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Old 04-07-2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Going for the Springdale 187

Greetings .. I served in the USAF for some 24 years. Lived in England for about 18 of those and joined the "Royal" Camping and Caravanning club.! We left England in 1993 and also left our small UK spec'd van.

I am a few years from retirement when I intend to purchase a much larger highway style ( 29' and greater) .. right now, we want a smaller RV that will navigate the Pacific Northwest narrow dirt roads to our favorite seldom used mountain campgrounds.

In 2008, we got a Toyota Tundra LTD, 5.7 V8, rated at about 10K. Wonderful truck, by the way, the rear view camera makes hooking up my boat trailer a one person job.

So trying to get the most bang for buck and not wanting anything much over 20 feet, we spec'd out a 2010 Springdale 179QBWE for about $15K.

At first blush, it seems to be well equipped for boondocking (60 Gallons Fresh) and plenty of propane for a 2 or 3 night trip. Pretty sure we will want to replace the factory queen mattress with something more sturdy, but the view out the back window really makes this small TT seem bigger than it is.

Any comments?
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:47 PM   #2
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Not a Springfield 187 ... I meant to type Springfield 179! West Coast Version!
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Old 04-07-2010, 07:41 PM   #3
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Congratulations on your new purchase and welcome to the forum. As you so rightly pointed out, good value for the $$$ and small enough to get around some of these west coast "trails" but not as small and manouevable as the camper van you left behind so you still need to know the backroad conditions to make sure you can get in and out without trashing your trailer.
We soon replaced the "mattress" on our bed by taking it to a foam and mattress shop where it was rebuilt as well as having a memory foam topper sewed into the top of the mattress. Much better!
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:46 PM   #4
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Well I really like the back window in this unit. We plan to purchase it from RNR in Liberty Lake, Washington. Does anyone have anything to say about RnR? Good or Bad?
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:56 PM   #5
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Have you thought about changing out the 12 volt batteries for a pair of 6 volt batteries? They last about 50% longer than 12 volts.


TV: 2002 Dodge 2500 QC
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