I think the new AR-ONEs have an 8000K a/c now. If not, I'd pass; we have the 5K and it barely keeps up in GA/FL summer camping weather. We have the 14RB, which we got b/c the price was right (end of model year clearance), and I can tow it easily with my 2010 Pathfinder. The tanks are tiny (9 gal. black/15 gal. gray), so you'll need a tote to take along to empty them frequently, if you don't have full hookups.
In our camper, there's no exhaust fan in the bathroom, only a vent. There's no electical up there either, so if you wanted to add one, it would be kind of a big deal to add it. We camp in warm/hot weather, so it's a pain. The bathroom gets hot and steamy fast - we leave the door open when showering to help.
We can't seem to keep the smoke alarm from going off whenever the furnace kicks on in cold weather. We've replaced the smoke detector, replaced the batteries, let the furnace run to try and get the chemical smell to dissapate, but it still does it - always in the middle of the night, of course... We've had to take the batteries out when we use the furnace, which is not safe. Our furnace is not right under the smoke detector, so we can't figure what the problem is, other than the camper is so small that the heat rises quickly and sets it off.
We had to have the frame for the couch and the bed reinforced b/c they were shoddily built and the corners were pulling apart after only one or two uses (my husband and I are not big people either). The dealer was great, and rebuilt and reinforced the couch frame for us, and reinforced the bed frame, which wasn't in as bad a shape. It's fine now.
The camper is okay for our needs, but if I had a choice and the money, I'd go with a different one - JMHO. I'm glad we have a two year warranty!
Do you want a walk around bed, or is a crawl-over bed okay? My husband and I have the TT in our signature, which has a crawl-over bed. I'd love to have a walk around bed for those middle of the night bathroom trips, especially since I'm the one next to the wall...
With a Tacoma, you're limited as to TT size. I towed a 22 foot TT (3500 lb. dry weight) with a Tacoma, and it was doable, but not great. I would go shorter, and make sure to use a good WDH.
Look at the R-Pod 179. It's the only one with any storage in it. It has a wet bath, and as long as you don't mind that, it's a nifty TT. We almost got that one instead of our AR-ONE, but we got a steal of a deal on our TT, so we got it instead.
Also, take a look at the Palomini TTs. Several models to choose from and very light. Some have small slides.
Thank you everyone for your supportive comments. People understand letting go a dog with obvious physical problems, but society often still has problems with the devastation of mental illness. I know in my heart that Sunny's in a better place now.
With sadness, we decided to send Sunny to the Rainbow Bridge Thursday morning. I was his permanent foster because he was unadoptable. I've posted details about his situation in previous posts. After nearly two years of behavior modification, coupled with medication, he still had some nasty demons in his head that refused to let him accept people as loving creatures. His ever-present fear and unhappiness was very stressful to him, and we felt helpless in easing it. Run free and happy, Sunny!
We had an R-Pod with a wet bath a few years ago. Having the toilet was very nice (30 gallon black/gray tanks, too!), but we didn't use the shower part unless we had to - too cramped, and we're not big people. We used the campground shower houses unless they were nasty. I prefer a separate full tub/shower and toilet. Even our AR-One 14RB has this.
Given the high profile of a TT, have you looked up the frontal area limit of your van? My 2010 Pathfinder, with a 6000 lb. tow limit (built on the Frontier truck chassis) has a frontal area limit of only 70 square feet, I think. I have the TT in my signature, which only weighs 2507 lb. dry, with a hitch weight of 312 lb. I can definitely feel it behind my car, and I wouldn't want to pull much more than that.
I'd recommend pulling a PUP (and not a huge one!) with your van. I pulled one with a small SUV with a 3500 lb. tow limit, and it did well.
Congrats on your new addition - so exciting! Sonny's a great name - similar to our tpoo's name. I saw your post on the "other forum" - lol! I would definitely get an x-pen for camping. It makes things so much easier. We have one for our two little dogs, and we're thinking about adding another one to enlarge the space. We also have folding dog beds that keep them off the ground that we found on sale at Camping World.
Sunny and Maddie
If you're not familiar with the campground/site, I'd play it safe and book a site that is the length of your camper with the rear slide out. You could also call the campground and ask about the site(s) you're interested in to find out.
We have our camper permanently stationed at a campground four hours south of us in Valdosta, GA. We have a son who lives there, and it's SO nice to be able to get there and not have to load/haul the camper to that campground after work for a weekend when we visit him monthly. It's also on the way (sort of) to many of the campgrounds we like to camp at in FL, so it's not a problem to pick it up and continue on to another destination. It saves us gas money not having to tow the camper as far, as well as time, since we drive faster when not towing.
A drawback is that we now cannot easily camp in the mountains a little north of us. In a perfect world, we'd love to have two campers; one to keep in Valdosta, and another one to take camping to non-FL destinations. Maybe eventually...
My husband and I want to visit the NE during the leaves changing season and also lobster season. We also want to go out west on an extended trip, taking the northern route one way, and the southern route the other way.
Sigh...more wife bashing...
Not all women are idiots, nor helpless. I taught my husband about camping and campers way back when because I've been towing something, starting with horse trailers since I was 16. That doesn't make me better than him or smarter. I do all of our towing b/c I'm comfortable doing it and he isn't. I've towed to several camp sites through the years when he couldn't get off work until late - so what?! When we get to a campground, he helps me back in, and if I don't like what he's telling me, I get out and look for myself - no big deal. He unhitches the camper and takes care of the outside stuff. I get the inside up and running. It's called teamwork.