mgb327 wrote:Well, I never wanted to be an "RV'er", but I wanted a few creature comforts. Last Friday I bought one of these, used, like-new. Very similar to this, but it has a great propane kitchen and a stand-up shower. I am setting it up as a solar-power unit, (no generator). About the only upgrade I want is a larger/better cooking surface, as I am bringing 68 pounds (!) of BACON. Got my tickets last Wed. I am good to go.
i love it. i've been looking at those too. how much did that run you?
Hey Clocks, the one I found is a 1999 Jayco, the basic box is 15 feet long, and with it set up, it is about 24' with great headroom. Surprisingly spacious. Towing weight is about 2000 pounds dry, tows very easily. Single axle, surge brakes, standup shower and "cartridge" type porta-potty. I am not going to use the toilet, as there are JOTS near where I camp. (3:30 and J). Propane stove, propane water heater, 12v water system with 17 gallon water tank, 12v/propane refridge, and lots of nice ammenities. I researched these types for a while before I started looking for the one I decided was the best. These used Jaycos are top rated, and after looking at many different makes and models, the one I bought was what I thought was the best of the bunch. Most camping websites say to go with electric barkes, that surge are the second choice. I found, so far, that the surge are OK. But! I am dragging this from Virginia. I will see how it handles in the Colorado hills. I am going to test drive it in some of our Blue Ridge Mountains and see before I start out on a 6,000 mile drive. Mine has a roof-mounted AC unit that I am going to carefully remove. I don't need to haul 125 pounds there and back that I don't need. I am planning on using mostly 12v, and have bought some nice 18w solar panels to keep the charge on a set of 2 deep-cycle batteries. I am upgrading the tires to steel-belted radials, as the bias-ply tires that come on these are real crap. Made in China crap. The blue book on this model is around 4-5 grand in great shape. I paid 3 grand even. They run 8-10k new. They also make them smaller, like a 10 foot model that has a nice floor plan, but I wanted a little more room, plus the stand up shower will be nice. I always have used the shower tent out there, solar bag type, but it will be nice to step out of the shower onto something 'notplaya". Another nice thing about the popup types, as you are driving, you can see the vehicle behind you...no blind spots. Priceless.
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