I know you got it fixed, but FYI, since you are new to RV's. Your lights work off 12V so will continue working even if you trip the breaker outside on the power box. So take the 2 minutes to walk outside and check that if you don't find a tripped breaker inside.
Yes, I know this because I tripped mine using microwave, hair dryer and furnace blower came on. I was not "new" but in my mind, it had to be something in the trailer, since I still had lights. My GS Roadside assistance comes with a tech help line that I called, and the nice tech didn't even laugh at me for being insistent it had to be inside since my lights were working, but explained to me why they worked, and suggested I go outside to the power box, just to humor him. Guess what he was right... and nice.. especially since it was an early Sunday morning (especially in his time zone) on a holiday weekend.
I can't imagine removing the hitch while I have the TT with me. In fact, I leave mine on the truck for months at a time. If I know I won't be towing for several months, I might remove hitch head and store in garage; otherwise it is on truck with locking pin. Usually when I remove that hitch, it is because I will be towing something different and need a different hitch/ball combo.
OP, couple of suggestions I stick a pillow from sofa in the MW and it keeps the glass tray from rattling, bouncing around and doesn't take but a second. I have had 2 rear kitchen TT's and never had a microwave come open, even though I have to jump the curbs to park at home.
Second suggestion is to plan meals so that you don't have to cook or go out for dinner when you are traveling. I try to cook ahead at home, things like chili or a casserole, so I only have to heat up on travel days. I also try to put a couple of convenient frozen meals in freezer for ease in stopping. Take the time to look at the frozen food aisle carefully, you can find some that are surprisingly good and even healthy. Some of the bagged ones that you just dump in a pan for 15-20 minutes are my favorite.
pictures hung with command picture hanging strips, coat hooks, key hooks, etc with different weights of command strips.. the only thing screwed are the towel bars that came installed and the tp holder that I moved, using the same screws it was previously attached with.
even have command picture strips to hold decorative items on table like Small Christmas tree, ceramic vase for flowers, etc.
Frank, usually each person attending makes their own reservations as we are an informal group and whoever is the host makes the arrangements for pavilions or location for group gatherings as well as coordinates meal plans and researches activities (completely optional) in the area.
Noticed some folks mentioned changing to LED's to decrease power usage. I swapped out to decrease heat.. I have reading lights directly over sofa and over head of bed. before changing over, it felt like my brain was getting fried, or my scalp sunburned at least if I read for very long. Now with the LED's, I can read for an evening of rainy weather without discomfort. Also I feel much better leaving a light on when I leave the TT, because they are so much cooler. I was afraid the old style would overheat the light covers and catch the trailer on fire, if I was gone more than about an hour.
you always have to be vigilant in Florida as it doesn't get cold enough long enough to kill them all. Listen to Fla-Gypsy and Rockhillmanor. They have the keys. SEVIN dust is the best thing... if you are real desparate and don't get any, you can use COMET or some other BORAX cleaner.
I am not sure when you plan to visit, but be prepared for CROWDs... especially at the popular "must see" items within the museums. For example, it took forever to get close to see the Hope Diamond, but there were lots of beautiful jewels (even more beautiful than the Hope in my opinion) with almost no one looking at them. I was there in early June, and the hotel was FULL of buses of school kids. Use of the pool in the hotel was almost impossible because of all the kids.
I do agree with using the METRO... where I live we don't have any type subway, but it didn't take but a little bit to get the METRO figured out.
I could spend several weeks visiting. I hit the high spots in several afternoons/evenings and then 2 long days... we only made the monuments on the mall, Arlington Cemetary and 2 of the Smithsonian Museums. Another thing to consider is the Sept 11 Memorial at the Pentagon. It is a really nice memorial and makes you realize how close we all came that day. This trip was primarily for work, with a few days of vacation tacked on the end. I stayed in hotel this trip in Arlington looking out over the cemetary and the city.
regretfully, RV manufacturers got the bad press about the formaldehyde, and not the many other manufacturers whose products off gas. Carpet is one of the worse, and many other fabric items follow close by, along with manufactured panels and wood products (plywoods and particle board type products). My daughter moved into a new home that had been completed and then sat closed up for a couple of months and the outgassing was so bad, she had allergic reaction and hives from being in the house. She had to open windows and doors for hours each day to air out for about a month, to not break out by morning after spending the night in the house.
FYI, my 2011 Jayco has a green label, and I didn't notice a strong smell when I purchased it. (I bought new, but it had been on dealers lot for months before I purchased,)
I think it has to do with how it is installed. I had some work done on mine (carefree that I converted from spring to crank operated) and discovered that the top bracket was a bit too close for where it should be. Moved it over about 1/2 inch and the thing works so much better.
