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Old 01-11-2015, 08:21 AM   #1
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New family from Georgia - Just beginning research

Hi!

My wife and I are mid-40's with two boys 9 and 6. Currently we live north of Atlanta, and love this area close to the mountains, close to beaches, DC, etc. the boys are finally old enough and settled enough that we want to start traveling and introducing them to this amazing country we live in.

We have just started researching "camping" and options for our home away from home. After tent camping this past summer I decided I'm too old for tents; too cold at night, too hot in the day time, and too damp when it rains. I spent 10 years in the Army, so I wouldn't consider myself a total novice to camping. However, it was nothing like what we've looked at so far.

At this point our only requirements are a bunkhouse for the boys, and something I can pull behind my Ram 1500 (10,000 lb towing capacity). I would like outdoor kitchen, power sliders, power stabilizers, and some form of an outdoor shower/wash-down. However, we are really still in the early research stages thinking we will make a purchase as early as August '15 but willing to wait to save money.

So far we have focused our search on travel trailers, and just started thinking about an Ultralite 5th Wheel. So I am here to research and learn from people living the life and not a salesman telling me about the life.

Thanks!

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Just a quick hello and welcome from Michigan! Good luck in your quest.
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Mike;

Welcome to iRV2. We are glad to have you as a member. There is a wealth of information here available to you just by asking. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions. We have a great group here who like to help when they can.

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Mike, my wife and I are also new to the site and are in the planning stages. We have found this site to be a cornacopia of knowledge. Though we haven't chosen a rig yet, we have learned a lot. But using the info and feedback from this forum we have streamlined what our needs are and what is important to us. This forum is friendly and helpful.

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Hi Mike! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope you find the right RV for your needs! Enjoy the forum!

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Welcome to the forum.. I am "Stuck" in S.E. Georgia (Brunswick area, 3 miles NORTH WEST of the Darien outlet mall (I-95 Exit 49) just off SR-251

Owner of the campground has a nice looking (from the outside) Class C for sale, he's asking 50K which I think is a tad rich for a used C but, what do I know.

There is an RV show in Atlanta every year, Forget just when but Jan/Feb comes to mind... If you are looking for new.. Good place to shop. And in any case good place to see lots and lots of options.

I visited last winter, but will not be back this winter since I am.. well, about 4 hours from Atlanta.
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Old 01-11-2015, 06:34 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone! Love the warm welcome! We are most likely going to buy new, just because it'll be our first camper. However, we are open to recently new and gentler used (say 2012 and newer).

Still debating over a travel trailer or Ultralite 5er, some my Ram 1500 can pull safely. We have a 24' boat so towing isn't new to me, but a camper will have a little more drag than the boat.

Still working on talking my wife into a 2500, I really like the 6.7l Cummins...
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I had a 2000 Dodge 1500 with the 5.9 gas engine and Camping World salesman convinced my wife that we could tow a Outback 27' 5th wheel and I was stupid enough to give it a try. I would have burned up transmisson if I hadn't installed a temp. gauge. Had to pull over several times. You might want to look for a used trailer under 30' and get a good weight distributing hitch, plenty of good used trailers out there. Do a search for opinions about Camping World. Best towing decision is to get the Ram 2500 6.7 diesel, then you can tow most anything. Never heard anyone say they had to big of a truck, but plenty wanted a bigger one. Dave
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Welcome to the forum....,for a young family I would suggest a 5th wheel with an outdoor kitchen. 5th wheels give you a big bang to for your buck. Your kids will have life long fond memories about your family trips.

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Old 01-12-2015, 09:40 AM   #13
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Thank you! So far my wife has her eyes set on a 34' Jayco Bunkhouse model, but it's too much for my 1500 to handle safely. I have the feeling we'll be looking at some of the Ultralite 5ers next.

Which is a whole new world for me. I've pulled plenty of boats, construction equipment, trailers, etc but never anything with the 5th Wheel Hitch. So I have a lot to research in regards to the hitches...
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