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Old 07-04-2014, 06:23 PM   #1
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We're buying used!!

We are in North Texas with friends and family for the 4th, and travel trailers came up for discussion. We mentioned we were looking and one of our good friends said that her parents were selling theirs.

We decided to go look at it and it was a done deal right there. The only reason that I'm buying used is because this old man is picky picky picky and I know he's taken care of it. It's always been in a garage, and while its got a layer of dirt on it, a little elbow grease and its going to shine right up.

It's a 2000 Mallard 26E by Fleetwood. It has a 12'x32" power slide, and an awning on the front side. Ducted air, full fridge/freezer, three burner stove, oven, tub/shower combo, ducted furnace, speakers, hardwood cabinets, double sink, etc etc etc.

They are selling it to us for $4500 WITH the stablizer hitck and sway bars.

I just need to make sure I can pull it with my truck. If I'm looking at this correctly, its 3500lbs dry. Right? Please tell me yes.
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Old 07-04-2014, 06:31 PM   #3
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Well... from research it looks like the dry weight is 5,800lbs.


I've got 6500lbs of tow rating on my V6 GMC.
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I hate to bring the bad news but you better look it up on NADA. They say it's a little over 5600. Just what is your truck?
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Truck is a 2014 GMC Sierra Texas Edition. It's a V6 eco boost yada yada yada. It has a 6500lb tow rating with an 850lb tongue weight capacity I think.
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Found the Mallard .pdf

http://media.rvusa.com/library/Fleetwood1999_ma_b.pdf
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Looks like you are going to have some issues. I have no knowledge of your truck, perhaps someone else does.
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Well 20% of 6500 is 1300, which would mean my max would be 5200lbs doing the 20% thing.

Some things are saying 5600, and some are saying 5800 so I'll be anywhere from 4 to 600 pounds over my 20% variance.
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You're talking empty weight, just to get it home, right? Once you load it up it's likely to exceed your current truck's rating.
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Looks like max vehicle weight is 7800--that's usually where you are headed when you start loading the rig and the truck for your first trip--trust me. Not sure what the actual frame/body limits are for a 1/2 ton truck. Suspect the tow limits on your GMC are driven by your engine size and rear-end gear ratio. So hauling 6000# probably wont "bend the frame" but it will probably work your engine and tranny harder than GM would like/recommends??????
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I knew it was too good to be true.
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You're talking empty weight, just to get it home, right? Once you load it up it's likely to exceed your current truck's rating.
Well here's the thing.

The trailer is currently valued a $6500 to $7900 retail. They are selling it to us for $4500.

We'll buy it, and pull it to a few local campgrounds on the beach, and State Parks. We'll pay it off in the next 12 months and if it ends up being too much trailer for the truck, then next summer we'll trade it in on a something newer and lighter. We'll take it easy, drive slowly, and see how we like the TT lifestyle.

Whats the worse that can happen? We buy a trailer thats just a little too heavy, and then sell it for $2K more than we paid for it.

I think for the condition, the price, and the way we will be using it, it's a good introduction to the lifestyle.
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I think you have a good plan! 7800 is the max the trailer is capable of weighing, but if it's around 5600 empty, I don't see you putting a ton (literally) of stuff inside. Just keep it reasonable on the first trip or two and see how she pulls. I'd recommend stopping at a Flying J or Pilot with a CAT scale on the ride home and figure out what you are dealing with. That will help you rest a little easier if you are clearly within your limits or help you understand where any problems might lie. Good luck!


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