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Old 04-18-2018, 12:24 AM   #1
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I am a newbie and have no idea what to do now! I need someplace to hang my hat when I spend time in the mountains. Camper, trailer, motorhome, which is best. My main concern is finding a “home” that does not leak, be it camper, or trailer. Is there such a thing? Thanks ahead for any advice. I am looking into a Lance cabover but that may change depending on advice from all of you.
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Old 04-18-2018, 12:52 AM   #2
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I am a newbie and have no idea what to do now! I need someplace to hang my hat when I spend time in the mountains. Camper, trailer, motorhome, which is best. My main concern is finding a “home” that does not leak, be it camper, or trailer. Is there such a thing? Thanks ahead for any advice. I am looking into a Lance cabover but that may change depending on advice from all of you.
Welcome Aboard!
Good ppl here.
1st in general terms...what is your budget?
A few questions....
Do you need a large shower,
full size bed
do you need a washer/dryer setup or are you comfortable with the local laundrymat?
Where do you propose to live?? north/south/east or west..the weather will have some effect on what you need for your roof over your head..
(rV's normally are a Dutch Oven in the summer and an Ice Box in the winter... so Large number of A/C's for summer and big assed furnace for the winter.
(dual pane windows, a fully enclosed (and heated) basement.
room for toys (bikes and so on...
A TT to pull behind your truck is very do-able, but does have it's limitations & depends on how large a truck you have..(ie; datsun/f-150/250/350/450 dually.??)
A 5'r has limitations as well due to weight and length...
A gas motor home (you could pull your pickup behind (most of them anyways)
advantage is
built in gen set (normally)
large (kinda) fresh/black/gray tanks
ducted A/C and furnace
If you are picky can find large showers
full size bed
full size galley on some
Then there are the Big Boys
Diesel pushers...however I think that they may be out of your budget range...at this time...
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Old 04-18-2018, 01:08 AM   #3
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I am a newbie and have no idea what to do now! I need someplace to hang my hat when I spend time in the mountains. Camper, trailer, motorhome, which is best. My main concern is finding a “home” that does not leak, be it camper, or trailer. Is there such a thing? Thanks ahead for any advice. I am looking into a Lance cabover but that may change depending on advice from all of you.
Welcome Aboard!
Good ppl here.
1st in general terms...what is your budget?
A few questions....
Do you need a large shower,
full size bed

Where do you propose to camp??
And for how long at a time?
north/south/east or west..the weather will have some effect on what you need for your roof over your head..
(rV's normally are a Dutch Oven in the summer and an Ice Box in the winter... so Large number of A/C's for summer and big assed furnace for the winter.
(dual pane windows, a fully enclosed (and heated) basement.
room for toys (bikes and so on...
a good sized generator to power the A/C's and charge your batteries...

A TT to pull behind your truck is very do-able, but does have it's limitations (normally do not have a built in generator) & depends on how large a truck you have..(ie; datsun/f-150/250/350/450 dually.??)
A 5'r has limitations as well due to weight and length...(again normally do not have a built in generator)
A gas motor home (you could pull your pickup behind (most of them anyways)
advantage is
built in gen set (normally)
large (kinda) fresh/black/gray tanks
ducted A/C and furnace
If you are picky can find large showers
full size bed
full size galley on some

Then there are the high maintenance Big Girls.......
Diesel pushers...(with everything supplied... except mebbe the blonde....)

Finally....

Keep in mind..
Your 1st coach is a learning tool..
BUY USED! & buy one with everything you "think" you want and will need..
As You will make mistakes and have booboo's We all have.....(sometimes more than twice..)
Within a year or two you will discover..about the RV

What you love about the RV...
What you can kinda-sorta tolerate with the RV..
And what you absolutely hate about that !@#$%^%$#@! RV.
Then you can go get what you should have gotten in the first place..
Happy Hunting
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of good folk here and good info. It will take time to do a good search. AND.....what great posts by saddlesore. gives you a good jumping off place
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

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sorry but your post is just too vague.
There are so many options, ways to hang your hat and how do you travel, what do you want to accomplish and more we need to know truly before we can 'throw out the options' to you Post a bit more, then you can get great advice on where to 'kinda head' into this rv thing
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

You've got a lot of tire-kicking to do!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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There are so many different ways to go "camping". What works for one person/family, doesn't work for another. As others have replied, we would need to get a little more information.

Myself, we've used truck campers and found them to work out pretty well. The ones with built in bath/showers are usually heavier and need the appropriate sized truck to carry them. There are pop up types that are lighter and more aerodynamic but they aren't insulated as well and may not be a good choice for mountainous, cooler weather camping. Myself, i like em because they are lower cost, efficient, and easy to drive. My DW however, is hesitant about moving from the more comfortable and roomy motorhome back to one of these.

Do you have a truck now? How big is it, 1/2 ton, bigger? Anything smaller than 1/2 is hard to make work. Most Lance campers are heavy and depending on the model, require a 3/4 or larger capacity truck.

A bumper pull or 5th wheel trailer may work out well but there is some extra work hitching and unhitching, blocking, leveling, etc,,. It might be your best bet since you can drop the trailer at camp and then take off in the tow vehicle to see the sites.

A motorhome is easy to drive and park but does not give you an easy way to just get in and drive to see the local sites. Most motorhomes can tow a smaller vehicle behind that is used for this purpose but if you decide to go that route, you're back to having a more complex setup.

A class B motorhome (van size) is another choice but of course they are small in space. They work great for 1 or 2 people but even then, there's not a lot of room.

Again, it all depends on what you want. If you're thinking fulltiming, then you probably want a bit of room. Truck campers, tear drop trailers, and class Bs don't offer this.
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Take your time and look at a lot of rigs, you’ll know when you find the right one

this place is great

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