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gaymeadowsman

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We went from an Ultra light bunkhouse model(2007 Surveyor SV291) to the 2014 Prime Time Avenger 27RLS Touring Edition. While the length of the new trailer is shorter, going from an 18 inch deep slide to a a 42 inch deep one made all the difference in space. Just being able to move around with more than 2 people inside is something you will appreciate.I now have much more counter space as well. And all the window in the living area are larger than in a Bunk house model.
We didn't really give up any sleeping space because of the "Max-U" shaped dinette makes into a 50 x 84 bed.
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We have a Jayco 28RLS. The thing I like best about a RL is, it’s easy to load the weight over and forward of the axles. Ours tows great with no sway. Inside, we can access the fridge and bathroom with the slide in. However, we have to enter the rear door to turn the water pump on to use the bathroom through the front entrance. Can’t pass through with the slide in. I knew this when we bought it. Not a problem as I like to take a walk at rest areas anyhow. My main concern is how it tows and it must have a rack and pinion slide mechanism.


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We have a Flagstaff 26RLWS. The floorplan works out great for us. Like having 2 chairs, a sofa and a dinete table with 4 chairs. The wardrobe slide is what did it for us. Small but holds a lot of stuff. Drawbacks? I wish there was a bit more room between the recliners and the counter but it works. 2 doors is very nice and everything is accessible during travel. All in all, it's a great floorplan.

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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.
Our unit has 80G FW, 50G Gray and 50G Black. Taking 2 showers/day the Grey tank is our limiting factor (7 to 9 days) when the FW tank is still 1/3 full. We wish that the Manufacturer had installed a 60-70G Gray and a 30-40G Black tank, that way we could use most all of the 80G FW before dumping/refilling the FW tank.


You may already do everything, and have better ideas.
Use to dish pans, one with soapy water, the other to catch the rinse. Dump the dirty soapy water in the toilet instead of down the sink. This will move a gallon or 2 of water from grey to black. Save the captured rinse water. Next time you need to do dishes, boil some clean water, add it and some soap to the saved to wash in. This keeps a little out of grey, and in the fresh.
Put a bucket in shower to catch what you can of that water. Use that to fill the toilet before you deposit solids. Save fresh and grey tank capacity..

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We have a 2014 Bullet 285RLS with a large rear window and 2 rockers in front of the window and a side sofa in the slide out. Love having a rear living setup because when you back into a site, thats where the view is-- not on the side or front!


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I had a rear living TT once. The problem I had with the rear living TT is that this requires the bathroom to be in the middle. This causes it to be hourglass shaped with very little room in the middle of it. So narrow that 2 people have a hard time getting by one another.

I finally decide on a 20 foot ,rear bath, right side (curb side), dinette design. This still allows me to set at the dinette and look out the window at my campsite and things behind it. But, it makes the trailer FEEL much larger because the trailer is wider in the center.

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CavemanCharlie wrote:

I had a rear living TT once. The problem I had with the rear living TT is that this requires the bathroom to be in the middle. This causes it to be hourglass shaped with very little room in the middle of it. So narrow that 2 people have a hard time getting by one another.

I finally decide on a 20 foot ,rear bath, right side (curb side), dinette design. This still allows me to set at the dinette and look out the window at my campsite and things behind it. But, it makes the trailer FEEL much larger because the trailer is wider in the center.

This is the reason we didn’t look at RL campers, especially in our size range. We like the open feel of front bed, rear bath.


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We have a 2018 Keystone Premier 30RIPR. Its great as far as an open feel. Big back window, big windows behind the table and recliners. Also, with both slides in I can still access the bathroom, bedroom, fridge, and pantry for those stops heading down the road.
One thing I would change if I could, swap the slides - the slide with all the windows is on the side that faces the neighbors campsite, and not ours. But it hasn't been as big of an issue as I thought it would.


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We love our 28RL

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For 15 years, we had a Jayco 27 BH that served us well....no slides, nice bunks, and good quality workmanship for a TT.....fast forward....kids are grown and didn’t need the bunks any more, so wife and I decided on a rear living TT. Looked at a Jayco 265 RLS SLX, and was close to buying it when I saw a Grand Design Transcend 26RLS at an RV show. Bought it a month later and have 2 trips to comment on.
Likes. Like the new smoother metal skin as opposed to the skin on our Jayco...it doesn’t have as many valleys and has a matte finish.
Like the couch/ bed in the rear as opposed to the the recliners in the rear ....no need to move and strap anything down when the slide is in.
Like the bar/ sink in the front of the kitchen....on the Jayco 265RLS, the bar extends out into the living area. Our floor plan seems more open without the bar sticking out.
Like the wider door to the pass through bathroom.
Dislikes Don’t like the storage in the bathroom.....much more towel storage in the Jayco
Don’t like not having a dedicated outside hot and cold shower...we have a cold water spray in the Universal Docking Station.
Don’t like to have one more stair to climb in the Transcend....it’s definitely taller than the Jayco.

One more thing to mention...the GD Transcend 26RLS is actually 29 feet long, plus a 3 foot tongue....not for sure where they came up with “26” in the name. So far, it’s a great, well built trailer that feels open and has plenty of room for us. Th Jayco 265 RLS is a good one too, but the GD worked better for us
Cheers and Happy Camping

* This post was edited 06/14/19 09:16pm by RedRaider44 *


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