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Old 07-08-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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My wife and I and our two kids (soon to be three) are thinking about going on a full-time trip on the road. We are trying to pick the best trailer for our needs, travel trailer or fifth wheel. I would like to have a travel trailer because they are cheaper and typicality more beds. I would love to have a unit with enough full time beds for each kid and ourselves and not have to sacrifice living space. Also we would like to pull the unit with some kind of SUV ie. Suburban, Denali, etc. I know there is some cautions that come with pulling a 28'-32' travel trailer because of wind and sway, but if our driving frequency and duration is fairly low would an SUV still work?
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Your question is very general. But you will have to research specific tow vehicles and trailers to arrive at an answer. Your tow vehicle will have very specific load and tow limits that your trailer, its contents, and all your gear will have to fall within.

So, you can go after this two ways: Pick a tow vehicle you like, and it will narrow the choices of trailer you will be able to tow. Or, pick the trailer that meets your needs, and that will narrow the list of appropriate tow vehicles.

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Old 07-08-2012, 12:13 PM   #3
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I would not recommend going full-time with a family of 5 with three kids in a trailer as small as 30' to 32'. Even with a trailer of this size, loaded with all of the supplies to support a family of 5, you will need a 3/4 ton truck.

You need to visit some dealers and try on some trailers. Spend an hour or two and tell the salesman to politely get lost. Figure how you would store food, clothes, linens and such. pretend to get ready of morning and going to bed. Play like you are fixing a meal. Where are the dishes, pot, pans, flat ware and such stored.

A full time use trailer is expensive and heavy and built for full time use. The entry level trailers will not honor the warranty for full time use.

I'd suggest you rent a trailer like you think will work and try it.

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With 3 kids and going "full time" your going to be carrying a bunch of extra weight. A large SUV is only going to have so much towing cap. A crew cap Ford 350 or GMC 3500 truck will give you more towing cap and the space for 3 kids while traveling. Your looking at bikes, toys, clothes, tools, schoolwork, chairs....

If you looking at a tt, if you go with ones at 28' - 32' size you might get the beds for each kid, but will lose out on family living space. The couch may be a short one, and limited cabinet and counter space.
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I would not recommend going full-time with a family of 5 with three kids in a trailer as small as 30' to 32'. Even with a trailer of this size, loaded with all of the supplies to support a family of 5, you will need a 3/4 ton truck.
I've done a boat load of research recently. I pick my TT up later this month. Please, reconsider the SUV with a Longer TT. You will be WAY overweight.

I completely agree with TXiceman; you are not looking at the right setup - not at all. By the time you load an SUV with people and gear, you'd be hard-pressed to pull a 12' expandable camper safely.

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Know these actual values intimately. Get all the values from the TV (tow vehicle) manufacturer and TT mfr. And don't exceed ANY of them.

I am not trying to sound like a know-it-all, but after the research I've done recently, I was edumacated fairly well. You've got the responsibility of your family; you don't want to put them in peril.

Lots of good folks here to help as well. Folks who have been doing this a lot longer than me.

Good luck!!
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