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Old 12-02-2012, 07:26 AM   #15
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We are living in our Heartland Landmark, which is rated for full time use. Heartland makes three lines that are rated for full time use, the Landmark, Bighorn and Big Country. We love it, with dual a/c and 40,000 BTU furnace, fireplace and plenty of windows for ventilation when the weather cooperates.

We also take advantage of a very active owners forum, where we can talk to other owners and that is monitored by the factory to answer questions.

If you are looking for a used unit, check PPL Motorhomes in Houston and New Braunfels.

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:54 AM   #16
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We have had rear kitchen 5ers and they are no worse than any other trailer. The trick is to get a well designed trailer...one with a rubber in shear or similar type suspension...Dexter or the likes and good shocks. Cheaper trailers use only a spring suspension and probably no shock absorbers.

As for going full time, you need to rent something first and try it for a week of so. Being confined into a small box in bad weather will not work for some people. When looking for a trailer, make sure it has ample closets, drawers and other storage for your clothes, linens, computer, etc. Seldom do people stay with the first RV for for long. They find a floorplan does not meet their requirements.

You will want a full time four season trailer and $30k will only get you into a NEW entry level unit. For $30k in a full time unit, you are going to be looking a trailer over about 6 years old. With units of that age, you will need to be concerned with things like the refrigerator, A/C units, water heater and it will need new tires. An entry level trailer will not be well insulted and can be quiet chiller during a DFW winter.

With a unit over about 30' or larger, you will need two A/C units...a 15k BTUH and a minimum of a 13.5K BTUH to make it through the Texas summers unless you can park in full shade.

If you can, visit a Texas Boomer rally and talk to some of the folks about their rigs and your expectations it will be a big help. I am not trying to discourage you, but you need to look at all of the things you will encounter.


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