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Old 03-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Question Need help in choosing a light TT

Hi, after reading a lot about TT I have come to the conclusion that I need to buy a used TT--kinda frustrated. Wondering what year is the best to choose a light TT? Which ones are considered upper scale and not entry level? Need about a 28ft, GVWR 7500 in weight Max, hitch weight 600 or lighter. What can I expect as far as warranty and what can I negotiate with a dealer: warranty and pricing discounts? Thanks in advance!

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Old 03-21-2016, 03:43 PM   #2
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You will best looking at what at the dealers to find out what they have and the floor plan that fits your needs. 90% of all new RV come with a 12 month warranty and a few come with 2 year new only. Most second had sale are sold as seen.

My advice is take a look at the roof seams on the models you are looking at a crack in the seal either at the front or back or around roof fixing can lead to water leaks. check inside all cabinets for any possible leaks.

Good luck and good hunting.

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Old 03-22-2016, 08:50 PM   #3
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Sorry to say this...but you have provided very little information and are asking an extremely broad and subjective question. Price range? Layout? Fulltime? Boondocking? Bunkhouse? How many do you need it to sleep? "Best" RV is extremely relative. Get the 5th wheel and TT buyers guide from Amazon. Cheap book, and excellent info on many TT's going back 10 years or so.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:22 AM   #4
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Trailers are not like wine. There are not vintage years and as a rule they do not get better with age. If you are really focused on a light trailer I would get as new a one as possible. In an effort to reduce weight manufacturers tried lots of construction approaches over the years, many of which did not work. This is especially true of the light weight frames.

I would also be careful about a trailer with the length and weight ratios you are looking at. One way the manufacturers play the weight game is to leave you no headroom in the GVWR for packing your gear. Make sure you find out the advertised carrying capacity and then subtract the weight of full water/grey/black tanks from that. Also make sure that the advertised carrying capacity makes sense compared against the dry weight and the GVWR.

Advertised hitch weights are frequently inaccurate. To be safe, you should assume 13% of the GVWR as the hitch weight. In your case, 7000 lb GVWR would get you 910 lbs. Even if you assume a very good weight distribution, 10% of 7000lb would still put the hitch weight at 700 lbs.

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"Lite" and "Upper Level" can't be put in the same sentence. TTs are Lite because they skimp on certain things. It could be the frame, suspension, cabinets, wall thickness, furniture, etc.
As far as looking at a used one. If this is your 1st trailer then I would suggest you pay for an independent inspection and not rely on the dealer to tell you if it's okay or not.
blueridge-fl hit the nail on the head about weights. 10% is the bare minimum for tongue weight. 12-13% is optimum.
Also if you could tell us how much you want to spend that would help.
Also what's your tow vehicle.
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I just picked up a hybrid for summer use (Coachmen by Forest River). Very light and supper roomy. You might want to check them out. I've seen them from $15-30k depending on the state. Just over 5,000 lbs.

Our 2 adult daughters, 3 dogs (sm, med, & lg) and cat feel right at home when all 3 beds are extended. Plus you get the tent feel when sleeping (beds are canopy covered) without the aching back the next morning.
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Know your tow vehicle weight limits, cargo capacity limits, weight of the trailer you are considering, etc.

Take with a grain of salt what your salesman tells you and what you can tow. Don't get in a hurry and do plenty of research. Wireman
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I think that is good advice-the part about knowing what yor tow vehicle will pull

Then, decide what you can afford

With those two numbers, you will qualify the TT's pretty quickly

Buy from an individual......you will get more for your money, and a better chance of avoiding junk

I bought a 20 foot TT within the last 60 days, from an individual. I had to replace a water heater ($335) but I am pretty well pleased with my $6K purchase for a 2008 Forest River

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