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GB Jack

Ok, 

so ive decided an small rv /trailer  may be in my best interest, for a few reasons .the other structure where I deer hunt are old, and has an aroma  I can’t get out of my clothes even after washes, and mostly because  I want a comfortable , clean bed , I can manage (with my own dogs ) and support level, etc . I don’t need a bathroom , or a shower ( and would prefer not to have one) as my trout trips down south have campground facilities also.

 

is this a dumb investment ? I don’t do a lot of camping, but I think my wife and I would do more , because of this?  Thoughts? Anecdotes 

the one I’m looking at at small aluminum And have a queen bed . 

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Jakeismydog2

wth is a rhatvut?

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GB Jack
53 minutes ago, Jakeismydog2 said:

wth is a rhatvut?

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bobman

camping without a bathroom and a shower absolutely sucks, especially if your wife will be with you ( my camper shower is outside which means useless in cold weather)

 

look at bigfoot it’s a true 4 season camper, if you want to use it for hunting this is a huge benefit 

 

I wouldn’t own a camper without a good solar system as well, that simple addition frees you from a campground 

 

properly set set up campers are great what you outlined will be something you regret ( speaking from personal experience) I thought no shower no problem I was wrong

 

lastly research wave catalytic heater   they rock and don’t require power

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Tim Frazier

I picked this up for $2900 and have "big" plans for it!

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GB Jack
55 minutes ago, Tim Frazier said:

I picked this up for $2900 and have "big" plans for it!

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That’s a steal!!! I can’t find those anywhere? Been looking a long time

 

58 minutes ago, bobman said:

camping without a bathroom and a shower absolutely sucks, especially if your wife will be with you ( my camper shower is outside which means useless in cold weather)

 

look at bigfoot it’s a true 4 season camper, if you want to use it for hunting this is a huge benefit 

 

I wouldn’t own a camper without a good solar system as well, that simple addition frees you from a campground 

 

properly set set up campers are great what you outlined will be something you regret ( speaking from personal experience) I thought no shower no problem I was wrong

 

lastly research wave catalytic heater   they rock and don’t require power

Noted, but the places I stay have bathrooms right there, and I get what you’re saying about the wife 

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markbrit

Take some time and really understand what the payload of your tow vehicle is...RV salesman lie :)

I like the 80% rule, figure out the max weight of the trailer with 1k lbs of stuff in it, then cut it by 20% so you have some wiggle room. Towing is not the problem, it is stopping :)

 

A bathroom is a must if you plan to take the Mrs. with you, otherwise you are back in your friends cabin scenario. Public toilets are nice when needed, but she will be happier with facilities in her camper.

 

Don't be afraid to purchase used rigs, great markdown on original prices. Just learn how to look for water leaks. Have fun, do it...you only live once!

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bobman

it’s two AM raining and windy and your wife has to pee, are you going to tell her to walk unescorted to a public bathroom across a campground?

 

or you get old like some of us and pee three or four times a night lol

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FlyChamps
5 hours ago, bobman said:

it’s two AM raining and windy and your wife has to pee, are you going to tell her to walk unescorted to a public bathroom across a campground?

 

or you get old like some of us and pee three or four times a night lol

 

Judy and I had a lightweight camper without bathroom that we sold earlier this year.  In 2009 we spent 61 nights in it and towed it a little over 10,000 miles in three trips from Columbia, SC to Greenville, ME to Navajo Dam, NM to Key West, FL.  That included pulling it from Salida, CO through Leadville to Vail and then up the hill on I-70 to Denver with a 2004 Subaru Forester - lightweight was essential.

 

Our solution to the rainy days and mid-nights was a Thetford Porta-Potti that we set up before going to bed.  We could get 4-5 days use before emptying if used only to pee at night and on rainy days.  Also, if you only pee in it cleanup is easy and not unpleasant.  Judy never expressed any desire to have a full bathroom in the camper.

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406dn

I've had an 8.5 ft slide in for quite a while. The bathroom, shower dilemma depends on what you are comfortable with. My wife has no interest in roughing it in a slide in, so it is my field trial, hunting living quarters. In warm weather, solar bag showers will keep you clean enough for several days. Many truck stops have showers for a reasonable price. Whether a camper is worth it, largely depends how often you use it. I'd say you need to stay in one at least three weeks a year to make it worthwhile.

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NECarson
5 hours ago, bobman said:

it’s two AM raining and windy and your wife has to pee, are you going to tell her to walk unescorted to a public bathroom across a campground?

 

or you get old like some of us and pee three or four times a night lol

Yes. 

 

I'm not there, yet. Lol

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Chukarman

For the absolute minimum, there are any number of new companies (and old) that are offering tiny teardrop trailers that are also rough country capable.

 

I have a 24' Airstream. I find that it's really great to roll out of bed and take a leak without having to dress and walk across a cold, windswept campground to get to the 'facility'. Kitchen and dining area - is good.

 

I can last about two days without a shower of some sort. So, IMO shower is a must have.

 

JMO.

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GB Jack
21 minutes ago, Chukarman said:

For the absolute minimum, there are any number of new companies (and old) that are offering tiny teardrop trailers that are also rough country capable.

 

I have a 24' Airstream. I find that it's really great to roll out of bed and take a leak without having to dress and walk across a cold, windswept campground to get to the 'facility'. Kitchen and dining area - is good.

 

I can last about two days without a shower of some sort. So, IMO shower is a must have.

 

JMO.

If I could afford a 24

airsteam , I’m sure that’s the route I would go 

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gaberdeen

This is my 25ft Microlite. My Ram 1500 pulls it no problem. My wife was the one who insisted that we do not use the bathroom even though it has a full one. 4yrs old and the sewer tank is as clean as a whistle. My wife doesn’t mind using campground facilities and she isn’t a spring chicken any more.

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Grifish

My wife and I have had our 17’ Casita from Texas to Maine. It tows easily with our Tahoe and we used to tow it with an Astro va, no problem. We’ve owned her for about 8 years.  There’s some maintenance but it’s not too bad. Dry n warm when it rains and cool and well ventilated when it is hot. I have never seen one, but the Bigfoot described earlier is really supposed to be a fine 4 season unit, from what I understand they are no longer being made.

 

If you want to sleep in a clean bed when you travel it is a very viable option. Nice fridge, we have it set up with the bed permanently made and have a dining/kitchen area and bathroom with shower. We never have used the shower.  

 

Oh yeah, wife loves it- “ but, wouldn’t one of those Airstreams be nice.”

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