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On 9/5/2020 at 9:44 PM, JMFP said:

 

I tell people that if they want a camper then buy one and go have fun.

 

 

I didn't finish my thought here... BUT if your just trying to be cheap then keep looking...

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Meeting my lady friends parents in a few weeks - they are bringing their motor home and meeting us on mustang island at one of the local parks. My kids are coming too. He’s a huge Aggie and retired Col in the Marines. Worked at the pentagon for the last couple of decades of his career. Should be fun and interesting. We’ve got fishing planned on a Friday and football and a shrimp/crab boil planned for Saturday - her dad’s favorite thing to do on a Saturday. I mean I can’t argue, watching football all day with the beach in front of us and a cold beer in our hands sounds devine. Colorado boondocking was hella fun but I’m stoked about camping the Texas coast with full hookups and making it a CFB weekend.

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1 hour ago, troph said:

Meeting my lady friends parents in a few weeks - they are bringing their motor home and meeting us on mustang island at one of the local parks. My kids are coming too. He’s a huge Aggie and retired Col in the Marines. Worked at the pentagon for the last couple of decades of his career. Should be fun and interesting. We’ve got fishing planned on a Friday and football and a shrimp/crab boil planned for Saturday - her dad’s favorite thing to do on a Saturday. I mean I can’t argue, watching football all day with the beach in front of us and a cold beer in our hands sounds devine. Colorado boondocking was hella fun but I’m stoked about camping the Texas coast with full hookups and making it a CFB weekend.

We'll be in Port A on Columbus Day weekend/TX-OU.  I'm bringing our outdoor TV setup including the projector for any night games we might want to watch.

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How are y'all handling your tv viewing needs at various sites?

We've got YouTubeTV, so we're good as long as we've got a connection.  I know with satellite you're set, regardless of location.  Just curious how hit or miss wifi or hot spot accessibility is.   

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We are debating getting dish network they have an RV plan you can pause anytime. Or maybe that’s directTV. Also willing to stream on a roku to with cellular hotspot if it would work. Her folks have sat tv too so this trip we are good worst case. I want the RV plan tho.

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51 minutes ago, Knoxtnhorn said:

How are y'all handling your tv viewing needs at various sites?

We've got YouTubeTV, so we're good as long as we've got a connection.  I know with satellite you're set, regardless of location.  Just curious how hit or miss wifi or hot spot accessibility is.   

 

46 minutes ago, troph said:

We are debating getting dish network they have an RV plan you can pause anytime. Or maybe that’s directTV. Also willing to stream on a roku to with cellular hotspot if it would work. Her folks have sat tv too so this trip we are good worst case. I want the RV plan tho.

I've got the Dish tailgater satellite unit, we use it for camping, tailgating, all that jazz.  Like troph said, you can suspend or keep the plan as you like.

Streaming/wifi at some RV parks is good, at some not so good.  State parks and national parks don't typically have much, or any, wifi connectivity.  You can hotspot through your phone,  but if you do that a lot, obviously the data charges add up and it still tends to be intermittent for large data transfers.

We don't really use the TVs all that much when camping, when it's rainy maybe some DVD/Bluray we run, or a nighttime movie on the projector outside.  But for camping during football season or tailgating, we definitely use the Dish tailgater.

 

 

 

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Exactly what we'd be using it for - sports.  We're good on data because we're on an engineer friend's employee plan.  I guess I won't know if I need a booster or whatnot until I hit up a few spots.  95% of our camping will be in and around the Houston-Austin-DFW triangle, so we won't be too far away from civilization.

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Oh, and although you can get satellite dish receivers that mount to your RV, I recommend getting a portable one that can set on the ground, or the roof of your car, or a picnic table, or whatever.   Because sometimes I'm setting up a tailgate party or watch party and my RV is NOT present. 

