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Posted: 11/30/18 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We started with a 24 but after a year went to a 28 foot. No regrets, awesome.


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We went from a 32' 5th wheel to a 32.5' TT. I like towing the TT better. More responsive to inputs from the truck while backing into tight campsites. Our Jay flight 28RLS is a couple's trailer. [emoticon]


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Yes, we made the change as well. From a 32' 5er to a 20' TT. Yes, our daughter ditched us and camping, so having a bunkhouse for she and a friend was not necessary anymore. My wife, dogs, and I have gotten backing into camping at state and national parks. And yes, going where a 32er footer would not easily go. No heavy diesel truck but a smaller truck which is less thirsty on the daily work commute. Don't regret the change a bit.


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As you can see there is a ton of choices here. No two campers want the same thing. One thing I didn't see was the mention of where and how you plan on staying. If you stay at RV Parks and resorts there is no issue with any size rig. If you stay and state, county, fed and private parks you will(I have)found that many places wont/can't accept a rig with a trailer longer than 25 feet. Also the campgrounds seem to forget you have a tow vehicle too. There are a lot of places I can get my trailer and then struggle to get my pickup parked. Sometimes.........I rent two spots, one for the trailer and one for the tow vehicle. All said and done, I like the smaller trailer we have and the short bed(and I'm a long bed kinda-guy)pickup for easy maneuverability. But every now and then we will walk in a longer trailer with a slide, two swivel rockers and a nice big shower......................and think.........


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Vintage465 wrote:

As you can see there is a ton of choices here. No two campers want the same thing. One thing I didn't see was the mention of where and how you plan on staying. If you stay at RV Parks and resorts there is no issue with any size rig. If you stay and state, county, fed and private parks you will(I have)found that many places wont/can't accept a rig with a trailer longer than 25 feet. Also the campgrounds seem to forget you have a tow vehicle too. There are a lot of places I can get my trailer and then struggle to get my pickup parked. Sometimes.........I rent two spots, one for the trailer and one for the tow vehicle. All said and done, I like the smaller trailer we have and the short bed(and I'm a long bed kinda-guy)pickup for easy maneuverability. But every now and then we will walk in a longer trailer with a slide, two swivel rockers and a nice big shower......................and think.........


Sure the beauty of having it all on the inside along with so much extra storage is nice. For us personally I found we were losing that true camping feeling. We want the choice of premium sites or back in the woods. I want freedom. I weighed the pros and cons for a year, happy with our choice. Enjoy and ty.


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I'm parked in the Gilbert Ray campground in Tucson, AZ in my 21' travel trailer, watching the big 5th wheels & Class A's drive around the loops looking for a space, then head back out of the park. Many sites are available that will fit my trailer, but the few that fit a large RV are already filled.

While many state parks have large sites that will accept just about any sized RV, the smaller you get, the more likely you will find a space in popular locations. Of course there are disadvantages to small trailers, but if they fit your style of travel, there are advantages as well.


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Like many, we started small and went around the country twice in a 22ft. TT. But now love the 28ft. Jayco with slide, BUT, somewhat harder to find sites in Natl. parks and State parks, which we enjoy. We don't ever plan to go bigger than the 28ft., but do enjoy the more comfortable space. I spend most winters now in a sunny RV park in S.Cal, while wife has her own 17ft. Casita TT which she pulls by herself since she prefers to travel more in the winter. We are planning one more around the country RV trip next winter in the larger Jayco.


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I made a similar change, with a twist. I had lost my wife and was finding the 40 foot motorhome a bit too much. In wandering a Florida dealers' lot found a nice 34 foot fifth with all that I wanted at a reasonable price. The deal developed to include summer storage and delivery to my site. perfect! I went back home, sold the motorhome and found a nice 25 foot floorplan that suited my needs. Deal done and I have a nice rig for the state parks of northern NY and my snowbird rig in Florida.


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What exactly defines an RV as a "couples TT"

I've never heard or seen that term before

Is it something that two couples could camp in? Sounds crowded if that's the case.


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trail-explorer wrote:

What exactly defines an RV as a "couples TT"

I've never heard or seen that term before

Is it something that two couples could camp in? Sounds crowded if that's the case.


My best guess is that a “couples” camper has only one dedicated bed so it is optimized for one couple. For example, a RL rear living, RK rear kitchen, or RB rear bath model. As opposed to a BH bunk house that is arranged more as a family style camper.





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