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  1. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    It's a thought.
  2. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    Full disclosure... while we have just camped in a "normal" tent...we do medieval reenactment, so our version of camping is a bit different. The events tend to be anywhere from just a weekend to about 9 or 10 days long. We have actual furniture...bed, tables, chairs, they just break down or fold up for transportation. We used to have a 13x18 medieval pavilion with a10 foot peak. We recently downsized and currently have a 10x12 canvas wall tent, (our queen bed still fits, but it's tight... the chairs and tables now live under our shade fly. We took it on a float trip this summer... other campers were quite interested. LOL So our primitive camping tends to be pretty luxurious, but not nearly as comfy as any TT. 😁 I like the idea of waiting, personally.
  3. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2019/toy-hauler/momentum-g-class-fifth-wheel/floorplans/320g https://www.granddesignrv.com/showroom/2019/toy-hauler/momentum/floorplans/328m Just as an aside, these were the toyhaulers that caught our eyes. They're too long. But what a lovely layout. Always shopping.
  4. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    I'm sorry, I was sure I'd said we're looking 5 years or so down the line. That was kind of the reason for my rant yesterday. We kind of need to make up or minds how to approach this. if we're going to upgrade our truck we figured it best to do it rather soon (I'd prefer a year or two) so we'd have only a 2-3 years left on the payment. We aren't going to spend every penny of our retirement ... a portion will remain in savings for emergencies, etc. We'll be on a fixed income...we have a lifetime retiremeny anuity...so we want to be debt free, so the two big expenses, the truck and trailer, will be paid off with the proceeds from our house and part of our retirement lump sum. We're keeping our hunting cabin, so so we need 4WD. That's why a 5th wheel seemed best. But, 5 years to go. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!
  5. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    Actually I'm quite sure they will and we have plenty of credit to do it. But I just don't want to pay 17% interest on $1,575 (I looked it up) for a week. We're trying to pay off our credit cards. We really are sure we want a TT, even if it's just for weekends here and there. I guess we'd decided if we were going to upgrade the truck anyway, to just get what we'd need eventually now. But perhaps it would be better to just keep looking for something with a low enough weight for the Colorado to pull.
  6. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    Wed been thinking about that for a while. I hate to take on another payment, but we just paid off a couple bills, so its in the budget if we find something used and small enough for our truck.
  7. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    That is not what I said. I said we literally do not have a thousand dollars to throw away on ANY form of recreation at this time. Like many, we live paycheck to paycheck and frankly we already have what little vacation time we take a year planned. Renting a class C would be rather useless when we've looked at enough of them to absolutely know we don't want one. We would consider the rent of a trailer if we could at a reasonable rate, but again, our little truck has a 7,000 lb tow capacity. Perhaps we should find a cheap, small trailer... just to play with. As i said, credit we have. But would a little thing, like a Wolf Pup or something, be sufficient to give us a taste? We don't know. We just don't seem to have any good choices. We do know we get along quite well traveling and we like to travel. We have a lot of experience primitive tent camping. We know we'll be fine in a small space. We haven't pulled this idea out of thin air.
  8. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    Well Double Heck. We don't WANT a dually! We don't even really want a diesel! You see, my husband will be driving this thing as his primary vehicle for 3-4 YEARS back and forth to work and we simply won't NEED that much truck until we retire! We just wanted to have it mostly paid off by then. We live in town! We don't need some huge monster of a truck that will take up two parking spots and won't fit in the garage sucking back fuel for years before we even have anything to tow with it! Once we retire, it'll be our only vehicle. And Chad - You've totally freaked me out about driving over mountains. I think we're going to have to re-think the whole notion.
  9. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    Here's the thing...there is NOWHERE around here to rent a trailer or 5th wheel and even if we DID rent a trailer or 5th wheel we'd also have to rent a truck to pull it because we don't have one that will do the trick. Sure, we could rent something tiny...a pop up or a really small trailer - but we would still have to buy the appropriate hitch, etc., to pull it and it's not what we need to know about anyway. We can rent a Class C in our area, (which we already know we don't want), IF we want to spend over $1000 to rent it for a whole week. There is no one or two day type rentals. We do NOT have the available cash for that. All our money is tied up in our retirement/deferred comp. That's where we'll be getting the money to make the big purchases. Credit we have...but we're trying to get that paid off. So yes, we have considered renting an RV, but we simply don't have the means.
  10. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    I'm shocked. Like, totally, completely shocked. Everyone we know in real life loves their 3/4 tons. My husband has a friend who does a lot of 5th wheel towing of like, race car carriers, etc. and he specifically recommended a Silverado 2500. We will NOT have a 2WD. We insist of 4WD. It's a thing...and we have a really crappy road to our cabin. Whatever we buy, it'll have to stay in town when we're home. **** WELL HECK! Just looked up the 5th wheel capacities of Silverados..and you are more than correct. The people we most recently talked to we specifically tossed out 15,000+ lb GVW on the trailers, and they were all "Oh yeah... no problem!" When the Chevy website clearly shows that only the full-size diesel will tow that! Of course, it also shows 3500 HD and 2500 HD to have the same capacity, so not sure wth is going on there. Now my head hurts.
  11. Alice

    Future Full Timers - We think?

