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RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

...Please tell me more about avoiding camping world. They had so many choices!... Here is all you should need to know. O.M.G.
Jas1317 10/20/20 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Are there any campers that don’t have so many negative reviews?? There are SO MANY bad reviews! Where we are in NY there isn’t much other than camper world!
Jas1317 10/16/20 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

My 3500 is my Daily driver - I don't know why that is a consideration - it's not a dump truck...It's a consideration because some vehicles (like a F250 & F350) won't fit in some parking garages. Ask me how I know this. And that is just one example; there's also considerations like mpg for commutes to work, ability to fit between the gate posts to park behind the house, ability to fit in the garage (more real life experiences of mine), etc. I’m okay with those kinds of limitations - we also have a midsize suv
Jas1317 10/16/20 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Sorry I figured all 2500s are very similar in capacity 2020 GMC SIERRA 2500 HEAVY DUTY† Maximum conventional trailering capacity of up to 18,500 lbs† Maximum fifth-wheel/gooseneck rating of up to 18,510 lbs† (As shown 18,500 lbs†) Maximum payload of up to 3,979 lbs† (As shown 3,563 lbs†)
Jas1317 10/16/20 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

What is the truck that you have and what is the payload on the sticker on the door jam. Saying that it has to be a "daily driver" makes the 13.5k tow rating odd... With some real details, that will tell us more about what you can really pull. A 2500 pickup - daily meaning when we aren’t camping my husband will use it for work, drive around town, drive kids places, etc.
Jas1317 10/15/20 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Tow capacity is not a number you use to figure out what you can tow travel trailer wise. Tow capacity is determined by pulling a flat trailer with weight in ideal conditions and a driver who's first job is a jockey - with nothing else in the truck. It's not what the truck can pull - it's what it can carry. If your thinking 250/2500, consider a SRW 3500 as you most likely will want a bigger trailer/Fifth wheel in future. Research Payload. Good advice on Grand Design products. I've had nothing but good experiences from them including a major repair on my awning done out of warranty, and their willingness to let a mobile repair guy fix a recall issue - yes, they sent a recall notice for a possible electrical issue. Some people on here with an axe to grind will tell you that they are junk - yes stuff can go wrong, but you can learn from their two forums who to talk to to get things that should be resolved - resolved to your satisfaction. You won't get that many places. For my first TT, I bought an entry level Coleman from camping world. After sitting between uses, I'd open it up and get overwhelmed by off-gassing Formaldehyde. Could not leave clothes or sheets in it - they would become unusable until washed. Camping world had it for warranty repairs in the first month. After not being called a few days after my promised date, I called them. They didn't know where my TT was - wasn't sure they remembered working on it as the tech I was working with had departed the day before. They finally found it on the used lot where people were going through it and removing things that were in there. Would not accept a claim for missing items or damage caused - the vinyl wood grain on the bathroom cabinet was peeling - like someone pulled on it. Good luck NIGHTMARE!!
Jas1317 10/15/20 01:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

I wish the suburban made a true HD. The tow capacity isn’t very high on the new ones! This has been one of my greatest frustrations in recent years. We babied our '06 got a long time, but in the end, the repair costs were mounting and we found we couldn't take trips because we were too afraid it would give out on us. We bought it used in 2012 and got a lot of use out of it, but readily would have purchased a new one then (or in years since) had it been an option. Even the old option of HD vans is really a thing of the past. Larger families have little practical way to tow anymore. It’s frustrating for sure! Back in the day they made that diesel ford excursion that would be great for this too. There really isn’t a good suv option for a bigger camper!
Jas1317 10/15/20 11:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Jayco used to be a good name but the quality has dropped since being bought by Thor. We love our Grand Design. If you're not in a hurry, there are gobs of trailers hitting the used market because of people who rushed into buying a RV when COVID hit, but realized it's not quite their thing. Good to know! Yes we’re hoping to find a good deal!
Jas1317 10/15/20 10:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

A model like our Keystone Bullet 31bhpr would fit the bill. There are several brands that have the same floor plan but I found the Keystone to be the lightest by a large margin and the quality was better than most. It has a bunk room in back with king sized futon on the bottom and 2 single bunks above and decent storage. Outdoor kitchen with a sink (most nowadays don’t seem to have sinks anymore) and a 2nd entry door directly to the bathroom. A nice feature so the kids don’t track all the dirt through the trailer. It’s 34’ tongue to bumper and only 6400lbs dry. 8k gvwr. I wouldn’t tow it with less than a 3/4t truck or van. I’ll definitely check this out thank you!
Jas1317 10/15/20 10:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Couple of thoughts for you. 1. Avoid Camping World other than the large variety to look at. 2. Kids are gonna grow. Our son was was 5'6" when we bought the camper, and now he is 6'2", and no longer fits in the bunks. 3. I'd avoid the outdoor kitchen, the appliances are not the best, I prefer choosing my own grill and stove. Just get a folding table, and make your own. 4. I really like my residential fridge, it works much better than the propane ones, and has more room in it. We always camp with hookups, so if you boondock, that may change your decision. Please tell me more about avoiding camping world. They had so many choices! That’s a really good point about the bunks - I have 3 girls I think we’re going to be ok unless they get giant! Thank you for the tips about the outdoor kitchen those are good points to consider!
Jas1317 10/15/20 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

