I know a lot of people will say get a Fifth wheel, I've thought about it and have decided on a travel trailer, I'm going to want to due some boon-docking, I need a lightweight, trailer that can stand up to full timing I'm looking at between 21ft to 27ft trailer, my tow vehicle is a 2010 toyota tundra crewmax 4x4 with the 5.7 and tow package with a tow rating of 9000#. I've looked at the Kodiaks and Premiers, I would like a 4 season if possible, any other well made trailers I should consider. Yes this is not the ideal set up I know, but it's what I have. Once I retire from the military this is what the wife and I want to do. It will just be us and a black lab. I'm used to living small being on a Submarine for the last 17 years, and my wife grew up living in trailers, buses, cabins with no water or electric, we don't need every connivence known to man. We're doing this to travel, and not be tied down we don't have kids We're going to have health care through the military, all our bills will be paid, I just need to get rid of the house. So my questions, what are your trailer recommendations? Anything special I should be looking for? Should I go smaller or larger? Smaller I could get into more campgrounds, new or used? Any info would be great.
Take a look at Artic Fox/Nash trailers. I have the Lance with the "4-Season" Certification (completely double enclosed holding tanks heated, enclosed and heated dump valves, and dual pane windows.
Some trailers say they are 4 season capable just because they enclose the underbelly...not true 4-season cert.
2012 Lance 1685 with 4 Season Cert, Blue Ox Sway Pro
2011 Ram "Outdoorsman" Hemi with max Tow Package, Timbren
Buy a good used unit that your PU can pull. Good is typically a bit heavy for the size. After six months of boon-docking in a small trailer with a large dog, my guess is you will be thinking about different accommodations. Have fun.
2008 Dodge 3500 With a Really Strong Tractor Motor...........
LB, SRW, 4X4, 6-Speed Auto, 3.73, Prodigy P3, Blue Ox Sway Pro........
2007 Komfort 212 on 225 75R 15E Maxxis 8008 Tires.........
Whatever trailer you decide on, make sure you check out how large your storage units bins are. Most trailers that I have seen have very little storage space and you will need all you can if you go full time.
I agree with coolbreeze01 that buy used and then if/when you want more space, it will be cheaper to upgrade. Many people live in small trailers, but the majority of the ones I have seen are staying in one spot all the time and have storage sheds on their space.
check out the KZ Spree line....avail r38 insulation package and quality units with a 2 year warranty.
I've got no reason to believe the Spree isn't a darn fine TT but the R38 insulation value is a little misleading.
KZ lists that value as:"•Radiant Technology, calculated reflective value of R38". I'm pretty sure this is about the reflective films used and not conductive R value. In order to insulate a space with extruded polystyrene or isocyanate foam to R38, the cavity would need to be filled to a dimension of 7"+. Using the typical RV expanded polystyrene foam, the cavities would need to be around 8"+. I don't know the dimensions of the Spree walls, floors, and roofs but I'm guessing they aren't that thick.