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Old 01-12-2011, 09:12 PM   #1
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Hi all,
Due to a divorce I am going to buy my 1st TT in the next 2 or 3 months, (and probably live long term in it). I've been asking RV'rs their opinions about the type of RV to look into.
I figure I'll move once or twice a year, It needs to be DURABLE. I'm looking for a used TT and am trying to keep costs around $15K or less. Since it'll just be me I'm guessing a 25ft'er would be ok. It will be towed with my
F-250.
I've heard a good used re-built Airstream would be very hard to beat for durability.
Some say room is very important for long term use and slides should be in the equation.
My may concern is durability, with a 2nd consideration of space. (it would be nice)
How well do the slides hold up anyhow? Are they pretty much a constant source of expensive maintainence?
I am concerned about insulation as well, do the pre-1995 Airstreams have decent insulation when compared to the typical used TT. ( Jayco, Arctic Fox etc.)?

Sorry so long all, but I have many questions and a short time to get answers. Any info would be appreciated. (meanwhile I keep reading thru this excellent site)
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I am concerned about insulation as well, do the pre-1995 Airstreams have decent insulation when compared to the typical used TT. ( Jayco, Arctic Fox etc.)?.
You can find those answers and more by taking a ride on this link.

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Old 01-12-2011, 09:44 PM   #3
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Another good site is RVBasic.com. Has articles about full timing, camping units, etc.
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Old 01-12-2011, 11:05 PM   #4
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We just got a used TT this last summer. It's 26 ft. I could live in it full time if I had to. Of coarse I lived on a submarine for six years.
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I love my Jayco Eagle...
  • Slide provides a big roomy area for living
  • Lots of counter space for cooking
  • Nice walk around queen size bed
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Hi all,
Due to a divorce I am going to buy my 1st TT in the next 2 or 3 months, (and probably live long term in it). I've been asking RV'rs their opinions about the type of RV to look into.
I figure I'll move once or twice a year, It needs to be DURABLE. I'm looking for a used TT and am trying to keep costs around $15K or less. Since it'll just be me I'm guessing a 25ft'er would be ok. It will be towed with my
F-250.
I've heard a good used re-built Airstream would be very hard to beat for durability.
Some say room is very important for long term use and slides should be in the equation.
My may concern is durability, with a 2nd consideration of space. (it would be nice)
How well do the slides hold up anyhow? Are they pretty much a constant source of expensive maintainence?
I am concerned about insulation as well, do the pre-1995 Airstreams have decent insulation when compared to the typical used TT. ( Jayco, Arctic Fox etc.)?

Sorry so long all, but I have many questions and a short time to get answers. Any info would be appreciated. (meanwhile I keep reading thru this excellent site)
Let me say one thing, SLIDES are the key. Slides will make shorter seem longer.
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Our first TT was a 25 ft, walk around queen bed. We thought it would be just the right size for the two of us and the dog. After two years we decided it was a little small. We upgraded to a 30ft with a slide and you wouldn't believe the difference in the space. Same size bed but the slide gave much more living area.
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Our first travel trailer was an Aljo Model 2900 - no slideouts. That was a nice TT and we had a lot of fun with it before we moved up to a Ford Power Stroke F250HD SC and a 32 foot 5th wheel. We pulled the Aljo with a Ford Club Wagon.
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A slide in any length TT will open the main living area up. Also look at fresh water supply. There are 20-30 footers that only have a 28 to 35 gallon fresh. We have a Aerolite product (05') which has a 46 gal. fresh. The 11's have been bumped up to 52 gallons. Total counter space and cabinet storage. Most tt's made since 04' are 8' wide, but watch it. There are still economy tt's that are advertised as light weight but are only 7' or 7.5' wide. Case in point. The 2000 Aerolite's were 7' wide. The 04's were 7-1/2 wide. In 05' they went to 8' wide.....
In any used unit you buy, water damage is the killer in a RV....Look in every storage cabinet inside and outside to see if there are signs of water.....Take a flashlight with you....I can't say it enough..water kills.....
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shop in your budget, then only spend 2/3s of it on the TT, the last 1/3rd for other items you WILL NEED.
As for full timing, I just started a month ago.
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