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marieangelique

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5ers=5th wheel?

We've seen a couple TT that had a desk instead of the table/booth.

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Yes 5er is a 5th wheel. We have been looking to upgrade to one,


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We have already sorted out that we want a 28' to 30' rear living trailer with one large slide. There are several in our price range available. One specifically that if we had something to pull it out of the driveway, we would put an offer on it.

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We looked at some 5th wheels. Eventually to stay in our budget we decided to go for a rear living travel trailer. We went to an RV show and looked around at a bunch of different plans and decided the rear living was what we wanted, then we started looking for some within our price range.

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Speeking from experience.
Why not settle on the trailer first,
There are many more variables choosing the right trailer.
Then when thats done concentrate on the easy part,
and find the right tow veichle.

Just my $0.02


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If I was planning to full time for a few years I would get a F250/2500 with the most payload and put a bed shell on it for extra storage. Build shelves and compartments for whatever I stow in it prior to departing. It would be my garage.

Also be aware that the lighter the TT/sq ft the insulation may be less. You might discover this on a hot summer day. Units designed for FT are usually heavier.

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I would get a three-quarter or even one ton-diesel truck. One ton trucks cost only a little more and you will have more towing capacity. Fuel mileage will be about the same. You cannot have too much truck, IMO.

Too, I would look closely at a thirty foot or larger Arctic Fox or Jayco Eagle travel trailer, or another really well built trailer for towing.

Usually, the more expensive, larger heavier trailers are well suited to a lot of towing and longer duration living circumstances. Also, make sure it is a true four season trailer.

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Based on my current combo, I'd go with a 3/4 ton diesel if you plan on long trips. I have a 1/2 ton with a 26 ft trailer and I'm at its limit. I want to take long trips, but not with my 1/2 ton. When I bought my Ram 1500 sitting next to it was a Ram 2500 with the diesel for about $8k more. Hindsight is 20/20 and I'm disappointed I didn't get the 2500.


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That 7200lb GVWR will be hit if not over before your first trip. I would look for a trailer with a higher CCC. It sounds like you will need a 3/4 ton.
FWIW my trailer is 7100lbs dry and has an 11,200lb GVWR that gives me a 4100lb CCC. and we are a family that only goes for long weekends and a 1 or 2 week trip. my ready to travel weight is 9200lbs. so I`m loading up 2100lbs worth of cr...stuff! if you full time figure on at least 2000lbs of stuff.
The trailer you are considering is more suited to the type of traveling we do.


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marieangelique wrote:

The CCC is 1,314.
This isn't a standard of weight capacity but I'm pretty sure the OP has 1314 lbs. Carrying Capacity. To safely estimate towed weights you'll need to know GCWR (gross combined weight rating), GVWR (gross vehicle weight rating), Payload capacity, and to make sure, GAWR (gross axle weight rating)of the towing vehicle. The TT mfg. always seem to fudge on the actual dry weight of the trailer from all reports. A buyer should be able to have an additional weight of the necessary trailer items (propane bottles/filled, jack, spare tire, battery, etc) and additional cargo weight in mind to get to a ballpark trailer weight.

If the OP is thinking of a 30' with slides and spending a year on the road, a larger truck makes perfect sense. IMO, a minimum would be 3/4 ton and a diesel.


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