I have a similar situation with my Champion gennys. One of the larger size and 2x2k units. If I was going to start over I would get 2x2k units instead of a 3 or 4k as mine is. I really like the fact I can lift them up myself and just throw them into the back of the truck. If we head to the mountains where it is not too warm I just take one of them and use it to charge batteries, run the inside electronics when the wife needs it etc. For the times I need more power just throw in the second one and be off.
There is a company that makes a very nice TT that meet your requirements, Excel Winslow. It starts at 28', with triple slides, and a 2500 lb. tongue weight. If you are looking for a quality TT that your 3/4 ton truck can handle, I would look at an Arctic Fox.
I was going to say the above but also add the Outdoors RV Blackstone and Windriver line of TT. They are part of the Arctic Fox group and have some real nice smaller TT right up to the 30 plus footers.
Hitching and unhitching was the deal breaker for me. My buddy takes at least 30 more minutes to hook up his rig before we hit the road. Ease of towing with fiver.
At least 30 Minutes wow. I can't recall ever taking that kind of time to hook up my trailer. 10 minutes tops with all 6 stabilizers down. I think I would look at how I could speed things up if I took that long to hook my trailer up as that sounds pretty excessive. I can usually get mine hooked up and ready to go only a couple minutes more than my buddy with his fifth.
Last day of the deep freeze today Bob. We warm up for several to come so hopefully a reprieve for you. Melt down Chinook on the way. Welcome to Cowtown. Minus 25 one day and plus 10 in a day or 2 after. LOL. Only in Calgary.
Story up yesterday:
The Colorado's new frame, which is fully boxed and uses a lot of high-strength steel, is about 40 percent lighter than the global frame, and shares relatively few components with it. The American Colorado is significantly longer than the global truck. There are three wheelbases for the new midsize, as there are three configurations: crew cab with a 5- or 6-foot bed, and extended cab with the 6-foot bed. The extended cab rides on the shortest wheelbase, 127.9 inches, which is exactly 6 inches longer than that of the global Colorado. The overall length of the longest American Colorado, the crew cab longbed, is 224.1 inches (on a 140.5-inch wheelbase), and the global model has an overall length of 210.5 inches. While this is much larger than the global truck, it is still significantly smaller than the Silverado. If you compare crew cabs, the Colorado is 5 inches narrower, 3 inches lower, and 16 inches shorter, and is 900 pounds lighter. Suspension duties are handled by coil-overs in front and dual-stage leaf springs in back. The new truck now uses Duralife four-wheel disc brakes (it had rear drums in 2012, its last model year) with ABS. As with the Silverado, the doors are inlaid and triple-sealed. Six airbags and a rearview camera will be standard, and forward collision alert will be available. We haven't received full specifications yet, but we do know the truck will have electric power steering and an impressive 41-foot turning radius. No, we did not mention a regular cab here as an option. That's because there isn't one. However, we've heard that those who want to can get an extended cab with a rear-seat delete option.
The trim levels will be WT, LT, and Z71, with RWD or 4WD. On other GM trucks, and in the past on the Colorado, the Z71 had been a suspension package available on a variety of trims. But something else that'll be new for 2015 is the introduction of the Z71 as a separate model, with unique spring and shock tuning, skidplates, and slightly different styling. Z71s will come with StabiliTrak, trailer sway control, hillstart assist, and hill descent control.
When the truck first goes on sale, buyers will have a choice of two engines—a 193-hp and 184-lb-ft (estimated) 2.5-liter I-4 or a 3.6-liter V-6, putting out an estimated 302 hp and 270 lb-ft. GM has used these engines in other models. The four has powered sedans, and the V-6 is similar to the engine in the Equinox, but GM says both engines have been retuned for truck applications, with more bottom-end torque. Both have direct injection and variable valve timing, and will be backed by a six-speed automatic with a floor-mounted shifter. That's right, there is no manual transmission for 2015, but Chevrolet is open to consumer input on this. If enough people want it, a manual could be made available. We expect that, even though the new truck is probably slightly heavier than the previous one, because of the more efficient engines, better aerodynamics, and use of active aero grille shutters, fuel economy will be greatly improved. We also expect acceleration to be quicker as well.
