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[personal profile] gridlore and I are in agreement that this was our last year tent camping for That Thing In The Desert. We've done some basic research and determined that we are looking for a used 13' travel trailer (something like a Scamp or a Casita). For health reasons, we are specifically looking for Deluxe models with an onboard flush toilet.

We're not going to be doing any serious shopping until February when our tax refund comes in, but expect lots of stupid questions from us once we get to that point.

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Date: 2016-09-21 01:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevin-standlee.livejournal.com
Good luck! Lisa would be able to answer many of your questions, I expect, having spent much of her life living mostly full time in various travel trailers. (The current one is a 29' model, but she's been in smaller ones, and not being full-time, you wouldn't need as many amenities.) Have you considered where to store it when you weren't using it? Fernley is likely to be cheaper than the Bay Area, but of course you wouldn't have access to it the rest of the year, which would complicate packing and unpacking.

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Date: 2016-09-22 01:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silkensteel.livejournal.com
I'd suggest pricing Fernley, or similar somewhat secure RV/TT storage facilities. They're easy to break into, and repair/replacement on doors and windows can be pricey as the parts are kind of specialized.

Also feel free to ask me about the cabinetry and plumbing. The size you're looking for have tiny bathrooms, usually.

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Date: 2016-09-24 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kevin-standlee.livejournal.com
Lisa has had a chance now to look at your two possibles, and she says she recommends the Casita with the front bathroom. However, she does caution that you can't store anything substantial in the bedroom area of that model when towing, because it will make it difficult to make the optimal 60/40 weight balance.

She says that having the awning that appears to be in the photos is nice, too, but be cautious of the wind and be in a position to retract it quickly.

Lisa assumes that your truck is rated to be able to tow that much including all of your cargo, since you said you did basic research.

Good luck!
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