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Old 02-16-2013, 07:32 PM   #1
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Hi all. I found this site because I'm a moderator on one of the other SK sites (aquarium advice) and was browsing the various forums Andy runs. The wife and I have decided to purchase either a 5th wheel or travel trailer some time in the near future to spend weekends, vacations, hunting/fishing trips, and nascar races with our 3 year old son. I'm also currently in the market for a tow vehicle (for a boat... which will also pull said trailer)... I'm just doing my research now to avoid an impulse buy later down the road. I've been browsing for the past few days, so I decided to go ahead and join. I look forward to learning a bit from those with more experience.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:43 PM   #3
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Welcome Winchester! Sis is in Lexington. There is tons of wisdom & experience in this forum. Sounds like you all are headed for FUN!
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Welcome You will have to size your tow vehicle according to the load you will be pulling / hauling . I would decide on the RV of my needs then look for the tow vehicle. I towed a 5 th wheel with a truck that just made the weight and I must say it was a little dangerous. Looking back I would not do that again.
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Thanks! We hope to make it out that way some time to see the west. Never been west of the Kentucky state line.

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I sure hope so! I keep reading about the memories made with children, and I realize how quickly my little boy is growing up.

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Welcome You will have to size your tow vehicle according to the load you will be pulling / hauling . I would decide on the RV of my needs then look for the tow vehicle. I towed a 5 th wheel with a truck that just made the weight and I must say it was a little dangerous. Looking back I would not do that again.
That seems to be the case. I'm pretty set on what I'm getting... either a Ram 2500 cummins, or a Silverado/Sierra 2500 Duramax. No fords for me. Based on the little research I've been able to do, it seems that I'll be able to pull a trailer that we'll be happy with.... nothing huge, less than 30' for sure. One of the 5th wheels I looked at and liked ( Forest River Flagstaff - 26') was about 6500lbs dry, which left me with quite a bit of wiggle room... I think.

I grew up on a farm, the first truck I ever drove (at age 8) was a 1996 Ram 3500 6 spd. Before I had my license, I was pulling goosenecks down the road loaded with hay (small town... related to every elected official in the county). I know all too well about being overloaded haha.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you found us!

Just poke around and jump in when you see something that interests you. This is a great place for a complete education in RV'ing!

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Welcome to the forum - lots of great folks here.

One thought on the truck search --

When we were looking for a truck to replace our Tundra (that couldn't tow our 7000 lb 27' TT through the western mountains adequately), we learned that the difference between the 3500 and 2500 trucks is an extra leaf spring. Otherwise all is the same. That extra leaf spring can make a big difference in towing ability. Even if you get a smaller trailer now, you may want to upgrade one day... so it might be worth looking at the 3500's before you rule them out all together...!!

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