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Old 02-07-2012, 09:07 AM   #1
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Hi All:

My family and I are new to the RV world and are shopping around for a small, lightweight TT. We already have an eye on a Coyote C196S from KZ. This unit meets most of our requirements, including GVWR for our vehicle. However, we'd like to hear from any feedback from anybody about this unit. Also, what are things, caveats, tips. that we should be aware of?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Cuchoti, Welcome to the forum, glad you joined us. Not real familiar with that model, but have seen KZ's before and seemed to be OK. Just be sure your tow capacity is enough with a little room to spare.

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Welcome to irv2 Cuchoti.
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We have been going through the process recently. This will be our fourth different RV, so we have some wants and druthers:

GVWR less than 6,000 pounds, so it is truly towable by our F-150.

Real queen-size bed with walk-around room on three sides. And the first thing we'll do is replace the cheap stock mattress with a high-quality euro or pillowtop mattress from Sam's Club.

Roomy restroom, with a seperate shower or tub/shower so you don't have to sit on the pottie to take a bath.

Dinette booth - not a table in front of a couch. We don't even need a couch.

A real closet - not just a cubbyhole for clothes.

We found one that meets all those needs. Joey model 196 Select by Skyline. Skyline sells this model under at least four different brand names: Layton Joey, Nomad Joey, Aljo Joey, and Mountain View Joey. Regardless of brand name, all the Joey 196s are the same floorplan.

Skyline also sells the Koala brand name, including the Koala 19RB with is very similar to the Joe 196S. But note that AC is optional on the Koala but std on the Joey.
Skyline RV Koala: Travel Trailer Recreational Vehicle by Skyline

An RV dealer 40 miles down the road will sell us a Layton Joey 196s with Reese weight-distributing hitch and multi-year service policy for $14,995 plus TT&L. Other Texas dealers want over $15,000 plus TT&L for an Aljo Joey 196S near Houston or a Mountain View Joey 196s near San Antonio. We found a Nomad Joey 196S at RVWhosalers in Ohio for $12,164, so we'll probably order that one. I don't want a cheap hitch, and I don't want their overpriced service polity, so the base model with no options (except full propane tanks) is what I'm willing to pay for. It's on the way to Detroit for us, and we'll be going to Detroit anyway, so that's not out of our way. And I will hook it up to a ProPride hitch, which costs a lot more than the Reese dual-cam most dealers want to use.
Grumpy ole man with over 50 years towing experience. Now my heaviest trailer is a 7,000-pound enclosed cargo trailer, RV is a 5,600 pound Skyline Nomad Joey 196S, and my tow vehicle is a 2012 F-150 3.5L EcoBoost SuperCrew.
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