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jalichty

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We purchased our new FW last January for about 31% off list. I checked with RV Connection, RV Direct, etc. and the price they had as "list" was the same pricing at the dealer I finally used. The RV Direct price was a bit lower than the dealer I used, but not enough to make a 1,500 mile trip for. Good advice from bikendan about looking at RV Direct, if you get a price from them, you might be able to negotiate with your dealer and get a little better price. Also might look at RV Wholesaler out of Iowa, I think.


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As others have noted, 25% or more off list is very doable and as mentioned, get quotes from RV Discounters, RV Wholesalers, etc, to get a realistic price.


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I was able to find a dealer that sold us our TT at close to what RV Wholesalers would, and also gave me a fair allowance for my trade. If you can't get 25% off MSRP the dealer isn't really trying.
Yes you can tow with a full water tank. I've heard it should be either full or empty, a 1/2-full tank sloshes around too much. Your biggest mileage killer is the frontal area on the trailer, not a few hundred pounds of water.
I'm close enough to the sewer cleanout at my house to dump there if I can't dump at a campground. And I've got a 15-gallon plastic barrel mounted in the truck bed to replenish the fresh water when we dry camp.


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"Your biggest mileage killer is the frontal area on the trailer, not a few hundred pounds of water."

In my opinion, a very accurate statement. I always tow with a full fresh water tank because: 1. may want to use the facilities while on the road. 2. Never know when you may run into water supply problems at a campground. 3. I know what my home water tastes like. I've been in some campgrounds that the water had such a high sulfur content that even a filter wouldn't make it palatable.

If you plan on doing a lot of camping where each site doesn't have an independent water hook-up, you may want to consider something like this. This would allow you to replenish your water supply without having to take the trailer to the water source.


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I bought my Premier about a year and a half ago. Just a couple of items the dealer fixed in the first year and it has been good since. I wouldn't say it is any more premium over others but it is very light weight and has a solid feel inside. Not sure where you are in the northeast but I bought mine about 4 hours away in Vermont. cant say enough good things about my dealer.


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When we go up to where we dry camp/ boondock, we always take not only a full 30 gal fresh water tank but a extra 30 gal in jugs so we can stay out two weeks. Honestly it feels no different towing the trailer full or empty.


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Hmm still researching a few models and it seems the Keystone Bullet Premier has a premium price compared to other models of same size and amenities. Looking deeper to find out why? Got some great internet prices on North Trail Caliber series. Thanks for all the great advice and answers forum members!

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JiminDenver wrote:

When we go up to where we dry camp/ boondock, we always take not only a full 30 gal fresh water tank but a extra 30 gal in jugs so we can stay out two weeks. Honestly it feels no different towing the trailer full or empty.


I'm going to start taking extra water with me this year. I'm curious though, how do you get 60 gallons to last you for two weeks?

My TT has a 60gal fresh water tank and I fill it up completely before we head out. I thought I was being conservative with my water usage while boondocking but I still seem to go through about half or more of my water by the 2nd day. I was thinking about getting one of those 60-100 gal water bladders that I read someone talking about on this forum. That way I can get about 3-4 days out of my water supply without having to refill.


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