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Heart or Head – Searching for the Best Family Travel Trailer – Newschool Nomads

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Discovering a brand new RV

We started our seek for a brand new RV the second we determined to promote our previous one. My coronary heart bleeds gypsy blood and to not have an RV would make the subsequent few years really feel much more like a jail than it already does. Okay, so I’m being a bit dramatic however we love having an RV for a lot of causes. It makes touring reasonably priced. RVing permits us to be distant or as city as we need to be. It’s one of many methods our household connects and creates ceaselessly reminiscences. RVing permits for extra snug and prolonged visits with household. I really like my household however I additionally love my area.

Once we first began RVing a few years in the past we had a pop-up trailer that we liked. We might park it underneath the shade of the Sequoia timber within the Sierra Nevada Mountains or alongside the California Coast. It was good for that point of our lives. Since then we’ve found we love winter RVing so a pop-up isn’t going to work. We’ve additionally grown a bit and have been spoiled by our 41’ Gateway fifth wheel.

cedar-creek silverback 5th wheel camper

In between the pop-up and Gateway, we had a 35’ Cedar Creek fifth wheel. It was actually nice however the huge boys actually needed more room if we have been going to maintain full timing and I used to be kinda uninterested in the small kitchen counter. The one factor we liked concerning the Cedar Creek was the shorter size opened up extra tenting choices. Many parks have 35’ size restrictions and we slot in loads of driveways. The Gateway at 41’ not slot in my or Brent’s mother and father driveway and infrequently we couldn’t keep in some parks as a result of it was too massive. We don’t remorse buying the Gateway and would purchase it over once more if we have been full time RVing however now that we aren’t, we’re in search of one thing shorter so we’ve got extra choices.

Final however definitely not least, we not have the diesel 3500 Chevy dually to tug the RV. After some dialogue we determined that we didn’t need to proceed paying these costly truck funds for a truck that our whole household couldn’t slot in. In hindsight, we should always have purchased a inexpensive truck that seated six. Or perhaps not. Six of us in a truck would have been tight particularly with two automotive seats. So after a number of analysis we determined to purchase a diesel Ford Tour. I’ll do one other publish on shopping for the brand new SUV as a result of plenty of  analysis went into it however the in need of it’s that it may possibly seat six individuals comfortably and it may well haul a heavy load giving us extra choices for journey trailers, the purpose of this submit.

So with none extra rambling let’s speak journey trailers. It appears to us there aren’t as many bunkhouse floorplan variations for journey trailers as there are for fifth wheels. Additionally there aren’t as many slideouts presumably to maintain the load down since slideouts are heavy. So we’ve been making an attempt to prioritize and work out our wants for RVing. Whereas we aren’t full time RVing we do plan on taking a 2 month journey yearly and need to be snug. So here’s what we’re contemplating thus far.

Weight – A trailer that weighs lower than 10,000 kilos unloaded (UVW). The lighter the higher however we will go as much as 10,000 so long as we make some modifications to the Tour. Once more one other publish.

New or Used – Our first two trailers have been used they usually held up nice. Usually, we purchase every little thing used so it was an enormous deal for us to purchase a brand new trailer once we purchased the Gateway. We had checked out in all probability over 100 floorpans and it was the one one we liked every thing about and it was new that yr. In fact. We determined it was value it to buy the Gateway although we not often buy new. We face the identical drawback once more, a couple of of the ground plans we love are new this yr. Clearly, we would like to maintain value down and buy used. Nevertheless, we don’t remorse our buying the Gateway new in any respect. Surprisingly, it held its worth very nicely and we bought it shortly. Since we had such a fantastic expertise with a brand new rig (the guarantee is good) we’re contemplating new.

Slide outs – Are slide outs a should? In that case what number of and the place? Two slide out bunkhouse trailers are likely to put one within the again bed room and one other one within the center dwelling space. Three slide out trailers have a couple of extra choices. Some have one within the again bed room and two within the center. Others have two within the again bunkroom and one within the center. A couple of have one in every room. Regardless, if we determine we “want” slide outs, we try to determine if we would like more room in the lounge or bedrooms. We’re leaning in the direction of additional front room area however making an attempt to determine how necessary double front room slide outs are to us.

Bed room Format – At first it looks like the one journey trailer flooring plan choice was a again bunkhouse and a entrance queen mattress with the top of the mattress located on the entrance of the trailer. However then I discovered the entrance bunkhouse fashions. These sometimes have extra room across the grasp mattress and because the littles sleep in our room with us (they do in our home too) this might be rather more snug and provides Brent a superb area to work for prolonged journeys. The tradeoff is a smaller bunk room however the youngsters they don’t want as a lot area as they as soon as did since we aren’t full time. Even in our Gateway they spend lots of time lounging of their beds so we’re leaning in the direction of a bigger main bedroom.

