Our RV travels will be part time (mostly western US) with seasonal stay/travel around the southwest during winter. We're trying to decide which RV Club best fits our profile? I found a listing of all the various clubs; a good portion of which are pretty specialized such as a manufacture owners group and for which I'm not interested in at this time. Of the more general ones, which have you found most useful and would recommend to those starting out? Is there significant benefit in joining more than one or are many benefits overlapping? If more than one makes sense, which ones?
With a rather long winded, but soon to be complete home buy behind us, we're still hoping to buy our first TT and make a trip from MT to AZ in February. We've traveled to SLC several times, but never south of that. What is the rest of the drive down I-15 and over to Yuma like in winter? Are there stretches of road and mountain passes that are problematic for towing regardless of weather?
A good many of the TT's we've been looking at have or can be purchased with "climate package". Is there any industry standard for this such as testing of the RV's water system, ability to maintain interior temp, etc. under controlled conditions? For instance, the StarCraft TT at the top of our list offers a "Climate Package" simply stating:
Our optional Climate Package extends your camping season and provides protection against frigid temperature with its insulated, heated and enclosed underbelly. For additional protection, the optional full-foil wrap boosts your R-values to R-24 in the floor, R-19 in the walls, and R-22 in the roof.
I found this video from Jayco and the testing they performed on their Eagle series RV's. Not knowing test conditions, like whether the water system was continuously cycling during the test to 0F or not, slides in or out, etc. leaves some questions as to just how effective these climate/4 season packages are.
I did not find any information as to an industry standard test (suspect there is not one). Certainly any additional insulation, increasing R-value helps, but by how much really and is it worth the cost? It would be interesting to see this same Jayco test on the same 5th wheel not having the climate package. I also did not find any information from StarCraft on similar tests -- plan to contact them and ask.