Thanks for all the info in the thread.
We're looking for a summer ocean / beach vacation so will look into Salisbury Beach SR and Hampton Beach SP. Any other recommendations? Any beachfront State Parks or County Parks near Old Orchard?
Let us know. Thanks.
Thanks again for the information.
I'm finding more options for BH FW that we like but looking at floorplans, the ones we like are 40'+ and in the 16k lbs range (I said 18k lbs to give me some buffer space but it looks like that's around where I need to go from large truck to very large truck! Looking closer at the weights, we can probably do 16k which might give us more cheaper options). The reason we don't like any of the 37' ones is that all the ones we've seen don't have the 'living rm / kitchen' space we want to comfortably sit 5+. They seem to all have the dinette or stand alone chair and a sofa (often only 2 seater) inline against the far wall (and the travel trailers are similar). The 40'+ ones have another sofa or euro recliners perpendicular to the sofa. Travel Trailers also don't have the storage space we'd like.
As far as towing a smaller travel trailer or tenting, it just doesn't work with our family. Our kids are not old enough to stay in tent by themselves so wife or I have to stay in the tent and many of the campgrounds we go to won't let us have a tent. As far as a small TT, we'd need to get 2 sites and again, we'd have to split up.
Spending more on the truck is certainly an option but I don't think I need to (since I think I can find something in my budget) and as mentioned, I don't want to as the truck will only be used to pull the trailer so I don't want to spend $20k-30k on it. Ideally, I'd just rent a truck when we camp but I'm not even sure if we can rent a suitable truck but more importantly, it doesn't really work for us as we drive and leave our rv in Florida every winter so we'd have to do a one-way rental twice / year (or do the return trip).
As we all know, with RVs often comes compromise (budget, space, style, storage, etc) and we just have to decide what the best option is for us. We really like our class A for the living room space but we kind of need more sleeping options so we're looking at large fifth wheel. Obviously, for us, getting a FW means we need to compromise on the tow vehicle and it also means giving up driving in the class A which we prefer. We haven't seen any TT that we like as much as our current setup but we haven't given up.
Thanks for the extra info.
I was budgeting about $35-$40k for the trailer (used) - New MSRP is around $80k but you can buy them for around $60k and the floorplan has been around for since 2010 so I think I can probably find one for $35k (I've seen 2012s for low 40s asking).
I've looked a bit online in my area and I think if I take my time, I might be able to find a truck in my budget. While many are more, it looks like there are 01-04 3500 duallies for under $10k but obviously the condition varies so ...
Thanks for the reality check. I had no idea that a used truck would be so much (I was sure a 10-12 yr old truck with 250k miles would be easy to find in our budget). Also had no idea I needed so much truck.
Out of curiosity why do you feel a truck/fifth wheel combo would be more family friendly than the motor home with a toad? Seems like the comfort of a motor home while going down the road would be more family friendly than being crammed in a truck for long periods of time.
I agree that on the road, the class A is much nicer but once we're parked / setup, the class A just doesn't have the sleeping / living capacity that we'd like (we'd really like to have 6 dedicated sleeping spots (i.e. not sofas in living room))
What 5th wheel are you figuring on? I'm guessing it has to be a toy hauler. You can get a 2015 open range 3X 427 BHS (the 3x is well insulated and the BHS stands for bunkhouse it has the capacity to sleep 8) whith a max weight of just over 16K.
That's actually the model we're looking at (or something similar if it exists). There seems to be a bit of a range in the GVWRs I've seen for it (as low at 14k on the new 2015s (now only 2 axles) and as high as 17.5k on the older ones (was 3 axles before) but I just thought I'd give myself a buffer so went with 18k towing.
In any case, thanks again for the all the info. I'll have to re-assess our budget and see if it's something we want to do (I don't really if I want to spend more than $10k on a truck that we'll probably only drive 9 weeks / year).
Because of our growing family, we're looking at trading our 40' DP for more family friendly FW so I need to get a tow vehicle. The truck would pretty much just be used to pull the trailer and we'd drive it for in-city transportation when we're on vacation.
I'm not a truck guy and don't know much about them or what I should be looking at. I'd like to spend $5k-$10k (or less). Need to be able to sit 5 comfortably. I'd rather not get a DRW since I'd rather drive a SRW when we're not towing. Do I need 4x4 or is 4x2 okay? I'd like to get a diesel but would consider gasoline. With diesel, I'd like to get an exhaust brake.
My first thought is something like a 04-07 Dodge Ram 3500 Megacab (not sure if it's even in my budget) but I'm open to suggestions. Please don't make this into a brand X is better than brand Y. I'm really looking for something like "Brand X, model Y with this engine would fit your needs and budget ...".