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Old 01-14-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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TT under 27' length

We are looking to downsize this coming spring from a Class A motorhome to a pull travel trailer not to exceed 27' in total length including hitch. We only need one queen bed, no extra bunk beds. I don't care for the models that do not have a wall between the kitchen and bedroom area for privacy reasons. At least one slide and plenty of storage. Does not have to be a brand new trailer, but probably not older than five years.

So far we've seen a Winnebago Minnie 2201DS which looks doable, but pricey at $26K. What other brands and floor plans should we look into? We are in the Parker/Quartzsite area for the winter. Thought we'd look around to see what we like, then sell the motorhome in the spring. We are renting a house for the winter and don't have the class A with us on this trip.
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Northwoods and OutdoorsRV make TT's that will rival a class A but you need to get to a 31 foot bumper to ball unit.
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:06 AM   #3
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You should be able to do quite a bit better than $26k for a Minnie, especially a 2014.
Nothing else will have the nice gel coat fiberglass or level of quality and efficient design. At least that I could find after 8 months of searching.
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Please spend some time on the Internet looking for a trailer. Read what other owners are going through both good and bad. Join the forums for that trailer before you buy - believe me there are some units out there that are best left on the lot. I spent a whole winter on line before we went looking for this unit. I wrote down the things we wanted and went searching. After narrowing down the model numbers we went back on to see what the other owners were saying. Good reports were noted and the bad remarks were broke down into two categories 1) building construction/material issues and 2)accessory problems). Previous to this search, DW and I went through three trailers in four years till we found this Timber Ridge 260RLS. What we quickly discovered is that what makes a good trailer is it's bones. The manufacturer doesn't make the stoves, converters and refrigerators etc. for that they rely on other manufacturers to make those parts so if you can find a trailer with good bones you can always improve the other things as they break down (hopefully never). I love my unit but had trouble with the converter right from day one. I have a dealer that took care of me so can't wait to get out there in a few months again. After deciding the trailer you'll have two other big decisions - tow vehicle and hitch (look hard at the Andersen WD). Good Luck in your search and happy trails as you go from here.
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We downsized big time last year as well. We made a list of our criteria and then set out to find the smallest, non-entry level TT we could find. That ended up being a 20FQ Creekside for us. Walk around queen, private bedroom, full size kitchen, self contained for at least 5 days with showers and got a really nice picture window to boot. I would have accepted a slide, but have had problems with two previous units with super slides so we didn't want a big one. We find we have enough room, but no so much that we stay indoors when we should be outside. We really enjoy being able to park just about anywhere and find we don't have to avoid dusty roads with the design and build quality of the Creekside. Good luck in your search.
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Do a internet search. I saw a listing for a 2014 for 18k. Price will vary depending on outdoor kitchen option. We really like our Minnie with the outdoor option and the amount of storage is better than I could find on any other 26-27 foot trailer. This is important to us as we take longer trips such as upcoming trip to Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park.
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downsize from mh to tt

we are retired and have had several tt prior to purchasing a flagstaff 2013 microlite model 21fbrs. 22ft. w/slide,walk around queen bed. we just love it. take a look at it...our tow vehicle is a 2013 gmc sierra 5.3l. handles it great....
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In your 27' goal, in that length you most likely will not get a couch. Take a look at the Winnebago Ultralite line model 27RBDS. Just about every trailer maker has this floorplan with a tweek here or there. To me it is a great "couples" floorplan. Huge bathroom with a full sized shower. Loads of storage space. You can change out the fixed dinette for 4 chairs & table and gain more room for a larger couch. But the only thing is it still has the wall between the bed and living area.

I just can't see getting a floorplan without a couch. Even in our 26' hybrid our normal evenings I'll be laying on the couch reading or watching a movie. With the large pit dinette the DW and kid share that.
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Several recommendations for a model made by Northwood. Stay away from ultra lites if you are looking to keep the unit for several years, they won't hold up. No way an ultra lite will hold up to an Arctic Fox, Nash or other Northwood products.
If you get a 22H design then you have the couch and I think the extra seating is important. The large bath is nice and there is more than enough storage. Down sizing has lots of benefits. Arctic Fox has a new model 24J. This is a nice model but still doesn't have the couch. Look at the 25R also. These are not the cheapest but then that's not what you want. A 2 or 3 year old unit would be much more affordable. Have a great time in your search!
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Several recommendations for a model made by Northwood .... These are not the cheapest but then that's not what you want. A 2 or 3 year old unit would be much more affordable. Have a great time in your search!
I agree wholeheartedly. But after 4 months of hard searching, we haven't found one for sale within a 1000 miles of Fort Worth. Nevertheless, we remain determined! And good luck in your search.
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There are Outdoor RV dealers in Utah and Arizona that are close to the 1000 mile limit. It looks like there are Northwoods dealers in Texas too.
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Personally I wouldn't purchase a tt without a slide. Walk between two tt's, one with a slide and the other without. Even with a slide that only opens up 20" will free up living space. Some slides are opening nearly 40" on some brands. Now if this tt will only be used a few times a year and your looking to be very budget minded, yes, a slide-less unit can be had for much less $$$. We have a 26' tt (hybrid) with a 20" deep slide, but it covers the couch and the kitchen. That in turn gives more room for a larger pit dinette.
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There are Outdoor RV dealers in Utah and Arizona that are close to the 1000 mile limit. It looks like there are Northwoods dealers in Texas too.
There is a Northwoods dealer west of Abilene, but they only have new & limited inventory and they are expensive because of transportation costs.
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