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    2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Hi Campers,

    My husband and I will be moving out of our house this fall. We aren't your typical demographic of full timers. We are mid 30's with two dogs and no kids. We are just tired of our house, love the ability to travel with our dogs, and the camping lifestyle. We will maintain our day jobs and live in a local rv park in town; we will travel on the weekends and for vacations (i.e. bike week in Daytona, Thunder Beach, etc). We've ruled out a toy hauler due to lack of living space . My husband will tow the fiver and I will tow the bikes in my vehicle with a bike trailer for long bike trips.

    We've kind of ruled out a Class A due to the fact there are more things that can go wrong. I.e., anytime we need service, etc, we will need to rent a dog friendly hotel room while service is completed. With a fifth wheel there are greater options for mobile service, etc. Therefore, we wouldn't be displaced from home as often as a Class A in our minds.

    We are looking at the Heartland Landmark Key Largo. We have some concerns, as our current travel trailer, which is for recreational use only (2012 Keystone Outback 279RB) has been a hunk of junk from the get go. We notice a lot of the same fit and finish in our Outback as the Heartland Landmark (appliances, plumbing,etc). Our Keystone Outback has been plagued by appliance issues, broken awning motors, plumbing issues, and leaks; it just turned a year old this weekend. We would never own another Keystone product.

    Our goal would be to keep the Landmark for about 5 years before trading up to something newer. Internet blogs/research about full timing in the Landmark have just been limited to the Heartland owners forum (which all champion the unit). We would appreciate some more objective feedback versus the pro-Heartland owners forum. We've also been considering a DRV Mobile Suites, but they are so heavy, it would require us to buy a new truck. On the Class A list are the Winnebago/Itasca Tour/Ellipse; or a Newmar Dutch Star. Our interest has also been peaked by the Jay Flight Seneca super C.

    Thanks everyone! As rookies, we appreciate it!

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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Have you tried RV.net?
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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    ardonahoe,

    A couple of thirty-something couples here on the forum have done what you are considering - full-timing in a Landmark for a period of years and keep their local day jobs. Both of the two I'm thinking of have now moved into a new phase of life and are living in homes/apartments but they cherished their years in their Landmark.

    The Bighorn or Landmark or both very livable for full-timers but you are doing your self a good service by looking at everything else out there. One way to narrow the field from where you're at now in your search is to set a budget for a new coach and matched truck configured how you need them both and see who makes the list.

    No matter what you end up with, it's you that need to be happy in your choice and we wish you the best. As already mentioned, RV.net ha a forum and that's another resource. Also consider the Escapees forum.
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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Hi ardonahoe,

    Welcome to the Heartland Owners Forum. I'm sure we all look forward to your joining the Heartland Family.

    With respect to your request for objective feedback, let me offer our experience. We've had our Landmark Rushmore for nearly 2 years and have been in it almost 1/2 time. We've had our share of things that needed correction - mostly minor. Probably the worst was a leak from the hydraulics pump made by Lippert. I was able to add fluid to keep things working until our summer trip was over. We've also had things like a loose fuse on the refrigerator that caused the inside light to be intermittent. And our overhead lights had to be replaced because of a problem with the ballasts. The vendor was changed so you won't face that problem. We've also had a couple of fit and finish problems like a latch that needed adjustment, and a window that didn't slide easily at first and hatch door gaskets that needed to be reglued. Nothing we've experienced has interrupted any of our trips. And we've taken trips from 6 - 10 weeks duration, going all over the country.

    More important than the list of problems we experienced is the great customer service we received from Heartland. Heartland was always very helpful and also very flexible in fulfilling warranty. For example, when we first had our problem with the lights, Heartland shipped several replacements to our home and gave us the option of installing ourselves, or letting dealer service install. On another occasion they helped to persuade Dometic to send us a thermostat so we wouldn't have to drive 90 miles on snow covered mountain roads to get to a dealer.

    As you've already found out, Heartland owners are an enthusiastic and happy group; we get together for local and national rallies, and we really enjoy being Heartland owners. Hope you join us.

    By the way, it's great that you're doing this in your mid-30s. If my wife and I had known how much we would enjoy ourselves, we would have started a long time ago.


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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    As of this week we'be lived in our Bighorn for five full years, towing over 70,000 miles. Has it been perfect? Heck no....BUT it has been a very comfortable and, for the most part, a very well built home.

    The Landmarks, as you can imagine, are leaps and bounds above our unit built in June of '07. The improvements are many, and the quality has improved dramatically...our next fulltime home will be Landmark.

    One thing we've discovered is that the appliances, etc. seem to hold up better with everyday use. Knock on wood, we've not had one single appliance related issue....running gear is another story, but then again, this puppy doesn't sit still for long. Good luck with your search and decision...
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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Hi guys,

    Thanks so much! I appreciate the comments. I've posted the same question on rv.net also for more opinions as well. It's really down to a custom factory ordered Landmark Key Largo or an Itasca Ellipse. No matter what, we will be full timing in something by September, as that is the time we have to be out of our house.

    Thanks again!

    Alexis

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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    We are actually doing just what you are talking about in a Key Largo. We love it. However we are a little older (mid to late 40s) and about to retire. We love our Key Largo and are very happy with how much room we have in it. We have it pretty packed. Just about as much as we can get into it. Still have everything out of sight. Found a place for everything, so we live pretty normal.

    What ever you choose, I hope it works out for you and you have as much fun as we do! Hope to see you down the road as it would be nice, not being the young-uns at just about every rally we've been to.
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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Thanks so much everyone. We are definitely going the Landmark Key Largo route as our first full time unit. We will be buying it on Aug 17 : ) and trading in our Keystone Outback (thank goodness, lol). Between now and then we will start downsizing our belongings, renting a storage unit, and making modifications to my husband's truck (i.e. air bags, etc). One last question, should we get the Yeti package on our Key Largo? It does go below freezing during the winters in Tallahassee.

    Please pass along any further advice that may be useful for first time full timers. Thanks and hope to see you guys out there on the road. We are the couple with two white english bulldogs and a big white Chevy 3500 crew cab SRW with Mack truck fender bulldog logos. Our home base will be Big Oak RV Park in Tallahassee FL. Our first on the road trip will be to Maryland in October where my parents are renewing their wedding vows for their 40th anniversary : ) Please let me know any rv park recommendations in that area of Maryland if anyone has been there.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    Congratulations on your choice! We have a Landmark Rushmore and LOVE it. We will be hitting the road fulltime as well, hopefully in January. We have been doing the same - downsizing the belongings, fixing up the house to sell, etc.

    From everything I have read, I would definitely get the Yeti package. We bought our rig off the lot - fell in love with the unit and got a good deal, so we went for it. Ours doesn't have it, but if we had ordered it, we definitely would have included that option.

    Good luck in your preparations! Hope to see you down the road.
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    Re: 2013 Landmark Key Largo for Full Timing

    You definitely want the Yeti Package. The tank heaters and heat tape on the water line will keep you out of trouble in cold weather. In mildly cold climates, some people rely on the underbelly heating. But if you ever run out of propane in the middle of a cold night, you'll be thankful for the tank heaters and heat tape.


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