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Tyler0215

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Posted: 08/19/19 04:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 24 ft TT. Been across country several times. Usually 3 to 4 weeks at a time.
Use a WD hitch all the time

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Posted: 08/19/19 04:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I just returned last week from a 3-month, 19 state, 10,000 mile cross country trip with the TT in my sig. It’s 26’ stem to stern and 6000 lb gvwr. We had no problems towing with our F150 ego-boost 3.5. ??. This is our 2nd trip out west with this TT. Two years ago we had a 2010 F150 4.9 V8 that struggled with the Rockies. With our new truck, the 3.5, we didn’t have that problem.

With any TT don’t expect great mpg. We averaged 10mpg when towing.


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Posted: 08/19/19 05:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I traveled thousands and thousands of miles with our first travel trailer. It was an 18 foot Dutchmen Sport, measured 21 feet long, bumper to hitch. We initially towed it with a Chevy 1500 Suburban. Put lots of miles on that puppy, until the transmission blew. Then we moved to our first dualy (used). It was a Chevy Silverado gas 3500, a marvelous beast, except we didn't realize the frame was rusting too bad when our repair shop advised we never tow with it again... We traded for a diesel dualy (used).

Meanwhile, we traveled extensively in an 18 foot (box size) travel trailer and did just fine. Size is not the important thing. What is important is how well you can adapt to the size.

My parents had an 18 foot 1963 Phoenix travel trailer, purchased new in 1962. I was 7 years old. And my parents traveled in that little trailer with a family of 3 kids and a dog all over the country, from Michigan, to Texas, to Florida, to New York, and everyone had a marvelous time. My dad was self-employed and set his own work schedule. It was common for us to travel a month at a time. I'm pretty sure that's what gave me the love for RVing.

By the way ... no matter what you get, get weight distribution and sway control. You may think you never need it, but it only takes one time to lose control and your family members end up in a morgue. Think about that. When RVing ... the safety of your vehicle is the most important the most primary thing. Safety with your vehicle supersedes everything else.

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My parents "rig". I'm the runt, balled headed kid squatting like a contorted lobster on the sand.

wanderingbob

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Posted: 08/19/19 05:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Winnie Mini TT 20 foot and pull it with a 2500 Ram CTD . No need for a WDH . We are travelers , not campers . We take a 8 to 15 day trip every 6 or 8 weeks . Smaller is better for us , dry camping most nites , back roads and yard sales . Next week we go north to Maine and then ??, I would have no qualmes taking my rig anywhere that we want to go .
We have owned 14 RVs and have used WDH when needed , I routinely deliver cargo trailers up to 32 feet with no WDH .

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We found the perfect couples trailer in a coachman 192RBS. I've talked to several people that travel for months on end, but nobody that full times in one. We love the trailer, it really is a perfect couples trailer... but we are also looking long term at full timing it.

I have hooked it to my F150 without WDH, hook and go as you suggested, but prefer WDH for longer trips, especially if I'm carrying a full load of fresh water.

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Thanks for all the comments its good to know some of you are using smaller rigs for longer runs, just want to be sure I wasn't thinking about it wrong.

We were looking at some of the Rockwoods Geos, Jayco Hummingbirds, R Pods etc. Then the second group of larger ones like Rockwoods Minis in the 20 foot range, the price they command for them is a little nuts but....have to pay to play I guess. Not a lot of smaller used ones compared to the bigger ones.

The last rig was a glass Jayco, was a good rig but I could almost buy 2 tin and stick compared to the small glasss trailers, to many options??

Again thanks all

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DutchmenSport wrote:

My wife and I traveled thousands and thousands of miles with our first travel trailer. It was an 18 foot Dutchmen Sport, measured 21 feet long, bumper to hitch. We initially towed it with a Chevy 1500 Suburban. Put lots of miles on that puppy, until the transmission blew. Then we moved to our first dualy (used). It was a Chevy Silverado gas 3500, a marvelous beast, except we didn't realize the frame was rusting too bad when our repair shop advised we never tow with it again... We traded for a diesel dualy (used).

Meanwhile, we traveled extensively in an 18 foot (box size) travel trailer and did just fine. Size is not the important thing. What is important is how well you can adapt to the size.

My parents had an 18 foot 1963 Phoenix travel trailer, purchased new in 1962. I was 7 years old. And my parents traveled in that little trailer with a family of 3 kids and a dog all over the country, from Michigan, to Texas, to Florida, to New York, and everyone had a marvelous time. My dad was self-employed and set his own work schedule. It was common for us to travel a month at a time. I'm pretty sure that's what gave me the love for RVing.

By the way ... no matter what you get, get weight distribution and sway control. You may think you never need it, but it only takes one time to lose control and your family members end up in a morgue. Think about that. When RVing ... the safety of your vehicle is the most important the most primary thing. Safety with your vehicle supersedes everything else.

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My parents "rig". I'm the runt, balled headed kid squatting like a contorted lobster on the sand.


Love the pic, thanks

badercubed

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Posted: 08/19/19 08:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am bias, but Coachman Apex Nano have some nice lightweight and easy to tow floor plans. I tow mine with a V6 GMC Canyon with no problems. It's actually a pleasure after going from a 35ft TT behind a F250.


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I love my 23 footer. lots of beds since we are a young family and don't spent time inside. other configurations are available with more living space in place of beds. my half ton pulls it like a dream. NO WAY you are getting away from a WD hitch though. it only takes me 30 seconds to hook it up so not sure what the problem is.


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if it doesn't move and it should.....WD40
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Jebby14 wrote:

I love my 23 footer. lots of beds since we are a young family and don't spent time inside. other configurations are available with more living space in place of beds. my half ton pulls it like a dream. NO WAY you are getting away from a WD hitch though. it only takes me 30 seconds to hook it up so not sure what the problem is.


The WDH is not a problem, as I get older I just find I like things more simple. If I need to use a WDH I will, if going shorter a couple of feet saves me from the WDH thats just a check in the pro column[emoticon]

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