Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-28-2015, 07:26 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
TDI-Minnie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 1,733
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
What's nice about a travel trailer is that they're not so hard to climb up into when you get older and less mobile. And you don't have 3 more steps to climb into the bedroom of a fifth wheel.
That's a great point. Mine is low, with only 2 steps. The dogs can hop in with no problem.
__________________

__________________
2013 Winnebago 2301BH-Red
2012 Ram 2500 Megacab HO CTD
TDI-Minnie is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-28-2015, 07:45 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 313
best/worst towing tt

we also have a 2013 gmc sierra 1500 and tow a 2013 forest river microlite model 21fbrs..great 21ft. tt has queen walk around bed which was a big plus for us...the gmc tows it like a dream.....love it . our prior rig was a 32' 5th wheel.good luck....
__________________

__________________
cherv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 12:27 PM   #17
NRR
Senior Member
 
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 284
Had a 22 TT, 36 class A and now a 28 class C.

The TT was great but, for old me, lots of work setting up and hooking up to TV. Also it is not always sunny out when you do these things.

The class A was nice but five steep steps and one exit door got to me.

The class C has two internal normal steps and is just right for me. All the junk from the A is in the C with room to spare.
__________________
NRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 05:57 PM   #18
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 11
For me the best advantage of a TT is being able to unhitch at your destination, freeing up your vehicle. In a Class C, you have to stow everything whenever you move the rig, which is a royal pain if you just want to run into town for firewood or the like.

Additionally, you get more living space for your dollar in a TT. Those two pros outweigh a lot of cons for me.
__________________
dane714 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2015, 06:39 PM   #19
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Layton, Utah
Posts: 69
One other aspect of the TT is load and balance. It is very important to have the correct tongue weight. Should the TT be too light on the tongue the trailer could easily sway back and fourth until it jack knives and causes a serious accident. Too much weight on the tongue could exceed max allowable tow vehicle axel/tire/bumper weight. Especially with a Quarter ton truck.
__________________
2000 Damon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 12:20 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
TandCplusRV's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 120
Thanks to all for the insight (and keep it coming if you haven't weighed in yet). Lots of stuff I'd considered and lots I hadn't. And some things I thought might be a big deal that you've eased my mind on a bit.
__________________
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 w/ Duramax Diesel
2018 Lance 1475
2006 National Seabreeze 1350 (SOLD!)
TandCplusRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 12:22 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
TandCplusRV's Avatar
 
National RV Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 120
Quote:
Originally Posted by 2000 Damon View Post
One other aspect of the TT is load and balance. It is very important to have the correct tongue weight. Should the TT be too light on the tongue the trailer could easily sway back and fourth until it jack knives and causes a serious accident. Too much weight on the tongue could exceed max allowable tow vehicle axel/tire/bumper weight. Especially with a Quarter ton truck.
Does a weight distributing hitch solve this issue or is there additional magic involved? Just common sense? Making sure if the tanks are full in the back something heavy is in the front pass through storage? That kind of thing?
__________________
2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 w/ Duramax Diesel
2018 Lance 1475
2006 National Seabreeze 1350 (SOLD!)
TandCplusRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 12:42 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
JayGee's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 338
My 2 cents... Get a good hitch system with weight distribution and sway control integrated into the hookup. Most of the balance thing can be controlled by how you load a trailer. Centrally located tanks are helpful with that, but you will not pull with tanks full very often I would guess.

Hensley, Propride, are the top of line, expensive, but a good market for used ones if you buy new and then decide to sell. Reese dual cam and Equalizer are also very good. May be others but I would stay away from the friction bar, my personal opinion.

Always spend a few bucks and get a power tongue jack. You will never regret it.
__________________
JayGee
Foothills of the Smokies
2005 Bounder 35E
JayGee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 04:32 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
schrederman's Avatar
 
Jayco Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Weatherford, TX
Posts: 941
My first TT was small... and the F-150 pulled it fine. It was too small for anything longer than overnight. We now have one that's 29' and I'm heading out soon on a 2K mile trip and I'll be gone for 12 days. The F-150 pulled it OK, but I was afraid it was being too hard on it. I'll be upgrading to a larger unit, soon, so I bought enough truck to handle what I want. I need my bed covered so a 5er was out of the question. I needed the bigger truck for other stuff, too. A TT still makes the most sense for us... so another TT it will be. Mine's been pretty solid so far... and it's maiden voyage was 8 weeks of me living in it while our house sold.
__________________
Jack and Dee Dee Weatherford, Texas
2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab 4X4 w/CTD 6.7
2016 Jayco White Hawk 28DSBH Travel Trailer
schrederman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2015, 10:02 PM   #24
Member
 
Nighthawk 96's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 38
I view a class A or C as another vehicle with the maintainence of a motorized vehicle, much higher insurance costs and probably high personal property taxes, depending on where you live.


