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Old 07-19-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Another New Guy Needing Advice Please!!!

As a brand new member with no TT yet, Iím try to decide if my thinking is rational. You guys are the long time experts so please chime in and give some advice. It will be very much appreciated.
I donít know if the wife and I will enjoy camping or not when we both retire in the next couple of years. It is the two of us, all the kids have moved on with their lives. So as of now, the early stage of preparation for total retirement, I plan to explore the possibility of camping now as economically as possible. I own a 05 Chevy Silverado V 6. The GCWR is 9500 lbs. I do not want to invest in a big old TV and may not pursue the hobby. So Iím thinking of buying a small TT ultra-light at around 2900 lbs that max out loaded at 3850. The GVWR of the truck is 6200 lbs. My ownerís manual says the heaviest trailer the vehicle can tow safely is 4600 lbs.
Iím on vacation next week and headed out on the search. Are my expectations within reason as far as the size trailer my vehicle can handle? Iím sure a salesman would say yes. I really donít want to upgrade TV because if I end up not towing then Iím stuck with a vehicle I wonít need. I think Iíd rather be stuck with a smaller TT than a big truck.
All ideas, suggestions, criticisms, and so forth are appreciated.
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You can go with a pop up, a hybrid or a Casita. All of which have models that can be towed with your limited present vehicle.

To get a better idea, try renting a pop up and give it a try. If this works for you, look for a used trailer in your size range.

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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You could go with a 18 footer and still be safe there are some olders units that are at a good price and not too big. Just look it over good, look and smell for any water damage it's hot during the day and if it's had water damage you will know it.
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Try renting one first to see if you like it may cost a little bit but cheaper then buying something and hate camping.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the great advice!! I tried the pop up thing a few years ago and it was a very bad experience. I went out at the wrong time of the year, February. We decided right away we would not give up but knew the next trip would have to be a hard shell.

Although a good idea, I really want to buy new. If I bought used I know most of the stuff I would have to change, especially the mattress. I was thinking something along the lines of a Funfinder 189FBS or Palomino Canyon Cat 15UD.

Keep the advice coming, I really appreciate it.
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:08 AM   #6
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Try renting one first to see if you like it may cost a little bit but cheaper then buying something and hate camping.
+1. You really sound like youíre on the fence. Renting what you are thinking of buying does several things.

1. You can decide if your TV is suitable for the rig.
2. You can decide if you are suitable for camping in the size rig your TV can tow.
3. You can decide if camping in a trailer is for you.
4. You won't have a brand new/now used camper that you will lose probably 30% on a resale.
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+1. You really sound like youíre on the fence. Renting what you are thinking of buying does several things.

1. You can decide if your TV is suitable for the rig.
2. You can decide if you are suitable for camping in the size rig your TV can tow.
3. You can decide if camping in a trailer is for you.
4. You won't have a brand new/now used camper that you will lose probably 30% on a resale.
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if the matress is an issue buy a cheap shower curtian and matress pad forthe time being and if you decide to keep the unit buy a new matress.
If RVing turns out to be your thing your first rig WON'T be your last and you can take your time to figure out what you want and use your savings on the new rig. Our first two were used and since we've bought two more new thinking each one would be the one. The one we have now is way more than we thought we would ever have and I start drooling when I see nicer rigs.
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Great advice, you are probably right. I should try used for a bit and see what happens. My big concern is the possibilty of getting something that turns into a lot of frustration and influence the whole experience.

I've never bought anything used other than motorcycles. Never had an issue with one of those because most people don't get rid of them because something is wrong with it, they just don't ride any more.

Are used TTs pretty much the same? What are the chances of getting a total lemon? I would imagine one of the most expensive repairs would be the AC unit.

Thoughts on this please!!
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Make the seller show how everything works
look for and signs of water damage
look at lots of trailers, even new ones ( to see what is available)
bring a notebook and take notes
if an individual or salesman says its fine without showing everything walk away
even new units have problems so a well cared for used one is a great deal. when you find one you like post as much info about it here so you can get some feedback. if you are paying cash check with your bank to see what the value is. personaly I wouldn't pay much more than the loan value as it is a buyers market. If a salesman says its a now or never deal start walking. If a salesman says or promises something get it in writing. if he hesitates to do that he is lying. Oh by the way don't trust what the salesman tells you
Do you get the feeling I don't trust salesmen?
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What about renting one 1st , trying it out over a week or weekend ?
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To all of you, great advice. You guys made me slow down a bit. I was going to rush out this week and purchase a new one. Now I really have a lot of information to process.

Some say rent one first, not a bad idea. That may be the route to go at first if I can find one in the area or not too far away within my weight range.

A used one is also something to think about. Sanitary and appliance conditions are a concern but those can easily be fixed with the xception of a major appliance repair.

I will definitely slow down and consider all of your suggestions. Thanks a lot and when I decide what I'm going to do I'll post back.

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In 2004 we were in the exact same position you are now. We chose a 17 foot Casita, and we had a topper installed on our truck.

We had a platform welded over the propane tanks and installed a 2000 watt Honda generator on the Trailer.

This little trailer is a full fledged self contained travel trailer. It has 25 gallons of fresh water, 30 gallons gray water and 16 gallons of black water capacity. It has a small roof top a/c and a refrigerator, sink, and a wet bath. The little Honda generator would run the A/C unit.

We towed it using a 600 pound weight distributing hitch, and between the room available in the topper and trailer were able to travel in reasonable comfort. We used the trailer for 4 years and gave it to our daughter's family.

We enjoyed the lifestyle so much that we bought a really nice 29 foot New Horizon trailer and have continued to enjoy full timing.

We have some grand memories in our little Casota. We toured Alaska and Northwest Canada all the way to Inuvik, NWT 350 miles north of the Arctic Cricle including a couple of thousand miles of gravel roads (Never again). We used the generator quite a lot camping on the side of the road in far north Canada and Alaska.



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A couple of advantages of buying used is that someone else has tested and corrected all the manufacturing defects for you, assuming they work at your initial inspection. Also, you aren't paying new unit price, you are paying used price. Unfortunately, the quality control and inspection at the factory or dealership is not always that thorough, a pre-owned unit should have the bugs worked out of it.

The savings in buying used can fix a lot of things down the road. The refrigerator and A/C are the big ticket items, make sure they work before you buy.

If you are not sure you'll like the lifestyle, I would suggest a rental unit for a trial run before buying anything, new or used.
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One more thing!
As long as there are no serious injuries and no one went to jail you had a successful trip; Maybe not as fun as it could have been but successful just the same. I'll never forget the time I got the trailer ball hooked under a gaurd rail turning the old Travco around to go around an accident one night. I figured the ball would snap off but noooo! I pulled up 75' of gaurd rail in front of 2 Alabama deputies!
Then there is the rest of the story!
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