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 12/20/2008 6:01 PM
 
Hi Maeglena,
You've gotten good advice - each type has it's pros and cons. I chose a trailer because I fell in love with the Airstreams - liked the design and the decor. they tow exceptionally well and are aerodynamically designed so they are less expensive to tow than say a 5th wheel. I also liked the fact that I can unhook it and take the truck to go siteseeing, shopping to museums etc - and not have parking hassles or driving a big rig in cities. I can leave the trailer parked and go places in my 4 wheel drive truck that I couldn't with the trailer in tow or in a motorhome in rural areas - and I can use the truck to scout out campsites in remote places and make sure I can get in and out with the trailer and be able to turn it around. Many people with motor homes tow a small car (called a toad) - this has a different set of circumstances - for example you can't back up a rig with a tow car hitched to it. With a trailer you have to get out of the tow vehicle to get to the trailer - with a motor home you don't , you can turn the key and drive away (if you aren't hooked up!). Doesn't bother me - I'm pretty fearless and have a big dog - but some people like that extra security.
As far as boondocking goes the size of your tanks - both fresh water and holding tanks for gray water (shower, sink) and black water(toilet)determines how long you can boondock before you have to go dump the tanks and get more water. Also the capacity of your electrical system (batteries) is a factor in boondocking. And you need to be hooked up to power or have a generator or substantial solar capacity to run a microwave and air conditioning. And solar has its down side in that it doesn't charge as well when it's cloudy or when you are parked in a forest and if you are where it's hot, shade is a nice thing.
So it's a matter of learning as much as you can about the options and making choices based on how you want to use your RV. There will be compromises. I prefer to bookdock in remote areas because I love the country and campgrounds are too much like being in the suburbs for me and it can add up to considerable expense - but other people prefer campgrounds for the convienience, the social life and the activities - it's a matter of what you prefer.
If you decided to get a trailer - pick out the trailer first and then figure out what you need in a tow vehicle to pull it safely and have enough power to adequately handle the rig. You will have the trailer a lot longer than the tow vehicle - at least that's the case with Airstreams.
I hope this is helpful - don't hesitate to ask any questions and let us know how your search is going and what you decide or are considering.
Louisa & Jasper Joy
28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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 12/28/2008 11:02 PM
 
I vote for a MH. I've had the truck and trailer and really liked it but it's a lot of work for one person. I travel alone so all the hitching, setup,take-down etc. gets done by me alone. I have no RV now but am looking toward a van-type or very small class C MH in the future. I like the security of not having to leave my rig for bathroom breaks and having a generator so I could just stop and sleep a couple hours and have air conditioning while I travel. I like the idea of a scooter to get around on otherwise. I really am tired of towing. I've also learned I just don't need so much rig. I want something I can park easily.
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