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Old 06-02-2020, 10:21 AM   #1
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Hello All,
total newbie to the RV Camping world. My wife and I are thinking of getting a Travel Trailer to spend more time in the open with family. We have two married boys, one grand daughter and are very closed knit family. We want to buy new and use your forum knowledge to get real answers. So please be patient with us. We live in the San Diego area and have many places to go for short trips.

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Buying new eliminates an awful lot of stress and checking for issues.
The main thing then is just identifying your needs/wants for your usage.

Just the two of you sleeping in it or that whole list?

What are you towing it with? If a truck what weight of truck and does it have a 5th wheel (or have one installed) or is straight pull hitch preferred.

Fridge, bathroom, shower? Even popups come with those now but how big and fancy varies a lot.

Will you be always at sites where you have A/C plugins or will you be relying on DC batteries and propane (or even more exotic things like solar charging)?
I suppose the same is true for water and waste tank capacity.

I think the most critical thing with new is making absolutely sure you get it right the first time so you are happy with it long term since the depreciation makes it somewhat impossible to get back out of without taking a big hit.
Renting one first might be a good option to see how you feel about pulling it and the size/amenities fit.
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up or add info if you can.

Good luck with the search and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome!
The planned use of the TT is for individual and all together, so looking at 6/8 sleeping. Tow vehicle is a Tundra 5.7 V8 which my son has as well. We also have a boat, so regular hitch is preferred. Have read through multiple posts yesterday to get a feel of what is important. Try to find a quality product with good service. Looks like many brand names with only a few real manufacturers. So who is the best??
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The topic of best brand comes up A LOT.
Here is the search for "best travel trailer brand" only from this site and limited to the last three years since quality changes a lot over time.
The results vary in usefulness so you may end up having to make a new post to ask with your specific needs listed.
https://www.google.com/search?q=best...F3%2F2017&tbm=

Finding a travel trailer that sleeps 6-8 (or more) on paper is easy.

Finding a travel trailer that sleeps 6-8 without most of them sleeping together and crowding into each other during the day (especially rainy days) and getting in each others way at the limited facilities (or overloading them) gets much more complicated.
Its good you are "close knit", hopefully nobody snores loudly.

With a travel trailer that big (and optioned with stuff like slide outs) keep an eye not just on the overall weight of the trailer but also your tongue weight if you are bumper pulling. It can be hard to figure out exactly what the tongue weight of a specific model is when fully loaded since they have so many options and usually only list dry weight (no equipment loaded or tanks filled).

It would take some looking up of numbers to find out what your specific Tundra as equipped can handle max for pulling overall trailer weight and tongue weight on the bumper hitch.
There is extra equipment you can add to make it handle the bumper weight more gracefully but weight limits are weight limits.
That might narrow your options down so its probably good to figure that out first.
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Old 06-05-2020, 09:36 AM   #6
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The topic of best brand comes up A LOT.
Here is the search for "best travel trailer brand" only from this site and limited to the last three years since quality changes a lot over time.
The results vary in usefulness so you may end up having to make a new post to ask with your specific needs listed.
https://www.google.com/search?q=best...F3%2F2017&tbm=

Finding a travel trailer that sleeps 6-8 (or more) on paper is easy.

Finding a travel trailer that sleeps 6-8 without most of them sleeping together and crowding into each other during the day (especially rainy days) and getting in each others way at the limited facilities (or overloading them) gets much more complicated.
Its good you are "close knit", hopefully nobody snores loudly.

With a travel trailer that big (and optioned with stuff like slide outs) keep an eye not just on the overall weight of the trailer but also your tongue weight if you are bumper pulling. It can be hard to figure out exactly what the tongue weight of a specific model is when fully loaded since they have so many options and usually only list dry weight (no equipment loaded or tanks filled).

It would take some looking up of numbers to find out what your specific Tundra as equipped can handle max for pulling overall trailer weight and tongue weight on the bumper hitch.
There is extra equipment you can add to make it handle the bumper weight more gracefully but weight limits are weight limits.
That might narrow your options down so its probably good to figure that out first.

Thanks, appreciate your advise!
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Hi Reiner! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Better get busy! You've got a lot of tire kicking to do!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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