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Old 10-07-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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How old is too old to own a travel trailer?

I am retired. I full timed in a 40 motorhome for 8 years. We live in a condo now and miss he lifestyle. Have looked at class B motorhomes. Like the look of the Jayco White Hawk 30 foot trailer. Would buy a new F140 to pull it.

I am 69 and in very good health.

Anyone here like me going from a big pusher back to pulling a trailer?


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Old 10-07-2016, 10:47 AM   #2
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Is your question, should I get another RV at 69, or specifically about the transition from a MH to a TT? If it is the former and that is what I wanted to do, I would not hesitate. You are not getting any younger.

We transitioned from having a TC since the late '70s to a 26' MH last year because at 77 and 70 my wife wanted something that rode better, that didn't require climbing to get into the bed (afraid of falling), and had a bathroom handy at all times. We traveled between 7 and 8k miles with it this year and plan about the same next year. I plan to continue until I am no longer a safe driver. Life brings changes and we adapt, at least that's my way of seeing it.

Best of luck with the decision.

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Old 10-07-2016, 11:25 AM   #3
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there is another thread.. asking about 70 plus.

if you are able and willing... WHY NOT.

I started a year ago.. I am 65... and I have a 30 foot Coachmen travel trailer. and a F 250 Gas,.
. and will start a 5,000 mile trip in 3 weeks. escape Ohio winter.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:36 AM   #4
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If you think you can do it then do it. I've seen older people doing this all the time. I am 65 and just bought my 1st Travel Trailer this past July. I had never towed in my life before and that was my initial hesitation, I'm in my 60's why would I want to learn to tow now? But I changed my attitude and glad I did. (so far). It has been fun. Go for it and have fun.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:40 AM   #5
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As I get older, the last thing I would do is buy a towable. Much more work to set up than a small motorhome.

Ran into a guy years ago that had just bought a new 40ft coach. Later found out he was 90! Three years later we ran into him again and he had just bought a new 40 footer with 4 slides because his wife wanted more room
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:42 AM   #6
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You are never too old. We are all aging but old is a state of mind.
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Old 10-07-2016, 03:53 PM   #7
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68 is the cut off for a tt
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:00 PM   #8
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How old is too old

I am 75 and tow a tt. Love it we are on the road 1 week a month from april to oct. Can't wait till next yr.. You came into this world naked and you are going out in a suit or dress. Enjoy every moment.
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Old 10-07-2016, 04:53 PM   #9
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I'll be 69 in November and we just purchased a small travel trailer. We used to have a motorhome years back and like the OP we missed the lifestyle. As long as you have the energy and the capability I don't think age has anything to do with it. There is no such thing as an age limit as to when you can tow a trailer.
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I have friends in their 80's towing. If it feels good, do it. If it tastes good, eat it...............Have fun
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:11 PM   #11
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Age isn't the barrier; ability is.
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Old 10-07-2016, 07:25 PM   #12
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My DW had a 35' Georgie Boy Cruisemaster when we met in 2001. During the 14 years we owned it, there were many-many-many local outings, several cross-country trips, a 3-month trip to all four corners of the US, a 6-week journey to Fairbanks-Anchorage-Homer.

Last year we purchased our current 2005 Excursion DP and this summer made a 7,000-mile trip from Seattle to Orlando. I turned 77 this year (DW is 72) and we hope to keep rolling as long as the money lasts :-)
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We came out of 6 motorhomes -- 3 gas and 3 diesel from 31 to 40 feet. Three years ago we sold the last motorhome and purchased a new Ram 1500 Hemi and a 24' trailer. This is our first time towing and we have spent the last three winters in it and are very pleased with the truck and trailer. We are a little older than you and plan on traveling as long as we can. We have some friends in their mid 80's who just bought a new motorhome and don't plan to stop until they can't do it any more. So if you can still get around and enjoy the lifestyle -- do it! Good luck.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:16 PM   #14
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Bells harbor, how do you like the Ram? I am looking at the Ram and the Ford F-150.

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