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Old 04-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #1
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Looking at the following trailers

I was looking to purchase a Coachmen Catalina 263RLS or 243RBS or Catalina Freedom Express 281RLDS or Flagstaff Super V Lite 26VFK. I would like to hear comments about Catalina or Flagstaff Super Lites. Or any comments regarding Flagstaff or Coachmen. I will be pulling with a 2014 Ford F150 5.0L which tow rating is 8000 LBS. All these models dry weight is 6000 lbs or less and less than 30' in length.
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Old 04-24-2015, 04:46 AM   #2
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A trailer with a dry weight (which does not count options like A/C and awning) of 6,000lbs will actually weigh more. Then add camping stuff and that trailer will be close to if not over 8,000lbs. And at 30' long will be difficult for the truck to control, meaning some trailer sway.

You want to be comfortable towing as well as camping. I would look for a slightly smaller and lighter trailer. Maybe one that has a legit dry weight of 4,000 - 4,500lbs that when loaded for camping will weight 5,000 to 6,000 lbs.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:57 AM   #3
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Hitch weight vs payload tends to be the limiting factor more so than overall trailer weight. The payload for your F150 needs to be able to carry all passengers and gear plus the hitch weight which should be 10-12% of the overall trailer weight for stable towing.
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Old 04-24-2015, 09:52 AM   #4
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I towed a 8,000 pound max load 35 foot trailer for 3 years with a 150 that had a towing cap of 8,600 and payload of 1,700. Yes, I was close and possible over but it towed and stopped fine and as long as I was careful with the packing all was good so it can be done. Towing with a 350 now is just great. I have never had any of these brands so I cannot help there but just keep an eye on your numbers and keep it safe.
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I wasn't looking for weight comments which I appreciate but I was looking for comments on those particular brands...........
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I can't really address the quality of any of these particular models. However, I sold Coachman about 30 years ago and had no complaints from new owners. Both brands do have a solid reputation, overall. Compare the features of each and decide which floor plan fits your lifestyle best.
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Old 04-30-2015, 08:07 PM   #7
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Been around a long time that brand and my sister and BIL had a Catalina camper and loved it. Built well... I have seen recently the Catalina BH and Ventura Sporttrek and love them both. Great Travel Trailers. Weigh roughly the same.
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