There is other big news, and unfortunately we have to wait until the Colorado's second year to see it, but there will be a third engine added to the options list for the 2016 model year: a 2.8-liter Duramax I-4. Chevrolet hasn't announced power numbers yet, but in the global truck, it produces 197 hp and 369 lb-ft. While we expect that the diesel's hp and torque will be slightly lower here because it will use an aftertreatment system, the global engine's torque number is only slightly lower than that of GM's new EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8, while potentially offering significantly better fuel economy. Even at 90 percent of that number, the torque would be stellar. The engineers at Chevrolet also told us that the American-market version of this engine will be much quieter than the global unit. The DEF's refill point will be behind the fuel door. Unless one of the other manufacturers pulls off a stunning upset in the next year, the Colorado will be the first midsize truck sold in the U.S. with a diesel engine. Remember when we thought that would be something Mahindra would do?
We got to sit in the cabin of the new Colorado, and materials, styling, and amenities are greatly improved from those in the previous Colorado. There is a driver information screen within the gauge cluster, an 8-inch color touch screen in the center stack (optional on the WT), plus OnStar, MyLink, and navigation will be offered. Seats will be stain-resistant cloth or leather.
But there's no denying the new midsize's appearance is much more global Colorado than it is little Silverado. Those hoping for a truck that looks like a scaled-down Silverado will be disappointed. However, there were some changes. The truck has a new front end and higher bedsides, and we feel these differences make it look better than the global truck.
Chevrolet has some lofty capability goals with this truck, but they are certainly things that are possible. The idea is that the Colorado will have best-in-class horsepower, payload, and towing capacity. GM hasn't announced payload capacity, but it expects a 6700-pound towing capacity at launch (and higher with the diesel). It will also be the first in its segment to offer a trailer brake controller. The company's CornerStep rear bumper and 13 tie-down locations are standard, and the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate and spray-in bedliner are options.
Even with all these impressive features and capability, investing in the midsize segment is a gamble. There aren't a lot of people buying midsize trucks compared with full-sizes. But a strong argument can be made that many folks stopped buying trucks because there haven't been improvements in a decade. The new Colorado could bring back buyers who gave up on midsize trucks. GM hasn't announced pricing yet, but this is a key factor for the Colorado's success. If the truck comes in at a price that's lower enough than the Silverado's, it should do well. Then there's the challenge of pricing the diesel option.
Still,the payoffs for this gamble could be huge. If GM is right that midsize trucks cater to a different buyer than full-size trucks do, and that there is a bigger market for smaller trucks than is being served at the moment, the Colorado could bring people back to this segment and could take market share away from the Tacoma. It could also mean buyers would be willing to pay more for a well-optioned Colorado than they would for an entry-level Silverado. Not everyone has the space to park a ½-ton truck nor the desire to drive one in the city . The gamble could also pay off for truck fans in more ways than one, if Ford and VW choose to respond by bring their Ranger T6 and Amarok to the U.S. No pressure, Chevy.
Long time equalizer owner here with just slightly larger trailer and similar truck. Equalizer hitch fits easily into the stock receiver of your truck and then slide in the 2 bars and clip them in and you are off to the races. You will need to bolt in 2 pieces that bolt up around your trailer frame as well at the beginning but they stay there for good and don't get removed. Get them set to the proper height as there are several settings.The hitch head also has a few settings as well but once done that is it. Once you have the hitch setup correctly it only takes a few minutes to hitch and unhitch the trailer. If you have a power jack it even makes it easier if you are not sitting level as you can adjust your height to make it easier to swing the bars in and out. We have travelled thousands of miles with ours and don't worry at all about sway from the trailer even on windy days which we get many living close to the mountains. Go to their website as they have all kinds of setup info, videos and other propoganda.