But definitely get one that is motorized and finds your satellites for you.  I spent way too many hours in the early years of satellite dish based tailgating trying to carefully, manually aim my dual-LNB dish, sitting on a tripod.  

 

 

 

 

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Thanks.  We're still looking and now will probably wait until the beginning of 2021.  I'm reading too many articles about half-assed assembly.  Demand is so high and the manufacturers got behind due to lock downs.  Supply is also glutted at the moment.  So, we don't want to overpay for something that might not be of quality.  As previously mentioned, I am not very mechanically minded, so the idea of fixing things constantly is not the route I want to go.  Once we do end up buying, I want to be able to watch the occasional sporting event.

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Oh, and although you can get satellite dish receivers that mount to your RV, I recommend getting a portable one that can set on the ground, or the roof of your car, or a picnic table, or whatever.   Because sometimes I'm setting up a tailgate party or watch party and my RV is NOT present. 

But definitely get one that is motorized and finds your satellites for you.  I spent way too many hours in the early years of satellite dish based tailgating trying to carefully, manually aim my dual-LNB dish, sitting on a tripod.  

 

 

 

 

We’re going to get this modification tool set so we can mount on the roof but take off easily when we store it. Will probably store it at home on the off chance we want to use it elsewhere without the trailer.

 

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We'll be in Port A on Columbus Day weekend/TX-OU.  I'm bringing our outdoor TV setup including the projector for any night games we might want to watch.

I had the weekends wrong we are there same weekend. On mustang island a few miles down the road.

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Thanks.  We're still looking and now will probably wait until the beginning of 2021.  I'm reading too many articles about half-assed assembly.  Demand is so high and the manufacturers got behind due to lock downs.  Supply is also glutted at the moment.  So, we don't want to overpay for something that might not be of quality.  As previously mentioned, I am not very mechanically minded, so the idea of fixing things constantly is not the route I want to go.  Once we do end up buying, I want to be able to watch the occasional sporting event.

 

 

Here’s the thing on RVs, they are all dogshit. You are basically buying a cheap apartment, then driving it down the road repeatedly to where you sleep, then driving back home. Things will break. They are all built with the same components, use the same fridges, A/Cs, stoves, power converters and axles so any of them can have the same issues with components.

 

What mattered for us was floorplan (we looked at 3 mfrs with the exact floorplan), interior color scheme and the reputation for the mfr in dealing with warranty issues. I consider myself pretty handy and while not a tv repairman, I still have an ultimate set of tools and will dive into just about anything given the time; so sorting out issues with the plumbing, electrical or running gear doesn’t bother me a bit.

 

IMO, you need to be able to fix some stuff or you will find yourself bitching about long service lead times and/or costs. Basic skills would include the ability to inspect your roof and seams, then recaulk as needed, chase down electrical issues with a Volt meter, repair leaking hoses/pex/fittings, and service wheel bearings.

 

We picked up our trailer Aug 6 and have spent 2 long weekends and one night at the dealership in it. Including punch items found during our PDI, we have fixed: several spots on the roof caulk, sealed leaky seams between pieces of the roof gutter, glued and nailed a couple of pieces of trim that came loose and replaced a broken spray port cover. Not really a lot so far so we are fairly satisfied with our purchase.

 

We did notice dripping water from the underbelly after backing into our driveway after our last trip. It could be a leaking hose, etc or it could have be from towing in the rain on that trip. Next weekend I will get the trailer from storage and put it in the driveway and mess with the plumbing to see if I can replicate the issue. If so, I will let the dealer look at it the weekend after at our 60 day service appointment as I really don’t want to deal with taking down the underbelly.

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@davidg Thanks.  I've gotten much better after buying my first home about 6 years ago.  Before that, I never had the need or desire to fix anything.  My deal is that my mind usually makes the repair more difficult than it needs to be.  Well, that, and very little patience.

I get that the reputation of shoddy workmanship will probably still be an issue in a few months.  I guess we're just gun shy between that and the lack of inventory/jacked up prices.  

