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Lwiddis

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Posted: 09/22/21 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your comment, wing, isn’t stupid. I just disagree with you. An RVer can always find an adequate tow vehicle but there is no need to buy a Ford 550 for a 9000 pound max weight TT.


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What is it you want to experience? Do you want to travel and see the sights? Or do you want to camp and enjoy the outdoors?

If the former, you are going to be limited. As mentioned, no suv will tow a trailer that size. You don't mention a spouse, so using a second vehicle may not be practical, even if you would want to on long road trips. And many RV parks don't allow tents. So you really have to do your research.

An option may be to look at a motorhome. But you need to make sure of seatbelts, etc. You could tow a smaller vehicle behind and with your older kids reaching driving age, they could sometimes drive that car in tandom.

If the latter, then looking at a hybrid or even a tent trailer is a good option. Using a tent or two for the older kids. Most campgrounds will allow an RV and tent on one site as long as you are a single family unit.

You really don't need all the bells and whistles to enjoy RVing. And honestly, privacy with 6 people in an RV doesn't exist regardless. So I would not worry so much about doors and separate spaces and focus more on the weight.


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Think about a popup, Ours had a king, queen, the table made a short full, and the couch made a twin, so lots of bed space, not much walking around room.
We really enjoyed ours for 9 years, and in someways liked it better than our TT.


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We, a family of 5, had some of our best camping fun in a popup when the kids were young. The girls loved sleeping in tents with their friends, my youngest son not so much. He's 32 now and still calls camping 'crapping'.

If you want to experience sitting around a campfire toasting marshmallows, many campgrounds also have cabins. Rent a cabin and a camping spot. Hang out at the campsite with your lawn chairs, cooler and firewood. Head back to the cabin to sleep. Or pitch a tent there. That's certainly cheaper than a new truck and trailer.


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Previous posters are correct. If you want a 3 row SUV, get a popup trailer (sleeps 6 easily enough) or a hybrid (pop-out bunks).

Keep in mind that the goal is to get out there and enjoy the outdoors together as a family; anything that enables you to do that will let you build the memories. Even a whopping big tent will do that. Think of whatever you pick out as, primarily, a bedroom on wheels. If you're looking for a complete house away from home, you are likely to be disappointed no matter what you buy, because (1) the quality isn't there and (2) it's going to be crowded as heck inside that trailer.


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Skibane wrote:

You don't need 4 tons of trailer to sleep 6 people.

There are much smaller, lighter trailers on the market that will also sleep 6 people.

Another option is to put several people in a tent next to the trailer.
Yea, the first time it rains everyone is going to find out that tent option sucks. Good way to turn off someone on camping.

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wing_zealot wrote:

Skibane wrote:

You don't need 4 tons of trailer to sleep 6 people.

There are much smaller, lighter trailers on the market that will also sleep 6 people.

Another option is to put several people in a tent next to the trailer.
Yea, the first time it rains everyone is going to find out that tent option sucks. Good way to turn off someone on camping.


Yea, if you can't handle rain in a tent, you're probably best staying at a Motel 6 instead. Good way for your kids to find out that you don't know squat about life outside of a Nintendo.

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Having been looking around the current crop of what sits on dealers lots, good luck. The build quality went from bad to exceptionally bad in the last 18 months or so. What was junk before is now, hell I don't know, worser exponemtially. I don't even know an accurate word to describe it, garbage maybe, and the prices are through the roof. You may as well take all the money in your wallet, weave a rope with it, and hang yourself. The brands you list were bottom of the line junk even prior to the current foolishness in the RV Industry.

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