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Old 11-18-2015, 05:39 PM   #15
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Hahhha good to hear aerowood, where at and what do you do?
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Old 11-18-2015, 06:51 PM   #16
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I tow my 34' with an F150 (before I get a bunch of emails - I am within all the weight allowances). I don't have many issues with the bumper pull scenario, and use a Reese hitch setup. I also tow my 35' cruiser with a bumper tow trailer, and don't have any issues there. Just need a big enough truck. Some of the HD trucks have 2.5" receivers to accommodate the weight (15k lbs on the boat), and that is necessary.

We have changed the interior to meet our needs, and the space works very well for us. We redesigned our rear bed to be a queen setup, and installed storage under the bed. The original setup was twin beds, and had access from the sides as well as the rear, so we took advantage of that and are actually able to access our storage from 4 different openings. We installed a couch from a Class A in the front, which gives us tons of storage up there.

In the summer, it gets hot in the trailer. We have twin AC units, and they cool the trailer to about 80 degrees on the hottest Texas days. If your living on a boat though, this should be similar to what you are experiencing, as the AC units on boats have limited cooling and heating capabilities as well. As for winter camping, not done it yet in the AS. We took her out this weekend, but it was only down to the 50s...maybe high 40s. At that, we didn't have any issues, and added an electric blanket to cut down on propane use.

Good luck on your decision. There are nice examples of both of your options, and either will be an experience.
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Old 11-18-2015, 07:03 PM   #17
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Thanks tx, lol you're braver than I with towing such a large package with an f150 however, I currently have a 09 Tacoma 4cyl 5sp that I've towed large overweight loads with, never any sway problems but the biggest one was a 21ft sea chaser that was very waterlogged, but it's always a white knuckle experience, the little Tacoma is tough as nails tho.
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Old 11-18-2015, 08:56 PM   #18
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Hahhha good to hear aerowood, where at and what do you do?

I work for NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research) I am a Flight Engineer / A & P Mechanic / Fabricator.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:02 PM   #19
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Sounds like a dream job for sure aero, I'm an engine mechanic on a combs contract for the air force on a navy base, to say the least it's a weird kind of environment.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:32 PM   #20
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I imagine it would be. I'm also the Crew Chief on our C-130. We also have a Gulfstream VClick image for larger version

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Old 11-18-2015, 09:51 PM   #21
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Color me jealous, I'm hoping to find a good engine shop in a few years and getting away from the military contract game where I'm gonna be on a five year cycle of constant insecurity
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:17 PM   #22
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Smile the one year anniversary

We have a Reese hitch dual cam (which is for the sway bars). It has served us well. .....and we have never popped a rivet. We pull the 28' with a Ram EcoDiesel 1500
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:04 PM   #23
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Well unfortunately we have come to the conclusion that for now the smart choice is to get a tow vehicle and go with a fifth wheel for the ease and simplicity of towing and the cost effectiveness of the space.
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:05 PM   #24
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However I still want to be a part of this community, seems like lots of good folks here and a lot of good knowledge about rv's in general, you folks have helped immensely already
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:32 PM   #25
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Dear Rufus and honey, we are starting our third winter in A/S. Our 34' has been modified for full timing. Such as our twins are now a a queen bed. Finally. We also put temper pedicure-style toppers on top. We are sleeping so well now. We took out the front gaucho and had a custom cabinet built-in. That was the first change and we have never regretted it. We completely changed the kitchen and today we started changing the dining. So my advice is we love our a/s but have changed it (modernized) it for our comfort and convenience. Don't be afraid to change it to suit yourselves. We are retired in Myrtle Beach on the beach and are loving it. There are camping places that are not on top of one another and are not noisy. You just have to talk to other campers and keep looking. One change we made was adding a tankless hot water heater. And a dishwasher. And we have new Fantastic fans. All of these are great updates.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:37 PM   #26
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We're definitely looking forward to it, learned a lot that will help us in the rv over our last 3 years in the boat, lots of system and hardware crossover. It's gonna be great.
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You'll run into a lot of other full-time families on the road too. It's a great experience.
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:35 PM   #28
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Just a lot of folks make the same decision you just made. The fifth wheel rig is very spacious for the cost, and fifth wheels (or goosenecks) are more stable towing.

We Airstream nuts like the uniqueness, iconic shape, history, and longevity of the unit. I think it is similar to the classic Harley Davidson motorcycle. Harley's are iconic and have a rich history too, especially the patented sound; "patato, patato, patato" at idle. But there are other choices for comfortable touring on a heavy cruiser motorcycle.

We hope to see you browsing around Air Forums where you can learn about living full time in your RV, where good parks are located, good routes to take, tow vehicle experiences, and lots of other fun stuff. Air Forums is the best website I participate in. And I participate in two others! What a judge.

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