I'm just wondering if any of you have been here before. We're a family of 4 with 6-year old twin boys. We purchased our first travel trailer 3 seasons ago, and apart from some moderate issues that have all been addressed by Jayco, the rig has served us well. Our quad bunk configuration isn't all that convenient for our boys, as there isn't a slide in the bunkhouse, and my wife and I have to deal with a slide out, rear queen bed. As a result, we've been thinking about upgrading to something with a few more creature comforts.
On the other hand, there's something to be said for a unit that only weighs 6500lbs fully loaded and extends to 34'. All of the appliances work, and Jayco flipped the bill last season for a brand new floor and paid to have all of our roof, sidewall, and window seams re-caulked as a result of a leaky cargo storage hatch. In many ways, the unit really is "better than new." All of the issues have been worked out, and we've got her just about paid off.
So the question I've been toying with is, do we upgrade the trailer in a year or so and get something with bells and whistles, or do we live with what we have and put the money into something else; possibly a family boat. We live in the Seattle area, and there are TONS of lakes to pull high energy boys around on, not to mention world class fishing.
We have a 25' 5'er w/o a slide. We've had it 11 years and for the first few years we thought we would upgrade to bigger unit. Somewhere along the line we learned how to organize (2 of us and we travel with 3 dogs)and have had so many good memories with it that it will be our last unit. Like yours, ours is trouble free now and has been over the years with regular maintenance. The shorter length has given us sites we would have missed out on and driving through major cities is doable. By not making payments on another rig we can deal with the price of gas.
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It's just the wife 2 dogs and me in our TT; we just upgraded from a 23 foot TT. With no slides to a 27 with 2 slides and could not be happier!
We now have all the room we could need even when entertaining guest. I say if you want something better then get it; but as you said you have one now that you can live with so take your time to search for exactly what you want.
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I am happy to have a unit that is paid for, and not one with slides that might start leaking, or the slide toppers that flap in the wind.
A rear slide out sounds like a good improvement, it expands the RV without adding to the overall weight nearly as much.
I was thinking for a retirement RV one with a 14 foot long garage, and build into that a 14' long siding room, that can be moved out when desired, and in a large enough campground space. Don't know if I will ever make that RV, but it is always interesting to thing about such things.
Probably better to wait about 4 or 5 more years, then decide. They will probably have perfected the outdoor kitchen by then, and upgrading will be easy.
I notice those commenting above did not mention having any kids. Kids change the equation. You guys are out growing your current TT. As a result of being cramped camping is loosing its appeal otherwise you would not be considering boating or anything else.
Adequate space is a fundamental key to having the right floorplan. If the floorplan is not working camping gets to be too much work and less fun and relaxation.
I'm making these comments as a outsider, I don't truly know your situation but sounds like if you really enjoy camping an upgrade is in order. If you don't really enjoy camping alternative activities are fine.
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Our 21' TT is going into its 9th season. Our kids are now teenagers, and have politely asked if they could not go on as many camping trips as we have in the past. So basically the TT is now perfect for just wife and I!
We really aren't in our camper all that much when we camp. It is a place to sleep mostly.
So, I am not thinking of getting a bigger TT.
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IMO if it's doing the job there is no point upgrading. Spend your money on other toys.
We have a 96 Southwind with no slides, it's great for two. The only reason I'm looking to change is because our GS's are with us full time.
I need something with bunks.
That is a decision only you can make.
I had to decide between a boat or a TT. I figured I would get much more family usage out of a TT than a boat.
We ended up buying 3 TT's in our first 4 years. We like to be comfortable when we camp, so we made sure to have enough TT for our family.
Others are quite happy with a smaller, no slide TT and having the kids camp in a tent. I do not fault them . Different strokes for different folks.
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