Writing to introduce myself. I am a recent new owner of a 1998 16' SD, which I got for camping and for work. I live in Orlando and travel to Atlanta for 2 weeks at a time to work.
I've previously had the pleasure of owning a Vanagon Westy and a Eurovan camper - wanted to try a trailer this time so I can leave it behind to drive around town and don't have to keep converting it back and forth between camping mode and driving mode. I'm pulling it with a 4 cyl. Subaru Outback.
Currently I'm working on making improvements to make it safe to leave my dog and cat in while I'm at work. I don't know if I'll be able to get it to a point where I really feel it's safe. If not, I just won't be able to use it to live in when I travel for work - but it would sure be convenient and cost-effective if I could!
I'm adding a nanny cam so I can check in from my phone to see how they are doing - got a wifi hotspot for that in case I'm camping without campground wifi. Looking into getting a screen room for extra room to spread out, and as a buffer to make sure my cat doesn't get out when I open the camper door. My main concern is temperature control. I'm paranoid about either the power going out or the air conditioner breaking down while I am away. Would like to somehow rig a back-up power supply that kicks in if house power goes down - solar would be great but I don't think it will run the AC unit (have a side-wall unit). Was going to buy a new unit with a heat strip and replace the old one, but after looking through the forum archives it looks like a bigger job than I want to tackle right now. So, I'm looking into space heaters that won't catch the place on fire when I'm away.
Well, that's where I'm at. I have specific questions about each of my projects that I will post in the appropriate forums. It's nice to be a member of this group, and hope I can add some wisdom from my life and camper experiences in the future.