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cmassey

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Posted: 03/29/12 09:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are finally by ourselves, retired and are downsizing. We've done the motorhome route and the large travel trailer (9600 lbs gross) routine. We're now looking at 21 to 22 ft. (3600 to 3800 lbs. empty) trailers such as Flagstaff 21FBS or Rockwood 2109S, Fun Finder's, ect. All have queen bed in front, couch or dinette slide, and rear, large bathroom. Anyone else out there having downsized, now agrees it was the thing to do? We think so for us. Only us two and don't really need 28 to 30 feet to be comfortable. My truck (2500 HD) will probably thank me too! Which small slide trailer works for you. Thanks.

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I see a lot of front bedroom rear bathroom units nowadays but don't like that layout. Why walk across the entire length of the rig during the middle of the night (we're seniors) just to use the bathroom?
Be SURE you can will be able to live with the smaller space since you are so used to having more space.


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My kids are all grown, and my wife and I downsized a couple of years ago from a 32 footer with bunk beds to a 26 foot Rockwood 2604. It ends up being just the perfect size for the two of us. We will both be retiring in June this year. If I had it to do all over again, I would do the same thing.


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In May of this last year we bought a Keystone Passport 19.5 RB, new. Best investment we have made for along time. And the "run" to the back is not that far
Also our 2500 Silver does not even know it is there, I threw away the weight dist bars and the sway control hook up. The pick up weights almost 3 times the trailer. Just load the fresh water and there is plenty of tow hook weight to keep it straight. No problem in winds, bad roads or trucks passing. We average 12.5 on the flats and 11 mpg on hills and winds.
On note you may not be able to get the same version of mine if you live on the east side of the rockies.
Happy camping and travel safe
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Dick_B wrote:

I see a lot of front bedroom rear bathroom units nowadays but don't like that layout. Why walk across the entire length of the rig during the middle of the night (we're seniors) just to use the bathroom?
Be SURE you can will be able to live with the smaller space since you are so used to having more space.


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Posted: 03/29/12 10:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a Rockwood 2109s and love it! It's the two of us and our 15 month old daughter and her travel pack 'n play fits perfectly when the slide is out. We have a 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the towing package and it pulls the trailer like its not even there. Your 2500 won't feel a thing.

Its nice to know that we have something small enough to go anywhere and I feel confident in putting in in some very tight spots.

Good luck!!!


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We actually "upsized" to a 22' HiLo recently. We've always had a Class B, but recently purchased a '09 HiLo. Even though it's small by most folks standards here, for us, the interior space is like a small palace, even without a slide, or tip out in the case of HiLo's.

When I mentioned gettin a longer than 22-24 foot trailer, my wife said no. She wasn't interested.


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That's exactly what I did. I even had a similar post to yours about 4 months ago, though my reasoning may have differed a little. In my situation, I no longer wanted to winter in an RV or live in them period. I traded down from a 37 ft 5wh. to a 22 funfinder. For road trips and weekends it's perfect.
I love the ease in handling my small combo. The short wheel base makes manuevering in tight places a breeze. The small trailer comes in handy when visiting relatives. I can keep my birds and two dogs in the trailer. It also comes in handy for day trips to Zoos, botanical gardens and other attractions in my corner of Pa.
I also downsized the truck from a one ton to my present 1/2 ton. The ride is so much better and the truck fits nicely in parking meters and public garages.
My sister and I are planning a trip to the National Parks out west. This trailer has all the comforts of a larger trailer without the added floor space. The cap on the truck allows for extra storage, though the 22 Funfinder is adequate enough. The fridge is the same size as the one I had in the 5th wh. In fact all the appliances are similar in size as well as the bath at the rear. The queen bed and flip open couch is also about the same size and comfort. Lots of luck with whatever you chose.

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We went from a 33ft tt to a 25ft. Best decision I've make in awhile. We like the mountains of NC. With the old unit, I sweated bullets on the back roads. Now, I don't even give it a thought. I go where I want. And with the downsizing, we went from a queen bed to a king. I don't think you will ever look back, but that is me.

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We found out that downsizing doesn't necessarily save you on fuel, if that's what you're looking for. You'll still have the sail in the wind effect. We went from a 31 foot Passport to a 22 foot Tracer (shorter and lighter), and we got the same gas mileage. It was easier to pull, and we could park it much easier. Otherwise, not any difference, other than less interior space.


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