About 5 weeks ago, my wife and I decided to stop joking about living in our Jeep as a means of escaping our dead end jobs and to seriously weigh our vehicular options.
Within that time, I've done a flurry of research and we've decided on a Parkliner. We've visited the factory and feel secure that any online negativity about service is outdated and that the Parkliner is a superior travel trailer.
The pieces of this full time FBRV life are coming together quickly. And I wanted to post something in gratitude for this forum, its extensive information and its passionate members.
We hope you'll wish us luck on our adventure and I'm sure we will be reaching out for advice along our way.
We ended up originally ordering an Escape 17 B (build date 3 months from today) and then changed our order to an Escape 19 after getting to be inside the 17, 19 and 21 at a recent rally (still have the August 3rd build date).
We loved the feeling of space in the Escape trailers as compared to the Casita's and Scamps (which is what we were originally looking at). We also did not like the carpet on the walls of the Casitas.
Due to the previous customer service issues, we did not even consider the Parkliner at the time. However, based upon the things that we have recently read, it sounds like they have gotten those all straightened out. So I think you will have a good experience with them.
I would say definitely spend time in each trailer that you consider if possible. Pictures can be deceiving.
As a former ultra light backpacker and canoe camper I would've been Okay with a parkliner. I would've turned the big dinette into a dedicated bed and replaced all gas with all electric. Unfortunately, I have a husband who swears up and down he is going to travel more with me, and 3-4 cats. I chose a lilsnoozy because they offer the same bottom engineering to reduce turbulence and increase efficiency, and their underbed storage space opens to the outside and is big enough for cat litter and cat beds. Plus DH really needed more space than in the Parklner. But I think you made a great choice.
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We are also determined to go the composting route and are also considering Nature's Head as the front runner. The company has a great customer service reputation, offers a 5 year warranty & theirs seems the most logically designed.
Are you having NH direct-ship to Parkliner? Is there a deadline to get Parkliner your toilet during the course of the build? How are you addressing mounting it to the wet bath floor? Any details you can offer surrounding your NH experience will be greatly appreciated.
I'm very excited for you and for us and for Parkliner! What will the future hold? Come what may!
First time camper, or first time RV owner? I'm a first time RV owner, also. I did decide to buy new stuff for the camper rather than use hand me downs from my kitchen. Bought a 50 oz insulated carafe to hold hot water in each morning for a variety of uses rather than keep a pot simmering or reusing the microwave, buying toaster oven sized bakeware, a new crockpot with a lid that fastens, and put in another order for a 1.5L pressure cooker by Hawkins. Originally I was just going to get one pressure cooker, trial it, then pack it with my camping gear, but I use it so constantly now I decided to just get a second one. did decide on a Truckfridge ac/dc refrigerator to also hold down electric usage. To save space n the kitchen also bought folding silicon measuring spoons and cups. Thinking that we may just want to designate 3-4 outfits apiece as "camping gear" and just leave them in a plastic tote, in place. Also I will be getting a folding screen house as mosquitos just love me.
Been discussing the aspects of how to insure and license our little camper so it will be legal to drive it home from the factory with Dh, but since it's my baby it's something I'll have to chase down myself. Also have to buy some real world stuff like chocks, levels, temperature gun, et cetera...Depending on the more experienced hands here to heads up me on anything I have been overlooking.
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That's true in many states, I believe, but it only covers liability. With a brand new trailer, you probably want full coverage. Check with your vehicle insurer for a start. The "Money Matters" section of the forum has numerous old threads on insurance.
Registration procedures vary depending on your state. Best thing is to go into your local motor vehicle licensing office and ask.
For the OP... full-timing raises a lot of issues that us "weekenders" don't have to think about- things like state of residence, mailing address, managing campground costs, Internet and phone service,... You might want to scroll through the old threads in the "Full-timing" section of the forum and do some reading. They may answer some questions you didn't know you had!
Leslie, Thanks very much. I appreciate the consideration.
Mitzi & Jon, believe it or not... And judge us or not... We're jumping into this full-timing thing as first-time RV owners and even ...wait for it... first-time campers.
We can hear the gasps & fully realize the anxiety that "first-time-everything" status will create in people (especially friends & family). But we've talked it over & over & over again and we just need to get outta here & refresh ourselves, our connection to nature &, ultimately, refresh our lives themselves.
So... Full-timing: we've committed to a year and will go from there. Domiciling and taxes and whatnot are definitely future concerns but not in the immediate.
I guess when I asked for first-timer advice, I was really asking what stupid RV mistakes y'all made that could've been avoided with advice from some more experienced RVers.
Mistakes: bought cheap water hose and had to buy better one a few months later.
Must have's in my opinion: pressure regulator for water hose and surge protector for electric. Chocks. The leveling pads that look like legos. My hinge pin lock has saved me in one case. Traveling tool kit.
Suggest you take time in buying things. It is so tempting to go out and spend on all the "cute stuff" right away. I try to think about weight and function carefully before I buy. Also find Amazon a great resource.
I'm pretty sure that Lil Snoozy (in SC) will issue a 45 day temporary plate, good while you work on your Florida registration. They can verify that. I would have discussions with my insurance agent well before picking up the camper.
No judgments from me... if this is what you really want to do, then get started!
My biggest mistake was not starting sooner. Our kids were 6 and 9 when we bought the Scamp, and we missed some good years.
Leslie's list is a good start. As said, resist the temptation to go crazy buying every cool RV gadget. Consider weight with each purchase. Start simple and add as you go. With a small trailer, some kind of awning to make outdoor living space is essential. Lots of old threads on awnings- best type depends on where you camp- whether it's for shade, rain, or bugs. Seems like you are already thinking about off-grid camping, so solar and/or a small generator, perhaps?
Make sure your tow vehicle is mechanically sound and up to the task. I'd want something rated for at least 3500 pounds to tow a trailer like the Parkliner. An auxiliary transmission cooler, if it doesn't already have one, is money well-spent. That was another mistake I made at the beginning...