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Oh, by the way, there’s nothing inherently wrong with CW. Just like there’s nothing wrong with independent dealers. Until you hit a bad one. I’ve been fortunate. The CW here has been fine and Sonny’s RV was, too.


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I dont agree with the CW political views and frankly I wish he would keep that to himself but regardless of his past comments CW where we live has been a very good experance. Nothing wrong with buying from CW.


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Buying used is a great plan. Be aware that TT tires are usually good for about FIVE YEARS. Granted, in my case, it's an opinion gleaned from all the posts here. ST (special trailer) tires have a date of manufacture code on them. Look up how to find that and check on any used trailer you are considering, could be an immediate expense.
I bought my my 1st TT new last year but I searched and found a great deal on it and it was 150 miles away to get the TT I wanted for a price I would pay. IIRC, it was either RVfinder.com or RVlocator.com that I located it with. I found Utube video tours to be a great help on comparing features.
IF you can sleep comfortably in a bunk, there are several smaller bunkhouse trailers that use a Murphy bed (fold down) for the master bed that when shut up has a large couch in front of the bed. Then you get a couch and sleeping options in a smaller unit.


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trailer_newbe wrote:

I dont agree with the CW political views and frankly I wish he would keep that to himself but regardless of his past comments CW where we live has been a very good experance. Nothing wrong with buying from CW.


We're on our third from two CW locations, very happy with them.

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First thing I'd say is, on your "first look" at CW, is that don't let that be your first mistake if you buy from them. There have been many horror stories here on both the initial purchase and more on getting warranty issues dealt with. I'd look at an independent dealer. However, many of them are useless as well, especially on getting warranty problems fixed properly, if at all. I'd do some investigating on a dealers's "quality" before buying. Anyway...

Our first TT was 20' overall (with dual axles) and was towed with a reg. cab truck. That was a nice length and allowed us to drive around Walmart and Freddies parking lots EASILY all day long. Could even park in two end-end parking spaces. Never had a problem backing it up and in one CG I had to back it up about 1/4 mile on a twisty road to get into the last available site in a CG. Our current TT is 29' and there's no way I can drive it up and down the lanes in parking lots. We now tow with an extended cab truck and the extra wheelbase also makes it harder around turns. Not sure around what length it starts to get noticeably more difficult to get around turns. Personally I find our 29' TT harder to back up into a site because when the truck & trailer are at an angle, it blocks your view rearwards more and is harder to get a sense of where you're at in relation to obstructions and getting aligned where you want to be.

There have been countless discussions on single vs dual axle TTs. I'd look at the FR R-pods. I think they look cool but they don't seem to have sofas. A slide out makes a BIG difference in a TT.

The biggest issue we had in our 20'TT was that the kitchen counter was directly across from the bathroom and passing each other all the time was a PITA due to the narrowness of the aisle. For one person only, I'd definitely be thinking about where to sit comfortably for extended periods, whether watching TV, reading a book, etc. Dinette seating is not that comfortable and sitting upright in a bed isn't comfortable either. Some smaller TTs have a murphy bed which might be something to consider. Perhaps get a rear picture window model - they let a lot of light in and can make a small space feel less claustrophobic. A bathroom with separate toilet and shower/tub would be better.

If a first RV, it might be a good idea to rent one and get a better sense of pros and cons between different makes & models. Some CGs have permanent rental TTs on site. One annoying thing with any RV can be the kitchen counters with almost zero work space and some are better than others. Or something as simple as where to have a garbage container (hanging a plastic bag off a knob on a stove is so annoying). You want to avoid finding annoying things after you own a TT. Selling down the road and replacing it can be a costly mistake.

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breeves2245 wrote:

Looking to buy a travel trailer and was thinking 16-18ft would be about right. Just me, so only need one bed.

Never stepped foot inside of a travel trailer so I had no idea how it "felt" inside in terms of roominess, etc. Went to Camping World at lunch today for a quick look see.

The 16/17/18 were fine but the 23ft felt exponentially larger and felt more livable.

I can figure which layout makes sense for me based on how I will be using it, but what I can't know is how much different does a 23ft 4,200lb trailer with twin axles tow vs a 17ft 3,000lb single axle. Have a 1/2 ton Silverado with towing package, so no concern there either way with 8,200 lbs towing capacity and 1,000 tongue weight.

I gravitate to the smaller ones because I envision it being so much more nimble to tow and get in/out of gas stations, etc.

If I had to buy today, it would be a 17ft Casita/Scamp/Escape. None of which were at Camping World.


Lots of great advice for you in this thread, but I will chime in with perhaps another consideration . . . i.e. for any given trip, how long you will be "living" in your rig? How you "felt" as you explored the interiors of the 16/17/18' TTs is only a hint of what it would be like to be traveling for an extended period of time. How long is that? Only you can answer that question.

Took us over a year of research back when we bought our 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS (it's a tandem axle) for the wife and I and our dog (~46lbs). Each year we have towed only a little over 5,000 miles, consisting of a number of smaller scale ventures of only 3-4 nights and one larger scale trip annually that lasts as much as just over 3 weeks. Our first year we were up your way in the Ozarks (Devil's Den State Park south of Fayetteville and a private park in Eureka Springs). In that region you need the ability to maneuver in some tighter turns both in and out of parks, and our truck and tandem axle trailer were great. That trip lasted only a little over two 1/2 weeks via multiple parks in Oklahoma and Texas before getting back to the Houston area.

2017's longer trip was to the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore area - just over 3 weeks on the road. And last year's longer trip was to the Midwest; i.e. Illinois, Indiana (Brown County State Park was spectacular!) and Ohio (Zanesville area). That trip was almost one month.

In each case we have felt comfortable and not come anywhere close to committing murder on these longer trips! We think we have found a happy balance between ability to maneuver and comfort while traveling. So think about how you will actually use your home on wheels while on the road. You might not need to be on the road more than a week or so. If that is the case, a smaller TT just might suit you fine.


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