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Old 07-29-2021, 02:24 PM   #1
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Looking for an older travel trailer - which years are best?

Hi there and thanks in advance. We are just getting back into camping (empty nest here) and would like to pick up an older model travel trailer.

The prices are nuts right now, even for resale (although I'm noticing the prices declining as the summer fades). For that reason, and because we don't know if we will use the unit much, we are looking for something no older than 2005, and no newer than around 2013 (the prices are what is guiding us here).

Are there any specific years to avoid or look for specifically? Our parameters are a trailer between 22-26 feet (hitch included) and light (we have a 1/4 ton truck and we don't want the tow to be scary). I've creeped these boards for a while, and it appears that the 'best' trailers are heavy and expensive.

Also, if we do purchase from those years, what should we be expecting to see in the way of repairs done before sale?
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Hi there and thanks in advance. We are just getting back into camping (empty nest here) and would like to pick up an older model travel trailer.

The prices are nuts right now, even for resale (although I'm noticing the prices declining as the summer fades). For that reason, and because we don't know if we will use the unit much, we are looking for something no older than 2005, and no newer than around 2013 (the prices are what is guiding us here).

Are there any specific years to avoid or look for specifically? Our parameters are a trailer between 22-26 feet (hitch included) and light (we have a 1/4 ton truck and we don't want the tow to be scary). I've creeped these boards for a while, and it appears that the 'best' trailers are heavy and expensive.

Also, if we do purchase from those years, what should we be expecting to see in the way of repairs done before sale?
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:21 AM   #3
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"... Our parameters are a trailer between 22-26 feet (hitch included) and light (we have a 1/4 ton truck and we don't want the tow to be scary). ..."

I have never seen a 22 foot travel trailer that could be easily pulled by a 1/4 ton truck. Check the driver's door frame sticker for maximum loading.

500 # -- Tongue weight must be at least 10% of travel trailer gross weight.
200 # -- Passenger
50 # -- Equipment
100 # -- Weight distribution hitch
100# -- Luggage
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950 # -- total cargo weight in truck
500 # -- 1/4 ton
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450 # or about 50% overload. Even a 1/2 ton truck would be heavily loaded and may produce "scary" results.

Actual weights are what matter. They will vary a lot.

You could pull a medium size tent trailer or small folding trailer. Various tear drop trailers may be ok. Gross weight of 3000# may be "scary" for a 1/4 ton truck.

I wish you good luck and happy trails ahead!
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What is your 1/4 ton truck? If you mean like a Tacoma or such, I'd be looking for a Casita. But the Casita peeks out at 17 feet.

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If you are using the term 1/4 ton to describe a mid-size truck, there are plenty of options to choose from at 22ft. First read the sticker on your door and determine your payload, RAWR, and GVWR. Those specs will determine the maximum GVWR of the trailer. As already posted, multiply trailer GVWR by 12% for tongue weight. Subtract that number from truck payload, and what’s left is what can be in the truck, including people, and the weight of the hitch itself (about 120lbs). All mid-size trucks need a WDH with anti-sway for trailers over 20ft.

There are Tacomas, Colorado/Canyons, Frontiers, Rangers, and even Ridgelines safely towing 5,000lb GVWR trailers.
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For a half ton truck, there are lots of 21' trailers that are too tall and heavy. My friend's 2109S is too heavy for a half ton in my opinion, and my 23' 2304DS certainly is. You might want to look at 19'ish trailers like the RPOD.
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