Frankdamp hinted at one of the big problems with using KBB or NADA prices. Most people don't understand how to use them for RV's. You start with your unit, and only add the things that were NOT part of the standard build for your RV. For example, on my TT, I don't add for slides, for the vinyl floor throughout, the type AC/furnace or stove because they were all put in by Jayco.. not even the power tongue jack or scissor jack stabilizers.. because they were standard on the model I own. I have seen folks list their MH for sell and have everything checked on the NADA list and add over 20-30 thousand dollars to the price, but everything was standard for the model for sale. I have found lower end of the base price range to be pretty accurate as to what will actually sale, and close to the "dealer/bank" book.
The new Winnebago Vista 36Y is my ultimate... now just hope I can find a slightly used one in a few years when I get ready to make the change to a MH.
The 36Y is a bit longer than what the OP mentioned, but I also believe that at least one of the models he mentioned are also longer.
I would call a gas company... many of them have licensed gas service techs.. in GA, it is a specialized plumbing license.. the gas companies can work on heaters and fireplaces in homes and some will work on RV's.. My parents had their extend-a-stay installed by gas company.
Does the thing that looks like the northern tool cargo hauler, except it is bigger and has a pivoting wheel cause the same lift on tongue? I don't know what the thing is called, but I saw one in use the other day with a golf cart on it. Seems like it would be like having a longer trailer..
Okay, I agree you should have some idea of what you might do if you can't or decide not to continue RV'ing at some point. What I don't understand is why some of the same folks who say how freeing it is to get rid of everything and fulltime, seem to think you have to purchase another house or condo at some later point. When I sell this one, I have no plan to buy another ever. I do plan to use the farm (we grow trees) that has been in my family since the land grand days as my home base, but will not stay there once I can't travel anymore. It is too far from medical or any other type of service or needs. At that point, I will not be wanting to mow roads, maintain tractors or any of those type things. I will find an apartment, probably in a senior complex of some type, so that someone else can be responsible for fixing things.
I have inherited my wanderlust, from my grandfather. Recently came across these pictures of my grandparents' TT. I think this one was purchased about the time my grandfather retired in the mid60's. I am not exactly sure when. The film was developed and pictures printed in Oct 1968, by the date marked on the edge of the print. I am trying to determine what this TT was.
The two pictures were made at different locations. It may have been the same time of the year, but the locations are marked. http://i.imgur.com/oeOzRTcl.jpg This one was made at St Andrews State Park in Panama City.
http://i.imgur.com/NNsvtqyl.jpg This second one is marked at Pine Mountain, but I am pretty sure it was at FDR State Park in Pine Mountain GA and not at a private park.
I have other pictures but these two show the trailer the best. I cannot read the writing on the back of the one, because I have not idea of what the word might be. These are prints that are nearly 50 years old, so the scan is as good as it gets..
Any suggestions as to what the trailer might be? I really would like to mark them for my family. Only my mother, who also inherited the wanderlust, understands my desire to fulltime in the next few years.
I use Walgreens for my perscriptions... I am not fulltiming yet, I have a few years before I can retire and afford to fulltime. My doc already writes my scripts for 90 days with 4 refills. Also 90 days is generally less expensive than 3 30 day fills. I can easily change my pickup location and go online or call to request refills.
Another advantage to using Walgreens, I can order prints of pictures I have made to be printed in my hometown, and picked up by my Mother so she can have "pictures in her hands", as she doesn't do email/computer so well.
seeing this makes me think that I should invest in a feed scanner and begin scanning photos, documents, etc while I am waiting for time to retire and purchase fulltime MH. I have an all-in-one printer/scanner/fax but having a feed scanner would sure make getting all my paper under control before I get to the point that it becomes a time crunch.
Glad your DH is doing well enough for you to get out to your TT. Don't know if you know it or not, but they make damp rid buckets with charcoal. I really like them as they seem to help with the musty smell as well as absorbing humidity. I keep a damp rid bucket sitting on counter in bathroom (put in sink when I travel), and it absorbs a lot of moisture from the air. Keeping the doors and closets open also helps. I do leave my bath vent open, but I have a vent cover and am parked in full sun almost all day.
I was lucky when I bought my TT as I had a previous relationship with the dealer. Small dealer and the only one in town. They had done repair work for me previously and had sold and/or maintained at least 4 previously for my parents. One day when my parents were in the shop, owner commented to my dad that I really knew what I was talking about, that I obviously researched things before I purchased.
