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I was wondering if there are any other Full Timers that are in a travel trailer ?  I have been 4 years and just never seen many others that have travel trailers mostly 5th wheel or MH.  Are there many pros & cons on travel trailers.  Thinking about updating to a Jayco Flight G2  33 RLDS really like the layout just wondering if its the right move.

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Our plan was to start out in about a month, with a 20' Fleetwood Prowler travel trailer.  We have a Chevy Gladiator van to tow it and for extra storage space.  Right now the trailer is up in the air, because I don't think I'll get the renovations done before the cold weather hits.  So we will put it in storage until next spring and rubber tramp in our Gladiator for now.  Can't really give you too many pros or cons, but I didn't see it being a problem.  I've driven it, and it's not a problem as far as that's concerned. 

Hopefully more folks here can help you out better with this.  Good luck. 

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I think you see more fivers and large motor homes because they are perceived to be more comfortable and have more storage space than a trailer. But, if you've been living in yours for 4 years, it's evident it works for you.

That's all that really matters. We have seen many full timers in Airstreams over the years.

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We are in a 27ft Trail Cruiser has every thing we need plus it is light weight I have a GMC 1500. We looked at several 5th wheels and just never saw one we liked for the money we have only been full time for a couple of months so we will see down the road if we continue to like it.

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Hi, Your is a topic of interest for me, as well. Our launch to F/T depends on completing the sale of a business, (we have a buyer, we hope), and our home,(no buyer), so it could be two months, or a year away. In the interim we are researching just this topic, and in fact are considering the unit you mention, as well as the similar Jayco Eagle (king bed). I think as Fred said, it becomes what will work for you, and an assessment of your needs and preferences. I too have seen lots of full-timers in Airstreams, and on this summer's cross country trip, met several people who had been fulltiming in TT's. Interestingly, two were in various 30'+ Jayco units. Since I have a truck that will easily tow these units, and we have lived in our smaller current TT for as much as six-weeks at a time, I think a larger trailer would be no problem. As far as storage, many I've met , who F/T in a TT,use the truck bed fully, via either a cap or  locking/folding bed cover. An RV service manager whom I trust, tells me that the primary physical advantage of the 5th, vs a TT in that length range, is ease of towing the 5th wheel. He feels that as distance from the wheels to the rear of the trailer increases, the trailer is more cumbersome to drive, whereaswith a 5th, this is not a factor.He also advises that you need a qnit like you are considering (G-2), which offers better insulation,ducted heat/air,heated tanks, enclosed underbelly, etc.

We're going to the RV show in Pomona,in two weeks, for the primary purpose of trying to make that decision, TT or 5th. Once we get enough info, we'll decide, but most likely will wait 'till a few months prior to F/T,to make the actual purchase.

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We are in a 30 foot Award (Canadian made) travel trailer. We used to own a 23 foot Award and I could swear that this seems like it has less room. Actually, I believe it has less storage (had a double bed in the other with lots of drawer/closet space and this has an island queen and some storage space, but not enough) but it is nice. We use the dinette as both a day bed and a dinette...as the mood strikes us. We have a small sofa/bed too.

We travel with pets and that is part of the crowded feel, but we are adding a nice over-awning Vacation'R by Carefree of Colorado screen room essentially adding about 19x8 additional space. The room has covers that come down over the windows for privacy and rain/wind protection. It will help and I'd suggest to anyone with a trailer to get one. It can save one's sanity.

We have thought of purchasing a 5th wheel with slides, but honestly, we love our Award (kind of like the Canadian version of an Airstream) and it is light and easy to tow so that is a plus. I could use more storage space, but the back of our pick-up with shell works wonders as extra storage. Plastic tubs, and those plastic bags that one sucks the air out of with a vacuum to compress and make smaller, are storing our winter clothes now and will be filled with our summer clothes soon. Also, family pictures, some treasures that we could not leave behind and didn't want to pay storage fees for.

We are making it in our trailer just fine. Just my input.

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We have been full time in our 27 foot Outback for four years now. We chose a travel trailer in order to keep the bed of our tow vehicle clear to carry motorcycles.

As we mostly stay in state parks, we enjoy the lower height of the travel trailer in wooded areas, when compared to a 5th wheel. Our Outback has a rear slide with a queen bed, so we are 29 feet long when traveling, but 34 feet long when camping. We have an enclosed underbelly, heated tanks and ducted air and heat as many 5th wheels do.

With a good hitch, we use a Reese Dual Cam, towing is not hard at all. In fact we have NO sway, even when we were sideswiped ny a cement mixer two years ago!

All that being said, you have to choose what is right for you. What you need in a camping unit is unique. Many times it may take one or two units before you settle upon the one that works for you.

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