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Old 02-12-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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My wife and I used to go camping in a tent twenty years ago. We rented an RV from Cruise America last year in Colorado, it was a good experience. We now want to buy a travel trailer. We have been looking at small light weight travel trailers like: StarCraft AR-ONE 14RB; The Sportsmen Classic 14RB; and the Coachmen Clipper 14R. They are all in the same weight range and size. Our concern is whether or not these models would stand up to the rigors of cross-country travel, from Connecticut to the western states like Colorado. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Best luck on your adventure.

I have no experience with those models, but someone here will probably have some input.

And, later you might want to move your questions to the TT forum to reach those that have TT's now.
See: Travel Trailer Discussion - iRV2 Forums

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Welcome from Kansas!!!!

How long do you plan on using it? Weeks? Months?

What will you be pulling it with?
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Hi Dave! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

That old RV bug bites hard, doesn't it! Hope you find the right TT for your needs. You might want to spend some time in the TT area of the forum and ask a lot of questions there! Enjoy!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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We would take a couple of long trips per year around the country. Hopefully the camper will last for many years. Right now, I have a Dodge Dakota with heavy duty suspension and a V-8 engine but in the near future I would be looking for a smaller vehicle.
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We would take a couple of long trips per year around the country. Hopefully the camper will last for many years. Right now, I have a Dodge Dakota with heavy duty suspension and a V-8 engine but in the near future I would be looking for a smaller vehicle.
I would decided on a new tow vehicle(TV) first and then decide on a trailer.
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I would decided on a new tow vehicle(TV) first and then decide on a trailer.
Doing the purchase this way really limits the choices for a RV. But we don't know what TV the OP has.

If buying all new, I would do it the other way around...
Because - let's say the OP really likes the F150 Ecoboost. It might look great on paper, then they find that AWESOME TT that is "just' over the Ecoboost's specs.

They would be wishing they had shopped for a 3/4 ton or a 1/2 ton with bigger numbers.

This is not intended to knock the F150 Ecoboost...that is a VERY nice truck...my daughter has one and it rides like a luxo-SUV and gets 20MPG all-day!

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Welcome aboard and glad you joined us. Good luck with your shopping experience and hope you find the one that works best for you.
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WELCOME! to IRv2, hope you enjoy the forum with us. The main thing to check on purchasing a small travel trailer are the axles and the weight they are rated to carry. Most TT are designed for short camping trips around home. However when people take them across country they have a tenancy to pack heavy and overload the axles normally causing tire problems. When purchasing a TT I would ask to see the axle rating and the weight of the trailer sitting on them.
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