My must haves which may differ from yours! 2 A/C units,50 amp service,at least 4 slides, built in genset, auto leveling system,built-in tank flush,Central water hook up area,enclosed bathroom,3000 min.CCC, 80 gallon Grey,80 gallon fresh,50 gallon black, water heater by pass and winterizing valves, 2 TV's,
large kitchen,lots of interior and exterior storage,rear ladder, HVAC ducting in all rooms including bathrooms, heated enclosed tanks. 16" wheels
07'Duramax dually,12'Open Range 399BHS
Hawkshead TPMS,Hensley BD3,Killerbee exhaust brake
Blue Ox Bedsaver,air bags w/compressor
Arvika pin box bike rack,Bak Flip tonneau cover
5500 Onan LP,EMS-HW-50
14'Porta Bote w/8.0 Nissan
Vu Cube 2000,Splendide 2000S
When we went to buy last summer the main thing was at least three slides, opposing slides in living area and one in the bedroom. We wouldn't even consider one with less, ended up with four slides. Also if over 26' or so a second A/C is a must.
For a TH, I am looking for an all in one bathroom (I don't like the toilet in a separate room), fireplace, open floor plan, garage door converts to patio deck, minimum 12' garage. Other than that, it is give and take. I prefer the washer/dryer hookups in the bedroom vice the garage. I prefer a single black/grey discharge connection. Saw lots of THs with 2 discharge connections at the Tampa show.
2011 GMC 3500 Dually
New to me 2006 Jayco Designer 38RDQS
2 Boxers and a Maine Coon
#1 priority (after knowing you have enough truck for your choice) is to make sure you can get to the toilet with the slides closed, secondarily access to the refrigerator with slides closed is handy as well.
The size of the shower and being able to stand upright in the bedroom would be other basic considerations.
The DW might have something to say about counter space.
These are the big ones for us. Being in southeast the 2nd AC would also be on my "must have".
My Lippert auto six point level is AWESOME but not a "MUST Have" it depends on your needs , my wife loves to cook so she has to have a big kitchen with double fridge and the L shape counter ALSO got to have the little shelves on each side of the bed for books, water etc.. , as far as access to the bathroom with the slides closed I have never seen one where you can't but that would be "MUST HAVE"
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Must haves are like wants and needs, they are personal for the most part.
Look at how you live and go from there. For us the Bipap machine required a night stand and outlets by the bed this ruled out many options. All in one bathroom, large shower and a toilet not in a closet was another. Some people like the toilet in the closet. Drives me nuts.
Also had a list of things I did not want. I did not want an outdoor kitchen. Why spend money on what you don't want.
If we all had the same wants or needs there would not be a couple hundred different options. What some call must haves, I'd like but can't afford, so look at your budget as well.
Also look at what is prep'd for but not installed. 2nd A/C is an example. Many units are pre-wired for the 2nd A/C so you can install it later when needed and you have the funds.
2012 Sundance 3100RB w/Reese Goose Box
2004 Ford F350 6.0 L PSD, CC, DRW, long bed, B&W drop ball hitch, Firestone Ride-rite air bags.
My Lippert auto six point level is AWESOME but not a "MUST Have" it depends on your needs , my wife loves to cook so she has to have a big kitchen with double fridge and the L shape counter, as far as access to the bathroom with the slides closed I have never seen one where you can't but that would be "MUST HAVE"
The smallest Jayco has to have the slide moved out a foot or so to get into the bathroom. Salesman said no problem, as the slide runs off your truck battery. Seemed like a good answer to me, anybody disagree with him? I am looking for a small 5th wheel so that I could tow a small boat behind. Having trouble finding ones under 30'.