I know this is not what you asked, so I apologize in advance, but given your plans, I would encourage you to at least consider going the motorhome route. While your kids are young now, they won't stay that way, and a family of 5, plus two dogs, doing long cross-country trips in a pick-up, does not sound like a good time to me. We towed with an HD Suburban for years until it finally gave out last year, so we bit the bullet and got a pick-up. Our older kids are in high school, so many of our trips are more local with multiple cars, but I will say that the idea of longer trips with our family of 5 is much less appealing to us, now, than it was when we had the Suburban. And, as far as the dog, we are forced to leave him home if we are only taking the truck - there's simply no room for him. I entirely understand that you might already have a truck and/or will use that truck as a daily driver - all of which impacts the cost analysis (it did for us). If you are going out to buy all of this for the purpose of camping, however, a class C would at least be worth consideration. We may go this route in the future too! Right now our kids are little and we do need the vehicle to be a daily driver, as well as really wanting to be able to “detach” and go places without the camper when we are staying places! I wish the suburban made a true HD. The tow capacity isn’t very high on the new ones!
Jas1317 10/15/20 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Hopefully you took the advice that you buy or select the trailer FIRST then match a tow vehicle to the trailer. "We will have a pickup with towing capabilities of 13,000lbs+" What is the truck's payload rating? How much weight will you carry in the truck? Kids, you, spouse, stuff, animals etc. We have to use the vehicle as a daily driver when we’re not towing so we needed to figure this part out first, and then make sure to get the right camper that will suit us and the vehicle if that makes sense. That’s why we’re making sure the vehicle will be much more capable than we necessarily need it to be. It will have other “jobs” when we aren’t camping with it :)
Jas1317 10/15/20 10:32am Travel Trailers
Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

I got so much help here narrowing down our truck choice/needs so I am going to follow up with a post for recommendations for choosing a travel trailer. We will have a pickup with towing capabilities of 13,000lbs+ 2 parents with mild towing experience (horse trailers not campers), 3 young kids, and 2 dogs looking to hit the road for several months-long cross country road trips :) We have done a decent amount of research and visited camping world, checked out lots of new and used travel trailers. We are honing in on something in the 30-33’ range with bunk beds in a back room type set up for the kids and preferably an outdoor kitchen. We have seen a lot of Jaycos. I will be so grateful for any insights you experienced people don’t mind typing out to me. Thanks in advance! We are complete newbies.
Jas1317 10/14/20 08:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

Perfect! Thank you!!
Jas1317 10/11/20 07:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

We do the same on a regular basis minus one dog. We have a crew cab Ram with a fiberglass cap. Our Lab rides in her crate in the back. If it's really hot then we will bring her to the back floor, but otherwise she does not seem to mind riding in the back at all! Other than that, Van, Large SUV, or Motorhome I think are your only options This is great thank you! We looked at the GMC 2500HD today and the backseat is huge! I think we are going to do the same as you have suggested.
Jas1317 10/11/20 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

Since you are totally new to RVing, I suggest you go buy a book on RVing and camping. It will explain pros/cons of each style, weights, safety, equipment, techniques, towing, capacities, etc. AFTER you have read that and done MORE research online, THEN go looking at units. Don't buy the first one your wife thinks is pretty or is the cheapest. Do your research and be patient. Your will be money ahead...and happier! Thank you so much - that’s why I’m here! And I am the wife/researcher ;) lol Great advice :)
Jas1317 10/11/20 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

A van to tow with? I never thought about that! Or just a van to go camping in? I don’t think that would have the space we’re looking for - were planning to travel for several months. Hm...
Jas1317 10/10/20 10:08am Travel Trailers
How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

Complete newbie. We are in the market for a 30-33’ travel trailer and planning 2 cross country trips. We need to choose the right vehicle! 2 adults, 3 kids (ages 3-9), and 2 medium sized dogs. How do we do this? Can we make a pickup truck work? Super interested in any experienced feedback! I know a large SUV is an option but will not tow the size travel trailer we’re really interested in. We may have to choose this route. I do need the dogs safe and secure! Thanks in advance! Any tips welcome!
Jas1317 10/10/20 09:11am Travel Trailers
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