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nalts

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Posted: 03/05/20 11:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey there!

It's been forever since I've been around. I used to have a Starcraft Hybrid, but sold it years ago.

Now, after taking care of my elderly parents, I finally have the opportunity to pick something up and try again.

I have an F-150 with a 5.4L available to tow or be towed. Edited to add: It has a 6-1/2 foot short bed, and currently has a full topper on the bed.

I am very active with hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, among other things. No idea if I'll want to bring an ATV along.

My girlfriend and I did a day trip to Toroweep Overlook last December. Having the ability to do a camping trip like that appeals to me.

I work for myself and am thinking of hitting the road for the next year or so, and have my Phoenix based girlfriend join me when she's able. I don't think my three teenage boys will join me, but then again who knows?

The biggest question I'm trying to figure out is what's the best type of RV to go with?

-Class A and tow the truck (or buy a Jeep)
-Class C and try to tow the truck (or buy a Jeep)
-Travel trailer to pull with the truck.

What are the pros and cons that I should be considering?

EDITED TO ADD: If I go with a used Class A, here's one for sale in my area that would be an inexpensive way to test things out:

2000 Mountain Aire

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Posted: 03/06/20 05:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the budget?


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You didn't mention 5th wheel trailers. If I didn't need my Suburban the rest of the year I would have bought a 5er. More living space per foot of length and, it seems like, more space period inside.
It may be too late to visit the RV shows but if one is in your area I'd definitely suggest attending as many as you can get to.
If you haven't decided once camping season starts visit campgrounds and talk to owners of rigs you are interested in. All owners like to talk about their home away from home.


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Dick_B wrote:

You didn't mention 5th wheel trailers. If I didn't need my Suburban the rest of the year I would have bought a 5er. More living space per foot of length and, it seems like, more space period inside.
It may be too late to visit the RV shows but if one is in your area I'd definitely suggest attending as many as you can get to.
If you haven't decided once camping season starts visit campgrounds and talk to owners of rigs you are interested in. All owners like to talk about their home away from home.



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Dick_B wrote:

You didn't mention 5th wheel trailers.


Thanks for your reply Dick. I have an F-150. Unless I buy a new tow vehicle, I don't think that's a good option. [emoticon]

Edited to add: I looked up the towing specs of the truck. Apparently it's rated at 8,000 lbs. capacity for a 5th wheel.

Thoughts?

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2012Coleman wrote:

What is the budget?


That's a good question, as I'd rather not spend all I have on a depreciating asset.

If I go with a Class A or Class C I'll be buying used. Maybe $50k? Maybe more? Probably more comfortable spending less if that's possible?

I have a pretty wide range available.

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If I were travelling/camping alone, I would get an A Liner. Easily towed and set up by one person. Leaves room in truck bed for ATV or motorcycle.

I've had pop-ups, an A Liner, a 35 ft 5th wheel, and a couple of class C's.

It all boils down to personal preference.

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GKAbbott wrote:

If I were travelling/camping alone, I would get an A Liner. Easily towed and set up by one person. Leaves room in truck bed for ATV or motorcycle.

I've had pop-ups, an A Liner, a 35 ft 5th wheel, and a couple of class C's.

It all boils down to personal preference.


That's an interesting option, and one I hadn't considered.

I once owned a 'full-sized' hybrid. While I loved it, I'm not sure I want something I have to set up. There's something to be said about making a mid-day stop and being able to use the kitchen.

I appreciate you taking the time to chime in! Thank you!

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Id go travel trailer, used. you already have the tow vehicle and can spend less than half your budget and still have a nice rig. heck likely 25%. more time for adventures and the constant maintenance. plus no extra drive train to maintain.

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Jebby14 wrote:

Id go travel trailer, used. you already have the tow vehicle and can spend less than half your budget and still have a nice rig. heck likely 25%. more time for adventures and the constant maintenance. plus no extra drive train to maintain.


Thanks Jebby!

This was my initial gut reaction, but since it's been 10 years since I've owned an RV, I realized I have so much to re-learn.

I appreciate your comments!

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