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Old 02-27-2018, 07:24 PM   #1
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Which TT do I need?

Need a TT to live in while house is being built. Me, wife, 10yo, 4yo. Looking for a bunkhouse, lots of wardrobe storage, good counter space, and would like a comfortable area to watch TV. We will also use this after the house is finished to go camping. No Murphy bed. My ford expedition is rated for 9200lbs. Ideas? Something middle of the road to the low side price wise. Thanks for any help!
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That depends on some answers...

Firstly being, what climate are you in and what time of year?

second, how much are you willing to spend on it. Everyone's middle of the road to low price is different.

Third, your ford expedition might have a pulling rating of 9200 lbs, but this speaks nothing to it's cargo rating, which is more important. Open the door on the drivers side and look for the sticker that says "cargo and occupants should never exceed ####" and report back with that.
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Old 02-27-2018, 08:56 PM   #3
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If it rains three days in a row, I don't think any travel trailer is going to be big enough for a 10 year old and a 4 year old.
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Old 02-27-2018, 10:32 PM   #4
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I assume you have never owned a TT. Choosing one for camping is different from a semi-permanent residence.

That said, if it is a must do and you want to use your current tow vehicle; I believe your tow vehicle's max cargo capacity with family, toys and camp gear will limit your loaded TT tongue weight to about 700 lbs. Or about a 27 ft. TT.

This is based on my 5000 lb. Dry weight TT when loaded for the road and I have no kids.

The real problem is what whichever TT you buy the resale value drops like a stone. If you decide it is the right option than the wife picks the floor plan.

If it is only for a short period of time. I would rent an apartment.

Good luck.
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Yeah, that's about right for an Expy. 7000 gross weight not dry and 26 feet is about the limit for you with a family. Forget the tow rating, only way you can tow 9000 is a boat because they have half the tongue weight of the same weight travel trailer.

If you want to buy a big trailer to park on your land while you build, plan on a 3/4 ton truck to pull it with for camping. Otherwise buy one that is a few years old so it will not cost you a fortune to sell it later.
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The payload of your vehicle will be the limiting factor. And in an SUV it's going to be low. When looking at trailers they will list tongue weight. Now you have to figure that with gear loaded in the trailer. Propane tanks, batteries and a WDH also must be factored in to tongue weight.

And the passengers and cargo weight in your vehicle must also be deducted from payload.

Once you know all the numbers you'll find you won't be able to tow very much with your vehicle.
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Go to an RV show or dealer, check out a few and see a floor plan you like. Then try RV Trader or similar sites for something used!
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There are some cool options like bunk rooms that have bunks on one side and a couch/lounge type area on the other that would give your kids something resembling a bedroom/rec-room combination for playing video games or doing homework. Some toy-haulers have beds,couches and dinner tables in the garage area which can also convert to an outdoor patio. Both of those options really only work with a 1 ton truck though, and in the case of the toy hauler a duelly.

A 5th wheel will give you way more livable space.
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Tow rating of 9,200 lbs. That means you can tow a 1,200lb low boy trailer with 8,000lbs of bricks or pipe if you were in construction. It does not mean you can tow a TT that weighs that much. A construction trailer balances more weight over the axles and less on the TV.

Options - #1 rent an apartment with bedrooms, bathroom, easy chair, comfortable couch.

#2 - tough it out in a 5,000 - 5,500 lb. TT.
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The learning curve for operating the electrical and plumbing systems is going to cause much stress at a time you will already have plenty of stress. Also getting water and power to the trailer may be an issue as well as having the ability to dump holding tanks. Might be forced to run a generator and take your "home" to the dump station every couple days.
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Not really getting the answer you're looking for I see. Yes the tow rating is a major consideration. However if you're only using to live in and towing it once to the house, Coachman 320bhs. We lived in ours for 1 yr with a then 2yr old. Best storage for a bunkhouse we could find. Only downside was TV was in a poor spot for viewing but if I were to do that one again I'd move it. Not too expensive either
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