We had one with the old TT and used it regularly. We never had any problems with the heat or grease, but it was mounted so high that I could just barely see the meat on the grill.
We got rid of the TT and went to a 5'er and purchased an O-grill from LL Bean and I love it. I can place it anywhere.
There are mountains that you have to climb and descend, no matter how you go, but they are all doable. Pay attention to the signs along the way and gear down if you have to. Take it easy and don't try to beat any land records and you will be fine.
Most of the standard 4x4 crew trucks are around 1500 lb, the max tows are 1800 while the HD payload are 2200+. I have not driven a max tow but the HD payload package is a huge jump in stability. It's not even comparable. Mine has 2171 on the sticker, crew 4x4 with HD payload and max tow.
That's what I've got, also.
We have the same floorplan as the 315 and we LOVE it. Now, we have 2 DD's, 9 and 6, so the front bunkroom works great for us. The master in the back allows us to have some spectacular views from the bedroom. We are currently camp hosting at a state park and are backed into the site and the only thing outside our bedroom window are trees and deer. It has been wonderful to wake up and see nothing but green and it is quiet. We have had a few birds fly into the window, though.
The kids enjoy the floorspace in their bedroom, and have room to play games, watch a video on a rainy day or just flop on the floor to read a book.
On the negative, it is a hike for me to get to the potty room in the middle of the night.
Go spend some time (several hours) in the RV you seem to like and see if it will work for everyone.
You might want to get a nice roll of that green astroturf looking all-weather carpet that you can lay down outside underneath the steps and under the awning. It makes it nice especially if the weather isn't cooperating.
I would get one of the poly mats/rugs instead. They don't hold water or dirt, lightweight and last for years and still look good.
....and, you can't go wrong with the cast iron skillet.
You will also need kitchen supplies (pots, pans, skillets, etc.) as well as bathroom supplies (toilet tissue, treatment).
Lots of the kitchen stuff, you can pick up cheaply at Goodwill or Dollar General, etc.
I have RV stuff that matches what we have at our house, but we spend 80-90 days per camping season in our 5'er. I have a knife block with good knives at both places. We usually use paper plates and plastic forks/spoons, but according to our menu, I might get out the real stuff. (You can't eat a good steak on a paper plate and use plastic forks).
We even have our RV clothing - stuff that we don't mind getting dirty or has seen better days, but is still comfy.
I have purchased towels and sheets for the RV - white ONLY! You can bleach them and get them clean, but it's hard with other colors. We don't use white at home and it helps to keep them sorted.
It is true that you can use the water taxi, but it is pricey. If you can make the walk of 5 blocks, it'll save you $$$.
Don't plan to travel during the early morning commute (7 am-9 am) or between 4-6pm. Way too many people trying to get into the city and then out of the city.
We have electric/propane in our fifth wheel, and it is WONDERFUL! A friend of ours installed the kit above and really likes it. He said installation was a snap and he's not really mechanically inclined.
We make pizzas over the grill....use Chef Boyardee mix. We also do "bag dinners" making bags out of aluminum foil and putting our ingredients in, then cooking in the fire or on the grill. Use beef tips, chicken chunks, onions, garlic, zucchini, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and whatever else I have left over from any previous meal.
I don't know the age of the kids, but I have a 5th and 6th grade Sunday School class that I take camping a couple times each year and we always make "STEW". They love it and they cook it in the dutch oven. They cut up all the ingredients, they stir, then they serve and do cleanup. They thoroughly enjoy it. I use chunked chicken, andouille sausage slices, onions, carrots, celery, potatoes in chicken broth. Cook until done, then add cream of chicken soup after it's taken from the fire. Wonderful.
We also do "spider weenees". Take a sharp knife and cut the end into 4ths, going almost to the center. Turn the weenee around and do the other end, leaving at least an inch in the middle uncut. Roast and the ends curl like a spider (8 legs).
Also, we use our pie irons and make manwich pies. Make some manwich meat and refrigerate. When ready to use, spray pie irons with oil, put a piece of bread on one side, add some manwich meat, cheese if desired and another piece of bread. Close iron and toast until the bread is toasty and manwich meat warms.
We also do grilled cheese and grilled ham and cheese this way, too.
There is lots of walking!! The PATH is 5 blocks from the park and an easy walk. The trains are all accessible. After you learn to read the subway map, it's easy to get around. If you stand and look at it for a while, someone will ask if you need help. I was amazed. I had always heard how awful residents were but they were helpful. The subway will limit your walking distances to a couple of blocks.
When we were there, we planned ONE thing for each day....Statue of Liberty (including Battery Park) for one day, a show for one day, the WTC site for one day, etc.
There is enough to see that you could stay a month and not see it all. We did one of the tours on our first trip and it does cover a lot of things and is not too expensive and you can get off then back on whenever you choose.
Yes. It will take you about 7 minutes at a leisurely walk. We (DH, myself, 8 and 5yo DDs) came and went at all hours and never felt unsafe. It is in an upscale residential neighborhood.
It is the PATH train and will take you to the World Trade Center or 33rd (Times Square) or you can catch the subway at WTC to anywhere.