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Old 07-24-2019, 12:39 PM   #21
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We are just down the road from you in Little Apple and drove down to the dealer in. Fort Worth and they had most models in stock. They are inside and the build has AC. Great staff and ran off the salesman and sat in the ones we were interested in long enough to determine if we like it or not.
I have been to Hershey and its a wonderful show but just hard to just to sit and get a feel of the RV with 20 people in the RV.





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Thanks Bob. I have been to a few dealers but only to walk through a few models. I agree I need to do more of a deep dive. I'm going to try to do that at Hershey but it will be hard given that it is a RV show. Hopefully I can figure it out. It can be tough as most dealers don't have every model I am considering.
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Old 07-25-2019, 04:15 AM   #22
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Thanks for the advice on Dallas. I will have to look into that. I am from Chicago but live in Overland Park KS so Dallas is a doable drive or a short plane trip. It’s hard looking at them when the weather doesn’t cooperate so knowing that they have an indoor showroom is very helpful.
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Old 07-25-2019, 07:43 AM   #23
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Thanks Bob. I have been to a few dealers but only to walk through a few models. I agree I need to do more of a deep dive. I'm going to try to do that at Hershey but it will be hard given that it is a RV show. Hopefully I can figure it out. It can be tough as most dealers don't have every model I am considering.
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Hershey is a zoo. Like a zoo it's a lot of fun. It is not the place to spend a lot of time in an RV by yourself. You can see everything, it's the deep dive, sit there for an hour, try this, try that part that is missing.

Find a dealer that has inventory and is rational. Spend a weekday on the lot. If they want to be with you all the time and 10 minutes is the max ... find another dealer. ( ....hint .... hint ... Colonial ... hint ...) There are a number of them that are willing to let you spend time looking.

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Old 07-25-2019, 08:02 AM   #24
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Hopefully I can figure it out. It can be tough as most dealers don't have every model I am considering.
Take your time, the search is also satisfying!
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Old 07-25-2019, 08:44 AM   #25
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Might I suggest trying it it the Weber Q 2200. You can grill, sear, bake, smoke, and griddle on it. Here is a little album of things I’ve cooked. https://imgur.com/gallery/1koTUpG

I’ve also smoked ribs. It wouldn’t work for a Boston butt or brisket, but it’s amazing the food it can turn out.
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Old 07-25-2019, 02:15 PM   #26
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Hi

Hershey is a zoo. Like a zoo it's a lot of fun. It is not the place to spend a lot of time in an RV by yourself. You can see everything, it's the deep dive, sit there for an hour, try this, try that part that is missing.

Find a dealer that has inventory and is rational. Spend a weekday on the lot. If they want to be with you all the time and 10 minutes is the max ... find another dealer. ( ....hint .... hint ... Colonial ... hint ...) There are a number of them that are willing to let you spend time looking.

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I concur with UB; we have spent many "hours" in new AS's over the years, in addition to owning 3 25's and now the 28'. We still find ourselves checking out and sitting in the new models comparing everything from quality of new upgraded models (Tommy Bahama, Globetrotter, Classic) features/seating cushions, storage (inside and outside). We found purchasing slightly used is a good way to start out...this allows you to get some quality camping time and see if that's the model for you...if not, you can always enjoy it still while camping. Assuming your diligent on pricing of purchase, your likely not to loose much if any on a resale assuming your not keeping it more then a year or so...that's how we started out. Even then, we purchased a new 2014 FC model, used it 2 years, and sold it for what we paid plus a little more! We ended up moving up from the 25' twin to the 28' as DW wanted the separate seating area for dinning and couch for TV lounging....but then we needed a larger TV also, so good to consider all these things as best you can. Until you actually spend some time camping in one a few times, it's difficult to anticipate what works for you. As for purchasing in TX....if you can find a dealer that is willing to offer a discount beyond 20%, that would be great. We could not...we ended up purchasing our last 2 new AS's in CA! good luck!
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Old 07-25-2019, 06:12 PM   #27
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A Vote for a Pellet Smoker

I had a Pit Boss 820 pellet smoker that I used at home, but it was way too big and heavy to take on the road. So, after much research I decided to purchase the Camp Chef Pursuit 20... which is their "portable" smoker. Granted it is a "little" heavy at around 90 lb., but I wanted something that would hold up to the traveling (liked the construction), size of the pellet bin, ease of cleaning and dumping the ashes (removable ash cup). I have a camper shell on the back of my 2015 Chevy 2500HD with a slide out drawer. I have figured out how to load and unload the smoker by myself (I am no Superman at 69 YO), but I make it work. I like the size... Tuesday I smoked 2 large racks of Baby Back ribs. The temperature is pretty consistent... really like how the controller functions better than the Pit Boss.Turned out GREAT! Yesterday I did 3 Hasselback baked potatoes, 3 large ears of corn on the cob and 3-1lb. bone-in rib-eye steaks. There is a slide mechanism to move the cover over the burn pot to expose the flame so you can use the smoker like a traditional BBQ grill. My go-to pellets are the red oak from "Q" Pellets. There are no chemical binders or "flavor enhancers", so you get a true smokiness. You can order on Amazon or directly from their website. I have a purveyor of wood for smoking in Southern California I use when I am in the area...saves on shipping. Bought 4-40lb. bags I am hoping will last until I get back to Arizona in November. Red oak is a hotter burning/milder/sweeter smoke that produces less ash and usually most people do not use a bbq sauce to cut the stronger, somewhat bitter smoke of mesquite or hickory. My backup pellet is the Competition Blend from Pit Boss (maple, hickory and cherry wood blend). I have found quite a few WalMarts already stock it or you can order it online ($29.99/40lbs.) and have it delivered to a local store for you to pick up with FREE shipping. Propane, charcoal and especially ovens, can't produce a flavor that even comes close to "low and slow". Hope this helps.
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I enjoyed my Camp Chef two-burner Explorer stove and griddle. There are other options you can buy to put on top for baking pizzas, etc.
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Old 07-28-2019, 10:55 AM   #29
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We have the Traeger scouts grill, weighs in at 45 pounds and plugs in so we donít have to worry about propane. Great pellet Grill, food comes out moist and tasty and hard to mess up. We love it. Even with my bad back, itís not bad getting in and out of the truck bed.
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Old 07-28-2019, 11:11 AM   #30
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We got an Aussie LP grill with folding stand as an inducement to buy our first SOB RV. Dumped that RV for an Airstream. Kept the Aussie grill. Works great and is fairly inexpensive. Stows well and is light weight. Has metal lunchbox latches to keep it together. https://www.amazon.com/Aussie-Outdoo...=fsclp_pl_dp_1

We also carry a Coleman dual fuel picnic table cook stove. We try to avoid a lot of cooking inside our 22FB so we don't get reminded of what we cooked the night before. We really do believe in camping out and cooking outside as much as possible.
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