Back in 2005, with two young kids, my wife and I ordered a new Arctic Fox 990 set up the way we wanted. It was the first year of the aluminum framing. At the same time we ordered a new Ford F350 DRW 4x4 crew cab diesel. Ordered it with the camper package and the most heavy duty suspension available. We used the camper a lot and really enjoyed it. As the kids grew it became a bit tight and we ended up owning a 32' Class A and a Desert Fox toy hauler. We really missed the versatile, go anywhere nature of the TC.
Now it's back to just the wife and I. We fish a lot, like 5 days a week many weeks, and have a boat we tow. We decided it was time for a new RV. We really like the Winnebago View's on the Sprinter chassis. We decided the limited towing and carrying capacity, lower clearance and lack of 4x4 were potentially serious negatives for us. I still own the F350 so we decided to look at the new Arctic Fox TC's. We considered an 865 for a bit of weight savings, but when we went in a new 990 we decided the extra weight of the slide was worth it. Some nice changes since 2005, but the same overall quality that caused us to buy two Northwood products previously. We are actively looking and will buy one very soon. There is a dealer closing out some 2018's. From what I have been told the changes for 2019 include a 7 cubic foot fridge vs a 6, and the sink is now stainless. The larger fridge would be nice, but it will probably come down to which one we feel we can get a better deal on.
We ordered our last 990 without a generator or AC. We wanted to have a smaller AC installed that could be run with a 2000 watt Honda generator, and that's what we did. It worked great for us. When we knew we wouldn't need the AC we didn't typically take the generator if we were boondocking. All of the new ones we have looked at have the generator, and being a bit older than I was, I can see some advantages of not having to go outside and start a generator, especially if it's a short term need like using the microwave or something.
Sure some cool new TC products since the time we owned our last one. One that really stands out for me is the Stablecamper. We used to use our TC off the truck quite a bit, especially if we were going to be in one spot for a while. The Stablecamper looks like a great upgrade for that kind of use. I also like the variety of solar panels available now. We had two 100 watt panels on our last 990. For the new one I am thinking of possibly using something like the Zamp 160 watt portable kit since it has a charge controller and can be placed to maximize exposure to sunlight.
Excited to be getting another TC and using it a lot.