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I did look at Bigfoot and Oliver. That is a completely different price range. If this was my second purchase and I felt real sure about what I wanted, I would not be hesitant to upgrade. I watched some YouTube production videos, both impressive.

Whatever I get, I want to be able to sell without too much of a hit. One more reason to lean toward the fiberglass rv's.

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Add 5 ft as a start.

It is crazy how small our 31 ft TT felt after three days of rain.

Towing a small trailer is slightly more nimble in a gas station but it’s not unbearable by any means to tow a larger one. You get use to the size pretty quick.

Remember when towing in tight spaces it’s all about the set up. Take up as much room as you need and think about your exits.

Regardless of the trailer you choose figure 8 mpg while towing to estimate your gas stops and then look on Google Maps at the satellite view along your planned route. Find gas stations that look like they will accommodate your rig.

Typically the Flying J, Pilots, and some T/A’s work great for TT’s. (Not the T/A or Loves south of Atlanta ... those two are ROUGH for trailers... IMHO.

But seriously, look at the largest trailer you envision for your use. Just know that for most of us, it’s about 5 ft too short on our first trailer.

Camping Worlds vary... some are great some are not. It depends on the people running the store.

JMHO based on experience.

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breeves2245 wrote:

I have the 5.3 with 3.73 rear end. So no issue.


Yeah, same thing all newbies say. [emoticon] Believe it, you won't want to be towing any more than 6000 lbs fully loaded with your Silvy, less would be even better. Our 19' Freedom Express typically averages 4500 - 4800 lbs loaded & ready to camp and I can sure tell I'm dragging nearly 2.5 tons behind me with my Silvy. [emoticon]


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"and 1,000 tongue weight."

SoundGuy is right. My Tahoe is rated to "pull" 8,500 pounds but 6,000 is a resonable limit. I'm 5,200 wet and loaded. You haven't discussed your truck's PAYLOAD...not the same as bumper weight limit.


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I towed my 30ft. 6500lb Coleman with a 1500 Silverado 5.3, 3:73 rear end with absolutely no problem, even in mountains. I had no issue in gas stations for the most part although you do need to be able to size one up pretty quickly if you can get in and out. If its just you then 22-24 ft. would give you space for some comfort. I can't imagine being tucked into an Rpod for rainy days, not that I would melt from getting wet. Rain is only somewhat of a deterrent to some folks. Don't be too hasty to buy one. As others said, look for a lightly used unit. They are out there.

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If you had a short wheelbase vehicle, I'd say get the short trailer for sure. But with that pickup, it's not much of an issue.

I started with a popup, for just one summer. Didn't like it. Then a 23' Rockwood, nice but had to sell (2007) due to wife's med bills. She won't camp any more, so since then I've had a 17' Burro, then a 16' KZ, then a little Aliner. Now I'm camping out of my Li'l Hauley cargo trailer (an empty Snoozy shell). The Burro and Hauley tow noticeably easier (a couple mpg's higher) than the boxy trailers; they are more rounded, more narrow, and shorter so the wind resistance is less. Wind resistance will matter more than weight to a great degree for highway-speed towing.

I would recommend a TT that allows a full time bed (so you don't have to make it daily) and a comfortable place to sit (those upright dinette seats are the pits after a couple hours). A front bunk, side bath Scamp 16 would work; you can leave the dinette made up as the bed all the time, have the front set up as a 'sofa' and use a tv tray type of table for eating up front. The back cushion is canted so it's more comfortable. If you buy a boxy TT, I'd say try to keep the width at 7' or max 7.5'. Oh, and no slideout. JMO.

BTW, that KZ I owned for 3.5 years and it developed a roof leak shortly after I sold it. I felt bad for the new owner and went halfway with him on a re-seal.


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I'll second the motion that if it's your first trailer, buy used and after a year or two of using it, you will have a better idea of what will be your ideal trailer. And, by buying used, you shouldn't take to much of a hit when you sell it.

In terms of smaller trailers, I suggest you check out the Winnebago line of trailers. They are better than entry level and they have a wide range of size and weight ratings. We had a 2014 Minnie 2201DS trailer and it was well made and we only had a couple of things that had to be done under warranty. If you want a 4 season trailer, look for used Arctic Fox but be aware that they tend to be heavier due to their construction, but are great for cold weather camping.

I can see why you would want a Casita or Oliver trailer. But after having some experience, you'll be in a better position to know what size will work for you and what amenities are important to you.

If you plan to camp without hookups, you will want to compare tank capacities and the ability to easily increase the number of batteries and/or solar panels for keeping them charged.

Good luck in your search!


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The nice thing about buying a used Casita or Scamp is that these fiberglass eggs hold their value much better than conventional construction. You can buy one, use it for a season or two, and sell it for close to what you paid.


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If I were to go solo, I definitely would look at one of the eggs. I would also want a permanent bed and a bathroom.
A lot depends on your style of glamping. I tend to use the camper as a place to sleep and store my stuff. Others gotta have a large tv, DVD player, fireplace, recliners, etc. The majority are somewhere in between.
Enjoy the search.


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