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I'd expect supply eventually to catch up to demand, and the prices to come down, but probably not until sometime next year.  Leadtime on these is pretty long, and nobody in the entire supply chain could have predicted the huge demand spike, so all the way down to the raw materials level, the supply chain is pretty empty right now.

Beyond that I completely agree with @davidg -- the quality of even the most reputable builders, is going to be pretty low.  Going into it with that expectation, and then being able to manage for yourself, is going to be important.  Service department lead times are lengthy.

For example, I took mine in for warranty service on 9/1.  I made that appointment on 7/24 and it was the earliest they had.  Even so, they just finally took a look at it last week and called me with the itemized list on Friday 9/18.  And one of the parts, an awning arm, will take another week or two to arrive.  I have my next camping trip scheduled for 10/9-10/13 and it should be ready by then, but suffice to say I've got my fingers crossed.  

Sill, I love owning an RV and the memories we've created with and for our children are unbelievable.  They love it, they love camping, they love tailgating, and they beg me for opportunities to use it.  Back when all the state parks were closed a few months back, we pulled it over alongside my house on two different weekends and had our own streetside camping adventures. 

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Speaking of memories I can’t wait for Texas OU RVing on the beach to be honest.

And to the quality, we bought gently used for this reason. $30k of fun, stuff will break and get used up and I’ll assume we sell it for half that. So be it.

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I am seriously considering selling our shit jayco and turning the pole barn into barndo if these crazy prices don't come down by January. Hell, might even sell the airstream as well. Could have a 100k to bankroll the new quarters. Shit is just stupid now. Wish I had a motorboat I wanted to sell as well. 

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The wife and I bought a  2017 Coachmen Freedom Express 246RKS back at the beginning of June, and finally made our maiden voyage to Port A this weekend.  Unfortunately due to tide surge they forced us to leave Sunday morning at 10AM.  So a 3 day stay instead of a week. 

IT was frigging awesome for what we want.I got a killer deal for $15K from the most detail oriented owner you can imagine.  AFTER we settled on the $15K price, she discovered that the warranty she was transferring to me has a cash value of over $1400, which I knew she did not know was an option when we settled on price.  I thought that simply her taking the refund and splitting it with me was fair. So I saved another $700, then she gave me a $300 surge protector and a bunch of other stuff she was going to keep for a future trailer, but decided just to give it to us.  You know you made a good deal when the prior owner has every receipt, every manual, and laminated check lists for set up and break down.  I figure I would have spend at least another grand on things that were included like sway hitch and the like!   I did a shit ton of research and got lucky, as I wanted an aluminum frame, and azdel instead of wood for rigidity and less expansion and contraction due to moisture, since the coast is our main go to. I wanted light, sealed underbelly, good insulation and a 15K BTU AC.  This baby checks all the boxes, and with my 3500 watt dual fuel generator beachfront camping on PINS will be green lit before too long.

For us this little trailer was perfect!  Basically a couples trailer and from our spot the beach was maybe 150 yards away, and I could get a little glimpse of the surf from the kitchen window. From the dinette window we could see the big ships coming and going at the jetty.  Ultimately the trip was a success, with my only fuck up, failing to screw down the latches on the propane access cover which blew away on the way back yesterday.  I even managed not to get any shit on myself with the blackwater tank drain and flush.  We are gonna be at Port A most weekdays that have good weather and good tides from now until the end of October.  The tow down was easy but with a ferocious headwind and side winds along with heavy traffic on the return, my portion of the drive on I-37 was a bit unnerving.  I need to make the hitch about an inch and a half higher but other than that the first voyage was perfect.  Our plan is to just rent a spot for a month and zip back and forth to Austin depending on the weather.  

I too will be in Port A for the OU weekend which has been our tradition for right at 20 years now.  Now I just need to figure out how many redfish fillets fit in that freezer!

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