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Old 02-13-2014, 01:03 AM   #1
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One step at a time...but we're about to place a factory build order for an F250 CrewCab, 4x2, short bed XLT Gasser. Finally. lot of back and forth on which truck/options etc, etc. Searching local inventories made it clear that what we want is NOT sitting on some lot within 250 miles. So rather than getting and paying for some stuff we don't want, better to bite the bullet to get exactly what we want.

So, next will be the hunt for a fairly new (but gently used) TT. Just the two of us and our Kleinpudel, room enough for my fair lady's fly fishing gear, and my photo and bird watching stuff. Doesn't need to be a 4seasons rig, and would like to keep it in the range of 24 to 26 feet, with a single slide. RV shows have us pretty much narrowed down to models with a rear bath, and a reasonably sized kitchen. Also prefer a queen sized walk around in a room with a door. (one of us is a night owl... ).

The hunt should be interesting!
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I just went thru this with a neighbor. Hot to say his needs are the same as yours, but I think he selected a quality TT. Anyway, he ended up with a Tracer Executive. I would think you would like to include this in your search.
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Old 02-13-2014, 09:00 PM   #3
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Tracer Exec is definitely a nice looking unit! Probably outside my price range, but ya never know when a great deal might pop up. Just have to look for it...

Not in a position to afford a new truck and new trailer, so opted for a new truck and a used TT.

After mulling it over a while, and reading lots on this website, we decided to go for an F250 rather than a 150. Beefiest option package on a 150 for towing was almost as expensive as a 250, and a lightly optioned 250 starts out with more tow capacity. Plus, if we find some smokin' hot deal on a TT that is a little bigger than our original parameters, we won't have to worry about the tail wagging the dog!

Thanks for the suggestion!
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I am doing what you are in the process of with your Super Duty purchase. I don't want to start a big controversy but I am happier with a rig that has excess towing capacity rather than not enough. Smart move to stay away from the Eco Boost for long term reliability and lower maintenance costs. Has any one priced out replacing two turbochargers? Not cheap. With the cost of the 150 and 250 being so close there is really no comparison between the two. Everyone knows that the towing limits pushed by all auto companies is inflated for adverting purposes.
I have a Nortwood Nash 22H and love it. High quality, four seasons and well respected in the industry. It doesn't have a slide and that is one of the reasons I like it. I don't want leaks, drafts and other issues like not closing or opening and increased maintenance. I wonder why Airstream quit making TT's with slides? If you want the option I would suggest the Arctic Fox 25R. It is a little more expensive than other options but you sound like someone who wants quality and performance. Cheaper to buy what you want and need first rather than have your third TT be the one you really like. You will like the sofa for sure. It sounds like the perfect match for you and our 250's would not know it was back there.
Also look at the Equalizer hitch, great company, performance, reputation.
Have a great time with your new trailer and let us know what you decide on.
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Have you checked your local Craigslist? Going used are you expecting to get a warrantee? I sold my 2005 tt off Craigslist. RV dealers should be full of used RV's from all the people who bought stuff from the shows the last month. There was one floorplan I thought was a real couples trailer. It had slides on both sides, and the bathroom and shower were huge, large pantry, island kitchen 30' to 31'. Most of the trailer makers are now offering the same floorplan. Here is an example Kodiak 279 I know Arctic Fox and Nash make them. It's a little larger than your 25' to 26' size.
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I am doing what you are in the process of with your Super Duty purchase. I don't want to start a big controversy but I am happier with a rig that has excess towing capacity rather than not enough. Smart move to stay away from the Eco Boost for long term reliability and lower maintenance costs. Has any one priced out replacing two turbochargers? Not cheap. With the cost of the 150 and 250 being so close there is really no comparison between the two. Everyone knows that the towing limits pushed by all auto companies is inflated for adverting purposes.
I have a Nortwood Nash 22H and love it. High quality, four seasons and well respected in the industry. It doesn't have a slide and that is one of the reasons I like it. I don't want leaks, drafts and other issues like not closing or opening and increased maintenance. I wonder why Airstream quit making TT's with slides? If you want the option I would suggest the Arctic Fox 25R. It is a little more expensive than other options but you sound like someone who wants quality and performance. Cheaper to buy what you want and need first rather than have your third TT be the one you really like. You will like the sofa for sure. It sounds like the perfect match for you and our 250's would not know it was back there.
Also look at the Equalizer hitch, great company, performance, reputation.
Have a great time with your new trailer and let us know what you decide on.
Obviously on the same wavelength here! . Used input from the forum and reached similar conclusions about 250 vs 150, though was accused at one point of trying to justify buying a 150. Our '98 150 has given excellent service at 200K+ miles, but really think an upgrade to a 250 is worth the extra moola.

BIL has two 5ers, a Nash and an upscale competitor. IMHO, the Nash is better built.

Thanks for the comment!
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Have you checked your local Craigslist? Going used are you expecting to get a warrantee? I sold my 2005 tt off Craigslist. RV dealers should be full of used RV's from all the people who bought stuff from the shows the last month. There was one floorplan I thought was a real couples trailer. It had slides on both sides, and the bathroom and shower were huge, large pantry, island kitchen 30' to 31'. Most of the trailer makers are now offering the same floorplan. Here is an example Kodiak 279 I know Arctic Fox and Nash make them. It's a little larger than your 25' to 26' size.
Checking Craigslist frequently, as well as other sources! Priority right now is focused on moving to our temporary home while getting our next house construction underway! We've been interested in "couples" trailers you describe, though not heard them identified as such before. We have a limited budget, so will continue searching with some patience until a most excellent deal appears!

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