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    Photography, wilderness canoeing, backpacking, mountain biking

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  1. Congrats on your home sale! Sounds like our houses sold on or about the same day. I’m envious of your 45-days til closing. I have thirty to get my stuff in storage and will also be picking up and outfitting my new travel trailer during this period. Somehow it WILL all get done. I am so looking forward to life after property. Funny, you’re thinking of transitioning to a larger TT ... I’m thinking that the 26-footer I have on order may be too big. Guess we won’t know until the houses are completely out of the picture. I’d say revisit the idea in July. 😊
  2. Hi folks. Just wanted to close the loop on this thread. My journey to the RV lifestyle took two big steps forward in the past week. My house sold (after three days on the market) last week which added pressure for me to finally make a decision on a travel trailer purchase. Over the past 4 months I at different times considered all of the following brands/models: Geo Pro, Scamp, Casita, RPods, Apex Nano, Shadow Cruiser, Heartland North Trail, Rockwood Mini Lites, several Keystone offerings, Jayco, Nash, Outdoors RV, Arctic Fox and a half dozen others. In the end I decided that as much as I would love to own an Outdoors RV or Nash trailer, that will indeed have to be my “2nd RV.” In the end, I found a very good deal on a new 2019 Keystone Cougar 22RBS. I’m impressed with the overall build quality and it should serve me well for the next several years. I have to drive down to Iowa to pick it up next week. Then the fun can begin. At that point, I expect to become a regular on some of the other boards here!
  3. Ouch. Too late. The 10 x 30 space I rented is clean, secure and dry on a concrete slab but definitely not climate controlled. I only plan to use it for one Minnesota season though, but good advice re pallets. I may also opt to put sensitive items like photographs etc in the care of a family member (hmmm ... I may have an unwitting brother I can store things with). If I decide to go full time with the RV life I can always move belongings to better storage. I signed up with a realtor yesterday and something tells me my house will sell fast. I currently have approx. 125 “saved RVs” on the RV Trader App. I continue to do research and have gained lots of great tips from many of you on this site (not to mention somewhere around 500 hours spent watching YouTube Reviews). Is it just me or is Josh the RV nerd somewhat annoying? Just kidding ... I’ve actually gotten good information from his reviews. BUT ... I notice that he doesn’t review the Northwoods Mfg or Outdoors RV trailers. Thanks to folks here for pointing me in that direction. In addition to those two, I remain interested in Nash and Lance products. The manufacturers that are cranking out thousands of units on an assembly line have a knack for making their rigs look polished and more updated. But as someone on this site mentioned, you have to look past the glitz to the ”bones.” I haven’t completely ruled out a few offerings from Coachmen, Keystone and Grand Design. I’m really taking my time with this search. After all, its going to be my home for the foreseeable future. Just when I think I’ve settled on the best rig, some new bit of information arrives to shake things up. Sort of a process of elimination. Once I have an offer on the house, I’ll get real serious in a hurry. I know that the 2020 models are starting to show up on dealer lots and I’ve noticed that 2019 and 2018 model prices continue to fall. I may need to get in on one of those while I still can.
  4. House will go on the market in about 2 weeks. It literally took me 4-months of hard labor to get the place presentable. I can confidently say that I will have no regrets leaving property ownership behind once this place sells. Being footloose will suit me just fine. I’m going to drive to Duluth tomorrow to look at one of the Coachmen Freedom Express Ultralights. I’m wary of buying any Forest River products but this one has the layout and specs I’m looking for so I figure it deserves a look. I’m also very serious about one of the Grand Design models. As much as I’d like to get into a Lance or an Outdoors Recreation or Arctic Fox or Nash, I’m having a hard time convincing myself to spend $30 or $40K before I’m committed to this new lifestyle. Dealers around here are selling the Grand Design and Coachmen units for around $20K. Yes, I continue to watch for used but so far no luck. I hope to post details about my new purchase very soon. Saw another thread here about the “Class of 2019” and maybe just maybe I too will graduate this year! 😊
  5. I appreciate the votes for smaller, lighter units. I’m traveling solo and planning to live in this thing probably 3 to 4 months out of the year max. I want to be nimble and be able to get off the main roads occasionally ... Geo Pro sounds good for that but the trailer has to also serve as a gathering place for my friends on occasional hunting and fishing trips ... so I want the BIG U- dinette. Also want a dedicated bed, heated underbelly and a walkable roof. Fortunately, there are a few out there that check most of the boxes. It will soon be time to stop talking about it and actually buy this thing!
