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It is a Terry Dakota.

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Living in a trailer for two years means you will need storage and closet space. Look at getting a two slide trailer. As others have stated, get a 3/4 ton truck either gas or diesel.


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Again, what do the letters CCC stand for?


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Never seen it stated that way, but OK

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I would just go for the 3/4 ton as it will give you room to not limit your choices to a lightweight TT. It will also give you room to upgrade in the future. The diesel option will net you much better towing mileage (typically double that of a gasser) and the engine will give you wonderful performance towing up and down mountains. Diesels also tend to live longer (ie higher mileage than gassers). While maintenance on a diesel is more expensive, oil changes are every 5000 miles as opposed to every 3000 with a gasser.

For towing as much as you plan to do I would not go with something that will get by towing it, I would go with something that will be pleasurable towing it. Remember to check the payload sticker inside the door of any TV you buy. You want enough available payload to handle the weight of all passengers, pets and gear (include firewood or whatever else you may put in the bed of the truck) plus loaded tongue weight of the TT you are considering. Remember the loaded tongue weight should be 13-15% of the loaded TT weight. For this TT that would be 14-15% of gvwr would be 930-1080 lbs. you will find this is where the half tons fall short and the 3/4 tons step up. If you really want a 1/2 ton make sure it is an HD package and I would probably only consider the ford eco boost hd or an hd Toyota tundra. Both are reported to be pretty capable vehicles but know that mountain towing you will probably be running some higher rpms with a gasser than a diesel.


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Cargo carrying Capacity.

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By the 1314 Lbs ccc is pretty light for full-timing. We are a family of 3 (2 adults and a 5yr old). We are weekend warriors and have almost 1500 lbs loaded into the TT. Things add up quickly.

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marieangelique wrote:

On a different topic, we were planning on slightly modifying our travel trailer. We were planning on removing the sofa that comes in the trailer and the two rear chairs and replacing the sofa with a desk space and the chairs with our own ikea chair and ottoman.
. I'm not sure about TT but I know some 5ers can be found with a desk already in them. I would think same would hold true for TT. It was mostly units with a rear entertainment or entertainment in the slide that we saw the desks in 5ers.

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Thanks anaro. This is the lightest TT with a large slide we have found. We;ll have to consider that in our decision.

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On a different topic, we were planning on slightly modifying our travel trailer. We were planning on removing the sofa that comes in the trailer and the two rear chairs and replacing the sofa with a desk space and the chairs with our own ikea chair and ottoman.

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