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Old 01-14-2013, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hello all… Needing some advice...

Just want to say hello and ask a couple of questions… I have been lurking, as a guest, to get some information on RVing. I have learned so much from you guys that I thought I would just jump in and join! I am switching from a 1 ton dually and 3 horse trailer with a living quarters. I LOVE my rig, but the hubby is wanting to do some (non horse) traveling. We have actually picked out a 2003 Itasca Horizon with a 330 Cat motor. It is 36' long and has 2 slides. The brochure says it has a 10k lb towing capacity… I will need to be able to tow a 2H with dressing room (about 14' and 3000 lbs dry). I have never towed a trailer with a motorhome… I have never DRIVEN a motorhome! My rig is about 52' and about 18k dry. I have no problem putting it where ever I want it, but the RV seems a little intimidating to me. My husband was a truck driver and he says I shouldn't have any issues. We are going to drive it in the morning. Any advice? And anyone ever tow their horses along. I rodeo (barrelracer) and I am a little concerned about the fumes, but I'm guessing that it can't be much different than my other rig, except that they were further from the exhaust. Thanks in advance!
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #2
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Before our first motorhome, seven years ago we had a 40' toy hauler towed by a 3500 Dodge truck. I too could put any trailer tire on a dime. I found a bit of a learning curve going to the Motorhome which was also 36' and towing a 16' motorcycle trailer. Towing the trailer forward was not the issue, we did not even know it was there and turning tight corners just took watching the mirrors. The issue was in backing the 16' trailer with the 36' motorhome. As I am sure your husband knows being a professional driver, the long wheel base on the motorhome will multiply the effect on the short wheel base trailer turning substancially when backing. Once you get that adjusted in your head, learn to watch the camera, and a good person directing, there isn't much to worry about.

Another thing to think about is the total length when choosing a campground
as we found some that we liked in the past either did not have sites long enough or lots to leave the trailer.

I am sure you will love the motorhome and appreciate the convienence and additional living space over what you are acustom to in the horse trailer just as we were going from the toy hauler. Adapt and you will overcome. Welcome to the forum and enjoy.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:54 PM   #3
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Most diesel motorhomes do a good job pulling a trailer as long as it does not exceed the overall weight limit and the tongue weight limt. However, backing a trailer with a motorhome can be challenging, especially short trailers. It helps to have an assistant with a walkie talkie. You will also need to install a trailer brake controller. This can be easy IF it is prewired, but more work if you need to run wire all the way to the rear.

I would caution you on several points. First, used motorhome pricing is all over the place. Do some nationwide searching on various RV sales web sites for the same model and sort them by price. I found as much as $100k difference in the same model/year. You can also check NADA online for bluebook pricing.

There are some expensive issues with the Cat C7. You can review them on the Power Train garage section of this forum. Maybe a little harsh, but I personally would not purchase a motorhome with a Cat C7.

Some diesel pushers are road wild. A short explanation is the very heavy diesel engine, transmission, and rear axle push the front end around. Some do it all the time, and some only in crosswinds or when passing next to a large truck. Make sure you thoroughly road test your prospective purchase at highway speeds.

Best of luck!
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Firstly, Welcom to the Forum!!! Relax, you won't have a problem. It will take a couple of days to become familiar with the controls and such, then you will become as comfortable as you are in a well broken in pair of boots

Enjoy your new rig, you'll love it.
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Most diesel motorhomes do a good job pulling a trailer as long as it does not exceed the overall weight limit and the tongue weight limt. However, backing a trailer with a motorhome can be challenging, especially short trailers. It helps to have an assistant with a walkie talkie. You will also need to install a trailer brake controller. This can be easy IF it is prewired, but more work if you need to run wire all the way to the rear.

I would caution you on several points. First, used motorhome pricing is all over the place. Do some nationwide searching on various RV sales web sites for the same model and sort them by price. I found as much as $100k difference in the same model/year. You can also check NADA online for bluebook pricing.

There are some expensive issues with the Cat C7. You can review them on the Power Train garage section of this forum. Maybe a little harsh, but I personally would not purchase a motorhome with a Cat C7.

Some diesel pushers are road wild. A short explanation is the very heavy diesel engine, transmission, and rear axle push the front end around. Some do it all the time, and some only in crosswinds or when passing next to a large truck. Make sure you thoroughly road test your prospective purchase at highway speeds.

Best of luck!

Vito, from what I have read on here lately that statement about the C7 could raise some opposition, … That being said… I appreciate the information and will certainly entertain those thoughts. I'm hoping that we have done enough research to get a decent deal on the motorhome we have picked out. One owner, 90k miles, I LOVE the floor plan, and 10k towing capacity. So we will see what happens. Thanks again for the info.
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