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Old 05-27-2019, 08:28 PM   #1
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Class A to TT transition

Due to life circumstances, we are selling our Class A RV and re-configuring our RV expectations back to a travel trailer. This will include selling the Class A & Toad while first buying a 2019 Chevy 1500 Silverado and eventually a Travel Trailer.

So, based upon this group's experience and expectations, what else do I need to consider?
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Consider making sure the TT you buy will fit the truck you buy too. Have fun.
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Old 05-27-2019, 11:17 PM   #3
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Purchasing the truck first will put you in a tight box when it comes to a TT or a 5er.
Find the RV you want, you don't need to buy right away BUT you need all the specs, GCWR and tongue weight ( pin weight if a fiver ) , then get the truck built to handle it .
3/4 ton trucks aren't much more to purchase first , but you could loose a lot if you have a 1/2 ton to trade in within a short time to get the truck you need , to pull safely.
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Iím in the process of making the same change. Mainly want to simplify maintenance and go smaller for boondocking. I had just purchased an F-150 as my toad before considering the change. Had I considered making this change before I would have gone with the F-250. TT options more limited with the 1/2 ton truck. Iím exploring Lance TTís to still get decent build quality in a 1/2 ton towable TT. Good luck!
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Also, on the 1/2 ton trucks, usually the most limiting factor is the payload capacity. Donít get fooled by the tow rating the truck manufacturers advertise. They claim my truck can tow 11,600 lbs but due to payload limits (tongue weight) Iím realistically limited to around 6000-7000 lbs wet weight max.
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We made the switch from a Newmar Canyon Star towing our Ford Edge. The Canyon Star was a 39' toy hauler with a 10' garage so really only had 29' of living space.





To our Ford F-150 towing a 25' Winnebago Minnie 2500RL TT. We have been using this truck and TT for 3 years now and don't feel like we have given up anything and are way happier driving the truck and trailer vs the Class A, just way more comfortable.



The only thing I miss is Jodie being able to get up and make a snack and grab a drink while on the move, and she misses being able to get up and go pee, but otherwise we are glad we made the switch.
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Coming from a Class A DP to a TT, itís all about prioritizing whatís most important to you. Is it RVíing or camping that you desire?
We really like our Lance TT, but we donít have the same feel when we were in our Country Coach MH. Do we still enjoy camping? Yes, without a doubt, but itís difficult to explain. We had to make a decision based on my health. A TT is much easier and cheaper to maintain. But we miss the grand wow of owning a MH.
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We currently own a 37' Class A & do enjoy it, but it's not the same as it used to be with the travel trailers we owned. For some reason there is a tendency to stay inside more than when we had a TT. And it's not just us; TT owners tend to stay outside more, enjoying campground life.

We are considering downsizing to either a Class C or perhaps a TT again.

Gonna follow this thread with interest!
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We made that move, as well.

Winnebago View to a Cougar lite 26'.

The TT is better for staying 4+ days & exploring an area, going to restaurants , or navigating a new area.

The A or C is better for road use, travel with nicely stops in a different area.

Not sure one is better than the other.

I find both to be a great way to travel, just different benefits.
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So, based upon this group's experience and expectations, what else do I need to consider?
Most half-ton pickups cannot tow a loaded-for-camping decent-sized travel trailer (TT) without overloading the pickup (i.e., exceeding the payload capacity of he pickup). Payload capacity of the pickup is the key.

So before you buy that GM 1500 pickup, get educated on payload capacity. You want a minimum of 1,800 pounds payload capacity, and over 2,000 pounds payload capacity will make life much simpler for you.

If GM offers a heavy duty payload package (HDPP), then don't buy one that doesn't have the factory HDPP.

I don't know about GM, but if it's a Ford F-150, HDPP is available that increases payload capacity by a bunch. Enough to tow the "normal" TT with a 24' interior length (28' to 29' overall length) and gross wet and loaded weight of around 7,000 pounds (1,000 pounds hitch weight including a good weight-distributing (WD) hitch while the pickup is loaded with the normal family of two adults and two kids, with tools and some camping stuff in the bed).

But F-150s with HDPP are rare. You probably won't find one in stock at your dealership. And they are limited as to trim options and drivetrain. In a nutshell, if you want a luxury interior and options, then you cannot have HDPP. And if you want a shorty bed so you can close the garage door on the pickup, then you cannot have HDPP. GM may be different, but get in bed with the details of max payload in a 1500 pickup before you buy one that will wind up overloaded on the road.

My pickup has over 1,800 pounds of payload capacity. But my TT is only 19' interior length. When the pickup and trailer are both wet and loaded for camping (or RVing), I have very little unused payload capacity available for hauling more weight.

The fix is to buy a 2500 pickup instead of a 1500. Or better yet is to buy a 3500 with single rear wheels (SRW) in case you later decide to upgrade to a heavier TT or fifth-wheel RV trailer.
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