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    Looking to buy an RV to use as full time work locations living quarters.

    I'm looking for information, reviews, advice about Travel Trailers in the 30 foot range. Makes models and issues to consider before buy used.

    I've looked at 2007 Jayco Eagle, 2010 Keystone Passport, 2010 Eclipse.

    I just want enough room for me to lounge around and have the occasional guest or two over for a weekend.


    Any experience out there?


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    NEVER buy an RV. buy a full size van and convert it. RV's are overpriced and they leak and start molding deteriorating really fast, you'd be wasting all your time trying to fix the damned thing. If you wanted even more space than the van get a cargo trailer. Many good how to videos online showing the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old SF Guy View Post
    I'm looking for information, reviews, advice about Travel Trailers in the 30 foot range. Makes models and issues to consider before buy used.

    I've looked at 2007 Jayco Eagle, 2010 Keystone Passport, 2010 Eclipse.

    I just want enough room for me to lounge around and have the occasional guest or two over for a weekend.


    Any experience out there?


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    My folks have had the same travel trailer for thirty-five years, now. Matter of fact, my son used it for a couple years when he went to Auburn. Keep them clean and they'll last a long, long time.
    I don't have to tell an old SF guy how to maintain equipment.
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    i spent two years in a 10x7x6 camper with a woman. Then another two in a 28x10x7 class b rv with her and a cat, and the last 3 in a 30ft sailboat, the first year had me, my woman, a cat and a hedgehog.. I know of what I speak.
    The camper was just small; we cooked outdoors, and set up a tarp to make and outdoor dining area/cooking area. It was fun, but inconvenient.we also had no indoor plumbing...

    The Rv was real good, it had plumbing with a shower, slept 8 close friends, and had ac! It was built on a 78 desoto van. It was close to perfect....
    The rv was a bitch to find parking for, it had a scary, high revving top speed of 65, and it was LOUD. It was however, only 3k..
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    We had a 30' Alpin Lite for about 15 years. Gave it to my daughter 8 years ago. Still going strong. Take care of it. It will take care of you. It was a fifth wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-henscheli View Post
    i spent two years in a 10x7x6 camper with a woman. Then another two in a 28x10x7 class b rv with her and a cat, and the last 3 in a 30ft sailboat, the first year had me, my woman, a cat and a hedgehog.. I know of what I speak.
    The camper was just small; we cooked outdoors, and set up a tarp to make and outdoor dining area/cooking area. It was fun, but inconvenient.we also had no indoor plumbing...

    The Rv was real good, it had plumbing with a shower, slept 8 close friends, and had ac! It was built on a 78 desoto van. It was close to perfect....
    The rv was a bitch to find parking for, it had a scary, high revving top speed of 65, and it was LOUD. It was however, only 3k..
    @Old SF Guy , splurge and get an Airstream!

    But more importantly to my good friend Jimbo; C'mon man, a HEDGEHOG? Don't leave us hangin', give us more about this woman, a cat and hedgehog!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old SF Guy View Post
    I'm looking for information, reviews, advice about Travel Trailers in the 30 foot range. Makes models and issues to consider before buy used.

    I've looked at 2007 Jayco Eagle, 2010 Keystone Passport, 2010 Eclipse.

    I just want enough room for me to lounge around and have the occasional guest or two over for a weekend.


    Any experience out there?


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    I have a 21 foot KZ Sportsmen Ultra Light. It has a shower, toilet, full kitchen. It is tight quarters, but one person could live in it alone quite handily. Two people? Maybe for a weekend.
    The wife has a trailer that is about the size you mentioned - it's a 4 horse trailer with living quarters in the nose. The big difference is mine's a bumper pull, hers is a goose neck.

    The BIG concern you will have is truck size / trailer size. If you are serious about a 30+ foot travel trailer you will need at least a 2500 Heavy Duty pickup, preferably diesel.
    The wife has a Chevy Crew Cab 4X4 2500 Heavy Duty diesel with a factory heavy duty towing package and a professionally mounted hitch. Her trailer weighs over 7,000 empty, and her truck pulls it no problem, other than less than a 2MPG drop in fuel efficiency.

    My truck is a GMC 4X4 1500 Crew Cab with a gasoline V-8 (335 horsepower) with the factory heavy duty towing package. My trailer weighs 3,000 empty and my truck pulls it fine, EXCEPT highway mileage drops from 19-20 MPG to 9.5 MPG. And that adds up real quick when on the road.

    In the 30 foot + class, make sure the trailer is a goose neck, that puts the tongue weight directly over the rear axle for better stability. AVOID a 5th wheel set up, they render your pick up bed mostly useless when not towing.
    Wife's is a true gooseneck - it rides on a ball hitch mounted in the bed. The good thing about this is when not in use, which is most of the time, the ball is flipped over in its mount and becomes flush with the bed.

    Travel trailers are the way to go. You pull them to location, drop them, and are free to motor around in your truck. And they are a fraction of the price of a motor coach.
    I have taken mine to several of my Army unit reunions, and stayed in an RV park nearby to avoid the ridiculous hotel room fees.

    A friend of mine is retired Navy, and he and his wife live in a 30+ foot trailer. At the RV park he permanently stays at, he acts as part time grounds keeper in exchange for the fees everyone else would pay. He, too has a Chevy Crew Cab 2500 Heavy Duty, but I think his is gasoline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slippy View Post
    @Old SF Guy , splurge and get an Airstream!

    But more importantly to my good friend Jimbo; C'mon man, a HEDGEHOG? Don't leave us hangin', give us more about this woman, a cat and hedgehog!
    ... and a 30’ sailboat..
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    I knew 2 guys who got orders from Ft Sam Houston / San Antonio to Ft Hood . One had kids in HIgh School / wife with a job she did not want to leave and a high prabability of moving back to Ft Sam. The other had 2 years till retirement and a new wife tha thad no interest in moving anywhere.

    Solution RV parked at the Ft Hood Recreation Area . They sold it for close to what they paid for it to anther service member and did not hav eto move it. They never did have a truck to move it with. It works as that one had a "kids" bunk area in the back they simply modified the bunks. So one sleeping are up front and one in the back.

    The size you are talking about will work. I do not have any recommendations one model over anther.

    Which one has fewer nights used, been stored inside. Maintenance wise the roof , The Roof , THE ROOF. Followed by slide outs.
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    Although probably not practical for everyone, I love the look of a classic Airstream. If I had won the lottery, I probably would have bought one.
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