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Old 01-11-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Hello all, as my title states, we are newbies, not only to the site but also to RVing. We have been researching the RV lifestyle for about 5 years and after many discussions, my DH and I decided that a truck and trailer will fit our needs.
So, we went out last year and bought the truck, Ford F150 Ecoboost, short bed, we didn't end up with max tow (long story there) but did get all the other bells and whistles. Now we know what our tow limits are, we can really start deciding on the trailer.
We will once again be going to our local RV show this Feb but with a whole different mind set this time around. In the past it was all about floor plans, but again, after much research we realize that build quality and manufacture/dealer service are really more important.
I have enjoyed reading this forum and all the info I have been able to gather has been very helpful.
I'm sure we will have more specific questions as we narrow our choices down.
As an aside.....my DH is a scuba diver, which is one of the reasons we decided on the truck trailer combo. If there are other divers out there, we would love to hear about any specifics regarding trailers. Is there one that you've found works best or a suggestion for us Newbies regarding dive sites etc?

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:18 PM   #2
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you join us! Good luck on finding just the right RV for your needs. If you have specific questions you will get better results by going to the area of the forums dealing with that question. Not too many people hang out here. Good luck and God bless!

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Old 01-11-2012, 02:23 PM   #3
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Keep it small and light. Your biggest issue will be towing weight. I like Northwood. They are local well sort of. Lagrand is sort of local. But they are heavy. So they may not be your ideal given your t****s limitstions.
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Old 01-11-2012, 02:26 PM   #4
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As you know, you truck will limit your choices, especially if you have much gear (tanks etc) that you take. Your tow limit may be reduced by the equipment you have as the truck rating might be with just the driver and no gear aboard.
But there are still some good choices, you'll just have to go lightweight though.
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Old 01-11-2012, 04:35 PM   #5
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. Have fun shopping for that "perfect" RV!
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Good luck with your shopping.
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Old 01-11-2012, 05:18 PM   #7
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Welcome to RVing from an ex SCUBA Diver in Puget Sound (One of the very best places to SCUBA in the world. "My opinion")

It sounds like you want to take some extended "Dive" trips, which could involve several tanks or even a compressor and either is a lot of weight. I am no expert, but I think your F150 is going to be a little light for what you wish to do.

Before I bought my Motorhome I was towing a 20' tilt car trailer carrying a Modified Grand Cherokee and a small over cab camper (Fit in the bed and could close the tailgate) and I had/have a 3/4 ton Dodge Turbo Diesel (RAM2500) as the tow rig and there were a couple time when I could have used more.

Be sure of you limits and don't exceed them or you will end up being very "Unhappy Campers" and that is not what you are looking for.

But I think you are at the right place here, so Good Luck and Welcome.
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Welcome Twokins, glad to have you on the forum. Since I don't dive I can't help you on that question.
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Hope to see you down the road somewhere. Love to dive, but prefer the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:27 AM   #10
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So do we, but we cant afford to go near as often as we dive

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