I am not sure what type of wireless camera you plan to get, but mine is not really completely wireless. Camera must be wired to power source (12V lights on rear usually), but not connected to monitor by wire. Camera sends digital signal to monitor wirelessly and monitor gets power from being plugged into 12V power port on tow vehicle.
This is the one I have and it works great, but would not move inside easier.
Since you have a small child, do you have a monitor you could just take into trailer when you travel? My DD & SIL bring the one they have for my granddaughter when they visit. It has camera and small monitor that has video and is much smaller and easier to carry around.
I personally think you will be better with 2 separate systems that each do a good job with what they are intended to do rather than a single system that may not do either especially well.
I have had a Jayflight for over 3 years now, and the only issues I have had were all brought on by my own inattention/stupidity.
I feel like my JayFlight is a really nice looking TT. When I look at other brands, I often think they look cheap. I have done some upgrades, but they were minor. I added a rear camera, since I often travel by myself; I added a memory foam mattress topper and I converted my spring-loaded manual awning to a crank style awning (Much easier for a short person to work alone).
Diva, just looked again at Coachmen you are looking at and realized it is about the same size as the Jayco I linked too.
I was thinking you could put the washer in the cabinet under the single bunk on the same side as outside kitchen -- No matter which trailer you pick. On Jayco, use slide where bunks are for yarn storage and maybe a recliner/rocker if you took the bunks out.
diva, I know you are looking at a new Coachmen there in ATL area, but I wanted to share a used Jayco on Craigslist less than 200 miles from ATL. It is a bit bigger and heavier, but you could probably get it for $20K at most, and might even could get seller to deliver, until you can trade tow vehicles for slightly larger tow. It has been listed for a while, and I know we don't have a large RV buying audience in this area (I helped my parents sell their MH a couple of years ago) so you can probably negotiate on it.
Whatever you get, if it has an outside kitchen in the bunkhouse, you can probably tap those water/drain lines for a washer to add to bunkroom.
my parents had several Class C's over the years and at one point decided to downsize, and bought a TT because they thought the less maintenance would be easier. It didn't take but about a year before they decided the easier set up in the MH was worth the larger size and cost. With a MH, you can pull into a site and do nothing to hook up... and be set for the night. that is a great thing if it is raining, or weather has turned, or you are just plain tired. That is also one of the main reasons, that I will go from the TT I have now to a MH when I retire. I have set up TT in rain, hooked up to leave in rain/cold, and had to make a mad dash from truck to TT to escape weather numerous times. Also it is sometimes hard to find a pull through site long enough for truck and TT, and especially one that is level enough to not have to disconnect (even for an overnight)
the insulation on the underside of the mattress may not be necessary for me, but I know I am going to use the idea of the foam inside the underbed storage. I also really like the idea of insulating the inside of the nightstand from the pass through compartment idea.
I was in my TT over Thanksgiving and temps got pretty low, especially as I had a gas line leak and couldn't use furnace. (I did have electricity so an electric blanket and electric heater got me by.) Anyhow, one night, the nightstand top got cold enough my cell phone wouldn't charge or stay on. So I guess my next project is definitely insulating the night stand and inside of pass through.
Question... what type of adhesive are you using to attach the foam to the wood dividers? are you using the same type on the doors? Can someone post a picture of how you did the door?
the registration on my 2011 TT is less than on my 2010 F150, of course it cost half as much too. I love the fact that the TT has a flat floor. Never been in a C that had a completely level floor. Maintenance on TT is less complicated that a C because you don't have engine, transmission. Refill of propane is also simpler, just pull bottles and take to dealer, don't have to drive whole vehicle.
I think driving the Truck pulling the TT is easier driving; I found the cab-over distracting when driving. Also the body was wider than cab so looking out the mirrors was also a bit confusing. Backing is another story. Never backed the MH except into and out of yard, made sure I had a pull through site. I have backed the TT into a number of sites, some easily and some were a real challenge.
I think I prefer TT over Class C; however, when I go fulltime, there are a few C's (much larger) that I might consider, especially if the price is substantially lower than the Class A I plan to buy at that time.
chock, There is a picture showing them on the camping page, and they are located in the middle of the full hookup sites, so they may have water, but I really don't know. I have to go dump holding tanks sometime this weekend, so I get more information for you then.
My Jayco JayFlight (24RKS) has 24 ft of living space and is 28 ft tongue to bumper weighs in at 5200 empty. It has gross weight capacity of 7000, so I can load about 1800 lbs of stuff (that includes any water in tanks). Be sure you read the yellow sticker carefully, as some include propane weight in dry weight and some don't.
Love my Jayco and could stay long term in it easily, with a few mods for extremely cold weather (like heavy window coverings, and heated water hose).