  6. OK ... one more question. I’m going to start looking at several small trailer models that range from 3,500# to about 5,000# dry weight. Some of the lighter units are single axle. The larger units are double axle. Speaking specifically from an axle standpoint, I guess I’m leaning toward a double axle for the peace of mind of having redundant tires in the event of a flat or blowout. Are there any other reasons why I should avoid a single axle if I go with a lighter weight unit? Again, many thanks in advance.
  7. Wow! Great feedback. Super helpful. Headed down on the train right now to watch the Twins take on the Tigers ... about 35 degrees right now. Already looking forward to spring training next year down south with the new rig. I will be digging into your suggestions with more research and follow-up questions I’m sure. This is going to be fun!
  8. Folks. Work with me here. I’m traveling alone. No wife ... no dog ... just me. I don’t need a palace. In fact, I like the whole “Tiny House” concept. I plan to be on the road for 4 months at a time. Then living in a cabin in the north woods the rest of the year. I own a half ton truck that I love. I’m not interested in a 5th wheel although I have nothing against them. Any other thoughts from the peanut gallery?
  9. OK ... not sure about your numbers there. I'm pretty happy with my 9,700# of tow capacity but am still looking for something under (or close to) 4,500 pounds dry. The 22G has a dry weight of 4,678# according to the latest brochure unless I'm reading it wrong. In any event, I wouldn't foresee any issues with those numbers.
  10. Thanks ... Arctic Fox and Nash are on my short list ... pricy but you get what you pay for. Also looking at a Keystone Bullet Crossfire and a Grand Design Imagine XLE. Alas, the choices are dizzying.
  11. Hi, this is my first post. I'm in the throes of the transition of retiring and selling my home, buying an RV and hitting the road next fall. As challenging as this is for a 63-year old divorced dad, I think I'm actually on course. Yes, lots of questions but I think the best way for me to explain where I'm at, I'm going to list my progress and some of my assumptions. I'd really appreciate any thoughts or comments re: my general direction or help with things I'm missing. Here we go ... Retired last December Empty nester with kids who don't yet have families (so no grandkids to distract me yet) Relatively stable financially with savings and retirement funds intact 75% finished with prepping my home for listing next month (the decluttering and work involved has been super stressful but just taking it a day at a time) Have spent probably 500 hours researching RV types and options including 2 RV shows, countless hours on YouTube and visiting dealerships Recently traded my hybrid in for a half-ton Tundra with 9,700# tow capacity It will be just me travelling and living in a travel trailer (my preference so far) - my brother is in a similar situation so we will likely be caravanning with our separate rigs I live in northern Minnesota and I love it here for about 7 months out of the year My house will hopefully sell quickly based on current market demand I've rented a 10x30 storage unit and am beginning to move belongings there I'm thinking that I will begin a cycle in which I full-time RV for 4 to 5 months out of the year beginning this fall When I get back from my travels in early 2020, I'll probably look for a smaller home base here in Minnesota It's not unlikely that I will have to live in the RV for a period of time here while I buy a house and move stuff out of storage But I don't harbor any illusions that I will be living in the travel trailer through a Minnesota winter (especially like the one we just went through) I do like the idea of a travel trailer with enclosed and heated underbelly since I like mountains and occasional spring/fall camping and hunting trips I like the idea of a permanent ladder and a walkable roof I'm also leaning toward laminated FG instead of aluminum siding I expect to boondock about half the time so I'm keeping an eye on tank capacities and solar prep options I'm into backcountry hiking and mountain biking so those activities will figure into my future plans I'm aiming for something in the 20' to 24' length range with dry weight under 4,500 pounds I want a unit with a decent amount of storage. Will probably put a topper on the Tundra to increase secure storage there as well I will definitely consider buying used but so far not finding much that interests me I'm aware that a lot of these units are built cheap and I'm wary of getting a lemon ... the research is helping somewhat with narrowing my search parameters I've spent my entire life roughing it on wilderness trips and sleeping on a thin pad in a tent so RVing will definitely feel like a luxury, buy my bones prefer a decent bed these days. That brings me to today. I hope to pull the trigger on an RV purchase in May or June so I can spend a good three months breaking her in and working the bugs out here in Minnesota b4 I hit the road. I would love to hear from folks on the rationale here ... what am I missing ... looking out my window right now at the 10 inches of heavy wet white sludge and dreaming of warm places!
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