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mkirsch

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Posted: 10/27/21 07:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HMS Beagle wrote:

I wonder, on this and other side entry campers, if it is ever an inconvenience needing to have a fair amount of free space on the curb side to deploy the stairs. Both in a campsite and in the grocery store parking lot.

I've considered a side entry but this worry has always made me wonder. What are peoples experience?


It's no different than any other class of RV. They're all side entry. I'm sure there is a rare rear entry travel trailer floating around out there but TCs are the only ones commonly rear entry.


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specta wrote:

I don't see the purpose for the deck.
What's wrong with the ground??


some folks seem to like the various RVs with a rear deck on their garage models, expanding the "living area".
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any engineers here?
if you put 600 lbs of people on the outer edge of that tech, now many lbs are transferred to the cable mount on the wall? because its a 45 deg angle, does it amplify the weight on the wall?


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Not sure, but it seems like they should add a support at the back as well to eliminate the potential loading problem of too much weight at the rear. It looks like they have a tiny one. I’m not sure what that one is for.


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A rear Deck/Porch is awesome to have with a rear door down to the beach, it gives you a place to put stuff (firewood/grill) and to be able to stop the trafficking of sand into the camper, however this design can not be left down while traveling so it severely limits the good use of a rear deck for me.

Example of a useful rear deck:
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I can see where the rear deck makes the whole camper "feel" more spacious, just like my deck at home is an extension of our living area. But realistically, we don't sit in one place long enough to make deploying the deck worthwhile. And if we ARE going to sit in one spot for a long weekend, we take the 20' TT, simply because it's a "palace" compared to the TC....LOL!

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

I can see where the rear deck makes the whole camper "feel" more spacious, just like my deck at home is an extension of our living area. But realistically, we don't sit in one place long enough to make deploying the deck worthwhile. And if we ARE going to sit in one spot for a long weekend, we take the 20' TT, simply because it's a "palace" compared to the TC....LOL!


Well, I wouldn’t say a 20’ TT is a palace compared to my TC, but it might be to yours.

However, I do agree that if I was going to stay parked in an RV for days at a time with the RV being the only activity, I wouldn’t be taking a TC. My Class A was much more comfortable but also not anywhere near as manuevable.

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With the popularity of toyhauler ramps used as patios and outdoor "entertainment" areas, this seems like a great addition and good marketing to set yourself apart form the competition.
One of the reasons I honed in on a toyhualer when switching from the TC to a pull behind was to be able to use the the ramp as a patio.
Do we "need" the extra space? Not really. But I like the concept and for me, it was like a $30 option (cost of chain and a couple tie down brackets from the hardware store).
If someone don't like it, the good news is EVERY other TC produced is not offered with a patio, so shouldn't be an issue finding one without this unwanted feature!


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mkirsch wrote:

HMS Beagle wrote:

I wonder, on this and other side entry campers, if it is ever an inconvenience needing to have a fair amount of free space on the curb side to deploy the stairs. Both in a campsite and in the grocery store parking lot.

I've considered a side entry but this worry has always made me wonder. What are peoples experience?


It's no different than any other class of RV. They're all side entry. I'm sure there is a rare rear entry travel trailer floating around out there but TCs are the only ones commonly rear entry.

Thanks to people for sharing their experience. I believe a TC is different than other RVs, because the floor is normally quite a bit higher, so more steps, so more room required. A typical trailer for example will have 2 steps, my Bigfoot TC has 6. Also, you don't typically park a trailer or 5th wheel in the convenience store parking lot or parallel downtown - which is one reason I have a TC.

But it sounds like owners of side entry TCs don't experience much inconvenience.


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We've never been pinched on our side entry in regards to egress or extending the passenger slide, however the awning has been limited at times.


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