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looking to buy appropriate travel trailer

Discussion in 'Towing' started by ELMER, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Aug 4, 2010 at 1:32 PM
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    ELMER

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    I'm a newbie. I've been reading many posts in the towing thread to help me make a decision on a purchase of a travel trailer. I've been reading the towing bible. looked at a used dutchman sport today. 05, 26 ft 4300uvw. It seemed a bit much for the truck. I've been looking at a new Grey Wolf or Salem in the 17 to 19 ft range, both in the mid to high 3000s. Seems more reasonable so as the towing guru says. I can enjoy the camping trip, not worrying about the day I have to hitch up and drive. Comments welcomed
     
  2. Aug 4, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    A couple of months ago I was in the same place. I ended up buying a 22ft Starcraft Hybrid 21SS0. (27+ft when beds are folded out front/rear). It's under 4k dry and around 5k wet. Sleeps 6 comfortably. Says 8, but that's a joke.

    After my first few tows I feel like I made a good decision. The truck tows it well, but with the family and all my gear loaded I don't think I'd want to go any bigger with this truck.

    I've seen posts of people with larger trailers behind a Tacoma here, but it's gotta be scary and feel quite heavy. I guess if you live in flat country with no traffic a little heavier is doable...
     
  3. Aug 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM
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    Thanks,that's exactly the kind of info I was looking for.
     
  4. Aug 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    Your rationale is the exact reason I went with a 21 ft trailer. My friends have large travel trailers and boats, and they bitch every time they have to hook up to tow them. Mine is 3700# dry. I tow in "4" and get about 10 mpg.

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  5. Aug 4, 2010 at 5:29 PM
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    I sometimes like to leave flat Fl and go to the mountains - Tenn. way. Fall Creek Falls is a family favorite, but it is a climb.I don't want to hurt the tranny getting there. I figure with trailer, people and gear to still leave myself an extra 1000lbs wiggle room. So 4000 - to 4300 true uvw is as high as I want to go. replies welcome
     
  6. Aug 4, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    Post some pics when you get it. Check rvtraderonline.com and you can see alot of different floor plans, prices, etc.
     
  7. Aug 4, 2010 at 7:01 PM
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    I've looked at about every model rv there is. Most have the same few floor plans. I wanted something that had a bed and dinette and couch, but under 4000 and not to long. That really narrowed my search to three Salem cruise lite, grey wolf and jayco. All three have a model that are about 4000, 22ft long, with couch dinette bed plus b-room and kitchen.Found good pricing at PECO in Atlanta,a firm in hamilton Ohio and Direct RV. So that's where I am know.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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  9. Aug 5, 2010 at 6:31 AM
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    checked rvtraderonline. Think some of the other dealers I've found have better pricing then what I saw on this site. There were a lot of TT to review!
     
  10. Aug 5, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    I found a TT, 3600 uvw, 22 ft, sleeps 6 under $13000 has lots of options. Got a very satisfactory price in PECO Atlanta. Now all I have to do is find a way to pay for it! Even my wife likes it!
     
  11. Aug 7, 2010 at 6:54 AM
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    I think Rv's have a 10 or 12 year loan. My payments were under $200 a month for the first year, then I refinanced my house and paid it off.
     
  12. Aug 17, 2010 at 6:34 PM
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    My plan is to pay cash. I don't lke payments. Still figure I'll be able to tell I'm towing something when I have the rig loaded. Fortunately, most of my trips will be in state in ole flat Florida.
     
  13. Aug 17, 2010 at 6:59 PM
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    I just bought a Crossroads Sunset Trails 17CK. The beauty of a hybrid is the large amount of floor space, at a reasonable towing size. I traded our popup, it was too much work, and too much hassle from rain.
    Oh Yeah - UVW of 2900#, GVW 3500#
     
  14. Aug 17, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    Congrats! They're nice campers. Looked at some while shopping for mine.
     
  15. Aug 17, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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    Wow great thread! I'm interested in the same thing, i've been looking at some trailers and was wondering what the taco would pull too. My only concern was that i can't bring the quad with, and I think the toyhaulers are to heavy. Thinking on a motorhome!!
     
  16. Aug 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Fleetwood E3. Not a motorhome but you can bring your 4 wheelers. Nicest pop-up imo.
     
  17. Aug 17, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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  18. Aug 18, 2010 at 6:16 AM
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    I thought about the hybrid, looked at many models went to rv shows and got price quotes. I liked the Starcraft 19 ft model. They do have many great features, but there is a common issue of leakeage in the front bunk that seems to occur on some. If I could have found one with a rear bunk and no front bunk, I would have grabbed it. The Salem Cruise Lite had the same low weight, sleeps 7 (if three are short), and wasn't too long though it is three feet longer than a closed hybrid,and several feet shorter than an open hybrid.
     
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    x2. Would look sweet being pulled by a tacoma!! :D
     
  20. Aug 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM
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    Hey thanks I'll check it out!
     
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