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  1. One issue you might run into with a Ram 1500 is cargo capacity, and that depends on the model you get. I once looked at a Laramie, about all the bells and whistles you can get, and it’s cargo capacity was only 18 lbs more than the Jeep Grand Cherokee that was the marginal TV I had at the time. That wouldn’t work as I was also planning on adding both tongue weight and items I was going to put in the trailer, so I ended up buying a Ford F-150 with less bells and whistles and more cargo capacity. I’ve heard from others who drive diesels that maintenance is higher. I don’t have any direct knowledge of that as I’ve only owned gas engines. I’ve also heard that they (the engines) are heavier, which could cut into your cargo capacity also. I’m quite happy with my new over-kill (for my current TT) truck, an F350. I’m not complaining about having too much truck as I’m also thinking of replacing my trailer, too. 4x4 cuts down on your cargo capacity, and depending on whether it has an AWD setting, you may be limited to only using it on dirt roads. My F150 had AWD in addition to 4x4 and it was nice to use when I was on an uphill dirt road pulling onto a paved road. Occasionally the back wheels would lose traction and having power to the front wheels makes that less likely to happen. My F350 has a transfer case, so it’s 4WD is limited to the dirt, mud and snow. Best thing to do is to choose the trailer first, then the truck, something I didn’t do (bought the Jeep with a vague idea that I might get a trailer and no idea how limiting the Jeep was as far as a TV). And if possible, choose a TV that is over-rated for the trailer. While my F150 was not marginal for my trailer and was perfect when I was part-time, when I went full-time I started hitting the F150’s GVWR - I have too much stuff. I now tow with an F350 and don’t worry about what I’m carrying.
  2. The ALiner should be OK. One thing it has going for it is that it's a hard-sided pop-up so you don't have the frontal area that you would with a regular travel trailer. The disadvantage is that they are a pop up and take some effort to put up. I once considered getting one but am very glad I waited and got a regular trailer - having a proper bathroom instead of a cassette toilet (i.e., portapotty) is huge for me.
  3. Good luck - I’m active on my RV’s owners forum and there’s a lot who are really itching to go camp in the eastern Sierras, as soon as things open up some. Many of them boondock so they wouldn’t necessarily impact the campgrounds, but will still be a big presence there.
  4. Yes, the park I’m in is very nice. It’s more or less in town, so there’s a certain amount of street noise, but the park itself is lovely and the sites bigger (as in wider) than many parks I’ve been in. And it’s a lot cooler than Yuma! I think I’ll be fine here. I probably should have committed to 4 months, but will probably get itchy feet by the end of May, certainly by the end of June, and will want to go somewhere else.
  5. I delayed leaving Quartzsite until last week, when I went down to Yuma for a week, parked next to a friend’s house. I just got to Show Low where I’ll stay for May and June. I figure by June there will be a better indication if it is safe to really travel or not. I’m still hoping to be able to visit Idaho this summer, though I’m not expecting it. I am expecting that I’ll need to find another place to stay for July and August that doesn’t involve much travel. When I was in Quartzsite, it was pretty easy to social distance - I was in one of the less populated LTVA areas. Now I’ll have to work at keeping my distance, though the park where I’m staying has wide sites and space between them. I’m not far over 65, so am not as high risk as others. But I still don’t want to be in densely populated areas, including many RV parks. I still have reservations the week after Labor Day in Branson (joining my sister who has a timeshare the same week). It would be nice if life would return to normal and we could go to some shows, but I’m not counting too much on it.
  6. Depends on the state. Arizona says you’re a resident if you are here 7 months. There are other things that make you a resident. California says 6 months. See this DMV page about CA residency: CA DMV Residency .
  7. In answer to your question about leveling - it doesn’t take any strength - for a trailer you basically put some sort of block on the ground and then pull the trailer onto the block. Not a big deal at all, though it does a little extra time. I’m 5’, solo and in the over 65 category - I love my travel trailer.
  8. LOL! I believe it. And I was solidly into the too much time on my hands category. I just went to the Ford dealer to get a recall done on my perfectly good, adequate F150. About 4 or 5 hours later I left driving an F350. That’s not quite the whole story - I had checked their on-line inventory several days before, spotted the F350 and THEN made the appointment to get the recall done on my F150. Next I spent the weekend cleaning all of the Quartzsite dirt out of the truck. The night before my appointment I got an X-Plan PIN number, used Ford’s website to build the same truck so I knew what it would cost and had checked my truck’s trade-in value on both KBB and NADA. Yes, I had too much time on my hands, otherwise I wouldn’t have checked the inventory and would still be driving an F150 that needed a recall done to it.