We beaten this up a thousand times but on a few of the more common points. Presonal preference is going to come into play so be careful of advice on some as it will always be sided to their prefernce. I have towed my current unit since new and would have to agree that the right truck, hitch and properly adjusted it can be towed as well as a fifth wheel. Time to setup my Equalizer is no longer than my camping partners fifth and they always joke the same. There is definetly less underneath storage in a TT but you do have the truck which in my case I prefer. Firewood, gennys, extra water jugs and other junk I would rather have in the truck. If you are looking for something on the larger classier side of things don't let anyone tell you have to get a fifth wheel. They make many of the same layouts in TT as fifths now and just as nice quality wise with the higher ceiling. Check out these that we have been looking at such as Arctic Fox, Blackstone, Windriver, Jayco Eagle and Excel in the upper end to name a few and I know there are more in that list. We have been thinking of bigger as well and years ago we would automatically said a fifth but when we go looking now boy things have changed and makes it tough to change.
I agree it is awful short on counter space. The 318 model has even less and it is almost the same size trailer. This would be a deal buster for the better half for sure. I did go over their website and downloaded the brochure and don't see anything anywhere in regards to an optional island. I know they are available in retail stores as long as matching woods etc. are not that important it could be made to work I suppose. Too bad as they are right up the alley for what we have our eyes on the next couple years.
I can reply to that as you can see in my signature I have the older open style and 2 of the newer Champions. Yes the open one is a lot noisier but for the price I paid many years ago and what it does we still use it out boondocking in the bush. Runs everything but does take 2 of us to take it out of the truck and we just run a long cable back to the trailer. I also have 2 of the newer 2k inverter models too. They work very well for us to run the toaster, coffee pot, OIC stove top and charge batteries etc. Very quiet just like the Honda as well. Keep in mind they only really have a max continuous wattage of 1600 and a complaint from many has been it is not even close to the 2k that they advertise in big print but what it says in small. Link 2 together and you have lots of power. I usually only take one of them most of the time as in the mountains we don't need the ac so it is more for the small appliances and charging and works great for that. Very quiet too and if I leave it in the back of the truck you almost can't hear it running inside so grat for rainy days watching movies too and doesn't bother others. Picked mine up at Costco a few years back on a great deal they had them on for 399 so made sense to go that route form me. The Honda's are great units too but up here they run a lot more than in the U.S. so I decided to go the Champion route and love them.
Feel free to pm me if you have any questions you would prefer to answer offline.
We did the Oregon coast for the first 3 weeks in September. We didn't reserve spots but in hind sight we should have. Several times we were getting the last few spots available. We thought especially by mid month that things would settle down but not so. Most operators told us they were a lot busier this year at that time than usual whatever that means. Don't worry about the hiway as it is mostly fresh paved so nice smooth blacktop almost the whole way. You just won;t make great time but if you a touristing who cares. We did most of our nights in the state parks along the way.
Another reason is the fact that in the U. S. retailers have to purchase their POS terminals where we can rent for a small monthly amount. Huge cost when you have multiple locations and multiple machines for the outlay as the new modern terminal are expensive.
Haven't seen the whole report but the local news featured this story on the news last night. They said where they really failed was on all the electronic technology items in their vehicles not so much the mechanical part of the cars. From what they said and what a Ford rep said it sounds to me the IT guys are the problem not the building and running part of the vehicle. This part may be a challenge going forward for anyone that wants a new car with all the electronic toys built in. Your car may run great, fast and all the rest but your gps, radio, and all the other new gizmo's will do nothing but drive you crazy when nothing works.
Posted By: DSteiner51 on 10/30/13 06:47am
Please! Use the furnace installed in your RV for it's intended purpose. If you must either increase your battery bank or buy a generator. I'm getting tired of reading of folks who don't or barely make it till morning. The undertaker can wait.
I'm not disagreeing with you, but I honestly haven't heard of anyone dieing from using a propane heater in an RV. I've certainly heard of people dying from running generators or charcoal grills in their houses during power outages, but I haven't heard of anyone dying from running a propane catalytic heater. Has there actually been any posting about deaths from them on RV.NET?
I use a Big Buddy heater in my ice tent and also in early spring and late fall in my trailer. Even though it has a low oxy shutoff we leave lots of air flow. Try a Google search "man dies from carbon monoxide from heater in camper" and several stories of people dyeing in campers.