) in lower teens in our 34tbok. Had an edenpure heater running once plugged in, and another cheap heater in the master. It was plenty warm, but propane furnace still ran often. If you were at a long term spot, and could add underpinning to help the cold from below, had 50a electrical hookups, and a larger bulk propane tank, I think it could be doable. There is a thread here somewhere about a family living in their Columbus bunkhouse in northern MN this last winter. Maybe someone can get you a link as it'd be a decent read for you.
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