+10 I'd put the furnace
back as well. They are very durable, and typically can be fixed if you have issues.
A prior owner on my Trillium
removed the furnace. Its on my project list to find one and reinstall. Meantime, when I am dry camping
, I have no heat, so I choose my route carefully and put up with it.
Note, I have two campers, so the modern Escape
19 gets most of the use, and it has a furnace. So on big trips I am fine.
Lots of dry camping
out there (camping without hookups). National Parks, state parks, and even truck stops/Walmarts/etc when making time. Having heat without a hookup is important. 90% or more of my camping is dry camping
. It is uncommon for a National Park Campground to have hookups, and when they do, its typically a small number of their total campsites. Example, in Yellowstone, only one campground has hookups and its a glorified parking lot. (Yellowstone has 12 campgrounds total). FWIW, the campground with hookups is closed for the entire year right now....
Second thing I would do is go to the Trillium
section and read some of the various threads on common problems that need attention: window sealing and wood surround, belly band repair, body to frame bolts, and door hinges are some that come to mind.
Door locks varied year to year, my 1977 has a Bargman L-400
. The L-400
is one of the most sought after vintage RV lock out there, and haven't been made in decades. Used ones pop up on eBay at a high price, so if yours is working well, cherish it! I have picked up a couple of backups as mine was not locking.