IMHO be sure to look at a 17' Casita. Fiberglass doesn't rust, and they are real tight and very light.
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Thank you for all the great input. Please don't stop if you have any other great advice for me. I obviously still have some research to do, which will be FUN. I'm already day dreaming about it.
One follow-up question on the A/C issue ... Some of you have metioned different A/C options. Is it true that certain manufacturers provide "better" A/C units with their small TTs? For example, one might think that a TT manufactured in Wisconsin may not put much emphasis on a good A/C compared with one built in Texas. Is that true, or would an A/C on any given 17' TT be about the same as any other?
a pre-runner or 4x4 v6 could tow about anything your looking for!
i have family happily towing a 4800lb "sail" (2007 jayco sport 219) behind their 2007 long bed 4door 4x4 tacoma. they say they would have gone with a bigger tt if they were to buy again. your tundra would do all this just fine too.
the older body 4x4 or pre-runner(2003ish)v6 is rated @ 6000lbs gvwr with tow package and 10000lbs gcvwr
the newer body 4x4 or pre-runner(2007ish)v6 is rated @ 6500lbs gvwr with tow package and 11100lbs gcvwr
We have a 16' Scamp Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailer with a Side Dinette, Front Shower & Head. Scamp come with a Marine Fabric coving the sides & ceilings which also has a R-15 insulation which makes them very quiet and keeps out heat well & cool in or warmer in winter. They have 6' 2" head room as well, not great but better than most of the small ones in Fiberglass. Not sure if you want a Shower, if not Scamps can be ordered without them. We keep the real table/bed as a bed. It pretty long but narrow for two, but if only one should be ok. The small AC does very well in the New Mexico Summers. We have had it since Aug. 2005.
Here's an older post on the subject of Going Small . Maybe it will be of help.
We began towing our Scamp with a Ford Ranger V-6 & it did very well. Even in the mountains in the Southwest.
DesertHawk - Las Cruces, NM USA
2005 16' Scamp Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailer
Side Dinette, Front Shower & Head
2009 White Ford F-150 Reg. Cab
Long Bed with A.R.E. Molded Fiberglass Topper Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. -Confucius
From what I've seen there are only 2 or 3 manufacturers of A/C units, they come in different sizes. The smallest (9200 btu I think) can run on a 2000w generator, bigger obviously require a bigger genny. The 2000 watt generators are the most popular size, hence the need for a small AC unit if it needs to run off the genny. For a small trailer the small unit will be just fine, they however are usually not the one that comes with the unit, maybe they cost more. It's something I would ask about if it were me buying.
Bob & Deb
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I have an Escape 17B, a 2100 lb dry weight, 3000 lbs loaded to go. They also make a 15', 19' & a fiver (5th wheel).
I have the thermal pane window & extra insulation option & have had no problems keeping it cool (or warm). The 11,000 BTU AC will run on a single Honda 2000 generator, and the company is very flexible at working with you on modifications, additions on top of their options, etc. For example, along with the options I ordered, I also had them install a back up camera, and a cell phone antenna & amplifier.
More expensive than a Scamp or Casita, but in my opinion, better built. One problem - they are a small company and currently have a 6-8 month waiting list to have one built...