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Old 10-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #85
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Good decision Larry, going down the highway in you home is soooo much different than towing your home, regardless of the size of your MH.

Have fun and enjoy.

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Old 10-27-2013, 11:39 AM   #86
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Congrats to Larry and the Clan!

Thanks for the update.
What a great outcome. We made the same decision for the same reasons, but went through the TT route to get there...and didn't go to the 40'er.

Best luck and safe travels

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Old 10-28-2013, 08:52 AM   #87
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Quick story. A close friend wants to purchase a small hybrid and tow it with his Jeep Unlimited. The mfg. GVWR of the trailer is 2700lbs the towing capacity of the jeep is 3500lbs. From what I read you should deduct 20% from the towing capacity or 2800lbs. Even if the trailer weight is close and he doesn't load anything I think this is a BAD idea. Tried talking him out of it , but some people don't think.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:31 AM   #88
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Quick story. A close friend wants to purchase a small hybrid and tow it with his Jeep Unlimited. The mfg. GVWR of the trailer is 2700lbs the towing capacity of the jeep is 3500lbs. From what I read you should deduct 20% from the towing capacity or 2800lbs. Even if the trailer weight is close and he doesn't load anything I think this is a BAD idea. Tried talking him out of it , but some people don't think.
That is why other posters here have mentioned the stability have of travel trailers. Travel travels are widely used for weekend and vacation only.

As a result, people tend to pull them with the vehicle they already own, without investing in a good hitch system, and that can lead to a bad combination.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:41 AM   #89
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hi all.

I'm new to the board, and enjoyed this post immensely. as stated, no one can offer what is "better", because that is very personal.

I live in NJ. we vacation in our TT. to have a motorhome would mean 2 car insurance policies, year round. ouch. however, this poster mentioned fulltiming. if that were the case, I'd certainly be researching the best state, all around, for my home base.

I've been camping since age 8. that's almost 50 years. wow. one thing I would often ask myself when out and about on vacation is : why is the camper pulling the car?

for ME, that remains the main question. storage? our new unit has many empty cabinets, because I am not a fulltimer, and I have so much storage. I venture to say if I were a full timer, storage would not be an issue.
roof height? I plan on writing to Jayco and suggesting 2 things, a button in the bath to open the bath vent, and a light switch in the bedroom to turn on that light; as I, at 5'3", can reach neither. when I'm in the camper, I can't reach the ceiling, we have 7' ceilings.

we own a Harley Davidson Ultra full dresser. to us, Harley's are the only bike to own. however, when we see a Honda go by, we think, at least he's on 2 wheels.

when I see a motorhome go by, inevitably towing the car, I now think, at least they're camping. lol

which way to go will have horror stories, and success stories, for both options. quality will also vary, and no, not always based on price. as you can see here, neither one is better then the other, it is all up to you. what one sees as an advantage, may not be so to another.

there is ONE thing that I wish were law, no one should be able to purchase and drive a huge motorhome without special driving licenses. sorry, but I do drive a school bus, and I had to have training to earn a CDL to do so. eh, but I can see where that applies to towing too. see? lol

in the end? GO CAMPING. lol. right? Ricky T's
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #90
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There are a lot people out there driving motor homes or towing trailers. I live right off Interstate 5 between Los Angeles and San Diego. I see dozens every day and hundreds every weekend.

When we travel, like to Las Vegas, we see hundreds of RVs going up and down the highways.

I can say I never see any bad RV drivers. I dont think there is a qualification or licensing problem with RV drivers. I believe it's best to leave things as they are rather than add new laws and restrictions on people.

Just my opinion and observations...
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When ours sits in storage I drop the insurance down to fire and theft, saves 100s of dollars. We were considering switching from motorhome to truck trailer but after our recent trip we decided motorhome is the only way to travel. Way to convenient having everything at our finger tips and 75 gallon tank means we fill up once per day.

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