“Character” – Earlier than we went on the street we checked out a classic bus and I liked it. It had a lot character and character. Nevertheless virtually outweighed character for full time RVing. Since this one is for half time solely, we’re contemplating one thing extra “enjoyable” like a classic camper. We love transforming/renovation tasks and assume it will be enjoyable to renovate and older trailer and make it one thing that “matches us”. Nevertheless, classic trailers sacrifice trendy comforts and we simply aren’t positive we need to sacrifice trendy comforts.

It’s arduous to say what “greatest household journey trailers” actually are as a result of every household has totally different wants. After months of analysis these are the journey trailers that we expect can be greatest for our household.

Cougar X-Lite 32FBS


The Cougar X-Lite 32 FBS was the primary journey trailer flooring plan we got here throughout with a rear main bedroom. Once we went to Indiana over spring break, we noticed it in individual and liked it. There’s a ton of area within the again bed room and there’s extra floorspace within the Cougar entrance bunkhouse than another journey trailers because of the slide out closet and two versus three or 4 bunks.


The downsides to the Cougar are: it’s solely obtainable new and it solely has one slide in the primary space. Nevertheless, since there isn’t an island the the ground area is about the identical. It’s actually simply sacrificing counter area.

Highland Ridge Open Vary Mild LT308 BHS or Roamer RT310BHS

Whereas on the dealership wanting on the Cougar, we noticed the Highland Ridge Open Vary Mild LT308BHS. I used to be impressed with all of the area the second we walked in. Though the grasp is within the entrance, there’s nonetheless extra room within the grasp than different journey trailers of the identical format as a result of Highland Ridge provides four inches in width over the usual width of most journey trailers. If you end up speaking area in RVs a couple of inches could make a HUGE distinction. Highland Ridge additionally comes with a 2 yr guarantee and is understood for its high quality construct.


The Roamer RT310BHS is principally the identical floorpan however with an additional slide out closet within the entrance bed room for a complete of FOUR slides! 


We completely LOVE these Highland Ridge flooring plans and in the event that they have been in our price range we might purchase certainly one of these in a heartbeat.

Puma 32FBIS


We haven’t seen the Puma 32FBIS in individual however whereas I used to be looking for entrance bunkhouse journey trailer floorpans I got here throughout this one. I really like the format with the main bedroom within the again and the double slides within the dwelling space.


We’re involved about how this one would do in colder climates although so we might be performing some extra analysis. Additionally the entrance bunkhouse is slightly tight if there’s an outside kitchen nevertheless it’s nice with out the outside kitchen. A number of extra with this nice flooring plan are the Prime Time Lacrosse 336BHT and the Prime Time Avenger 32 FBI. We aren’t accustomed to the Prime Time model however we love the layouts.

Grand Design Reflection 308BHTS


Grand Design is a more moderen model. We toured a Grand Design fifth wheel once we filmed the truth present, Going RV, final yr. They appear to be of very top quality. Then we went by way of certainly one of their journey trailers on the RV present in Denver a couple of months in the past.


We actually favored the finishes. Though the trailer has a entrance main bedroom, it felt just a little extra spacious that a number of the others we’ve toured.

Cross Roads Zinger ZT29DB



Because of my OCD, I’ve been checking Craigslist a number of occasions day and got here throughout the Crossroads Zinger 29DB. We actually just like the again bed room and the way the bunks lie horizontally within the entrance slicing down on the size and weight of the trailer. Whereas we don’t LOVE this RV, it’s reasonably priced and can be snug for our household with out including debt. Because it’s used I wouldn’t have emotional hold ups about portray model new cupboards and partitions. It will be a lot enjoyable to do one other RV makeover!

 Classic Airstream

For years, Brent and I’ve talked about shopping for a classic trailer or bus.  In a submit I wrote in March 2011, I discussed my dream of rolling down a dusty freeway in an Airstream, a shiny piece of Americana. We love bringing previous issues again to life. Though, we don’t have expertise renovating a trailer, we did renovate two 1950s homes in California. A trailer can’t be that a lot more durable to revive than a home, proper? Years in the past, once we purchased our pop-up trailer, our tow car was a Honda Odyssey so we have been very restricted by weight and price range. At this time, we have now a much bigger price range and tow car so perhaps now’s the time to pursue our dream of restoring and transforming a classic Airstream! We’ve got an ideal area to park it whereas we work on it.

We’ve been researching and actually love the 1980’s Excella fashions, notably the 34 footer with the double beds within the again. We have now all types concepts to customise it to suit our household and character. The draw back, in addition to the shortage of slide outs, are the costs of older Airstreams are everywhere in the map and good offers promote actually quick. Significantly, we noticed the precise trailer we needed for $7200 however it bought the night time earlier than we referred to as. The identical fashions are starting from 9K t0 20Okay and upwards! The upside is Airstreams are nicely constructed and maintain their worth.

There are such a lot of decisions and every one has their execs and cons. Do you’ve gotten expertise with any of those manufacturers or fashions? Ought to we go together with our coronary heart and purchase a classic Airstream or use our head and purchase a more moderen RV? What would you do? We want to decide quickly!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn and Brent

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