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Old 08-10-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Eyeing the RV life: advice?

Hi, I just joined the forum and have never been down the road with a travel trailer, but am contemplating doing so. Am imagining a fairly modest approach. Would probably look for a 16-19 foot trailer that would pull behind a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. Have looked at the Scamp and Winnebago Minnie so far.

My question, though, is this: Just how handy and mechanical does one have to be to survive out there? Checking out these forums, you kind of get the feeling that there are plenty of mechanical and maintenance challenges to contend with. Does that ruin the fun? Curious what you veterans of the road think. Wondering if I could enjoy the experience.

Thanks for any thoughts! - Jwalter
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Hi, I just joined the forum and have never been down the road with a travel trailer, but am contemplating doing so. Am imagining a fairly modest approach. Would probably look for a 16-19 foot trailer that would pull behind a 2010 Toyota Tacoma. Have looked at the Scamp and Winnebago Minnie so far.

My question, though, is this: Just how handy and mechanical does one have to be to survive out there? Checking out these forums, you kind of get the feeling that there are plenty of mechanical and maintenance challenges to contend with. Does that ruin the fun? Curious what you veterans of the road think. Wondering if I could enjoy the experience.

Thanks for any thoughts! - Jwalter
Last RV park I was in, I met an 80yr old woman driving a 45ft Class A, w/ a toad. She was on her on, and seemed pretty darn self sufficient to me.

I use that as only an example, I could use a lot more, all types of people RV. You can too, Just do it!
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You don't have to have any mechanical knowledge but it helps and it's cheaper. If you can work on some things, it's quite enjoyable. You will be surprised at how quickly you will learn to do some things. It's not anymore than keeping up your own vehicle.
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

There always seems to be something on an RV which needs attention. Whether or not this "ruins" the experience depends on your expectations going in.

I'm sure you've read comments from folks who bought a new $300K rig and are beside themselves because they can't just get in, turn the key, and change the oil once per year with no worries about anything else needing attention.

Go in with the understanding that RVs are like homes except we bounce them down the road at 60mph... potholes and all. Things will work loose and need to be tightened.

I don't think one has to be an expert handyman to own an RV but it will be much more enjoyable if you can embrace the need to maintain things in their proper working order and then use this forum and other resources to learn for yourself how to do at least the basic stuff.

Best of luck

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:08 PM   #5
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Howdy and welcome to IRV2.


The one thing you want to check first is if your Toyota Tacoma is enough truck to tow the travel trailer you purchase.

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You don't have to be a mechanical genius to own an RV. Just need to know which end of the screw driver to use. Every this else will come along with experience. The forum has some very knowledgable people and are more than willing to give advice.
Don't be intimidated all of the problems you see on the forums. Problems are mostly what the forums are about, helping others through your own experiences
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Old 08-10-2013, 07:21 PM   #7
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Also to add-
There are many good books on RV repair and maint that are available even for the novice. Nothing in a TT is all that difficult either to understand or fix if you research a little first. A MH is a different story but TTs are basically simple in systems and more often than not easy to fix with study. Lots of help here on this board also. We have just done 5000 miles in a 1978 22ft TT that we bought and fixed up and have had NO problems except we (I) got some paper caught in the black water dump valve and had to take it apart to fix it (8 bolts but SMELLY) and a small problem with the water heater flame and pilot, equally easy fix once the problem was studied.
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In my opinion tt's are a snap....As long as you keep up on general stuff like winterizing it at the end of the season, keeping an eye on caulk around seams...And you have the IRV2 family to help...you can't go wrong.

Since you have a V-6 Toyota you know you towing limits...

One suggestion would be if a model of trailer has a slide, that sure opens up your living space inside....

For the most part tt's under 20' are not going to have a separate couch and dinette. Remember counter space is also important....
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