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What size travel trailer? 9 years 3 months ago #9486

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I have decided to sell my 32' Bounder and get a travel trailer.
The wife is afraid to drive the Bounder and I don't really want to set up a dinghy but do want a vehicle to drive when we reach destination.

I a have a 2008 Silverado 1500 with towing option. The book says the trailer should be less than 4400 pounds.

I'm thinking something about 20' long and under 4000 pounds.

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Dennis

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10175

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did you ever buy a TT? Just wondering as the kids have a new tahoe and I have a 28Ft dutchman for them to tow when needed.

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10180

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I have decided to sell my 32' Bounder and get a travel trailer.
The wife is afraid to drive the Bounder and I don't really want to set up a dinghy but do want a vehicle to drive when we reach destination.

I a have a 2008 Silverado 1500 with towing option. The book says the trailer should be less than 4400 pounds.

I'm thinking something about 20' long and under 4000 pounds.

Opinions?

Thanks
Dennis

Ohhhh yes...been there done this.

Sold company, wife wanted to travel. We looked and thought a nice 32' class A would fit the bill. But NEVER owned anything and the more we looked the more we wanted, we want that, she wants this adn the beat went on until one day we walked in the door and ordered a 45 foot motorcocach. WIfe ordered it and we waited. It arrived and year one was a nightmare of getting this and that fixed and refixed. Out for a week, in for 2 waiting on parts and repair que.

Finally one day we had enough and sold it back to the dealer.

We knew we still wanted to travel...more looking and shopping and talking to everyone. After a few years of more research we headed up to the NW and bought a truck camper. A Arctic Fox 1150...we have NEVER looked back.

Us and 4 dogs lived in it for 3 months when we moved back to Tex and were having work done on the house we bought. We have made several 3000 mi trips in it and have NEVER wanted for more. We roll in, drop the camper and drive truck to see the sights. I get a solid 13.1 +/- .5 mpg (ALMOST 3x what the motor coach got). Its fun and if you make a WRONG turn just pull into a driveway and turnaround. Try doing that with 45 feet of rig! We go off road and camp in the mountains, my F 350 4x4 truck is GREAT and I have to use here on the ranch also.

My ONLY consideration would be another truck camper, no TT, no Class a, b, c etc. Just us and our truck going were they will NEVER GO!

have fun

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10182

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HA Truck Camper - not many of us truly know what real camping in an RV is all about until you camp in one ... bought my first one in 2002, and never looked back either ...

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10183

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yes we had one also, matter of fact still do, it just doesnt fit the new truck! We had it on 89 F250 went all over with it. but it will not fit the 04, tailgate too narrow, side walls to high, would need to build a deck for the bed to sit it on and then modify the storage boxes at the rear to let it fit into the bed.

Big thing is when we bought the 89 they wanted more for a new one tha we paid for the truck! Now I read that new ones sell in excess of $35000. Can get an awfully nice TT or small 5ver for that price, and then still have more room to live in.

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10198

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Nope, still have the Bounder. We aren't planning a long trip until atleast summer of 13. I drive the Bounder out once a month on astronomy trips so I'm keeping it for now.

What is a truck camper?

did you ever buy a TT? Just wondering as the kids have a new tahoe and I have a 28Ft dutchman for them to tow when needed.

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10199

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QUOTE: "What is a truck camper?"

A fully self-contained RV that sits in the bed of a pickup truck ... kitchen, shower, frig, etc. Q-Bed sticks out above the cab ...

Go to www.lancecampers.com or www.northern-lite.com for examples

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10200

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they are small travel trailers that fit in the back of a pickup for all purposes! Really they are generally 10-12 ft long fit in the truck bed and really are nice, but when looking at new ones you can buy a nice TT or small 5er for same $$. now they have slideouts, outside cooking, etc just like the trailers do. just look up Lance or truck camper on your search engine and you are in for a surprise. Some now are custom made and are called Earth Roamer, the turtle expedition has a custom one built on a F450 I think it is. There are some neat ones just more $$ than I have or would spend on one.

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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 10 months ago #10201

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here is an example, found it while browsing craigs list.
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Re: What size travel trailer? 8 years 1 month ago #11396

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20 foot trailer is a bit tight, I would go at least to a 24-26' trailer, that 1500 can go up to 7500lbs towing if I'm not wrong, but before going to a trailer check out some same size 5th wheels which is better for towing and less equipment to hookup which help eliminate trailer sway, with a 5th wheel you back up to it hook up electrical plug and breakaway switch and get going and no trailer sway with no extra equipment.

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