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I dunno ???? Just something to let us get out in the winter months .The wife and I were talking about it on our return trip from California over Thanksgiving . We have 2 dogs so the choices on hotels are not great .
So after 500 miles of bored driving the discussion came up that maybe a camp trialer may be of interest .
SO , I have never been a big camper fan . I like my comfort which most hotels do not offer . I ain't buying a pup tent on wheels to spend time in .

So I am looking at Airstream trailers . They seem to look well built and hold their value some . I have always thought of Airstream as the Cadillac of trailers brands .
Other than that I don't know shit about them . Some of you "Travel Monkeys" want to give me your opinion ????
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I dunno ???? Just something to let us get out in the winter months .The wife and I were talking about it on our return trip from California over Thanksgiving . We have 2 dogs so the choices on hotels are not great .
So after 500 miles of bored driving the discussion came up that maybe a camp trialer may be of interest .
SO , I have never been a big camper fan . I like my comfort which most hotels do not offer . I ain't buying a pup tent on wheels to spend time in .

So I am looking at Airstream trailers . They seem to look well built and hold their value some . I have always thought of Airstream as the Cadillac of trailers brands .
Other than that I don't know shit about them . Some of you "Travel Monkeys" want to give me your opinion ????
Air stream and holiday rambler are both owned by the same company and are well known for being well built. I like the aluminum construction of the air stream better but both trailers share chassis and a lot of components.
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Have you ever considered a fifth wheel? My parents ran into the same thing. The first time they spent the winter in texas they had a 37ft motorhome. They spent 3 months living in it. They decided to sell the motorhome and buy a park model down there. They quickly found that travelling with 3 dogs was a pain for all the same reasons you mentioned. Last year while they were down there, they picked up a used fifth wheel to use when they go to and from texas each year. Much more comfortable and has all the amenities of home. Queen sized bed with a bedroom pullout. toy hauler model so they can haul dads valkyrie in the back. Now, you might ask..fuel mileage??? When they went down last year they were hauling the bike in an enclosed cargo trailer. On the way back they had the fifth wheel hauling the cargo trailer behind the camper. Only $160 difference in fuel going down vs coming back.

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Well , The wife found one she likes . I put an offer in on it .
Its a 2008 model and it is loaded .I guess we will know tomorrow .
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Al,
We have a large fith wheel trailer with sides and like it alot. It has thriple bunks for the kids in their own bedroom. In the back yard it doubles as the summer slumber parties haven the girls have had. It is now stored indoors for the winter.

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Al, we had a 40' 5th wheel with 5 slides for a number of years and loved it. Had to get rid of it when I lost my parking space at the farm. Got a smaller class "C" instead and I can keep that at the house.

The fiver was great. It had plenty of space and was comfortable as hell. It'll keep you busy though. There always seems to be something that needs fixing, especially if you drag it off the beaten track on rough roads.

You'll also need to develop a more laid back attitude though. RVing is all about taking your time and enjoying the moment.

Hope you get it and ENJOY!!!!!!
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Well good luck on your choices. I have had cab-over, tow behind and motor home version, and I like the Class "C" type Motor homes. When you turn off the key you are done. Turn around in your seat and the camp is set. You don't have to go outside to get into the other two style campers and they can tow a good load if needed, or smaller car/truck.

http://thormotorcoach.com/product-lines.php

When you're tired you can just pull over and park almost anywhere, with a big tow behind camper your parking options start to get pretty limited!

Anyway, whatever choice you make you will enjoy!
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Nice looking unit. You won't regret it. Jayco Eagle is a good brand too. It's what I have though mine is a little older. Do yourself a favor and upgrade the mattress if it hasn't been done already. Most RV's come with a VERY rock solid hard bed. We just changed ours. Before that, I had a 3" memory foam on the mattress.
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Just something to let us get out in the winter months
I don't know a lot about newer campers but as I recall, many of them don't like freezing temperatures. If you're going to be in-and-out of below freezing temperatures, do you have to take some winterizing steps?
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Just another little tip...when winterizing it, don't forget to drain the hot water tank. They don't like the cold and will open up like a frozen can of pepsi. (don't ask how I know)
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I'm building a camper out of a Uhaul truck right now. There are a number of sizes to choose from, though mine is a 14 ft., it is perfect for two.

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I don't know a lot about newer campers but as I recall, many of them don't like freezing temperatures. If you're going to be in-and-out of below freezing temperatures, do you have to take some winterizing steps?
This baby comes with a polar package for cold weather .
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IT's mine now !!!
Congratulations Al. We need more pictures!!!!!
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Congratulations Al. We need more pictures!!!!!
I will grab some on Friday .Yep the wife is pretty happy and ready to hit the road . I think first trip is going to the coast for some crabbin .
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COOL. That'll be a good shakedown run to find out everything that doesn't work or doesn't work properly.

I never thought that I would like RVing. I don't like neighbors all that much and thought that staying in parks with peole 20 feet away would be sheer hell. Turns out that I absolutely love it. We're off to Fredericksburg after Christmas for a week or so.

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