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Posted: 06/05/19 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For the most part, RV's use the same appliances and construction techniques...at least until you get into the very high end.

I would consider the layout as a primary driver.

Don't forget access with the slides in. If one of the munchkins needs to go NOW...much easier if you can get to the bathroom without opening the slides. Likewise the fridge for a quick lunch.

Go thru or at least imagine while in the trailer, the normal day to day processes (cooking breakfast, daily ablutions, setting up for bedtime, etc...)


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Of the 3 brands/models mentioned, the easy decision is the GD Imagine if you're looking for quality. No doubt, its a much better unit vs. the other 2.

The Salem has better bunk options, but where that one loses me is the 32 gallon gray water capacity. With a family of 5, that's one night of showers and some dish-washing...then you're done.

The Imagine has a 76 gallon capacity, but only 2 larger bunks.


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valhalla360 wrote:


Don't forget access with the slides in.

+2 on this.
When you go to the dealer have them put the slides in. Then go into the trailer and see what you can access. In my book the bathroom and refrigerator are mandatory for access when closed up.


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schlep1967 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:


Don't forget access with the slides in.

+2 on this.
When you go to the dealer have them put the slides in. Then go into the trailer and see what you can access. In my book the bathroom and refrigerator are mandatory for access when closed up.

I know that a lot of people say this...its one of the most repeated statements on here. But IMO, that's way down the list on important issues. I certainly would not base my decision on this factor. Personally, I've never been in a place where I couldn't easily press the little switch to extend the slide, even if only stopped for a few minutes. Takes less than 15 seconds each way...

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schlep1967 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:


Don't forget access with the slides in.

+2 on this.
When you go to the dealer have them put the slides in. Then go into the trailer and see what you can access. In my book the bathroom and refrigerator are mandatory for access when closed up.


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dealers like to have the slides out when units are sitting on the lot. a unit that you have to put a slide out when you want to get into the refrigerator or bathroom is totally useless to me. that was one reason I bought the two slide class A that I had, nothing blocked on living room slide and one small drawer in the bedroom.
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I have owned over one dozen entry level travel trailers and find better build quality in the Jayco units than others, specifically Forest River products.

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Songbirds wrote:

wow, my first question is much weight can you tow with your vehicle?

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WTP-GC wrote:

schlep1967 wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:


Don't forget access with the slides in.

+2 on this.
When you go to the dealer have them put the slides in. Then go into the trailer and see what you can access. In my book the bathroom and refrigerator are mandatory for access when closed up.

I know that a lot of people say this...its one of the most repeated statements on here. But IMO, that's way down the list on important issues. I certainly would not base my decision on this factor. Personally, I've never been in a place where I couldn't easily press the little switch to extend the slide, even if only stopped for a few minutes. Takes less than 15 seconds each way...

Unless you actually follow the manual that says you are not to extend the slides unless the unit is level. I know, dealers do it on the lot all the time. But they don't have to live with the potential issues caused by twisting the slides.

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Floor plan is the most important, it remains when the other issue are resolved. The wife picks the floor plan.

The tow vehicle needs to have the cargo capacity for family, toys and tongue weight.

The cost need to be acceptable.

Once you decide what you want, rent a similar unit for a week of camping to see if you still like it.


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