I would think a 24 to 28' trailer should be fine for two people. A little more setup but a whole lot less expensive.
__________________
2013 Jayco WhiteHawk 27DSRL, 2012 Tundra 5.7 DC
1996 Honda 750 Nighthawk
Location: Columbia SC
Nighthawk 96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2015, 04:58 PM   #25
Senior Member
 
gpscotty's Avatar
 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Texas 76036
Posts: 120
Have recently changed from a Class A to TT. Will miss that under the worst conditions to set up with tv & a toddy and never had to go outside. We went to a Vintage TT and are quite happy. Much less upkeep & maintenance cost. Can pull with are F-150 eco-boost, only one engine to maintain, not 3 ie (motorhome,toad,gen). Insurance is less. Do look at how to figure out what you can tow & hitch weight, Very need to know stuff. Good Luck & Enjoy gps
__________________
gpscotty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2015, 07:13 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 302
Wonderful topic, since we're talking about switching from our 40' DP to a TT. Here's the story.

Some of you with long memories will remember that I was very active here a couple of years ago when we were researching a full-time coach. Long story short, a DP seemed to be the best match for us. We've been living in our Foretravel for a year now, and have considered ourselves full-timers since October. Our place is under contract, with closing scheduled for later this month.

At the time we bought our Foretravel we thought we'd do some campground hosting, some other volunteer work, and spending the rest of the time doing what we want. In October, though, we joined with a group from our church, Laborers For Christ. Laborers are retired guys (and a few gals) who help congregations with their building projects. We provide our own tools and live (usually) on-site for anywhere from six weeks to six months.

Because we will be staying in one place for longer periods of time, we're thinking that a towable would be a better choice for us. The issue, of course, is where to put the tools. The MH has a nice basement, so I don't have to have everything with us when we go to Wal-Mart. That usually isn't an option with travel trailers, but is sometimes a possibility with 5'ers.

We put 5'ers at the bottom of our list because of the many steps. Both of us really like Airstreams, but we're wondering whether they really are the best choice. We like the high quality of our Foretravel and would like something similar. What should we look at? I've already been pointed at Arctic Fox and Open Range Journeyer coaches.
__________________
David, kb0zke
Mercury Mountaineer towing mpg 181(both sold)
1993 Foretravel U300 40'
kb0zke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2015, 10:16 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
Highway 4x4's Avatar
 
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: La Verne, Calif
Posts: 2,173
OutdoorsRV. Look at the Blackstones and work your way down till you find it.
__________________
2014 Wind River 250RDSW
2014 Ram 2500 Diesel Laramie 4x4, Snugtop shell,
One big spoiled Bernese Mtn Dog
Highway 4x4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2015, 08:12 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
Superslif's Avatar
 
Thor Owners Club
Pond Piggies Club
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: NE. Ohio USA
Posts: 4,707
The Winnebago Minnie's are nice, little pricey. The 3 shorter Winnebago Minnie's are only 7.5' wide. The longer 25'+ floorplans are the full 8' wide. Big difference, couple that up with a unit with a slide and you will see a big difference between a slide-less 7.5' floorplan and 8' with a slide. Now the new Micro Minnie's are only 7' wide.

Quote:
Does a weight distributing hitch solve this issue or is there additional magic involved? Just common sense? Making sure if the tanks are full in the back something heavy is in the front pass through storage? That kind of thing?
To some point. That would come into play a lot more if you didn't have a DW hitch. The WD, set up properly will off-set any weight imbalance.

Towing a 20' or a 25' is really the same. Having good tow mirrors is a big help. On my 26' hybrid tt, my old tow vehicle was a Toyota 4Runner. No one made tow mirrors for that SUV. I had to use some clamp on ones, that were OK. The 4runner is a mid size SUV but not super wide, so the mirrors didn't quite let me see down the side of the tt. My new Tundra, I ordered it with the factory tow mirrors. Sweet.... was only a $40 option. Much wider view.
__________________

__________________
Jim, Diane & Robert ~ NE. OH.
2018 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 24 RKS
2014 Toyota Tundra Limited 5.7L
IRV2 Photo Album ~Let's Go Places~
Superslif is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
travel, travel trailer



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Air suspension obtaining coach travel height GGW Entegra Owner's Forum 47 05-06-2014 07:47 AM
Travel trailer and fifth wheel comparison guide Halohalo8 Travel Trailer Discussion 1 04-11-2014 12:56 PM
Cold weather capable, older, travel trailers fighterpilot Travel Trailer Discussion 15 03-20-2014 12:37 AM
Where are your cats when you travel? vsheetz RV'ing with Pets 45 12-17-2013 08:42 AM
Upgrade Travel Trailer Electrical BassinDmax Boondocking 2 04-23-2013 09:53 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.