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 8/10/2008 9:14 PM
 
Hi Everyone,
I'm Brenda and I'm new to this camping thing. I found a great deal on a fibreglass Bigfoot truck camper and me being the bargain queen from Canada, bought it whether I needed it or not. I had the truck to put it on, so I thought what the heck.
I've been camping all summer in it and am having a great time. I'm meeting wonderful people and can't believe all the different types of campers I'm seeing out there. I've already figured out, a camper needs a washroom. And yes, I learnt that the hard way! So my big dilemma is, do I buy a bigger truck camper or go right of the deep end and get a 5th wheel? I'm finding the TC easy to drive and it set's up in a minute. It's perfect for travelling from place to place. Now on the other hand, I'm told 5th wheels are easy to haul and of course you can leave them at the campsite. They have lots more room, but how long does it really take to set them up and how about backing up?
I've gone ahead and booked campsites in Florida for January and February. Now I need your opinions ladies???? Brenda from Canada

Brenda from Canada
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 8/10/2008 9:29 PM
 
Hi Brenda ! Welcome to the forum !!! What size truck do you have ? How much could it tow ? That'll make a difference as to what you can buy. I have a Chevy F350 and a 37' fifth wheel - it's crazy big and there have been many times I think I went a little overboard ! As far as the time to set it up, you need to level side to side by driving up on leveling blocks or boards and I'm traveling alone so that takes some time - I need to pull in, see how much I think I should raise one side, I then either back up a bit and put the blocks down then pull up on them (sometimes pulling too far up and having to back up again) then I need to get out again and see if it's right and if not try again - I do that or just put the blocks down and pull forward (vs. backing up and pulling forward again) So far it's only been a big challenge once and I ended up just leaving that site 'cause the whole thing was so uneven it was ridiculous. The rest of the hooking up is pretty much the same as with anything - electric, water, sewer - My 5th wheel has a remote that I can use to run the slides, extend and pull in the landing gear and rear level jacks so that helps some. I've babbled alot but guess my best advise is, try and find someone to walk you thru the set up and break down process so you can see exact ally what's involved with it - I love my 5th wheel but I didn't always love it !! I was ready to give up several times because it seemed so overwhelming - now it's quite a bit of work but very do-able. The hitching up is pretty easy, just back in - it takes me about 3 tries to get it right but I can do it now, at first I couldn't. Good luck with your journey !! I'm glad you joined us :D Trudy, Molly & Murphy "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 8/10/2008 10:57 PM
 
Welcome Brenda, fellow Canuck!
Will you be full-timing in January?
I was told get as big as you feel you can drive because you will need the space full-timing...
Having driven a towable trailer, I will always go for the one-piece unit, Class A, B, or C, for managing it alone. Anything it does automatically, like jacks or leveling, even better...
You will know when the right unit comes along for you...:) Good luck!!
jan I care very little about where I am going, so how can I be lost?
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 8/10/2008 11:12 PM
 
Welcome, Brenda....
We are full-timers (5yrs. now, this month!!) we have a 5th wheel and love it....ours is a '07 Dodge with 1 slide and our length is 27 ft....our truck is a '08 Toyota Tundra and the 2 are made for each other.....It takes the DH and me about an hour and a half to be all set up and sitting under the awning with our adult beverages....and about an hour and a half to be on the road...but we've had 2 years of practice with the 5th wheel and 3 before that with a 17' Shamrock Hybrid camper.....
As far as the right RV for you.....get what you are comfortable with as far as towing and/or driving....I advise to start out small, which you have, so you're ready for something that has more living space....but take your time...look around...and you'll know your new home when you see it....
You have the PM feature disabled or I would have sent you some websites to check out on full-timing and shopping for the perfect RV.....
Lori
;07 Dodge 5th Wheel '08 Toyota Tundra This message was edited by rvgrammy1953 on 8-10-08 @ 10:17 PM

;07 Dodge 5th Wheel '08 Toyota Tundra
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 8/10/2008 11:23 PM
 
Guess I should have said I figure on an hour minimum to get set up or torn down. It may take me longer now that I have more things inside and outside, I'll need to get that "stuff" put away before taking off. Trudy, Molly & Murphy "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 8/11/2008 11:37 AM
 
Brenda, Greetings! Can't help with a 5th wheel question, good to hear from you. Nothing wrong with a little "port a potty" in your camper. Be cheaper than a whole new rig! Rough it for a couple years while you learn the in and outs of RVing. Again, Welcome. Sue "no matter where you go, there you are!"
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 8/11/2008 11:58 AM
 
Susan has a point, Brenda -
Take a good look around your camper and see if you have a spot for a porta-potty. They are like a hassock and if you can put a cover over it no one will know what it is. My Dad put his right in the middle of the floor beneath the bed (up against the wall of the part that slides into the truck). He then could use it like a step stool getting up and down from the bed and with a bit of material we were able to make a cover with a skirt that completely hid what was under there and made matching window curtains. Just remember to pull your curtains when you use it!
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 8/18/2008 8:14 PM
 
Welcome Brenda! I agree with the others about a port-a-potty untill you are sure you want to upgrade to a 5th wheel. Evie, what a great idea to make a cover for it!
Jan Jan, Jerry, Roada the Chi and Sass the Cockatiel Roughin' It Smoothly

Jan, Jerry, Roada and Sass
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 8/19/2008 3:01 PM
 
Thanks to everyone with your suggestions and I'm going to do just what you recommend … get the Porto potty for now. With all the options out there it is easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all and jump in spending lots of money on things you might or might not need. I’ll camp for a while and figure it out. Experience is my best teacher.
Thanks again Ladies, Brenda from Canada

Brenda from Canada
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 8/20/2008 12:08 PM
 
And, Brenda, don't forget to keep us posted on your doings! Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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