The economy is still in the toilet, I'm sure there are alot more sellers than buyers out there, especially buyers who are looking to pay anywhere near "used retail". If your buying, buy low or walk, there are plenty of people out there looking to unload at a discount price.
I went from 24' to 36'er. The 24' was nice for camping, the 36' you could live in if you had to. We have three kids who now have their own bunks & shared bedroom, mom & dad have their own private bedroom with queen bed you can walk around. If it rains, no problem staying inside. no more moving stuff so the kids can sleep on the pull out sofa & break down dinnette. Towing the 36' is no problem over the 24'. We stay local in the state campgrounds or private land, so no problems not fitting for us. Some spots were too small for my 24', but there was always large spots for the 36' in the state campground, including our favorite ones.
I have a 1993 (yup 20 years old) Skyline Nomad that I put a new epdm roof coating on last October. I'm pushing 300lbs and walked all over that roof, I could tell where the rafters were by the staple lines under the roof material, so I stepped on there with no problem. I saw things that I couldn't see from looking over from the side with a ladder, so it was a good thing to catch problems before they started. BTW, the roof came out great.
This is about the only con on my TT, the kids can't reach the ceiling light. I added a sticky led light for them on the wall. Great idea, NanciL with putting a pullchain on the ceiling light, quick & easy fix there.
That seems to be a silly way to make an extra buck or two while manufacturing, when most campers have kids who can't reach a ceiling light. My old Citation had two light switches in the bathroom, one for over the sink & one for the main ceiling light.
I think I like this one more. It looks more like a camper and the interior has the feel of a camper too, rather than just benches you sit on. Interesting concept though. How would license such a thing? As a boat or an RV?
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Both were cool, I like the the older one for actually camping on and off the water. The little new one was cool, too. You have to have boating in your blood to appreciate either, though. Most people don't own boats, weather because the bad wrap of being money pits, or because they were never on one. I got the bug in my youth, I settled my love for camping on and off the water with a cabin cruiser, in addition to my TT.
As I have said before, the worst and most selfish reason to homeschool is to enable Ma and Pa to travel--and it appears this is predominately the case here as well.
I would put travel down pretty much near the bottom of "why" we chose to homeschool our kids, it *is* a plus though.
It's the lazy, jealous or ignorant who make dopey comments about other parents higher level of commitment to their kids. It's a shame that even in a family orientated camping site, there are people who don't "get" the extra level of work & commitment that it takes to homeschool. Around here the public school teachers are paid $80+K a year, we're now doing their work (and a better job at it)& still paying their salary in our property taxes. But I guess we're somehow still selfish...
We are officially homeschooling our three kids 2nd, 3rd & 5th graders starting this year. We just had the conversation that we'd be able to camp more & do some school while camping. We too are looking forward to not being tied down to the public school hours.
UPDATE; I just bought a nice 1990 23' cabin cruiser with the trailer for $3K. It sleeps four adults, full bathroom, kitchen & is small enough to use in our usual lakes & take down the shore. Now that water camping is in the blood, we're all set.
Yeah, we checked the weather reports, I have the weather band right on the marine vhf radio which I checked through out our time for any changes. You couldn't have had any better weather than we had, we waited for that. If something would've went bad, we were close enough to marinas that we could've docked to find shelter there. Why a tent? For the same reason people tent in the woods in nice weather, the feeling of shelter, BUGS, keeping the kids coraled, night/morning dew. There was plenty of dew as it turned out, we left a roll of paper towels out, it was soaked halfway through from the dew.
The tent had a floor, so I felt there was no need to anchor it further once we were in there with some gear, which was right away. Only a small portion of the aerodynamic dome was above the boats sidewalls, even a big wind wouldn't have moved it.
At night, the wind subsides and the waves go away, no other boats came around to "wake" us, we stayed away from the main channel for that. The water was like glass and the steady water made for easier sleep. I did sleep harder the second night knowing that it went well the first night, didn't have that light sleep / on guard feeling.
At least I didn't have to worry about black bears on the bay :)
Dahkota, This is an attempt to soften up the wife to the eventual purchase of a towable houseboat :) I keep telling her it's like having a TT on the water, etc... Everything already there when you need it.
PapPappy, We took down the tent in the morning, took about twenty minutes for the change. The head we left in the back set up, a towel was used for the modest among us :). The kids slept in their life jackets, the new ones are thin enough that there was no complaint about it.
We've been TT RV'rs for many years now, but wanted to try something new, tent camping, but beyond that, we wanted to try and do it on our pontoon boat. I searched for months about tent camping on a boat, but found nothing. We just got back from 3days, two nights down the NJ shore in Barnegat Bay, we had the best weather possible & it turned out great! Once we left the marina we didn't touch ground till we got back to the marina.
Before our trip, I removed a couple of extra couches for more room (being that it was only the five of us for the trip). I hit Wally-world for a 9x7 $40 dome tent, something that would stand on its own without stakes.
We packed plenty of food, drinks for the trip, even a camping potty.
It was certainly different staying on the water for more than the usual 6 or so hours. The only thing that I would do different is bring an air matteress, the foam rubber matteress topper didn't cut it. The kids thought it was "the best" camping we've done so far.
It wasn't the first time boating on tidal salt water, but the first time wondering if our anchors would hold overnight with the tide going in and out. We did wake up in the same place, just turned around due to the tide change.
We will do it again next year.
Local, we love Swartswood (off season without the crowds). I have a week+ off in July, I had thought of taking the TT down the shore to stay at Allaire State Park for a cheap way to do an extra week down the shore. Instead, I'm going to take my pontoon boat down to Barnaget Bay and camp onboard by pitching a 9X7 dome on the deck for the overnights. We're going to try a night or two on Lake Hopatcong to try it out.
I can easily unscrew the front seats from the deck & move them out of the way to make room for the overnight tent set up.