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Old 02-05-2019, 08:28 AM   #1
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New guy with future camping in mind

Used to camp all the time with my parents.
Got old and plan to retire in about 6 years (sounds like a long time but, it's not).

Currently have a 17 RAM 1500. Had the thought of a "1/2 ton towable 5er" and am rapidly discovering it really doesn't exist.
I'm open to a TT but, the wife says 5er so, I guess a new truck and TT makes that 6 years really short.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

You have a smart wife! Stick with the 5er, it's much more stable on the road! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:58 AM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

You have a smart wife! Stick with the 5er, it's much more stable on the road! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
I get that but, is it $70k more stable?
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Some like tomatoe some like mushroom soup. There are a million bumper pulls out there. If you keep the truck, stick within its capabilities as to trailer size and use a quality WD hitch with sway control. If you start looking and are thinking a bigger rig, then a larger truck is in your future.
PS, it's easier to swallow that pill while you are working.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:29 AM   #5
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Tell the wife that if she buys the big 5er, you'll buy the truck.

How often do you want to go camping? One weekend/month, snowbirding, or live in it full time, somewhere in between?

Have you pulled a bumper pull trailer before?

Large bumper pull trailers might need at least a 3/4 ton truck anyways, might want to think about it. I bought my '14 Ram diesel 2500 for less than $50K, but you can spend $70K+ if you want to. I'd rather use that $20K leftover to go camping.

Both a TT and a 5er have their different advantages and disadvantages. You've got a lot of time to research them.
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I get that but, is it $70k more stable?
I'm shocked that there would be that much difference in two rigs that are the same size with basically the same features!

We pulled a 36' 5er for 10 years before getting the MH, and really loved it. It was extremely stable on the road. I've never owned a TT but I've heard some horror stories about fishtailing and loss of control when meeting or being passed by 18-wheelers! I have a good friend that rolled his TT and truck when meeting an 18-wheeler on a 2-lane road. He immediately bought a MH!
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Welcome to the forum who's members are always willing to provide good advice. Before upsizing to my motorhome 3-1/2 years ago, I had a 2011 model year 30 foot Tracer Executive bunkhouse travel trailer (5700 lbs. empty) that I easily towed with the 2011 Chevy Silverado 4x4 crew cab I owned at the time (it came equipped with the trailer towing package). Comments about the trailer swaying in strong winds and when passing a truck are true and stressful. I solved that anxiety by adding two anti-sway bars (https://www.campingworld.com/pro-ser...n-sway-control) to accompany the "standard" weight distribution hitch that came with the trailer. The anti-sway bars did their job and made towing the trailer much easier and much safer.


Like you, my re-entry into the RV world came 35 years after the many enjoyable outings with my parents, brother and the 28 foot Prowler trailer we had "back in the day". When I decided to become an RV owner for the first time, the criteria my wife had was "no new truck" since the Silverado was only a year old. Thus I was "limited" to finding a travel trailer the Silverado could tow. The Tracer Executive trailer provided a lot of enjoyment until additional grandkids started to appear and my family outgrew the trailer.


At the Houston RV Show last year there were some Jayco fifth-wheels specifically made for towing with a 1/2 ton truck that you may want to investigate. RV Shows are a great opportunity to explore a vast range of RVs on the market.
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Welcome to the forum. Good luck on the search for the perfect rig.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Enjoy the adventure!
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