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Old 05-23-2007, 04:52 AM   #15
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Pat,
We have been to the Hershey show a half dozen times over the years, just for fun, and always came away feeling like Sunline was the best. What I'm wondering from you specifically is how is the size of your 2499 working out? Our plan is similar to yours...travel around for a couple of years. (and try to stay in nice weather Also, what options can you absolutely not live without - like generator? solar panels?
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If you were going to move around like us non-stop, then the 2499 is the perfect size. Do I sometimes wish I had a slide? YES!

But I dont when we're in those back woods campgrounds where most other campers wouldnt dare go.



We have found that the Solar Panels are a huge help as they allow us to not have to worry about having to find a campground with hook-ups. We have been able to stay at a few places much longer then you normally would have if you were just running off of a normal set-up.

I cant imagine going without the lift-kit and the larger Norcold Rofridgerator, as they both allow us to stay in the back woods a little while longer.

We are thinking about getting a 2000i Generator, but havent felt the need to make the purchase yet. The Larger Thetford Toilet make sitting on the throne much more comfortable then the smaller standard unit. The only thing we both really wish we had more of is counter space, as we dont go out to eat and Cindy does all the cooking in the Covered Wagon or outside. I'd love to have one of those set-ups that attach to the side, so we could have a table that could be mounted, but we're working on that.

We might have another fresh water tank installed to make those back woods stays a little more lenghty so we dont have to worry about leaving to go refill our fresh, and not have to skimp on showers or washing up.

If you have a few years till you're ready to leave, then make sure you follow along and we can be your guinie pigs...LOL

Good Luck

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Old 05-23-2007, 12:10 PM   #17
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Thanks Pat & Cindi for the comprehensive answer. We're following right along on your website. We aren't sure what our timeframe is exactly. The last kid graduates from college May of 2009 ! Not sure if we will wait that long or not. And to anyone who hasn't visited their website, you should...they're having quite an adventure
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Old 05-23-2007, 12:15 PM   #18
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Fantastic Photo !!!

It's a shame Sunline is out of business, you sure could be their front cover photo.

I bet the Sunline employees that read this forum are thrilled to see the tests you are putting their product thru. It just proves that SUNLINE is the BEST COACH that was ever made !!!!!!

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Hey Pat,

You may want to look at a portable water container before putting in an extra fresh water tank. A portable one would save on room when not using it.

Here's what Camping World sells to give you an idea of what I'm talking about: 45 Gal Portable Fresh Water Tank

Just a thought.
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Old 05-23-2007, 04:44 PM   #20
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hey emam, could you give me the model number of the larger toilet. If one would fit in a 1950, I might give my husband one for fathers day.
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This is a difficult quest. My wife and I started looking for a bigger trailer two years ago and saw a Sunline at the beginning. We were most impressed and we've seen most every manufacturer and model since. We found we were comparing each to the Sunline for quality and value. The Sunline cost a little more but the quality was worth the cost. We finally decided that we found the one we wanted a long time ago and it just took two years to decide. We found a new 2006 and hauled her home. Your answer: there is none without going to the high end such as the Airstream.
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Thanks for the cudo's on the website and our adventure. I guess what is most important over any model of trailer and what you're towing it with, is the attitude of the people in it.

Luckily for Cindy and I, we get along great and are very easy going. There have been a few times that I think if it wasnt for our relaxed attitude and easy-go-lucky way of thinking, we would have strangled each other.

Having the Cadilliac of Trailers I'm sure has helped because we havent had to have the stress of the normal problems while on the road, but if there is one piece of advice I could give to anyone thinking about Full-Timing or any trip for that matter, it would be a Good Attitude!!

Every day isnt going to be an adventure, there are plenty of days that absolutly nothing happens and the entire day is spent driving or just waiting out bad weather, but a good attitude will make any situation become a little adventure. That and a few bottles of good wine

Just yesterday when we were trying to find a place to get the tire fixed and a part for our sway bar set-up, Cindy asked why I had to keep checking all these little RV places knowing they werent going to have it? I said because I get bored with just driving, I'm making my own little adventure and meeting nice people while doing it. Because no one had this part, we found a little machine shop on the end of a dirt road and sat in his parking lot in the afternoon sun for 2 hours while his son made the part for us from scratch. He introduced us to his 5 dogs, 14 cats, 2 horses and told us his life story. When it came time to pay for the part made from scratch, I asked him how much I owed him, and he said 'Hell, give me $15 and have a safe trip"

I gave him $30 and couldnt have thanked him enough.

Attitude is what makes a boring day become a fun little journey.
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My wife and I started looking at new trailers about two years ago. We saw a Sunline early in the search and found that we were comparing everything we looked at to the Sunline. After all the pressboard and staples we saw just about every major manufacturer and their different models and it took two years to realize that Sunline was the best quality. Answer to the question: There is no other with the same quality other than high end Airstreams for big dollars.
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Hey Pamwin, the model of the Thetford Throne is a Aquamagic Plus. I think they only have one model, but the big difference was it has an all porcelain bowl and was a few inches taller.

Really I never noticed the first one was that short till we got the new one, and then you realize how small the stock ones are. That and the upkeep with the all procelain bowl is so easy. If you get a scratch in the plastic bowl, forget ever cleaning it.

That would be a great present for a Guy on Fathers Day! A new Porcelain Throne from Thetford!!! I know I'd be happy!!

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Pam,

For comparison, we have a SeaLand Traveler Lite toilet in ours, also with a china bowl and comes in a standard and low profile. Not sure if the standard height compares to the Thetford.

The Thetford Aqua-Magic V comes in High and Low versions.

Using Camping World as a price check, Thetford's about $30 less than the SeaLand:
SeaLand Traveler Lite
Thetford Aqua-Magic V

Now there's a story for the grandkids "I remember when I got a craper for Father's Day"

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Might seem strange but I got him a sweing machine for xmas one year...that one didn't work out too well but he had mentioned he'sd like to know how to use one and I certainly would like for him to know how to use one, since i don't. He needs a toilet with a long bowl...ours is the standard sunline porcelain model but the short bowl can create problems for men so I hear.

I think the height would also help as he mentioned installing a grab bar
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We think alike, as I bought Cindy a Benilli Shot Gun for Christmas one year and a custom AR-15 the next I think we just buy the presents we really want for ourselves and give them to each other...LOL
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:31 PM   #28
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I got a self proprelled lawm mower for my anniversary about 20 years ago. We were given yard of the month afterwards. That will never happen again.
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