First of all I wanted to say "THANK YOU" to all you guys who were so nice and helped us over the past weeks! I wouldn't know what we would have done without your advice.
We finally bought a Keystone Outback 25RS-S today, thanks to the advice we got here. For those of you that aren't familiar (or sick of) our story, here is the 1 line synopsis: My wife, cat and I are going full-timing next week for a couple of years, are generally fairly smart people, but completely clueless about trailers, since we have never even been in one before
Now for my (hopefully) final questions for a while: We got the truck, we're getting the trailer this weekend.
Now what else do we need?
I should mention that we already spent well over $40k on the vehicles so far and lord knows we're not rich... So we're talking cheap.
I am mostly concerned with the hitch stuff. The truck we have (2002 Dodge RAM 1500) comes with the factory towing package. I believe I need to buy some weight-distributing hitch, right? Like an Equ-a-lizer or something like that? Is that around $500.- ? I know there are much cooler thingies out there around $2 - 3K but unless I start dealing crack, that ain't gonna happen
Secondly, do I need a brake controller, or does that come with the towing package? If it does, I sure couldn't find it on Dodge's site. How much would that be?
I believe the sewer hose comes with the trailer and I understand that we have to buy the fresh water hose and pressure regulator ourselves.
And finally, what else? Boy I know that these are lot of question, and by now, the post is so long that nobody will read it anyway, but who knows.
I thank everybody in advance and promise to answer lots of newbie questions one I am a "seasoned pro"
Boris & Kirstin
- 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 RC/LB 4.7L V8 3.9 ratio w/ tow package
- 2002 Keystone Outback 25RS-S TT
You will find a LOT of options you want/need as you go along but I would consider the above things essential along with a proper size electric extension cord, at least a couple of adaptors (pigtails)to go between the service box & trailer (your dealer can advise you on AMPS, etc, chocks and some kind of levellers -we have the Lynx levellers but wood will do just as well, particularly until you get established a bit more - if TV is important to you, get a coax cable along with male & female ends for it, a set of tools - minor repairs, adjustments, etc., are needed in a trailer just like a house - and a flashlight. A doormat helps keep trash out of the trailer. There are a million & one things that you will want/need and you will be adding things for a while - and also subtracting as you find you really don't need/use/want some of the things you first thought you did. Have a nice life!!
You will need an equalizer hitch and sway control, and a brake controller 50-150 dollars,your dealer can install this. The sewer hose doesn't always come with the unit,if it does its very short and cheap. Ask your dealer to throw in a starter kit most do. It will have a sewer hose, fresh water hose,chemicals and t.p.
You will probably upgrade your sewer hose later with all the different connectors to fit different situations. Hope this helps a little.
ROBERT & VIRGINIA HAMILTON 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Dually H.O. Cummins Quad Cab,Auto,4WD,3.73 Posi. 2004 Cardinal 33TS LX Triple Slide Fifth Wheel U.S. AIR FORCE(Retired) Rally Attendance "3"
Once you get the basics, like the weight distribution hitch and brake controller, take a walk through a Camping World. Just make sure you leave your credit cards in the truck.... LOL So many little gadgets to buy!
The tow package should be wired to make the brake controller an easy installation, but it does not include it. The hitch, well in my opinion is a must, I have the Equal-i-zer and am very happy with it and the setup was not that hard.
2001 Ford Excursion V10
Equal-i-zer, Voyager Brake Control
2 Artic Cat 500 4x4 ATVs
27' 1978 Del Rey TT