Originally Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org
I picked the TrackVision A-9 because of it's low profile (only 5"). They are pricy at around $4000. In addition to the roof-mounted dish, we installed an external dish connection that lets us put a dish in a clear space. I suggest you invest in a satellite sighting device to take the frustration out of dish pointing. (Check out Align-A-Sight)
We like to tow a car because:
- It's very easy to tow...you hardly know it's there.
- Simple trips from the campground don't require unhooking utilities, packing chairs/bbq...
- Traveling around places like Yellowstone are much easier in a smaller vehicle.
- The tow acts like a lifeboat in case the RV has problems.
- At 30 MPG in the tow compared to 10 mpg in the Vegas it's economical.
The down side to towing is:
- Limited models can be towed 4 wheels down. (Our Subaru had to be a manual trans.)
- Tow bar and baseplates can be expensive.
- I think an auxiliary brake system is a must and can be pricy.
- Hooking up in the rain can be a pain.
I've been RVing for over 20 years.. the Vegas is our 7th RV. We have wintered in AZ and CA for two years. I think the Vegas would work, but we also enjoyed the 36' Beaver we had.
Now our camping is usually limited to 2-3 week trips, so the smaller Vegas works for us. In terms of quality- the Vegas is comparable to others in it's price range. The next price/quality level gets you better materials/craftsmanship if you want to spend twice as much.
I think the Vegas is a great choice for those starting the camping experience as well as those looking to downsize.
Good Luck, Brad
Thanks for all that Brad. One last question because you have so much experience. When i read all the blogs from RV owners it seems that one needs to almost be a mechanic or very very mechanical at least to own one of these things. Seems like there is always something to fix or upgrade or add. I am not handy with tools and don't have the slightest idea how to fix anything. How would i make it out there in my Axis if i bought one? Thanks. Dave