My truck was a different story. Tried to buy from dealership, I bought my son's car from. Salesperson was helpful, but her salesmanager wouldn't let her deal. He kept coming up and trying to get involved in price discussions. He wouldn't give me a price... only kept asking me what monthly payment I wanted. He also wouldn't get trucks that were more what I wanted from other locations for me to look at.. kept insisting the one truck they had that was close to what I wanted, but was UGLY color and horrible interior color, would be fine for me. After having spent 3 hours during 2 different appointments at dealership, I still didn't have a sales price for any of the trucks. I left and bought a truck from a dealership 100 miles away via email. I told salesperson at orginal dealer that it was her salesmanager's attitude. It was obvious he thought a woman shouldn't/couldn't buy a truck.
OP, I am so glad you didn't let all the negative posters affect your decision. Glad you were able to help your friend through her bad situation. You demonstrated to a lot of negative people the true meaning of Friendship, and how we are directed to "love one another"
Bob, I am towing with a 2010 F150 5.4 v8 with tow package. It is the supercab (extended cab) with LWB. It has a 8200lb tow capacity but I am limited with a 1600lb payload. It has P series tires, and because they are soft, I have discovered, I need to air them up a bit for a more comfortable ride when I am towing. When I replace in the next year, I will go to a stiffer side wall tire. If I don't air up tires, then the truck feels a bit squirmy sometimes. It isn't a sway, as my WD and sway bar manages/prevents that; it is just a seat of the pants feel that is a bit squirmy.
putting stuff into containers/tubs/bins helps keep it from shifting so much. that being said, filling cabinets helps. If I have loose space it will shift. My cabinets and drawers have never yet come open, but I did leave a glass of water sitting in fridge (I intended to get it as I got in truck to have while driving) and glass tipped over and that 12 oz of water turned into gallons as it ran the full length of the trailer floor.
One thing if you go with a MH of some type, you may feel more secure. Traveling alone is the reason I plan to go to a MH when I am able to travel more extensively in the next few years. It is really nice to pull to side of road, go to back and take care of personal business, then get a snack or drink without having to unlock and go outside. This is especially nice in unknown locations, when the weather is bad or it is dark. You can even go take a nap without getting out (or connecting anything as you can use generator to run heat/air if needed). I have long debated the two engine/transmission issue, but also decided that having the toad with the ability to get away is also actually an added security advantage. Miles and miles from family, it is nice to know you can go if you need to, even if you do have major engine/transmission failure. You might mention this to your wife, as she may feel more comfortable in a MH. In traveling with my parents in their MH, it really was nice to stop and go to the bathroom without having to worry about what was outside or what yucky bathroom, I might face if I stopped at a truck stop or rest area.
Margaret, you said you didn't do much cooking, you may find that you do a bit more with the TT, as it is much easier to carry foods for a quick meal. Having the fridge and freezer will encourage you to carry things like sausage, pre-cooked burger (I crumble brown and then freeze), frozen and fresh veggies and fruits, and you will find it is easy to set up a quick meal in crock pot, on grill or even in a fry pan (over fire or stove).
Bob, to give you some idea on size weight, I will give you info on mine. I have 2011 Jayco JayFlight 24RKS. It has about a 24ft box, and is actually 28ft long, tongue to bumper. It has a dry weight of 5035, which leaves me with just over 1900 lbs of carrying capacity. (Max gross weight is 7000lbs) That being said, I have a 86 gal freshwater tank, so I use nearly half of that if I have full freshwater tank. I don't usually carry more than a little bit of water in freshwater tanks, as most places I camp have water available.
My floorplan is one that I could live in fulltime or long term if I needed to. Now not everyone could, as many want much more space. I do intend to go to a slightly bigger RV when I do fulltime, but I also plan to change to a Class A. Nothing wrong with TT, just I feel more secure traveling to unknown places in MH than TT. (I travel aloe, so the secure feeling is important to me and my children.) Whether I go to MH immediately upon going fulltiming or staying in TT for a while will be wholly dependent on real estate market at the time. I can't pay for MH as long as I am making house payments and TT and PU will be paid for.
Wet canvas.... it always rained or we had a heavy dew as we were trying to pack up. so had to set back up when we got home for it to dry. it also always felt damp inside somehow the heat/air couldn't keep the humidity under control. Do keep in mind my experience was over 20 years ago in the very humid south east.
I don't see much use for that outdoor kitchen.. The sink looks awful shallow; the things I would wash outside are bigger post and pans that wont fit in sink inside. I usually cook on my Weber Q, or use my electric skillet outside. I can use also my coleman stove if I want to and it takes a lot less room that that kitchen.