All of these have moderately light weight floor plans that may work for you. Just know that all 1500s aren't the same. You need to know the tow limit of your truck, including payload.
Love this floorplan! Almost as good as my local dealer charges for the same unit here in GA. Make sure you get full propane tanks, battery and starter kit (hose, tank treatment). Try to get the dealer to include the WDH, too.
OK...I've got another question along the lines of backing up...should or should we not disconnect the anti=sway bars before we back-up the TT? If the answer is going to be yes...I'm thinking we were darn lucky we didn't damage either the TT/TV or the hitch system when we had it jackknifed more often than not :S
We take the bars and friction sway bar off in the parking lot when checking in at the campground office, especially if it's a back-in site that we're not familiar with. Too much of an angle backing in can bend/damage the friction sway bar. This way, we don't have to worry about holding up traffic doing it on the campground road in front of the site. Driving the short distance to the site from the office shouldn't be a problem, even if you're sagging a bit. I've gotten some strange looks doing this, but I could care less!
Starcraft (a Jayco company) also has a 2 year warranty.
Each to his/her own, but the Murphy bed doesn't work for me. You lose the couch when someone's in bed (and vice-versa when the couch is being used), which is fine only when both people are on the same sleep schedule. Also, every mattress we've ever had in a camper required a memory foam topper to be comfortable. Where would that go when the bed is put up? I assume the pillows/bedding fit in the space when the bed is put up?
And yes, I saw a Winnebago Minnie with a Murphy bed at the ATL RV show this past weekend.
Don't despair, and DON'T cancel your reservation! If you get stuck at the campground, don't be afraid to ask someone to help you. Most people are very nice and will be glad to help.
Short trailers are MUCH harder to back into a slot than longer ones, in my experience. I never had too much problem backing in our previous 31 ft. Passport, but I still have to be careful backing in our little 14 footer that we have now, and I've been doing this for a long time. When I rented a small U-Haul a few years ago, it was a nightmare - I felt like a beginner again - lol! With our little TT, I've had to start over a few times myself when backing into a tricky slot! Life's too short to stress over this.
Almost as soon as a short trailer starts to turn, you have to start straightening it out to prevent jackknifing, even though it doesn't seem like this will work. Go VERY slowly, so that you can see what's going on and make adjustments before it's too late. DH and I use our phones (mine on speaker phone since I'm driving) to communicate while backing in - works for us. I have him tell me the direction that the BACK of the trailer needs to go (as he's standing behind it looking at it) to make adjustments.
I live in GA, and baby, it's beyond cold down here! With that being said, If I had to live in a TT in GA, it would definitely be as far south as possible. I'd definitely supplement the propane with an electric ceramic heater that an electric site would pay for. It's what we do when we need heat. We set the ceramic heater on a higher setting than the propane, so that the propane heater only kicks on when the electric heater can't keep up. The camper, water hose, etc. would definitely need modifications to handle the cold.
Here's a floorplan that may work: Jayco Jay Flight 27BH. The bunks could be converted into work/dog space, and the sofa's orientation makes the camper feel a little more spacious, IMO. It's also 1/2 ton towable, with the right tow vehicle/hitch configuration.
Also, you should roll up your awning if you leave your site for awhile, especially in a wind-prone area. We saved a neighbor's awning many years ago when a wind storm blew down St. Andrew's Bay in FL. It took my husband, another camper, and me to hold it down and get it rolled up. Otherwise, it would have flipped over the camper and been destroyed. The owner was very thankful when he returned, to say the least!
Sun 'n Fun - Sarasota, FL
This park is full of amenities! It has two dog parks, one large and one small, a dog washing station, large laundry room, a large pool, various sport courts, a fitness center, a restaurant/grill (fast food type of foods) next to the pool, evening happy hour, etc. You can have fun there, without ever going to the beach, if you desire. It's also near a lot of fun things to do in the area and right off I-75.
So glad I posted this question! Such great responses. And some great ideas. I think my mechanism is fine, so it might be just the fabric that needs replacing. Still, Camping World was talking approx 1,000 to replace fabric. The mechanism work required in order to replace the fabric was why I sought someone else to do it. The videos I found suggested a huge mechanism involvement to just change fabric. I'll research that again. Will also look for a mobile service. If I can afford the repair I definitely want to have an awning. If not I think I can live without. As to resell value, it's a 2003 so it's resell value is already rock bottom even though it's in great condition. Thanks for the responses. Very helpful.
Go somewhere else other than Camping World! I avoid them like the plague, unless I need something at their store.
We love our awning. We camp mostly in GA and FL, and the sun/heat is brutal more than 1/2 of the year. While we try to book shaded sites, sometimes the sun shines through at certain times of day, and the awning helps keep the sun off that side of the camper. Our TT has an electric awning, our first one of this type, and it's handy to be able to roll it up when the wind kicks up, or it starts raining hard.
My 2010 Pathfinder still sags a little with a WDH and my very small TT (2507 lb), and I'm supposed to be able to tow up to 6000 lb with it???. The hitch weight is only 312 lb... When we had our Aliner, it sagged with a regular hitch and the trailer only had a couple hundred lb hitch weight. I previously had a 6 cylinder Rav 4 that we pulled our Aliner with, and it didn't sag as much!
I definitely don't recommend towing with this vehicle, given its super soft suspension.
We live in GA and camp in both GA and FL, spring, summer, and fall. We like warm weather, so we adapt when camping. Our awning provides much needed relief from the FL and GA sun. We have an oscillating fan blowing on high to keep the the no see-ums, gnats, and mosquitos at bay, and also to provide a welcome breeze. We avoid the heat of the day at the campsite, preferring the beach or an outing.
We put the top of an old beach umbrella over the dogs' x-pen for shade (would use two if you hook two pens together). We also use dog folding beds from Camping World to keep the dogs off the sandy ground and away from ants, sand fleas, etc. We attach a crate water bowl to the inside of the x-pen to provide much needed water for the dogs and keep it away from other thirsty critters.
If you're not a fan of heat, avoid summer camping.
We always remove our WDH when camping and also at home. Leaving it in might result in its theft, unfortunately (happened to a friend of mine at a campground), plus putting it away protects it from the elements. I also don't like the look of a big hitch sticking out of a truck. If one tows daily, like a work truck, I could see leaving it in.
The original post and many subsequent posts are condescending to women. The skills involved in driving any vehicle are not gender related. Any person can drive any vehicle provided they have the desire.
Amen! I'm the "DW" and I always do all of our towing, b/c DH isn't comfortable towing whatsoever. I've towed something since I was 16, starting with a two-horse trailer, and have towed up to a large 5ver in our many years of camping. I enjoy it and DH doesn't - very simple.
If someone wants to learn, they probably will, given patience and practice. If they don't, they may become competent, but perhaps never comfortable, doing it.
Definitely not gender-based. I gave driving lessons to a gentleman who bought one of our TTs (it was 31 feet, and he'd only had a small PUP in the past), and he was clueless - lol! He didn't see the point to several of the tips I gave him, even when I gave the reasons...