  9. As far as the “you’ll regret it” goes - maybe yes, maybe no. I was a long-timer (multi-month trips a couple of times a year) for several years before deciding my 21’ travel trailer was more my home than the house was, sold it and have been full-timing in that trailer for the past 6 months. I don’t regret full-timing in a travel trailer at all. I may at some point buy a new trailer, but can’t decide between getting a newer version of what I have or a larger one. I’m not going to do anything for a year as I just upgraded my truck. RVing is all about compromise. Only you can decide what compromises will work for you. As you can see from the responses so far, there are advantages and disadvantages to the egg-shell trailers, and they might not work for you. A bunk model makes a lot of sense, but would they would be larger and heavier. Small conventional trailers might work better, but at least 4 years ago, many small trailers were poorly constructed and you might have more trouble finding a good, well maintained one.
  10. I would skip an SUV with that heavy of a trailer, except for something like a 3/4 ton Suburban ( are they still making them in 3/4 ton?). While some of the half ton trucks will work, you’ll have to check out individual truck labels for the cargo capacity. As was mentioned, any added features add weight to the vehicle and takes away from the cargo capacity. Assuming a 12% tongue weight for a 9,000 trailer, you are starting off with over 1000 lbs of cargo. The cargo capacity of my just-traded in F150 was just over 1600 lbs (Lariat 4x4 crew cab). When loaded, it was right at the 7000 lb GVWR with just 750 lb tongue weight - I have a lot of stuff in the bed and back seat of the truck. I think any of the 3/4 ton trucks would be better and it might be easier to find one with the features you want and that will still provide you the cargo capacity.
  11. Interesting topic. The dealer in Yuma that I bought a truck from 2 days ago had me sign a form that included a number of criteria I had to meet (I met all of them, including not having been in Arizona for 7 months) that meant I was not subject to Arizona state sales tax. The dealer collected the Texas state sales tax and will be sending it to Polk County. They seemed to be familiar with the procedure, and did ask if I wanted to send it all in myself. I hope that it all goes smoothly and I get the plates before the Arizona 90 day temporary registration runs out. I don’t know anything about what Colorado is going to require. I knew about buying in California and having it delivered just across the border to avoid California sales tax and registration.
  12. I got the same email - I’ve had east and west coast feeds for years and was grandfathered in. Don’t think I’ll bother much with local stations, calling every time sounds like too much of a bother for me, I’ll use OTA if I really want to watch something.
  13. My trailer has access problems for half of the cells, so very difficult to check. It got a lot better when I bought a battery watering system - there was enough room for the caps. That worked much better, though I did end up changing to AGM when I replaced my single Group 29 with two Group 31 batteries (biggest batteries that will fit in the space for them). Just my opinion, but I wouldn’t consider having flooded batteries a deal-breaker. I’d just buy a watering system for them, and that would be cheaper than replacing them with AGM batteries. I’d be more concerned with the Ah capability of the battery.
  14. In addition to the above, take a look at the door sticker on the Tahoe for it’s particular cargo capacity. You could find yourself running out of cargo capacity in the Tahoe before you ran out of combined weight. I used to tow a 21’ travel trailer with a Jeep Grand Cherokee - the cargo capacity was listed as 1050 lbs. My trailer’s tongue weight was usually 600-620 lbs, around 12% of the weight of the trailer packed for a trip (4800-5000, the trailer’s GVWR is 5500). That doesn’t allow for all that much more cargo in the vehicle, and I was usually towing close to the max. Your Tahoe has higher tow ratings than my V6 JGC was, but you are still going to have to watch what you carry. I ended up buying an F150 to tow that 21’ trailer because I got tired of dealing with the buffeting from strong cross-winds, and I found myself driving in wind a lot. I also couldn’t figure out how to carry a generator and a gas can for it without putting it in an occupied space.
  15. I didn’t see that area listed as closed when I checked BLM’s website last week. Lake Mead is closed, so you would have to go around (at least right now) rather than going North Shore Road.
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