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Issue 64; Posted Oct. 22, 2016

From Guy and Bev Stickle, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

rv-stickle-9-24-2016We pull a 2013 27-foot Fox Mountain (Northwood) travel trailer with a 1996 Dodge Diesel 3/4 ton. This picture was taken during a six-week vacation to Baja, Mexico, in 2014. Now that we are retired, we plan to spend four months in the Baja this winter.

We have added two big solar panels with an inverter and have not needed our generator since. The Fox has so much storage we can’t fill it all, but one thing we did change was to swap out the rocker recliners for a sofa that we built ourselves. The chairs were awkward, taking up too much room, and we wanted a space big enough for our dog to relax with us.

We bought the Dodge brand-new in 1996, and at one month old we broke her in on the beaches of Mexico during a 10,000-kilometer (approx. 6,200 miles) adventure with our kids. Now she has 400,000 worry-free kilometers (approx. 250,000 miles). Her heart is still as strong as ever and we wouldn’t leave home without her.

From Wayne and Debi Caldwell, Belen, New Mexico

rv-caldwell-10-9-2016Attached is a photo of our 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 5.9L 24-valve turbo diesel that has almost 265,000 miles on it, which we’ve owned for 15 years. It’s shown pulling our newly acquired 2001 Crossroads 32-foot All-American travel trailer (our “cabin”) the day we bought it.

We purchased this Crossroads about two months ago from the original owners. They took exceptional care of this RV and ordered and bought it (as far as I can determine) at the factory. It has a single 14-foot slideout, loveseat sleeper, 4-chair dinette, 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, microwave, large shower, separate toilet room, queen bed, Honda E-2000i generator, Hensley Arrow hitch, Hensley McKesh mirrors, and many more things they left with the trailer.

For its year, it is extremely nice and comfortable. We’ve had to do a few minor repairs and made a few changes/upgrades. I really like the separate toilet room, but I don’t like the small size of the toilet room. We love that this RV only sleeps four, except for when we have our three grandkids with us (but we improvise). This Crossroads is very nice — nicer than we ever thought we would own and only because the previous, and only, owners made us an absolutely fantastic deal that we couldn’t pass up.

We’ve only taken it to the Manzano State Park Campground, three miles outside of Manzano, N.M., two times. The last was this past Columbus Day 2016 weekend with our three wonderful grandchildren and two dogs, but we plan to drag it to so many other places over the next several years.


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