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Posted: 06/06/19 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Previously we had a rear living Keystone Passport Elite 31RE. Loved it!!!!!! It had the 2 full slides with many windows and it was wonderful! In the event of rainy weather it was so nice to have all that space in the living area. Counter space is a biggie for us. We like to have room for the coffee maker, toaster, etc. and not have to move things around.

We had a corner shower stall in that trailer and a full queen size walk around bed so no complaints. Really can't think of any negatives.

We have since went to a Grand Design Reflection 303RLS Fifthwheel because we wanted more cargo space. We now have the big window on the back and it's wonderful when camping at the lake. Can't beat the view.

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For us a rear living RV is the only was to go- see sig.
1, large rear picture window.
2, We prefer individual swivel recliners vs a couch to sit on.
3, When camping with a view, turn swivel recliners around and enjoy the view with AM coffee.
4, Watching TV straight on, not looking at TV with a 90 degree crick in the neck.
5, Side kitchen has heavy weight items- Refer, Furnace, HWH, Pantry, Range etc above the axles where they belong.


Our dislikes about our specific unit considering type of camping that we do-
We dry camp 99% of the time in USFS/State CGs in ID, WY, and MT and on BLM land for a couple of months in AZ in the winter.
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We had a Terry 26' with no slide and rear bedroom, loved the front kitchen but it was bit more than our Yukon XL could handle comfortably. It had the power and braking, just too soft of suspension. My wife decided to trade her Yukon XL Denali in on GMC Sierra 2500HD so I had a better towing experience. It was much better, we thought it was pretty good, but the truck is so much better. Then with the truck, we decided we could get a bigger trailer. We really liked the rear bedroom, front kitchen, but found an Arctic Fox 27T that we really liked. It was an older unit, we wanted something newer so kept shopping, always coming back to the 27T. Fast forward to 2014 when we found a used 2013 that fit our budget. Rear living (two chairs in back with large picture window, couch and table on slideout. We really like it.

One thing we wish we could bring the slide in without moving the chairs (we have to move them out of the way of the slide into doorway). It is not bad, but the Arctic Fox 33U was a bit longer in the back so the chairs stay put with the slide in. It also has a slideout in bedroom for the wardrobe. Our 27T has limited storage and we are learning that we don't need everything every trip..

My advice, when you find one you like, see if you can use the bathroom with the slide in, see if you have to move things around to put slide in.

We've had 9 people in ours (weather made us go in), playing games, talking, was crowded but not too bad.

I think we will get the lexan panels for the screen door (so AC can run and we can see out better on curb side when we are in trailer).

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We switched from a rear kitchen model to a rear living room Aspen Trail 2910 (no longer produced) in 2013 primarily to get recliners and a little more space. We just moved into a Hemisphere GLX 273RL. It has two slides and lots of windows. Will have to see how that affects heating and cooling. It has theater seats instead of recliners. The Jury is still out on that. There are only two of us so replacing the sofa bed (which is not even bolted down because it can not move when the slides are in) with a recliner or two is an option for us.

In researching current trailer models, it seemed that to get recliners one had to go longer. I could not find a short rear living room trailer with the option to replace the sofa bed or jack knife sofa with chairs. Of course you could do it yourself. The Aspen Trail had the TV at the end of the dinette so that the recliners were directly facing it. You could look directly at the TV from one of the dinette benches or the recliners. The TV in the Hemisphere is directly opposite the theater seats. It came with a 50" TV which seems huge when you are only 6-8' away. The TV is on a swivel mount so it can be turned for better viewing from the sofa bed or dinette.

Another thing I noticed during my research was that the shorter trailers all had walk through bathrooms to get to the bedroom. We do not like that. The Aspen Trail had a door to the bathroom from the bedroom and another from the hallway. The Hemisphere only has a door from the hallway. There is a full length closet (which DW really likes) where the door from the bedroom would have to be. It also has a medicine cabinet which the Aspen Trail did not have.

It seems that about half the rear living models have two doors and half have one door. I think most of the two slide models had one door. The Aspen Trail had two, the Hemisphere has one.

The storage space in the two is about the same, but configured differently. The Hemisphere has an island sink so there are no cabinets over the sink. I added shelves in both units because the spaces were so tall that they wasted a lot of space. Adding a shelf at 10" in a 20" tall space makes the space more usable for us.

The refrigerator in the Hemisphere is in the slide. It is a 12volt model so ventilation of the cooling unit is not an issue. We do not dry camp a lot but the 2 golf cart batteries. 160 Watt solar panel and Yamaha 2400 should be sufficient to keep it running.

