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Posted: 06/19/12 07:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a unit picked out and I can afford it. Im just worried of the unknown expense that can come along. I keep going back and forth in my mind. Can someone convince me to take the plung......thanks! First trailer purchase.

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When we picked out our trailer last May, we "thought" our vehicle would pull it no problem as we were within ALL the limits of our tow vehicle....We could afford our trailer no problem...After a year of towing(twice through long mountain passes) we realized our tow vehicle wasnt sufficient and we wanted to have more truck than we really needed to keep our family safe on the road. We then purchased a 35,000$ tow vehicle. Just make sure your tow vehicle is going to do what you need it to do, safely, and make sure you are within the capacities of your truck or whatever you are towing with. Dont let the dealer convince you that your vehicle can tow your trailer, check our the specs of your truck and the different weights of the trailer! I would recommend taking the trailer out for a drive with your vehicle first, you want to make sure that your vehicle will comfortable tow the trailer. Just my 2 cents!

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Posted: 06/19/12 07:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not sure what expenses you might be referring to:

If suprises, it will be the occasional item that needs repair or replaced.

Standard expenses that can really add up are fuel, propane, camp ground fees, etc.

The real cost though (for most vacationers, which I assume you are) will be all the things you end up buying for your new toy. It's amazing what we can convince ourselves that we need for our RV's!

If, like you say, money is not an issue, go for it!

You will have a ton of fun!

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Posted: 06/19/12 07:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have never seen an armored truck in a funeral procession. go for it

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Lol...im just being ultra conservative....how much to get a camper stocked and ready?

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Just do it!


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"unknown expense" can mean just about anything..

Like michaelman mentioned, he found his tow vehicle was not up to his towing performance expectations.

Others find that they picked the wrong trailer.

Those can be very expensive...

Some other things that increase is your fuel bill... I just went on a 570 mile 4 day weekend trip and it cost me $231 in gas.. I averaged 10.28 mpg towing with the rig in my sig.

The State Park site for that time was $99

It costs you $$ for whatever propane you use. Over time there will be maintenance costs on the trailer.

Some other big 'gotchas' could be if an appliance goes out after the warranty period.

Extra insurance for the trailer.

Storage of the trailer if you can't park it at home.

Stocking the trailer with it's own pots/pans/utensils and whatever else you don't want to pack back and forth each time you use it.

Any other mechanical failure you encounter.

WD hitch setup.

Extra maintenance on the tow vehicle because of the extra stress of towing.

And on and on!

Go into RV'ing because you enjoy it! If you fret about the $$ to do it, you'll never enjoy it!

Good luck with the decision!

Mitch


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Posted: 06/19/12 08:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pxt wrote:

Lol...im just being ultra conservative....how much to get a camper stocked and ready?


That depends. What's your budget? I would strongly recommend that you have dedicated equipment in your trailer. You dont' want to have to move a ton of stuff in and out every time you take a trip. You can get everything you need at Walmart, prolly cost you over $100. Or you can do what a lot of us do and hit up the local thrift store. My first set of TT pots & pans,crockpot, 3 comforters, 3 sheet sets, and towels cost me about $50 at the thrift store. I did pony up for some good folding camp chairs. Once you spend the weekend in Camp Driveway, you'll figure out what you need to buy.


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If you want something and you can afford it -GO for it.
You already did 3/4 of the way -you want it and you can afford it all you have to do now id GO for it...
By the way what is the alternative?????sit at home and dream????


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Posted: 06/19/12 09:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You will not remember the cost, but you WILL remember the memories.

Live now, as tomorrow may not come.


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