We have lived since 1996 in our 1974 29'. We have just bought a 1990 32' and are starting to get it ready for our season working on the road: end of May to mid September.
First thing was: replace the tires. We checked on line & local Goodyear dealers. Bought the Marathons from Sam's Club because of: easy to fit in their parking lot & their road hazzard warranty. Total around $400
Now we will need to carry a spare. A job for the local welder, to mount it under the truck (we have a spare from our 1974). It looks like the brakes are OK. We need one battery.
Next: the original Magic Chef microwave 1200w has to go. Too small a cavity for fulltiming. Will replace it with a 600w. Or Panasonic 800w recessed turn table. Won't pay more than $80. If over 600w, will need inverter. Will buy inverter maybe anyway. Not more than $250
The chipped porcelain coated sink: replace with stainless sink. Either on line or Lowes. Haven't looked much at prices yet. Should find something under $150.
For now, we will replace the carpet with a brand new one we already own.
The main work is the bedroom: replacing the twin beds with RV double. Somebody mentionned "Knox Foam". A 48X74X4" costs $120 delivered. Will add a Visco foam pad (no cover), maybe the 2" from Knox Foam at $168
or 2 pads, total 3" thick for $112 + $30 shipping. Then a cover for the whole thing: $58. Still shopping for that pad. Total under $350.
Our major expense will be a new hitch. Air ride hitch. After numerous conversations, here and on the MDT forum on Escapees: we have settled on Easy Rider Hitch. It looks like it will be $650 plus freight.
This poll being to gather data for recruiting sponsors, here are my own observations: the items people are looking for, fall in (at least) 3 categories:
1_ run of the mill stuff: just go to Camping World catalogue or the like, WalMart, Lowes,... Anybody can find sources & prices; they will shop for that on their own.
2_ more specialized. All the sources above will have some - usually inadequate selection, low end quality or really overpriced. Like trailer tires at a good price, hitches,... Mike is always looking for things like extensive selection of 12v
products, specialized hardware (he collects fasteners of all types), rivets (?!), ...., RV plumbing, solar products,.....and more
3_ the toughest ones: things most people don't know exist AND often don't know they may need. The ones which are really hard to track down.
I mentioned having a hard time getting information on an air hitch. The market of course is much smaller than for party lights, banana tree, or wind chimes.
I talked to a lot of people on line who were able to point me in the right direction, and steer me away from shady outfits.
Wild guess: I think we will have to spend about $2500 this year (excluding cost of the trailer of course).