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Posted: 11/15/20 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I currently have a toy hauler and I am considering moving to a TT. My TH is really solid. I have driven it over 40 miles of dirt forest road at times (15-25 mph) and it is put together well. My concern is what can I expect out of a TT on such a road? Are there certain manufacturers to stay clear of? Is a fiberglass shell better than aluminum?

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While I don’t drive as fast as you do on dirt roads, I haven’t had any issues with my TT.


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Posted: 11/15/20 09:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sure


Or no


Or depends on the road condition, speed and trailer.




This is really not a question that can be answered succinctly.
However you may get advice or opinions on TTs that are good quality or not so good quality.


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Stick with a Northwoods (AF-Nash) or ORV, and you'll be fine. I've hundreds, if not thousands, of off-highway travel with mine.

Definitely go with composite sides. Aluminum dents and gouges any time a tree branch looks at it wrong.


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Depends on the length of the trailer.

I took a 19 foot Pioneer all over Alaska on many rough roads and never had a problem.
Mine had aluminum and many times I would brush branches with out any problems
I would be very leery of taking anything over a 25 footer on rough roads at 20 MPH speeds

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While I'm just a poser here as I've yet to take delivery of our new TT, I too expect to be rolling down dirt roads where and as I find them. Have you given any thought to improving the ride of the TT by adding after market suspension products? I've only lightly looked into this and see there is an amazing array of products on the market;

Equa-Flex Cushioned Equalizers
Dexter E-Z Flex Suspension Kit
Roadmaster Active Suspension
MOR/Ryde

etc. etc. etc.

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Trailer Life has a page of information on the subject, if you know how to read technical jargon [emoticon]


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Look at Outdoor RV, we went from a TC to the smallest trailer they make a 18rbs. It has been great for us we travel some of the worst gravel roads in the rocky mountains and never had any problems. The 80 gallon water tank lets us camp for a week which is great.

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Outdoor RVs are made for the dirt.
Most aren't. I like an aluminum frame instead of stick and tin.
Don't drive too fast.

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Northwood, look at their frames, made in-house.I towed a 24' Nash up the Dempster Highway, into the Canadian arctic. 450 miles of dirt road ending 200 miles north of the arctic circle.When you complete the Dempster, you get to turn around and come back.Between that and unpaved sections of highway in the Yukon and British Columbia, well over 1000 miles off the pavement. I probably hit 50 mph, occasionally, on, "smoother", sections of the Dempster. I do not recommend that.The only damage was some screws coming loose that held the stove in place. I did a lot of research before purchasing the Nash. It paid off. Northwood advertises, "off road", certainly, a relative term, but, their TTs are strong. I plan to go back to the arctic with my 30' Arctic Fox.

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They are all about the same... marginal at best. Plan to upgrade as needed.


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