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Posted: 07/14/20 08:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Njmurvin wrote:

Try to find a used Arctic Fox 27.5L. It's the length you want (mine is 28'). The newer ones might be slightly longer. Fridge, sink, bathroom and bed are all accessible with slides in. Dinette might be hard to find because everyone seems to order with table/chairs but I'm with you on that one. It's built like a tank but you have the truck for it. Good luck!


Any north woods products are always on my short list. I’ll look into it, thanks


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Has to be a two way fridge, lot of boondocking so residential won’t work.

I suggest you rethink this ! Solar, especially DIY is MUCH more affordable and the benefits of a residential refrigerator are HUGE as your family grows.

Unless you camp in area that have a lot of shade, or camp during the time of year where a furnace needs to run more than just an hour in the AM to knock the chill off, forget propane !

With a 2500W-3000W portable generator, FOUR golf cart batteries and a quality combination inverter, charger, automatic transfer switch and a DC-DC charge for on-the-road charging. Probably have to charge the batteries for an hour or so in the AM and another hour or so before dark.


What exactly are the benefits of a residential fridge when you just use the trailer for vacations? Like I could understand having one if you full time, but otherwise, I don't see the benefit. Someone before has mentioned space... I fit enough food for an 8 day vacation in our RV fridge, with room left over. It also sure would stink to run out of power with a residential fridge with no option to switch to another method (ie propane).


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We have triplet 8 y.o. boys and a dog, and we really love our Grand Design Reflection 28 bh with the double bunk beds. The 2021 models have a different 3 bunk design that might work out better for you. Another nice thing about this design is the kitchen is fully accessible with the main slide in. This is very convenient when we need to stop for lunch.


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I have a bunk house that is 32' long. Older, but lots of models with a similar design. I would definitely look at a bunk house or toy hauler as your kids will not get smaller, only bigger. Lately I really like the mid bunk, which might work great with a crib, but I think they are longer than what you are looking for, as are many toy haulers with a separate garage. All I can say, as is the kids get older, they need their separate space. So, unless you plan to upgrade again in a couple years, get what you need now.

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