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Old 12-15-2012, 07:46 AM   #1
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We are planning a trip out west this summer. We have a new to us 2002 Dutchstar 3852 330 cat. We purchased in July 2012 and have put 6000 miles on it to date and we love it. We have 6 children daughters 11,14,14 and sons 17,20,21 and all are going. I am considering renting a travel trailer to pull behind the DS. Also considering having sons drive a vehicle and follow us or tow vehicle and buy camping equipment tent blow up matress so we can rotate who sleeps in coach. All opinions are welcome. I could have sons pull travel trailer w our pickup too?
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #2
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We are planning a trip out west this summer. We have a new to us 2002 Dutchstar 3852 330 cat. We purchased in July 2012 and have put 6000 miles on it to date and we love it. We have 6 children daughters 11,14,14 and sons 17,20,21 and all are going. I am considering renting a travel trailer to pull behind the DS. Also considering having sons drive a vehicle and follow us or tow vehicle and buy camping equipment tent blow up matress so we can rotate who sleeps in coach. All opinions are welcome. I could have sons pull travel trailer w our pickup too?
Friend of ours with a large family pulls a small pop up behind to allow 4 of their children to sleep in when camping...kids love it as it allows them to talk and do other stuff later that they want. The younger ones are in the RV with them...pop up is so light that its not a problem.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:09 AM   #3
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The pop up sounds nice, but then where is the car for sightseeing and grocery runs. We carry tents for when the kids come to camp, and tow a car. Sounds like you need to tow an 8 passenger van, then let them drive it at times just to allow some breathing room. Have a great trip
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:17 AM   #4
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Friend of ours has an American Eagle and pulls a 18ft TT behind he has 4 kids 2 girls and 2 boys the girls stay in the coach with them and boys take over the TT works perfect for them.Sometimes the elder boy drives a pickup when going where they might need transportation ,For the most part they stay pretty stalked up. So good idea.
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Could your toad pull a pop-up? They are not heavy, and this way you would have your toad to use, but also have overflow sleeping.... One less vehicle then if you towed your toad, and then brought the truck for pulling duty too...

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Old 12-15-2012, 09:51 AM   #6
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Yes my truck is a f250 King Ranch 6.0 completely rebuilt set up to tow horse trailer. No problem in towing with the truck.
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Towing a TT is no big deal, parking it when your tractor is 40+ feet long can be a bit dicey.
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thank all of y'all for the advice! The more the better. Safe Travels to All and Happy Holidays!
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Mistery, you and your DW are a better man and DW than we are, good luck with your venture, we wish you well and safe travels. We have a 39" Type A motorhome and when some novice asks how many it sleeps, we say "two!"
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Thank you. The kids are looking forward to the trip. We call our DSDP the "Mystery Machine". We are on our second Harliquin Great Dane bc our kids are huge Scooby Doo fans. Our first Dane was Scooby and now we have his brother Doobie. He is about 44 inches at the withers and about 190 pounds and loves to ride in the Mystery Machine.
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