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Posted: 02/10/19 03:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bluecatch9 wrote:

Thanks! All advice is appreciated. I will chase the warm weather so the cold issue is not an issue.



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Unless you stay in CGS your AC won't work UNLESS you invest in a good sized generator. Just something else to think about, and haul around


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I tow a 3000 pound 17' single axle trailer. When I am driving at 55 mph, I can squeak out about 12.5 mpg. At 65 mph, I get 10 mpg. I drive a Ford F150 with 3.5l EcoBoost. I actually get better gas mileage than most gassers. The diesels will get better mileage, maybe.
How much camping experience do you have? Where do you expect to stay if you don't use campgrounds? Boondocking is great if you have the experience to find and properly use the backcountry sites.


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Definitely agree with getting a similar size used trailer and trying it out for a while before you commit to a new unit


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I'll agree with Grit dog and suggest you purchase a used or rent to see if this will work for you without a big expenditure. Lots of books also available on low or no cost camping. As someone else pointed out you will have no A/C without electricity. You might be able to add larger tanks if you have the room as well. Solar could keep the battery charged when boondocking without power. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Thanks guys. Will likely go used - unless new ends up being so close in price that it makes it a no brainer.

I will probably set up some sort of solar system as well. I am very handy and am looking forward to tinkering also.

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If you're planning on boondocking, a slightly larger trailer will probably offer larger holding tanks. The frontal area of the trailer is the biggest killer of fuel mileage. Weight matters some, but pulling a brick through the air takes some fuel no matter what.

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“I will probably set up some sort of solar system as well.”

Some sort of solar system starts with an energy survey. The survey determines the needed batteries, panels and controller.


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Bluecatch9 wrote:

Thanks guys. Will likely go used - unless new ends up being so close in price that it makes it a no brainer.

I will probably set up some sort of solar system as well. I am very handy and am looking forward to tinkering also.
You won't be disappointed if you like tinkering, unfortunately RV'S are high maintenance items. Water intrusion is the biggest killer of a RV. Buying used throughly check out for indicators of water damage.

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I like the looks of the R-pods. They look more aerodynamic too. No idea if they're any good or not. They are in the 18-20' range and have 30 gal. black & grey tanks which isn't bad at all. By comparison, our 29' TT has a 32 gal. black tank which lasts the 2 of us up to a week.

When it comes to black tanks, the key to making them last longer between dumps is lots of water - add 2-3 gallons before each use, don't skimp on water when flushing, fill to full or near full before dumping and then rinse thoroughly.

Filling up the grey tank from showering won't be the problem, it will be washing dishes and food prep. in the kitchen sink. Disposable plates & cutlery can help. We sometimes use a folding wash pan for rinsing and then toss the (clean) water outside, depending on the CG. Same when draining some boiled vegetables. One of those marble-coated frying pans are good because you can just wipe them clean with a paper towel.

Sanidumps.com lists available dump stations around the US.

If planning to spend a lot of time in a TT, I'd want a model with a sofa and hopefully a sofa that is comfortable (many are not). Sitting upright on a dinette seat for extended periods can be tiring after a while.


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Bluecatch9 wrote:

Thoughts? The decor scares me - but it could also show pride of ownership......what do you veterans think?

https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2007-Cikira-Rv-Classic-Cruiser-16LB-5006272270


It shows areas of exterior skin delamination which generally means a leak and possibly other damage. The good news is you can save money on a trailer lock. I like your plan, if it were me, and I was going to travel extensively, I would want tandem axles for towing comfort. Maybe bump your size range up a little. I hope you are a small guy, navigating that bathroom would be a challenge for me. Good luck.

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