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  1. Thanks for the information pass-on missourijan. The area around Beaver Lake is beautiful. I copied the ranger's info and hope to make use of it someday. Nearby Eureka Springs is a fascinating place to visit and not that far from Branson Missouri which was a benefit when we visited the area.
  2. We have yet to purchase our full time 5th wheel. After about three years research my wife and I came to a few conclusions as to what trailer we will most likely end up with. We generally decided on a rear living room plan and have found none less that 35' where we really liked the floor plan in the weight class and price point we are considering. After following a dozen or so blogs where others travel fulltime in a 40' fifth wheel I'm not concerned about finding spots to stay as others seem to get around just fine. A friend suggested the 38' length was a good spot for him and I trust that opinion. All this considered we are looking at rear living rooms starting at 35' up to 40'. For us, the floor plan we end up liking the most between those length ranges will dictate the length we end up with. We have been able to eliminate a few trailers because they were over 40' and/or they did not have a decent cargo weight capacity. We have found a couple in the 35' to 37' range that look promising. Wish I had experience towing so I could provide more specific advise. This is just how we are approaching it. Lots of folks in this forum with experience and they are always helpful.
  3. Thanks for the link Bill. Was wondering the same thing myself.
  4. Big5er, I'm in the same boat. Staying a couple more years on the job makes financial since so I'm doing it. The extra retirement $$ is forever and we will be glad to have it later after the newness of retirement wears off.
  5. We have been looking at the Champion inverter generators. Our plans would be to boondock occasionally and will not have a residential fridge nor start off with any solar. A friend we met who travels part time had a Honda 2000 inverter but sold it and bought a Champion 775531i 3100 watt inverter generator for a lot less, and it will run one air conditioner. He heard one running at a campsite and said it’s no more loud than the Honda. I noticed Champion also has a new 3500 watt model that has a 30 amp outlet and remote control start button. Friend is mounting his in the truck as he has a sliding cover on the truck bed for times he is not towing. The 3100 watt Champion noise level is advertised at 58 dBA at 23 ft and runs for 8 hours at 25% load with a 1.6 gallon fuel tank. Cost is $795 at Amazon. It weighs 94 pounds (gross weight). That’s manageable. You can also buy a dual fuel generator that runs on gas/propane. Another option is the lighter, more expensive Honda 2000 watt units that you can link together for 4000 watts. I could see one advantage being if you don't want to run the ac, such as to charge the batteries, you could get by with just running one of the two. the Honda 2000 Inverter is slightly lighter weight than the Champion 2000. Yamaha is another popular selection. In 2016 the 3000 watt units weigh in at 136 pounds and above according to my research. We rented a class C motorhome last year that had a 4500 watt Onan on-board. It sure was nice just to push a button inside to start the generator and the fuel was provided out of the motorhomes fuel tank. Myself, I'm apprehensive about the amount of propane the built in units would use on a fifth wheel. But then again many have them. If we wanted to run both air conditioners and a lot more I would go with the Onan on-board. But for us, the 3100 or 3500 watt portable unit will be good enough.
  6. I'm interesting in following along with you guys. Right now we are thinking our date will be in late 2019 and would like to read about how it goes in your class. These forums seem to have the best posts regarding classes. I've been following the 2017 class for a while now.
  7. Honalee you guys are so close, it has to be a relief. We also imagine getting a rig up to a year ahead of time. How much did you end up paying for the 10x10 climate controlled storage unit if you don't mind me asking? We have not made a decision yet but found a none-climate controlled unit in Buckner for $475 a year. For now my wife and I are planning to just keep a couple boxes in our daughter's basement. It would be nice to have a little "insurance" in case we end up not liking it on the road as unlikely as that might be. So far we think the hardest thing to give up will be our artwork that took years to find and have framed. Sent you a private message begging to tour your Ambition. We live north of the river.
  8. Thank you for the reply Roger.
  9. I'd be interested in if any retired law enforcement are keeping their guns under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act? And if so, how are you handling the annual firearms training requirement? I'm thinking about going that route and try to be back in my agency's state when I know their range schedule. We plan to travel in a fifth wheel so I can leave the gun behind when restricted in areas. Then again, I might just carry a baseball bat in the trailer.
  10. Guess you could stay at one of the several Casinos in town. I've not found any of them to have electric service and I'm not sure what, if anything, they charge. There is no BLM land here in KC. All the Casinos have decent access to the Stadiums. I'm not sure if it's okay to leave your rig for the time it takes to go to a game or not. I've checked out most all the RV Parks north of downtown and I think Smithville Lake is the best although they don't have sewer hookup but do have dump stations. Some also stay at World's of Fun. I've not checked out any of the RV places south of downtown, which would have better access to the ball stadiums. Check out Jackson County Parks. Here is a list of a few of the RV parks around KC. I'll have to add Leavenworth State Fishing Lake to the list Bob.
