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JAC1982 wrote:

I am trying to avoid calling a dealer to ask this question as I don't want to get sucked into a conversation [emoticon]

Does anybody know if the Grand Design Reflection 150 Series comes with built-in generator prep? Their website doesn't mention it.


Add a gen box to a cargo rack on the rear. May have to have one built, but it can be done. Can make gas or propane, whichever floats your boat.

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2012Coleman wrote:

JAC1982 wrote:

We have a "hookup" at Cummins so we get the Onan at very low cost. We have one in our current toyhauler and do not find it to be noisy. I can nap with it running and I'm a light sleeper.

Anyway though, weight is not an issue with us (tow vehicle is a F350 dually). It's just the shorter length of the Reflection 150's that was appealing. Many other manufacturers have shorter trailers but they're often their low-end models that don't have some of the other amenities we want. We basically want the features/finishes you find in a larger trailer, but shorter length. Proving harder to find. We are at 38' right now and want to go smaller so so 30' sounds like a dream. But it's looking like we'll be in the 32'-34' range in order to "check off the boxes" of everything we want.
I have the Reflection 303RLS - listed as 33 feet in length. I am very happy with it and the customer service I have received from the company and mostly my dealer.


That is actually the floor plan I liked the best [emoticon] Can you remove the dinette altogether pretty easily? Since we are losing the garage space of the toyhauler, I'd like a little area for our dog beds when they are with us (although I'm sure they'd prefer to sleep on the sofa haha).

Edit to Add, Also, can you open the fridge when the slides are in?


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laknox wrote:

JAC1982 wrote:

I am trying to avoid calling a dealer to ask this question as I don't want to get sucked into a conversation [emoticon]

Does anybody know if the Grand Design Reflection 150 Series comes with built-in generator prep? Their website doesn't mention it.


Add a gen box to a cargo rack on the rear. May have to have one built, but it can be done. Can make gas or propane, whichever floats your boat.

Lyle


The issue with that is sometimes, we will also be towing a utility trailer behind the 5er with our side by side on it. We really prefer to have the on-board generator since we've always had one.

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We can open our refrig door on our 303rls and then both sit down on the same side of the dinette to eat a sandwich. Also use the bathroom.

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JAC what would be the reason to have a on-board generator? What are your thoughts on your power supply needs?

I ask this as it would be about the same price for a nice lithium solar set up and a 2000 watt generator for those couple times you may want to run the AC unit as well. The solar and batteries could run the rest with no noise and no fuel needed.


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JAC1982 wrote:

2012Coleman wrote:

JAC1982 wrote:

We have a "hookup" at Cummins so we get the Onan at very low cost. We have one in our current toyhauler and do not find it to be noisy. I can nap with it running and I'm a light sleeper.

Anyway though, weight is not an issue with us (tow vehicle is a F350 dually). It's just the shorter length of the Reflection 150's that was appealing. Many other manufacturers have shorter trailers but they're often their low-end models that don't have some of the other amenities we want. We basically want the features/finishes you find in a larger trailer, but shorter length. Proving harder to find. We are at 38' right now and want to go smaller so so 30' sounds like a dream. But it's looking like we'll be in the 32'-34' range in order to "check off the boxes" of everything we want.
I have the Reflection 303RLS - listed as 33 feet in length. I am very happy with it and the customer service I have received from the company and mostly my dealer.


That is actually the floor plan I liked the best [emoticon] Can you remove the dinette altogether pretty easily? Since we are losing the garage space of the toyhauler, I'd like a little area for our dog beds when they are with us (although I'm sure they'd prefer to sleep on the sofa haha).

Edit to Add, Also, can you open the fridge when the slides are in?
I'm pretty sure you can open at least one of the doors on the fridge - that slide is against the island when in so make sure if that is important to you. It's not to me, so I don't pay much attention to it. The table is held down by screws - most likely easy to remove. We really enjoy the rear living layout in this model - lots of windows and plenty of storage. The TV is directly across from the recliners. The fireplace does a great job of warming things up. I got the bedroom AC as part of the deal. Every time I go into it after being closed up - it still smells new inside. A far cry from the formaldehyde off-gassing Coleman we previously had. I'll be glad to answer any other questions you have.


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the thing i don't like about GD is that many of the models don't have the 6 point leveling system.

After having it on my Montana I'll never NOT have this system.


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librty02 wrote:

JAC what would be the reason to have a on-board generator? What are your thoughts on your power supply needs?

I ask this as it would be about the same price for a nice lithium solar set up and a 2000 watt generator for those couple times you may want to run the AC unit as well. The solar and batteries could run the rest with no noise and no fuel needed.


An annual trip we do is to a music festival where we "boondock" in a field with 30,000 of our closest friends (LOL). It can frequently be 100 degrees during the middle part of the day, so we need plenty of power to be able to run two AC units for 8-10 hours a day. I don't think solar can do this. We've had a year in our old travel trailer where the AC didn't work properly out there, and we never want to do that ever again.... it ruined the trip. So anything we can do to prevent that from happening again, we will do.

If we were full timers I would look at a solar set up but since we need the generator anyway for this trip, adding the cost of solar doesn't make sense for us right now.

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edbehnke wrote:

the thing i don't like about GD is that many of the models don't have the 6 point leveling system.

After having it on my Montana I'll never NOT have this system.


On a shorter trailer, is 6 point necessary or is 4 point sufficient? We have a 6 point on our current toyhauler, but we're also 38' long.

But yes, auto-leveling is one of our non-negotiable items [emoticon]

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2012Coleman wrote:

I'm pretty sure you can open at least one of the doors on the fridge - that slide is against the island when in so make sure if that is important to you. It's not to me, so I don't pay much attention to it. The table is held down by screws - most likely easy to remove. We really enjoy the rear living layout in this model - lots of windows and plenty of storage. The TV is directly across from the recliners. The fireplace does a great job of warming things up. I got the bedroom AC as part of the deal. Every time I go into it after being closed up - it still smells new inside. A far cry from the formaldehyde off-gassing Coleman we previously had. I'll be glad to answer any other questions you have.


Thank you! After having two other trailers, we've really narrowed down what's important... and loading/unloading the fridge with the slide in is one of them, even if it's only one of the doors to grab a beer right when we get to our destination [emoticon]

Our current and previous rigs were both toyhaulers, so I'm really looking forward to having rear living with lots of windows. Toyhaulers by nature are dark inside and you don't get to take advantage of views from inside.

We are going to an RV show this weekend so we hope to be able to walk through some Grand Designs. They're at the top of our price point but they may be worth it!

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