Good luck on making the trip with two small children. Be prepared for it to take much longer than you expect. That will be two long days for the children. I sure hope you have lots to keep them busy while riding, and plan stops where they can run around and work some excess energy off. Remember you may not be able to pull into that McD's with the playground easily. Consider stopping somewhere besides WalMart, so the kiddos can play. My DD is heading this way with her toddler and mentioned the last trip that should have taken 2 1/2 hours required 4 stops as the little one was very unhappy riding.
The only thing you need to be sure of is the 7695 the actual weight on the sticker of the TT, or the brochure dry weight. when I was looking, I noticed there was often several hundred pound difference between the two. Also does that 7695 include full propane? On my sticker it does, but didn't on the brochure. I think some stickers don't include it, so read carefully.
I am not getting into the fray over whether it is a good idea or not, because I have NO CLUE on Oregon weather or costs of living. I currently have a Jayco TT that most would think is too small for living full time. I don't live in it, but could if I needed to. I love my Jayco, but for you, the Northwoods lines are probably a good suggestion. I have not seen one, but everything I have seen indicates that they are nicely insulated and have good amenities for full time living. Another that no one has mentioned is the Open Range trailers. Lots of full-timers live in Open Range 5vers, but they also make TT's. There TT's would be a first choice for me to full time in, if I chose to stay in TT as I go fulltime in a few years.
Look carefully at things to see how the floor plan works for you. Little things will make the difference. Does it have a nightstand that you can put a book and glasses on, if you read in bed? Does it have a comfortable sofa/chair for just relaxing in (or can you change out easily)? Does it have washer/dryer if that is important to you (me, I had laundromats and avoid at all costs, so I will have one)? Things like bedspreads, and blah beige walls can be changed easily. (I changed bedspread, hung lots of photos to cover beige walls, added a slip cover over sofa, and put lots of rugs around floor to make mine more personalized and less institutional.)
Mine had sat on lot for a while, as it is a 2011 and I bought it during the fall as the 2012's were coming out. One thing I negotiated was a roof cleaning and treatment the following spring. I figured it would need it, and I am not getting on the roof.
John, Is there a particular loop or area that most prefer? since you reserve a specific site, I am open to suggestions. Please remember that I need something that is VERY easy to back into or either a pull through since I am usually by myself.
Good Sam response team, why don't you put a warning on the web page, before folks try to access it. I am sure it wouldn't take but a minute for one of those smart computer folks to just post a simple warning that it isn't working but you are trying to fix it.
Still not working... I got the following message "Your Trip Planner cookie may need to be reset. Please sign out of GoodSamClub.com and sign back in. This should resolve your issue. If you continue to have this issue, please contact Member Services" I signed out and back in as directed and still got the error.
SilverEscape, some of us bought the levelers separate... I don't think that ultimate kit was available when I bought mine, and even if it was I doubt I would have bought it. I already have 3 sets of plastic blocks, and prefer rubber chocks over plastic, and never intend to change a tire.. so the only thing it the kit that would be helpful to me is the levelers themselves (with their chocks of course).
That being said, I love my levelers... as I travel by myself, it is so easy to get about where I want to be, stick the levelers by the tires, pull forward until the large level on the front of my trailer says I am good, put truck in park and go stick the chocks under them. easy peasy.
I think the suggestion of a scorecard is critical to making the ratings mean anything.. For example, a park I know of would get probably get a 9 or so in the third category. But the thing is that 9 would make me think it is a pretty good place, and it is ... if you can get in and parked... I have been there previously in a popup, but am not near brave enough to try taking my TT that I travel alone with. The sites are really strangely arranged, and with lots of trees to dodge, I don't think I could park my trailer.. unless the park was empty, so I could ignore roads and cut across multiple sites to get situated. It is quiet, well maintained and fits all the check marks for a high rating in that category.. so if I didn't know from having been there, I would think it would be a great place... only 1 point deducted for the site layouts.. some type of report card/scorecard to tell me why the park got a 9 would be so helpful. This park does not have a GS rating, only a listing that it exists.
the same applies to all categories, when I am traveling, I don't necessarily need all the recreation activities. I may just want a place to park and sleep. for example, when visiting my DD, I stay somewhere that has NO activities, good hookups, sites clean and easy to get into, park itself is a challenge to find, sign is not very large or obvious. so it would get low ratings for a number of things.. and a zero for bath facilites (they have NONE), but if it were rated under Good Sam ratings, it would have terrible ratings.. the score card would allow me to realize, they are because of no recreation, not bad connections, sites or roads. Just went and looked... this place has a 6.5 for facility, and 8.5 for appeal, and a 10 with a star for RESTROOMS... How does it get a 10 when there are NO restrooms.
I have one on my pickup (built-in) and 99% of the time I turn it off as I am backing. If I leave a regular hitch on truck, it picks it up when I turn. If I have the TT hitch on the truck, the sensors pick it up always.. screaming at me to watch out as I am about to run all over something. Same if I leave the tailgate down. I get so many false warnings, I tend to ignore it and have almost had some real issues because of that.
Dandy Dan, have only attended on Ga State Rally, because I am younger and still have to work, so it usually doesn't work out. I did attend the Natl Rally in Atlanta. Georgia is lucky in that we have a great location, centrally located in the state and on I75 for easy access. I think there are a number of snowbirds that plan their north or south bound trips to catch the GA one.
I have a series of photos that were taken on various trips. I had them printed poster size and put in cheap poster frames (the kind that have plastic vice glass) and hung them with command picture hangers. Mine are all in the same color families and I have covered almost all the large areas of blah beige. I have a sunrise over the Mississippi, spring green trees reflecting on a lake, and a path through the woods in early spring. Change the bedspread to a color I like, add a couple of throws, pillows and small rugs (a runner and a couple of different sized rectangles) all from dollar store and it is much more personalized without being over the top theme.
I have a very similar Jayco.. a 2011 24RKS.. I can honestly say I have only had one issue that was a warranty issue.. skylight cracked. I didn't have any issues with getting it fixed... dealer sent request into Jayco, and a new skylight was on the way and he replaced as soon as he got it... Don't forget the Jayco has a TWO year warranty... from the day you buy.
Maybe I got lucky, but I have a great dealer also... Now he doesn't sell any other brands new; he says he would rather work with Jayco, they do business right. I negotiated several other things when I purchased. Free installation on any accessories I bought at the time.... Full propane, dewinterized and sanitized water system, and roof clean and treat the next spring.
I love the fact that the Jayco looks like a higher end trailer.. somehow, the finishes and furniture doesn't look as "cheap" as some of the others.
My brother had a THAT in his condo. One thing to consider is when 1/2 dies beyond repair, you have to replace the whole thing. yes, he had to replace the whole thing because washer died. (I don't know how old it was... it was in Condo when he purchased, and he used it probably 10 years before it died)