An issue with the two slides that I am still working on is that the dealer said there was not enough room between the awning and the slid to put a slide topper. We do a lot of camping in areas where the wind is an issue for awnings and rarely put the awning out on the previous two rigs. If given the choice I would have opted for a slide topper instead of an awning. The dealer suggested putting the awning out just enough to cover the slide. Time will tell how this works out.

A couple of other things I have discovered that have nothing to do with whether the unit is a rear living model. The Atwood water heater in the Aspen Trail could be switched from electric to gas from the control panel in the RV. The Suburban water heater in the Hemisphere has the switch to turn on the electric element in the outside access compartment. We used the electric most of the time in the Aspen Trail if not running the AC. You had to turn it off to run the microwave or a hair dryer for any length of time to avoid tripping a circuit breaker or the power pedestal. I liked the Atwood setup better. The Advent air conditioner in the Aspen Trail did not have a fan only mode and the unit shutdown when the set temperature was reached. The air conditioner in the Hemisphere has a fan only mode and two cooling modes. You can choose constant fan or have the unit shutoff when the set temperature is reached. I like the Hemisphere system better.

Good Luck in the search for the right trailer for you.


Safe travels!
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I have a Puma 25 RSC and because of the television location would have preferred the chair option over the sofa which I have. Other than that I am very happy with the floor plan.

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Thanks for the replies...we are leaning towards one of the Passport 28's. It is difficult to find TT's where the slide doesn't block something significant- these have a hall on the right and slide on the left...a lot of models are opposite on the hallway and the slide closes it off.

I am torn on the two-door aspect. It seems to kill a lot of potential cabinet and storage space.

There's a 25 model with only one door that actually has more storage.

Ironically model numbers translate rather poorly to trailer length these days. The old rule of model number + 3 ft = true length is pretty inaccurate.

* This post was edited 06/07/19 11:01am by K3WE *

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Interest thread.

I've got a rear kitchen right now but have been kicking tires on a rear living. Found a model I like (not in person, just on the web) in a Cougar 33 SAB. Has a big closet across the front (we can't hang a **** coat in our trailer) as well as 2 7cu ft fridges (yeah, more beer). Big rear living space with big windows. But I'd need a bigger truck and an endorsement on my license to pull it [emoticon]


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hawkeye-08 wrote:

***We had a Terry 26' with no slide and rear bedroom, loved the front kitchen but it was bit more than our Yukon XL could handle comfortably.***

HA!

We currently have a Terry 27 ft half bunkhouse with no slide...

Towed it with a 1/2 ton Suburban for several years, now have a 2500 Suburban.

I did not join the weight police, but the truth of both sides became clear.

The 1/2-ton did OK, but it really was maxed out. The 3/4-ton doesn't PULL it any better, but the big leaf springs and big tires, and big brakes...it handles better and doesn't have the maxed out feel.

Don't get me wrong- the camper makes the 3/4 ton work hard, and you must drive smartly and safely, but the 3/4 ton "handles it" with "improved comfort"...more about the suspension!

I acknowledge a bigger motor and different rear end, but the actual pulling is not that much different.

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K3WE wrote:

hawkeye-08 wrote:

***We had a Terry 26' with no slide and rear bedroom, loved the front kitchen but it was bit more than our Yukon XL could handle comfortably.***

HA!

We currently have a Terry 27 ft half bunkhouse with no slide...

Towed it with a 1/2 ton Suburban for several years, now have a 2500 Suburban.

I did not join the weight police, but the truth of both sides became clear.

The 1/2-ton did OK, but it really was maxed out. The 3/4-ton doesn't PULL it any better, but the big leaf springs and big tires, and big brakes...it handles better and doesn't have the maxed out feel.

Don't get me wrong- the camper makes the 3/4 ton work hard, and you must drive smartly and safely, but the 3/4 ton "handles it" with "improved comfort"...more about the suspension!

I acknowledge a bigger motor and different rear end, but the actual pulling is not that much different.


Yep, it was the soft suspension and p metric tires that made it not the most comfortable, but if I went to LT tires, then my wife's daily driver would not be as nice.. glad we got the truck, she has a Tahoe now for her daily driver.

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OK, I am an outlier here. We have an Airstream 25FB which stands for front bedroom. Our living area is at the back and I much prefer this to having the dining table up front. Where I camp, the view out the back is much better than the one out the front. Looking out the front is always the same, you are staring at the back of your truck.

Airstreams are small but that is OK with me. We had a small trailer before with a slide out and I continue to be amazed at how much extra space they provide. Stopping for lunch or a bathroom break with the slide out in, was always a problem. And, we had a few leaks that made me question the whole concept.

It sounds like you are aware of all of these issues. You are doing a good job in the research part of purchasing. I am sure you will get a trailer that will work well for you. Just remember, no trailer is perfect. Get one with the big things you want and don't fret over the small things you might be missing.


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