Jul 3, 2020 at 9:03 pm #3656109
If I were to have one custom built, I’d have them leave out the fridge and put a cabinet in its place, and I’d skip the standard RV furnace and just go with an energy efficient diesel heater.Jul 3, 2020 at 9:04 pm #3656110
Amy seemed pretty stoked earlier but is back in the Class A campJul 3, 2020 at 9:55 pm #3656116
A relative has a tent trailer with fridg you can’t get into without raising tent, major hassle.
A propane fridg is really handy. I wonder if you can get a portable oneJul 3, 2020 at 9:58 pm #3656117
The fridge in the tent trailer we’re looking at would be better used as a small pantry. I’d prefer to just use a 12v dometic or ARB fridgeJul 3, 2020 at 11:09 pm #3656119
One of the reasons I wanted the larger high wall Niagara tent trailer was because the fridge was almost 3 times as large. But even with that, we had to bring two large ice chests for longer trips. Also fridges in tent trailers don’t have proper ventilation in the back to work well.
I wouldn’t even bother with a portable Dometic fridge. Very expensive, capacity is too small for extended trips and I would suspect their ability to work well in warmer weather. The large one in our travel trailer fits our needs and is the same size as most Class A rigs.
For a heater, I’m a big fan of the LPG Wave heaters, having used them since ‘92. I had a 3, 6, and 8 series. We normally quickly “knock down” the cold with our furnace then switch to the Wave.Jul 4, 2020 at 3:25 am #3656133
The upside to those portable 12v fridges is no ice or ice packs so all the available room inside is available for food and beverages.
We’re going to stop by the dealership this morning. Fortunately we still need to sell our boat or they would need to be willing to give us an acceptable trade on it. This gives us some time to sleep on it and negotiate something acceptable for all parties.
If it works out it works out. I am excited by the idea of having something so light and portable but a Class A would be like owning a second home from a comfort perspective, so the benefits of it aren’t lost on me.Jul 4, 2020 at 8:17 am #3656148
My RV has this fake fireplace that includes an electric heater, maybe 1000W. Good enough for cool temps.
Then there’s the heat pump. That’s AC and heat down to cool temps. maybe 2000W. There’s another AC in the rear.
Then there’s the propane heater.
I don’t think we’ve ever used it where there wasn’t a hookup. We used to use out fifth wheels and class C in primitive sites.Jul 4, 2020 at 10:41 am #3656163
I am excited by the idea of having something so light and portable but a Class A would be like owning a second home from a comfort perspective, so the benefits of it aren’t lost on me.
I’ve had small and light, and big (travel trailer). I prefer small because we can go more places. But when camping for weeks at a time, big has a lot of conveniences. I picked the two tent trailers we owned and Joyce got to pick our current camper. Also my preference is for capable tow vehicle versus towing a toad (or dinghy) with a class A. They are all options and nothing is perfect. Happy wife is important.
I’ve thought of buying another small tent trailer just for me, but I would probably rarely use it because I mostly backpack and the occasional car camping trip is comfortably equipped with backpacking gear I already own.Jul 4, 2020 at 11:04 am #3656167
In the almost 20 years Joyce and I have been married we have camped maybe 10 times in a campground with hook ups. We’ve camped over 2,000 nights in this period. We just hate campgrounds with hook ups, but that is our preference. When we camp with hook ups it is usually in summer at the Colorado River with temps sometimes hitting 120F, so we want A/C at night. A couple years ago I bought a couple Honda generators to run the A/C in these conditions. We will still probably use a full service campground for some of these trips because we still need a boat ramp for our boat as pulling a 200lb boat with a hand dolly over sand is getting to be too much work for my 70 year old body.
Every December and January we camp for a month or two in deserts when nighttime temps are usually in the 30s; sometimes in the high 20s. At the same time, rain or overcast skies reduce or eliminate solar charging. A furnace can use up to one pound of LPG per hour, and it can draw 8-12 amps of power. Out Wave 8 heater uses 0.25 pounds of LPG per hour and isn’t connected to the battery (no fan in it), so zero amps electric consumption. The Wave is a radiant heater. The furnace heats better. Again, trade offs.Jul 4, 2020 at 2:23 pm #3656201
wifi, cable TV, indoor swimming pool are good
shuttle to take you to the all you can eat cheap buffet at the Indian casino is niceJul 4, 2020 at 10:11 pm #3656260Jul 5, 2020 at 8:47 am #3656283
yeah, packed in with a bunch of other people
air pollution from fires
with RVs you can shut your windows, not nearly as many fires
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