We have a 2015 Aliner Ranger 15 (15 foot box; 18 feet total), which I think of as a PUP, especially if booking a site that says "Tent, Pop Up, or Camping Vans Only". We love ours - it fits almost anywhere, and tows like a PUP. We pull it with our 2010 Nissan Pathfinder with no problems at all. It weighs around 2100 lb. dry, and it can be pulled easily with any vehicle that has a 4000 lb.+ towing capacity. Aliners are lighter than the other brands, due to their construction materials (also less impervious to water), which is why we chose this brand, despite paying a bit more for it.
The Aliner Ranger 15 and the Aliner Expedition have a taller ceiling than other models of any brand, so they would be good for a tall person. They are also 3 feet longer than other models of any brand.
We have the Cool Cat and LOVE it! It has an 11.5k a/c (I think), with vents and a digital thermostat, just like at home. You can also order a propane furnace so you can use it without electricity, but since we never boondock, we skipped that option. The heat pump provides plenty of a/c or heat, depending on the setting you put it on. Since we do most of our camping in GA and FL, this is important. We sold our Aliner Classic (12 foot box; 15 feet total) that had the 5k window a/c - it just didn't cut it in southern heat.
To gather additional information, I suggest that you join the Facebook group: A Frame Campers: Aliner, Chalet, Rockwood/Flagstaff, Starcraft.... It's a great group with helpful people (some salty ones, too - lol).
As mentioned, many high energy dogs will run right through an electric fence, because they figure out quickly that the zap is temporary. However, they won't come back in the yard because they don't want to get zapped again. Other dogs become very paranoid about them and will refuse to go outside or anywhere near the fence, especially if they've been previously zapped.
The greatest danger is not being able to control who or what comes into your yard, possibly rendering your pet defenseless.
I have a small TT (Starcraft AR-ONE 14RB) with small tanks (15 gal. gray/9 gal. black), no slide, and a 7 foot width. We take navy showers and are careful in our use of water in general. We carry a 15 gallon overflow tank and a fork for it so that I can put it on my hitch and tow it to the dump station - usually daily if we take showers in the camper - every other day if we use the campground showers. We use the campground restrooms during the day to avoid filling up the black tank too fast. It's not a big deal for us, but if I had kids along...no way! If this isn't tolerable to the OP, then he should look at other TTs with larger tanks.
Our Starcraft, being smaller than the Jayco 195RB, only has a 5k a/c - barely adequate, but tolerable in our southern climate, as long as we keep the shades closed. The Jayco has an 8k a/c, which would be okay, IMO, for the square footage of the 195RB. A 13.5k would be better of course. At least it has a walk around queen bed, which we don't have in our TT.
Another vote for using a spray bottle and giving the dog a squirt the second he starts the offending behavior, and be VERY consistent. If you have a dog that ends up enjoying the sprayed water (yes, some think it's a game...), add just a bit of vinegar to the water - not a lot. It will provide an annoying sting, but won't harm the dog.
Not sure about model yet but we have a local dealer here in Fort Worth that gets good reviews from customers. The trucks trailer weight max is 8200. I'll check out the max weight on the yellow sticker. We're not going to do anything too big it's just me, the wife and one kiddo (11 yrs). We'd be bringing our dachshund too. Thanks guys we're very excited! Looking at the 17-19 foot Jaycos with bunks.
That sized trailer should easily be handled by your truck, along with a good WDH (weight distribution hitch) with sway control.
Be careful buying a small trailer, unless you plan to spend most of your time outside. Jayco TTs are usually well-liked. You may want to go to an RV show to see what's available before buying anything.
My husband and I have had almost every type of towable there is over the years. We now have an Aliner Ranger 15 with cassette potty, and a Cool Cat heat pump for a/c and heat (has a thermostat, just like at home) - we love it. It's a pop up, but it doesn't have canvas (not a fan; been there, done that, lasted only 3 trips). The walls our our Aliner set up in one minute. This is a good option if you spend a lot of time outside. It can sleep three, if you use the four person dinette as a bed. We get 16-18 mpg, towing with my 2010 Nissan Pathfinder. If you don't want to use the dinette, your son is almost old enough to enjoy a tent outside.
We also have a very small TT, but we will probably sell it within the next year or two.
We have two types of working dogs. Border Collies that work like this: Round up your mates
And a Maremma Sheepdog that works like his namesake: Ralph Wolf & Sam Sheepdog
Loved the Round Up Your Mates - hysterical! I also remember well the Ralph and Sam cartoons as a kid. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for adopting or did ge adopt you?:h
Funny you should ask! We actually went to the rescue shelter to look at a different dog, but the meet and greet with Maddie was a disaster. That dog was very aggressive towards her. We then asked the adoption counselor if they had any other dogs that might be a good match for Maddie and for us, and she recommended Kramer. I guess he chose us! :B
I would say your both pretty fortunate that you found each other. I have to tell you how we adopted our little red Boston.
The DW was playing on the internet one night and she mysteriously found her way to a local rescue website. Here was a picture of a little red Boston which we're Boston lovers to begin with. He was a special needs little guy estimated to be 2 years old. Because of a birth defect he only had one eye and his little teeth were a mess and we knew the dental expense came with him. He was a breeder in a puppy mill and a walking frame.
I called the lady who immediately ask if there would be any men in the home. I told her yes and she said he's terrified of men and didn't know if it would work but she brought him to our home the next night. I met them at the door our other 3 Boston's were in the back yard. I opened the door and went up to the top of the steps and sat in the middle of the floor and told her to just put him down on the floor.
He looked up at me setting on the floor and bounded up the steps jumped in my lap and starts kissing me as if to say "Dad I'm home". Well the rest is history and we've never looked back. He is one of 2 of our camping buddies.
Awweee, as someone who fosters small dogs for a local rescue, I love hearing stories like this! The owner of the rescue I foster for told me one time, that no matter what's going on with a dog, there's SOMEONE right for that dog out there somewhere. I've learned that she's definitely right! The following foster story is my best example of this to date.
I recently fostered an obese, creme dapple dachshund, Smokey, who was extremely snarky and ill-tempered. His owner had died suddenly, and in addition to him grieving for his lost owner (a single gentleman), he hadn't been well socialized to begin with. I was afraid I'd end up fostering him forever. I worked hard at getting him to lose weight, teaching him basic manners, and taking him out in public frequently to face a variety of situations. Finally, a couple (experienced doxie people, no less) inquired about him, and I warned them that he was very slow to warm up to new people. Fortunately, they still wanted to meet him, so I said a prayer and met them at Petsmart (Smokey had bonded with me by then and didn't like strangers entering our house, hence the meeting on neutral ground).
I immediately had the couple each give him several of his favorite treats right away, then we all sat on the floor right in the middle of Petsmart! He walked right into their laps, and they were in love. I was absolutely flabbergasted! He never shied away from their touch, growled, or barked at them - his typical behavior with strangers. It was a match made in heaven and was meant to be!
Later, through continued contact with the couple, I found out that the man's brother had been killed while being robbed a few months before they adopted Smokey, and the man was understandably depressed about it (the killers were caught and recently indicted). I think that he and Smokey are helping each other heal from their losses. I still get teary-eyed thinking about it.