  11. Thanks for the feedback 2gypsies. Appreciate the fact it's coming from a 16 year veteran full-timer. I downgraded Fairbanks on our list of places to see. I've just not got around to listing other stops in Alaska, although two bloggers I read are now in Alaska and I'm sure will have a few to add to my list. I just add stops as I read about them. I feel for the original poster with the question 35' or 40'. We rented a 25' class C last year. Was intimidated the first time we drove it off the property. Six hundred miles later it was no big deal. What's been selling us the most in terms of what length to buy really has been the floor plan options that come with trailers starting at around 35'. Especially the storage space provided with a drop-frame design in the basement storage. I’ve had enough people tell me there is not much of a difference between hauling a 35’ and a 40’ that I’m inclined to believe them. Most of the blogs I follow, but not all, are written by those who travel in a big rig. I’m thinking this will not only help us understand the pros and cons but also get a feel for the places they haul those trailers. Funny, I picked up another habit after studying up on towing longer trailers. I now watch the truckers to see how they are making turns and dealing with traffic. Figure I’ll find someone that knows a trucker and ride along a little. If it’s not against the rules. My friend with the 40’ fifth wheel has offered to give me some driving lessons (he drives, I ride) if I get up on his roof and do the maintenance work. Sounds like a good deal to me. That might be something the original poster should try to arrange as well.
  12. Enterprise, I've never towed a fifth wheel and have had to consider a few of the questions that others listed above. We are trying to find the right floor plan and a trailer built by a company we trust. Not sure, but floor plan might end up dictating the length for us. My wife and I want to make a stab at buying only one rig without upgrading for six years or so. Not sure if that is a reasonable goal but we have a few years to consider it. One trusted person says look in the 37' to 38' range. Another friend said he noticed the difference once he went over 30 foot. He has a 40 footer now and would consider something longer. He stays in RV parks and is a part-timer. We have owned a 30' travel trailer and decided there was nothing in that size that we would want to live in full-time. Countless blogs I read consist of new full-timers in 40' trailers. Figure if they learned to haul one then so can I. At the last RV show it sure seemed like there were more floor plan selections at the 35 and above foot range. A concern for my wife is resale value, thinking there are more buyers for the shorter trailers. I know for sure I don't want to sabotage our chances of success on the road by not have the right rig, even if it's a couple feet longer.
  13. Roni, appears you know the mid-Missouri weather trends in that your plan would be to spend March though mid November here. An RV built for fulltime would generally be usable in four seasons. Sometimes the weather in Missouri can get cold in October and as late as the first of April where I'd want to have a four seasons rig. If you looked at going full time before your current situation and now you are considering it again; there has to be a reason it's still on your mind. Sorry to hear about your brothers. Personally, when my parents died it changed my way of thinking about the future. I'm sure you will make the right decision. Good luck, Mark from Kansas City.
  14. Just got done reviewing the construction on the Augusta RV's Ambition trailer. GVWR is closer to 19,500 but has 8k axles and disc brakes. The hardest decision for us is do we stick in the 16,000 range or go heavier, knowing we want to stay within the range of an F350 class truck. Also, as we are not full timing yet, do we really want to spend the extra on the heavier trailer up front (buy our third trailer first kind of thinking) or start off with something lessor and trade up. And, we have not looked at enough of the used heavier trailers to know if that's the route we want to take. Appreciated the original poster listing the new trailer because these are the ones we might end up buying used.
  15. My wife and I usually have a main goal in mind when we attend each show. We are looking to go fulltime in 2019. Our goal for the 2015 show was to decide if we wanted to go fulltime with a fifth wheel or motorhome. Although, there is much more to that decision than just looking at trailers such as what we expected to be our form of travel. Because we want to earn or save about $6000 a year in expenses, we had decided we would be workcamping for longer periods than a month. We looked at the trailers and found a fifth wheel (for us) was more comfortable for longer stays. We confirmed our decision by touring both larger motorhomes and fifth wheels. I've over-simplified the process of deciding between the two in order to explain what our goal was at that show. We also had the benefit of having owned a 30' travel trailer in the past. For the 2016 show, held earlier in January, our goal was to decide what floor plans we liked best. There is a lot to learn about construction methods. Personally, I found it best to research the methods before going to a show rather than trying to absorb it all at a show. It may take a lot of time to understand the construction methods and what compromises you are willing to live with. One goal of ours is always to have fun. We also attend the show two days in a row so we don't have to force ourselves to be in a hurry to see everything in one day. I suggest you get a list of what trailers are going to be at the show. Here in Kansas City, they post the list a few weeks before the show. I cut and past the list to a Word document and get rid of the ones we are not interested in. Then I go online and research each trailer to make sure I know something about it before we see it. I keep notes while I research each trailer before the show. Some are taken off the list because they don't meet a certain want such as it is to light in construction. Keep your list grouped by dealership so you can see all the trailers they brought while in that dealerships section of the show - rather than running back and forth between dealerships. You can always later drive to the local dealership to take a closer look. In Kansas City, many of the larger local dealerships are at the show. Some of the dealerships are located further away from where we live so we always try to make sure and see their trailers when at the show rather than making the long drive later. After a couple of shows you will come up with a process and better feel for how to get reliable information. For us, we like to talk to factory reps rather than dealership sales people. We also enjoy running into people who have RV'd for a long time for advice. Remember to have fun. Mark from Missouri