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Old 10-07-2013, 11:08 AM   #1
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Travel Trailer vs C-Class

Hi. I currently own a c-class 23ft dodge. I am buying a 3.8 ltr town and country minivan. I have seen some posts on here that this van is ok for pulling travel trailers. Considering selling the c- class in exchange for a t.t. instead. Just think there may be more advantages with a t.t. vs c-Class. Anyone on here do this ,change to t.t. . Just looking for opinions on this bad vs good. I currently own 3 vehicles including the dodge c-class.Just thinking that 2 vehicles for maintenance may be more manageable. Thanks.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:17 AM   #2
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You may have less vehicle maintenance but just as much maintenance for the trailer, because you can't just let them sit.
What year and model of T&C van are you looking at? And how big a trailer do you want? Because you will be limited in size and weight.

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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I like my TT because when I get to the campground I can unhook easily and still have the pickup to drive. I don't know how big of a TT you can pull with that tow vehicle though. What are the ratings on it?
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:00 PM   #4
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Without the factory towing package (HD radiator, engine oil cooler, HD tranny cooler, and receiver hitch), the late-model Town & Country cannot tow more than an empty rowboat. With the factory towing package, it can tow a trailer with a wet and loaded weight of not more than 3,600 pounds.

2012 Town & Country:
3.6L V6 24-Valve VVT, 6-Speed AutoStick Transmission, Towing = 3,600 lbs. max.

Only a very few tiny bubble-style TTs have a GVWR less than 3,600. And they would be even more cramped than your mini-motorhome.

So forget TTs and look at fold down RV trailers, a.k.a. camping trailers. My RV trailer was a Wheel Camper camping trailer all the years my kids were at home. We camped all over the USA, from Maine to California, and from Washington state to Florida, and just about everywhere in between.

Here's one with GVWR of 3,000 pounds, and includes a minimal "bathroom".
Floorplans | Comet | Camping Trailers | Starcraft RV

Forest River makes a wide range of camping trailers, including some way too heavy for a T&C. Here's one that is less than 3,600 GVWR:
Flagstaff Tent Pop Up Camper by Forest River
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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Yup, you're looking at a small pop-up, so it's tough to compare to a class c of any kind.
BUT there are still advantages like having something to drive around after you set up, minimal insurance, and most pop-ups will fit in your garage, so they last a loooooong time with just a little TLC.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies guys. So I guess we will just stick to the c-class for now.Im not too crazy about pop ups. I want something to just park with minimal set-up.Also boondocking at Walllmarts woudn't do well with pop ups. Il just keep doing what im doing now. todd

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