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Old 11-16-2005, 04:32 PM   #15
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The idea you have about having the dealer deliver and set up is a great one(certainly will save the cash now and it will put off buying the truck until the truck wars are finished and one builds a good one that wont need monthly recalls)...they do it all the time...they also winterize them for a fee ($50-75).. I dont know the area where you are or if you are in a CG or on a lot in the bush. I know that many cottages get broken into and would wonder about that.....


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Old 11-16-2005, 04:35 PM   #16
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According to the GM BuyPower website, a 2006 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab 4x4 with SLT trim has a MSRP of $41,240. The same truck built as a 3500 has a MSRP of $42,155, a difference of $915 more for the 3500 dually. I suspect the difference for Dodge or Ford would be similar.

Options that are added such as a diesel engine, trailering equipment package, towing mirrors, etc., are priced the same on the GMC 2500HD as they are on the GMC 3500.

RV'rs who need a dually to safely handle a recreational vehicle would be well advised to spend the extra $915 and get what's appropriate for their load.

If you just don't like the looks of a dually or are intimidated with the extra width in the rear of the truck, perhaps a 37' triple slide fiver with a GVWR of around 14,000# isn't the rig you should be getting. There are smaller and lighter ones that are just as nice. Good luck with whatever you get, we're glad you had the foresight to ask questions first.

The ones who scare me the most are the folks who don't even have a clue about what's required to tow safely and don't realize they are unsafe. They don't ask questions because they don't even think about this stuff, they just hook up and go.

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Old 11-17-2005, 05:00 AM   #17
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Hi Camper1b, yes what we are looking at is a pretty penny. What isn't these days. Bagging the tow vehicle for now is a great suggestion and a definite possibility. For next year anyway. We'll be retiring in a couple of years and the wife wants to travel, so we could wait to purchse the tow vehicle. What I will do is ask the local RV dealer (located 35 miles from the property) if he would deliver and set up the unit and then come back at the end of the season and put it in winter storage.

As for our experience, we started off wilderness/canoe camping in a tent for several years until one May we had 6" of snow. We then moved up to a large Viking pop-up. We have now decided to bypass the usual progression and go whole-hog.

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All right! Now we're getting somewhere!

With this new information I would HIGHLY recommend delaying the purchase of tow vehicle and have the trailer taken to your property. If your dealer can't (I'm sure he can - this is not uncommon) than a trucking company can.

When your retirement is imminent, then you can start the fun of shopping for a tow vehicle. If you are going to travel after you retire instead of sitting up at your property, you may decide that the camper you will have up there is not the best suited for the type of traveling you will be doing. (Maybe it will be too big to haul into the campgrounds you want to go to, etc).

Since you are really talking about two differet types of camping, it is not unreasonable that you may find you need two different types of camping rigs.

Good luck whatever you decide. It's a fun thing to think about, eh?
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:20 AM   #18
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Thank you all for your suggestions, guidance and opinions. What we have decided to do, is think about it over the winter, attend as many RV shows as we can and make our final decission in the spring. Again, thanks everyone. Will let you know what happens.

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Old 11-17-2005, 07:12 AM   #19
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Just remember one of the posts that you have already read,,,,,Not all sales people are honest forthright or moral.....they have a position and a quota.....with the knowledge you have already accumulated,you will be able to pick these type out quickly.... Buy MORE truck than you NEED,, Buy LESS trailer than you WANT....... you will not go wrong...good luck.. we are going to the ashow in T.O. on sunday..watch for the maroon route 66 hat and jacket(Maroon..not Moron)....I answer to skip.. chad.. and hey you!

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Old 11-17-2005, 07:48 AM   #20
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Most everybody here knows more about RV's than I do, but I have to say that taking your time to think about it over the winter is a great idea. RV's loose huge value in the first year or so, so if you are buying new it makes sense to be absolutely sure you are getting the floor plan, features, and size that you really want.

I also second the recommendation to get a dually. My 29.5 toyhauler lists 1900 pin weight, but it is considerably heavier if tanks are full and no toy in back. Add a couple people and stuff in the cab, and it pushes the limits of my SRW one ton.

One thing that hasn't been suggested yet is going heavier than a dually pickup. If you are going to wait until you retire to get a tow vehicle and are going to put on a bunch of miles with that trailer, something like a Freightliner M2 Sporthauler might outlast several pickups. GMC's 5500 series can be had in 4x4, and easily turns as sharp as a pickup.

Just something you might want to at least lay eyeballs on before you decide.

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