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Old 06-15-2016, 09:59 PM   #1
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Question What kind of Set up should I look into getting?

Hey guys.

I am purchasing a 2002 Wilderness 27ft TT Tomorow as a mostly stationary, with the possibility of moving it in the future home. It's in good condition with only a few things that need worked on for a good price. (Cheap College Student)

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What would you guys look into that would be able to haul this beast? What kind of vehicle with decent gas mileage? Would you recomend sway bars, etc. I am entirely new to towing so I figured I would ask here first.

We have a bravada that supposably can tow it, but it does not have the right electric hook up. I also do not know the tongue rate. So, I'm not holding my breath on it.
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I would hire someone to move it for you, if it will in fact be mostly stationary.
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I would hire someone to move it for you, if it will in fact be mostly stationary.

Yup. Agree. I have a TT on a annual paid site. Never moves. Paid a transporter to take it there. Easy peasy, done with a telephone call.
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What would you guys look into that would be able to haul this beast?
Not enough info. What is the GVWR of the travel trailer (TT)?

You need a tow vehicle (TV) with enough payload capacity to be able to handle the hitch weight of the wet and loaded TT without exceeding any of the weight ratings of the TV. GVWR of the TV is usually the limiting weight rating of the TV. GVWR of the TV minus the weight of the wet and loaded TV tells you the max tongue weight (TW) of any TT you can tow without being overloaded.

Assume TW of the trailer will be about 13% of the GVWR of the trailer. So if your TT has GVWR of 7,500 pounds, that's TW of 975 pounds.

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What kind of vehicle with decent gas mileage?
No such thing as a TV with "decent" MPG and enough payload capacity and power to tow a 27-foot TT. And "affordable" TVs will be older used TVs, probably pickups, that don't get good MPG. My 2012 F-150 can get up to about 20 MPG if driven like a scared grandma would drive, but with me driving I average about 15 MPG unloaded and about 9 to 10 MPG when towing my 20' TT.

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Would you recomend sway bars, etc. I am entirely new to towing so I figured I would ask here first.
For a 27' TT, you need a good sway-control weight-distributing (WD) hitch. Sway bars indicates a cheap hitch, and you don't want a cheap hitch. Good WD hitches with built-in sway control (not sway bars) hitches cost about $500 or more.

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We have a bravada that supposably can tow it, but it does not have the right electric hook up. I also do not know the tongue rate. So, I'm not holding my breath on it.
Even if the Bravada has the towing package, it will be severely overloaded with a 27' TT. So don't plan on using that as a TV for a 27' TT.
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