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Old 09-15-2014, 01:55 PM   #15
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I would say yes, the more weight you add to the truck, like wood, coolers, people and etc. will reduce your 9250. I'm sure others will chime in, I think Kiwi has a similar setup, although he could have a ultra lite trailer.
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I am maybe too conservative here, but I had a '11 F-150 and my trailer weighs about 6600# loaded these days. I just upgraded to a '14 Ram 2500 diesel because I felt the trailer was a bit too much for the F-150. Most others on these boards will say I'm nuts, and the 150 was fine. I just didn't like getting pushed around by trucks and crosswinds, nor did I like the 7 to 10 mpg while towing. New rig is rock steady and I average 13 - 15 towing.

That being said, I like my trailer really well, and it's had no major problems, even when I lived in it 7 weeks while selling my home and moving. In my opinion, you should be looking at something 26' - 28' long. Our first one was about 19' and was quickly determined to be just too small... We've had this one for 3 years and while we like it, our grand child population is exploding... so we're going to be looking for a bunkhouse model soon. So from our experience, buy bigger than you think you'll be satisfied with.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:22 PM   #17
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the two after work were ok but nothing to jump on.

now i see a 2005 KEYSTONE SPRINGDALE 269RLLS online and like the plan
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:42 PM   #18
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it says shipping weight is 5750.
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:26 PM   #19
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What kind of sleeping capacity do you need? If there is just 2 people then you don't need a bunkhouse. Most trailers will sleep 6 counting the bed, sofa and dinette. Maybe not the best rest for the non-bed sleepers but will do for a day or two. You will probably need something in the 24-27ft range. For short stays a slide out is not a necessity. For long stays yes. My trailer is a Puma 25rs, 28ft long, just a little over 5,000# dry weight, no slides (fewer problems, and easier to find campsites), center kitchen, 2 outside doors (for safety), plenty of storage, better than average construcion. Works perfect for the two of us but not for everyone.
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We have a 2000 Keystone Springdale 25RKLS with a dry weight about 5,000 # and tow it with our Dodge 1500 4.7 V8, with a rated 6,000 # towing capacity.It has done fine towing it around Southern Ga. , Northern FL. and up to Charleston SC. Transmission temps. stayed fine, but have not had it into the mountains yet.Gas mileage drops from 21mpg commuting to 10-11 towing. I think we are at our limit for towing capacity with this truck and i also believe in trying to keep that 20 % saftey margin as far as tow capacity.

What part of Ga. you in ? Hope this helps Ya !!!

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Old 09-18-2014, 09:44 PM   #21
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We're outside of Macon. Looked at two more today. These were alittle newer. plus looked at a new Avenger and Coachman Catalina.
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Have you looked at or considered something in the toy hauler line up? Different type of floor plan in those, and for the most part they really lend themselves to modifications very easily. Great for storage if you need that between or in conjunction with camping trips.
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So slowly but surely we are narrowing the search. Used 2012 Keystone RV Springdale 266RLSSR or a 2015 Coachmen Freedom Express 281RLDS.

The Keystone is around 19k and the Freedom is 24k.

We're also considering the truck still. Probably sticking with the 1500 RAM.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:07 AM   #24
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With what you are about to spend on camper plus truck... don't discount used class A motorhomes. Engines are usually very low mileage because they are not used for daily driver.
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Make sure you're buying a little 'too much' truck for the trailer. You might want a bigger rig in the future & sure as heck don't want to be restricted by your truck. We have friends who bought the truck, then the RV & had to buy another truck. Not fun!

Happy negotiating!
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the truck will be an every day truck to replace hubbys 1990 chevy 1500. the truck pull is 9200 and trailer without anything is 6700. truck is happening no matter what. trailer can be switched around to suit the truck.
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the truck will be an every day truck to replace hubbys 1990 chevy 1500. the truck pull is 9200 and trailer without anything is 6700. truck is happening no matter what. trailer can be switched around to suit the truck.
Just be sure you get the FULL tow package. Transmission cooler, LOW rear end (mine is 3.73) Tranny temp gauge on dash. Seven pin plug. All 1500/150 trucks are not the same.
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Welcome to the forum!

You may want to consider looking at a used trailer. If you can find one that is only a couple of years old, you can save a lot of money, and may be able to buy a better quality trailer.
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