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Old 11-21-2012, 06:31 PM   #29
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Lok at welds

Look closely at the welding. I saw a rig at an RV show with the worst aluminum welding I've ever seen and I was just a supply type in my past life. It is amazing what a company will put on display for buyers.

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Do you have family in the north? Or better question - do you plan on full timing in cold temps. If so, consider the Artic Fox. If not then there are a dozen units that will work for full timing. All the newer trucks are great for towing. Just make sure you stay within the trucks limits.
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Thanks Nancy and Tuffr2. We were thinking of spending most of the time along the coastal areas. Maybe a month or two in the summer perhaps in the high desert regions of Oregon where we live. If we do spend most of the time on the coast, high winds and salty air will be a factor.
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:10 PM   #32
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1. What will you do with it? Boondock? full hookups? How many people? Whats your budget? How big? Are you handy? Full time? One camp trip per year? That said, all rvs have little problems. New or used. I am handy with tools and would buy a used clean Alpenlite for $10 to 20K. 1997 to 2006 were good years. Big holding tanks and 100 gal of water for boondocking, Big axles and wheels. Quality built. Mine is only 27ft but that size fits in most forest service CGs and very easy to tow.
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Good tips, but I'm inexperienced and don't know what you mean by boondock. It's just 2 people, and we're thinking live-in year round. No, I am not handy at all.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #35
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lycialive, we were all inexperienced at one time. The main thing you need to remember is to buy a trailer with good customer service and that will take care of you after you've bought the trailer.

Some of the brands recommended are very heavy, requiring more than a one ton truck to safely tow.

You asked about boondocking. That is camping with few if any amenities like power and water. Many boondockers rely on a generator solar or other methods to exist and bring in their own water. We don't do it, but some like it.
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