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Thom02099

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optimusprime wrote:

Hey all. I am new here and am wanting to get a TT for my family sometime next year. I would like to hear opinions on what brands to look for regarding reliability, comfort and durability and which ones to stay away from if ya'll wouldn't mind. What do ya'll use and why? I am looking in the 26-30' range with at least 1 slide out. I will be wanting a quad bunk option if I can find it. What say you? Thanks in advance for any tidbits ya'll throw me.


Some great responses so far.

If you advise what tow vehicle you have, you'll get even more information. If you're open to buying a tow vehicle, get more tow vehicle than you think you'll need. You'll be happier in the long run, especially if you plan to do any sort of travelling in the mountain West.


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Look for marginal tires, brakes, springs, axles and frames first. You can then look at the pretty things and modify to suit your needs, but the things that make it roadworthy are the most important for reliability. There are many that are pretty much junk if you know what to look for.





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I tell all first timers: Buy a 2-3 year old used trailer. I will have devalued a lot and you will find out if you like/dislike camping and have a better feeling for what floor plan works for you.

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Some features that became important(that were lacking) while enjoying my first rig:
Walk around bed, room/space for the kids, larger bathroom with a shower and no useless tub(still don't have this), 120v/12v outlets conveniently located throughout(I had to add most of these), good amount of storage that allows for balanced loading(many TT's have most of the storage and water tanks in front of the axles which makes for a really heavy tongue weight), and finally, a tow vehicle that doesn't limit(within reason) what can be packed or carried because of tongue weight limitations.
After my current family TT towing with a 3/4ton Suburban, my next rig will likely be a Northwood ArcticFox towing with a 1Ton dually. Someday...


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Welcome to the world of camping trailers. I'm sure you'll have fun. It can take some time to find the right unit, so its good you are giving yourself plenty of time.

We started with a Jaco 26BH. I wanted something simple and this fit the bill. No slides. Great space for a family of four. As the kids got older and we added a dog, it became a bit too small. Now we have a Grand Design Transcend 28MKS which has a large slide. Everyone is enjoying the extra space.

You mention wanting a quad bunk camper. Is there a reason you need four bunks? Most units like this have single bunks. Some might find them comfortable. My kids outgrew them around age 12 or 13. I was reluctant to move away from having bunk beds but in our new camper, we have a fold out couch and a dinette that makes into a bed. It is working better than I expected.

Shopping for campers at RV shows and dealers can be a lot of fun. There are a few things I found during last round of camper shopping. I put a few notes of things to look out for on my blog at: https://traveltrailsail.com/seven-rv-shopping-warning-signs/

Good luck and enjoy.


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I would buy a used trailer, those trailers depreciate a lot as soon as it leaves the sales lot, quite often the former owner added a lot of add ons, that already installed and payed for..scoure Craigslist and find your first rev.


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Thanks so much everyone! That’s very helpful. My tow vehicle is a 2014 Ford F-350 LB CC 6.7. I was wanting the quad bunks because I have 3 youngsters 5,4 and 2 along with my wife and I. Are there brands I should stay away from?

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optimusprime wrote:

Thanks so much everyone! That’s very helpful. My tow vehicle is a 2014 Ford F-350 LB CC 6.7. I was wanting the quad bunks because I have 3 youngsters 5,4 and 2 along with my wife and I. Are there brands I should stay away from?


You can ignore my previous comment on tow vehicles, with that rig you shouldn't have any worries. ??


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Thanks though. I’m sure there are plenty of people wanting to tow a 45 foot gooseneck with their 1995 GMC Jimmy[emoticon]

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Toy hauler

This was posted in another forum about FT camping in a modified toy hauler.

The problem I see is that most of the bunks in the bunkhouse design are 24-30ish inches wide. That's not a lot of room to roll over without rolling out of the bed. While the kids are small like yours, it might not be that big of a problem now...but they grow fast.

The benefit of the toy hauler is that the garage area can be dedicated to the kids and all the stuff they bring and since they're all relatively small, you possibly might be able to get all three to sleep on the happijac bed at least for a couple of years if they're not restless sleepers.

* This post was edited 08/11/19 11:00pm by patperry2766 *


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