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IndianaTC_dreamer

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Thank you all for the warm welcome, I got a few chuckles reading them all. 1st off I do have thick skin and can take hazing, razing, or being a newbie rather well after 22 years in the Army. The wife and I been married almost 27 yrs and I havent drove her away yet but we do plan on experienting before we plop down any serious $$$. Thank you guys for the advice about waiting on any MOD's until after we purchase something. Definately looking at Larger hardside 1 or 2 slides. We went to the Iniana RV show and the Louisville Boat and RV show and didnt see one TC period. The closest dealer to us is lil over 2 hours away in Hammersville, OH (Mike Jones RV). We plan on making a drive over to that dealership so we can look at what they have, try to get a feel for the size and all. Thank again for the welcome

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PS: The plan is to travel the western US boondocking and RV sites for a few months at a time

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IndianaTC_dreamer wrote:

Thank you all for the warm welcome, I got a few chuckles reading them all. 1st off I do have thick skin and can take hazing, razing, or being a newbie rather well after 22 years in the Army. The wife and I been married almost 27 yrs and I havent drove her away yet but we do plan on experienting before we plop down any serious $$$. Thank you guys for the advice about waiting on any MOD's until after we purchase something. Definately looking at Larger hardside 1 or 2 slides. We went to the Iniana RV show and the Louisville Boat and RV show and didnt see one TC period. The closest dealer to us is lil over 2 hours away in Hammersville, OH (Mike Jones RV). We plan on making a drive over to that dealership so we can look at what they have, try to get a feel for the size and all. Thank again for the welcome

Mote: We are near Bloomington IN


Hey, we're about an hour East of you. We went over to Mike Jones RV last summer. They have a pretty good selection of new truck campers. It's well worth the drive to get a feel for what you'll want.

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IndianaTC_dreamer wrote:

PS: The plan is to travel the western US boondocking and RV sites for a few months at a time


Glad to hear your plans were not full-timing.

You will enjoy traveling around the western US. Did the same thing after I retired.

I'm a former Hoosier now living in Oregon and wintering in Florida.

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Lwiddis wrote:

Some of my friends retired early and are not happy they did so.

That would make a good topic.


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DarkSkySeeker wrote:

Lwiddis wrote:

Some of my friends retired early and are not happy they did so.

That would make a good topic.


Agree.

And "early" means different things to different people. If they weren't happy, at what age did they retire?


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Since you are still in the think phase, I have a couple of recommendations based on my experience doing what you are planning.

First be careful about overbuying and getting an oversized TC. Sure the space looks great but instead think about what you really need. I highly advise against slides! You will pay a lot in weight for very little actual useable space. If you do get slides make sure you can use the RV with the slides in. That would include stopping on the road to use the facilities, or prepare lunch or take a nap. That would include full use of the RV if you are parked in an area such as a side street where you cannot open the slides or you want to be stealthy.

Get a TC with at least enough space for 2 large AGM batteries (about 300 AH total) and a couple of full sized solar panels. Oversize your batteries and solar to accommodate camping in the shade and cloudy days so that you can avoid running a generator.

Don't waste space on a dry bath. My wet bath is easy to dry with a squeegee and saves lots of space and weight.

Get a TC with a cassette toilet so you can camp without the need to visit dump stations. A cassette can be dumped in a primitive vault toilet at a dump or even using a flush toilet. In an emergency you can even dig a cat hole depending on your location.

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Welcome to the site
Good to see that I’m not the only one dreaming of that day, already have a setup but just spend too much on toys to be able to walk away from the steady income. If the dealership will let you, load the unit you are looking at and go and weigh it. That will tell you what mods you may need or if you are totally to heavy. If they won’t let you, maybe you need to go to a different dealer. Just saying.

Good luck, hope to see lots of retirement pictures so I can dream more.

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markowwes wrote:

......If the dealership will let you, load the unit you are looking at and go and weigh it. ......



You do not need to load the TC in order to weigh it. Most dealers will have portable scales and can weigh the TC and your truck, separately. There is no reason to worry about weight distribution. Almost all of the weight will be on the rear axle. I doubt any dealer is going to have insurance coverage that will allow you to load up their RV and take it out on the road.

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