What camper would you get if you went dark?

Discussion in 'Going to the DARK SIDE' started by Freedom72, May 22, 2016.

  1. Freedom72

    Freedom72 Member

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    This should be a fun thread...
    If you were gonna go to dark side ,what model camper would you buy?
    Post a pic from the web of your choice
    Thanks so much
     
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    generok Well-Known Member

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    I'd likely go with a Jayco 25BH. I like the bunkhouse layout because everyone's bed is available 100% of the time without someone sleeping on the dining area, seating area or taking up floor space.

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    I don't think that is the 25BH exterior, but this is the floor plan:

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    I also like the slideout. I like the notion of ice cream in the freezer and baking an apple pie in the oven.

    The problem is, we're in transition. Our son is 21, and finishing up school, he like to come camping with us, but often has school and work on the weekends, so he doesn't come as much as he used to. Our daughter will be 18 this November and a senior in HS. She too kind of likes to come, but also has weekend obligations. So, I am hesitant to buy a bunkhouse model, and then end up with just the wife and I. I'm not worried about towing it, I'm more worried about having a lot more space than we need. We've even considered a slide-in camper if the kids fly nest.

    Did I just say IF the kids fly the nest?!?! Oh my! When, WHEN the kids fly the nest!!!

    I'm always looking for a TT, I just need to get ready financially.
     
  3. Freedom72

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    My wife and I are torn between 2
    Lance 1475 or kz spree escape toy hauler E17FKTH
     

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    E17FKTH spree escape
     

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    kitphantom Well-Known Member

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    We already went dark. Our criteria were size (to fit both our needs and our driveway), weight, and preferences. I looked at most of the dealers in town in one long day in Sept. 2014. We wanted as open as possible, bed that stayed made up, and not a lot of systems. We did end up with flush toilet (we got used to it, use gel bags in winter), water heater (nice perk), wall a/c (handy when I had power and it was 100* last year.
    The manufacturer has more models now: http://www.riversidervs.net/

    White Water Retro 177, island bed:
    [​IMG]Catalina SP April 2016 by Andrea Vaughan, on Flickr
     
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    OK, as much as I love my PUP, I admit to browsing the dark sided options. I really like the Winnebago Mini drop.
     

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    This is the hardest advice - focus on quality first. Many of the entry level campers are not well made, and the "cost" of having a poorly made camper can really hurt you experience.

    How can you KNOW what is quality when they all look so similar? There are so many things to look for

    -one piece, thick, exterior grade underlayment / floor.

    - black and grey water drains that can't be hit by road problems like rocks and logs.

    - check for quality roof installation - learn what DICOR looks like.

    - look for cheap aluminum screws holding on trim (and more).

    - avoid campers with ANY wood in the frame.

    These are just starters. Take someone familiar with trailer when you go shopping - perhaps someone here will offer?

    Go to the Woodalls RV FOrum (also under other "badging"), and read everything that may apply. The people there are far more concerned with build-quality and problems that can come about.

    Spend the time to shop hard fofr the best quality you can afford.
     
  8. Freedom72

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    Thats why im pushing towards the Lance
    But even then its not fool proof
     
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    We've been looking...probably a Winnebago Micro Minnie
     
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    It was nice to have the house roofer look down at the Retro and comment on the high quality roof on it. We do make sure to take care of it.
    I could no longer handle the pup, at least solo, so we made our selection from the ones available that met our size, weight, and amenities list as closely as possible. So far, so good - we plan to keep it for many years.
     
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    Dusty road....we looked at bunch of the micro minnies
    I climbed the ladder on 3 of them in PA
    The rubber roofs were all starting to lift
    Humps and ripples everywhere
    Make sure to check it close,thats why I passed on them
     
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    I went dark this spring. I bought a Cherokee Wolf Pup 17RP, toy hauler, from Forest River. Finally figured out a way to take the bike with me when I camp. Nice to have a 'real' bathroom in the trailer, and the ability to load it up before I hit the road. I hope the pictures post.
     

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    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    We went dark 4 yrs ago, bought a new Jayco X213 with a rear king bed slide out.
     
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    Like the king bed! Way to go West Coast!!! We have a king and a queen (60 X 80)in our pup now. I am sure within 3 years we will go dark. Though many of hybrids we have looked at so far only have double beds. Hate to go dark only to get smaller beds than the pup! The Roo/Shamrock apear to be one of the exceptions. Good to know that there are some other options. Unfortunately we are limited by 21 ft maximum length..... being the available space in my driveway.
     
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    For us probably a Shadow Cruiser 240BHS. Our current TV can handle it and it means less setup and hassles. Im thinking we'll go dark later this summer.
     
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    West Coast Canuck Jumped to the dark side ......

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    We really love and enjoy our TT, we have bunks at the front, couch and dinette also turn into beds. We can store our bikes and generator under the slide out too. The best part was getting a washroom, larger fridge with a freezer, microwave, oven and TV. The large power awning is nice too. I can set up my portable propane fire pit under it during rain
     
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    Once I convince the DW it is not too big, I have my eyes on a Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser 23RSS.
     

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    My wife really likes this couples trailer with fold out murphy bed

    This is a 2016 Keystone passport ultra lite

    Tons of open space inside because it's a full 8' ft. wide box

    Would their be any disadvantages of towing a full 8' ft. wide TT?
     

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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    This is the camper I will buy when the pup becomes to much to handle.
     

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