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Old 09-30-2015, 12:14 PM   #1
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Smile New to forum...seeking 4 season comfort from zero to 95F

Hi. I have a wife and two young children. We all have the RV bug. We have met our needs through dual Yukon Denali's. But, it's not the right solution for many reasons.

1) Heater, when not running the SUV engine
2) real beds
3) real refrigerator
4) no more improvised potties
5) the ability to take a hot shower any day, any where, with privacy while away from home

Budget: this is important to us. We will likely consider two tiers. The lower will be (a) up to $50,0000 - $60,000; and (b) up to $200,000-$400,000.

We went to an RV show last weekend. Even with both of us there, it's hard to catalogue, organize and contrast options with a 6 and 7 year old in tow.

Also, we both love Jeeps and not being tied to structured, urban roads and highways. The extreme RV VIDEO of a EarthRoamer was great - although quite pricey - I think it was $520,000 with a 10 month waiting list and ZERO pre owned available for sale in immediate term. We would consider either an
EarthRoamer, some other similar capability that we are not yet aware of, or even a somewhat pricey new tow vehicle plus trailer eg., Jeep Unlimited Rubicon plus an off road trailer combination as long as it allowed us to get to otherwise unreachable locations while providing comfortable 4 season camping even if we were covered in a giant snow drift or a 95+ degree summer day.

Must seat 1 adult male 6', 1 adult female 5', 1 boy age 6 and 1 girl age 7. Would also need to continue to be viable as the kids age and will want at least a few inches separating their beds.

Pokes towards options in any of these areas would be much appreciated! My wife's family owns some land near a lot of the kids cousins. Getting there goes from driving on asphalt to crushed gravel to dirt and if we wanted to camp near the pond we would need to drive through the cow fields/dozens of acres of grass where only trucks, 4 wheelers off road cycles and tractors drive now. Net the ability to warm/cool significantly is critical, the ability to drive off road would be valued, but is not critical.
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Old 09-30-2015, 06:47 PM   #6
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The Earth Roamer is cool, but I'm not sure how realistically it is to have that thing off road.. Non paved, sure.. But regardless of how capable the chassis is, you're not going to want to be in that thing in an area where your jeep can go.

Two suggestions:
1) Buy a big truck that comfortably fits 4 + room to grow - Dodge Megacab comes to mind, and a 5th wheel toy hauler. Give up the Jeep and consider something like a street-legal RZR - legal status will depend on your state.

2) Do a nice diesel pusher rig, used, and tow the jeep....

You're looking at $100k-$150k for #1, new (truck + RV)... If you go really fancy you could go outside that range. The truck could double for transportation.

#2 can range quite a bit, you can get nice diesel pushers in the $60k range and they go up from there... The newer stuff can be found with bunk houses, but you're looking at $100k+ typically.
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sounds like when we first got into it in 1976 , we were considering a coast hugger 30 ft cabin cruiser or a pickup and a camper , the camper got it , travelled every cutline around Jasper National Park , (take the camper off first) there a thousands of camping spots with fantastic views , lakes to swim in , mountains to climb
We have evolved , kids grown up , son has a pop up trailer , daughter tents it , but considering minimalistic camper trailer.
we have had a B van camper , 23 ft Mhome , 26 ft Mhome , 34 ft Mhome , and now our long term 6 month a year home , 40 ft GLAMPER as my daughter calls it , 3 ac units , 2 furnaces , 3 TV's , 2 leather couches , hardwood floors , ect .
We have had all the toys along the years of camping , motor cycles , quads , monster trucks , and now a 8 second drag car , but still enjoying on the road
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