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  1. A number of folks fulltime in campers made by these folks https://aliner.com/ Click the Find A Dealer box at the upper right after you've enjoyed their website and camper selection for one near you. I still want a Somerset made by the ALINER Corp, a very comfortable, lightweight, and easy to tow home on wheels. I dig the A frames that they build too for the same reasons, but the Somerset has more floor space. Get ready to simplify, or minimize, whatever phrase fits your viewpoint Currently, the back seat area has a rod across the top from side to side and that's plenty of hanging closet, totes have the folded clothes (save the used dryer sheets for air fresheners inside the totes). YES, but as hemsteadc implied above, examine the pros & cons of that RV and apply them to the parameters of the next RV, but you knew that Some folks take a hands on approach by building out a WeRoll Cargo Trailer or the like by adding their own touch to the inside while cutting in some RV windows, and perhaps some vents and solar for the top as well. The sky's the limit, within budget and skillset of course. Good Luck & Happy Trails! https://www.weeroll.com/ Have a look at the Classic or the Air Camp line, (unless you're feeling froggy, if so check the Off Road). These weights could be within your parameters, and they certainly look roomy enough.
  2. There are a variety of parks relative to your route, and for us an hour drive is close enough to any city. Trip plan accordingly, stay for as long, and visit the areas & restaurants along the way. Use your campsite as you would a home and go on adventures with your truck. Happy Trails!
  3. That's funny I've seen and used some exterior storage methods for spare tires, jerry cans, shovels, totes, etc., but I think the line has been crossed with the hanging of unmentionables out back to dry while traveling
  4. http://outdoorsrvmfg.com/creek-side-21rd/ deserves a close look! While being just outside of your dry weight quest, the GVWR is within your truck's ability being at 70% of your truck's tow capacity This trailer also is without the slide which keeps the weight down as well as slide related issues. From the factory the trailer has the suspension that you'll want vs upgrading some of the other trailers on your radar, and the pricing is remarkably sweet as well. A search on the Find A Dealer portion of Outdoors RV website reveals https://www.apachecamping.com/default.asp?page=xAllInventory&vc=travel trailer#page=xAllInventory&make=outdoors rv&vc=travel trailer&model=creek side 21rd should you want to have a look. All things considered, including build & price, as well as your intended use, that 21RD model that I linked smokes the others that you referred to earlier. Look at the specs and capacities as well Should you be interested, there is this http://www.irv2.com/forums/f282/ found here http://www.irv2.com/forums/ that could be helpful in answering questions.
  5. Here's a clip from SCTV, prepare to smile or lol...
  6. There is help Count me in with the typical, very happy/very satisfied, and the account balance is also very accurate
  7. With a 5er, 20% to 25% of the trailer's weight will be in the bed of the truck (is it a long bed?) so use the cargo capacity of your truck when you research RVs (a travel trailer will have 10% to 15% of the trailer's weight on the hitch). The GVWR and the GCWR are what the state will use to determine license class with 26,000 pounds being a common number, (http://www.dps.texas.gov/driverlicense/dlclasses.htm is one example), not the actual weight of the rig, and the GVWR of the trailer is the number that you should use in your research for your new home. Ford has an informative Tow Capacity Chart if you would like a specific number relative to your model, but cargo capacity is very vehicle specific as this depends on how the vehicle is optioned, hence the sticker at the driver's door. We have found that a maximum length of 34' in a 5er and 32' in a travel trailer are ideal for us, and that floorplan and indoor storage are important considerations for comfort.
  8. but why? I've seen some Keystone Hideout & Cougar models, along with Arctic Fox http://northwoodmfg.com/arctic-fox-2/arctic-fox-28-5c/ (this may change jacks' mind)
  9. On wheelbase, this has also been presented... https://rv.org/blogs/news/short-wheelbases-and-accidents-go-hand-in-hand
  10. Was I wrong to assume the OP was referring to plastic vents... https://www.google.com/search?q=plastic+vents&ie=&oe= That's the reason aluminum vents came to mind... https://www.google.com/search?q=aluminum+vents&ie=&oe= I may also have been wrong to assume that the trailer referred to is not an RV, perhaps a cargo trailer, as the OP wants to install vents, not vent covers.
  11. If you're determined to provide ventilation this way, 3M has the product for you, but keep in mind that the plastic will fail over time and you may want to replace it so use an adhesive that is semi permanent and caulk around if necessary. There's aluminum vents that could be better or at least longer lasting and with that a permanent adhesive from 3M would work. I assume you've considered another way to provide ventilation.
  12. Denver is considering making magic mushrooms legal, so start planning your next trip. A company in China is advertising an e-cigarette that contains Viagra, making quitting that much harder. How is it that my airbag knows exactly when to deploy, at the precise nanosecond of an accident, but my truck's clock can't figure out how to go forward an hour for Daylight Savings Time?
  13. Seems you have enough info on nightly fees to reach an average cost, and at this point you would address your current eating, shopping, and driving habits for further budget info, making personal adjustments as needed. You mentioned a toy hauler so include the cost to run that vehicle(s), your food costs are adjustable, shopping costs controllable(?), driving now vs then could be a wash depending on your current commute unless of course you're retired and are basically dormant, using the vehicle only as needed. Driving costs are controllable, as in staying someplace a while without much use of the truck, but essentially to create a personal budget, transfer your current lifestyle into the RV lifestyle while considering what it may take to entertain you and the costs incurred there. Once again this cost is controllable as well as you strive to stay within your monthly budget, perhaps being frugal in the early months to see how high on the hog you can live, knowing that being in vacation mode can be more expensive than simply transposing your current lifestyle into the RV lifestyle. Perhaps this is why, as Scott suggested, seeking an actual cost of living from folks could be more helpful than a ballpark average on costs. Within the pages of this forum are freely shared personal budgets and cost of living spreadsheets that may be helpful, and some contribute a reference to a personal website or blog that contains information that could be helpful as you relate your goals with their records. Within some signatures of participants here is the opportunity to explore their websites & blogs, and youtube may be helpful as well, adding a video to the spreadsheet which could help explain some costs or give examples of how these costs can be adjustable. There is a sub-forum here called RVing On A Budget that may have relatable posts and information, and perhaps someone here will come along to guide you to their personal budget spreadsheet. I've seen and studied them in the past, most helpful and informative, but I don't have the ability to direct you there. I have seen though, on youtube, a channel called "Next Exit" with Bob & Pearl sharing among other things a monthly budget each month and how it relates to the annual budget.
  14. Thanks for the link Joel, the idea of curtains instead of the roller shades is a good one and crafty wifey enjoys her sewing machine. It would be a great project to do now & then to change the look inside too!
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