    There’s just too much out there. We've been to shows and dealers and on and on... We’re still making plans and thinking and looking. Here’s the issue, among other things: We started thinking travel trailer…then looked at 5th wheels and fell in love with the room in them – even the smaller ones. Recently we looked at a couple of amazing 36 foot toy haulers by Grand Design that has every “must have” and most “wish-list” items. I mean, could anything be better for boondocking? They have an actual garage (storage galore! Plus of course, a place for bikes or kayaks or whatever), a “patio”, HUGE water tanks, gas tanks you can actually use to refuel the generator or in case you pull a stupid and forget to fill up. The only down-side is size. But, then I recently looked at some Class A’s on-line that didn’t have “deal killer” bathrooms and really nice floor plans and I’m wondering if we should stop ruling those out. We’re losing our minds. We still have no experience RVing, but boy have we had experience shopping. We even had an RV salesman call us (rather disrespectfully) “professional shoppers”. True...but not very nice. Won’t be in a hurry to go back to him when we have our minds made up! Eh...it was Camping World anyway. We know we need to upgrade the truck. Probably. We decided that we’ll just buy a ¾ ton pickup and that will be big enough for a 5th wheel and if it’s more truck than we need for a TT, well that just means it’ll pull easy. We need to upgrade the truck w/in a year or two (currently upside-down on ours, but won’t be in 10-12 months), to have the new truck mostly paid off by the time we retire so we can easily pay the rest of the loan with our lump-sum retirement or house sale proceeds. BUT, (here’s the “probably”) what if we change our minds and decide we want a Class A? Then we need a toad and I’m darned if we’ll pull a full-size truck. So we’d end up trading off the truck for a small SUV or something – because we still need 4WD to get to our cabin. One thought had been to just get a small trailer our Colorado could handle, a Wolf Pup or something, so we could do some travel now. The next thought was to wait until we upgrade the truck and just get a bigger TT that we can even FT in for a time, even if it’s not perfect, until we find the 5th wheel we like or even until we’re sure we like full-timing. I mean, how are we to know until we’ve done it? Of course, we can pay for a small TT with our current truck payment a lot easier than we can pay for a large TT with a larger truck payment...it's a unique numbers game. Complicating the problem is husband found a new truck with payments we can actually afford…probably...even being upside down. But I'm a person who tends toward frugal - many might go so far as really, really cheap - and I'm not sure I want to spend the money yet! Part of me thinks it would be so much better to just forget everything for a couple years, concentrate on paying off credit cards (which we’re doing anyway, but we could do faster) and have fewer bills to pay off when we retire…upgrading the truck is going to add $100 or so to our budget for the more expensive vehicle, not to mention more fuel expense and higher taxes. But the RV is calling… Not sure why I'm even posting this...I think I'm just really thinking out loud. Well, not "out loud"...you know what I mean.
  12. Wow these are TINY. Awesome little campers, but like you said, basically a bed on wheels. So yeah...you'll need a campground open with bathrooms and such since they aren't self-contained. That makes a LOT of difference. Sure, you can use bathrooms in anyplace 24 hour, but do you want to? Truck stops and 24 hour Wal-Marts are best bets until you are back down south where winter isn't off season.
  13. Alice

    jayco vs wolf pup

    Oh I do that. In fact, I take a picture of the model number, then I take the photos of the inside/outside, then I take a picture of the outside showing the big make/model name, so I have the photos of the trailer sandwiched between identifiers. LOL I have way too many photos at this time and am glad I have like 32 g of storage on my phone. w_jimenez - I'm sorry I hijacked your thread!
  14. Alice

    jayco vs wolf pup

    Us too. Looked at probably 6 different models this weekend. Just not right for us, even as a weekender. It's really hard to find anything not Forest River around here locally. I'm excited about a trip we're taking this weekend to Colorado. We're going to stop at every RV place along the way we can manage!
  15. Oh my! Thank God you are both alive to tell the tale. I hope your injuries were not too severe and you are well soon.
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