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Old 03-11-2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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Just to update we now have changed our minds on what we are looking for because of the cost of the vehicle, maintenance and gas. We are now looking at Travel Trailers under 24' or so and even the fiberglass eggs. We want to put our stuff in storage and travel around the US for a year or longer visiting relatives in MN, NC, TN, CA, OH, etc. We will probably stay for extended periods of time and use the trailer mainly for sleeping and probably won't spend too many nights in campgrounds or boon-docking.

We currently have a 04 Odyssey with a class 3 hitch that we could use as a TV if we picked a small enough trailer but the 2 things we want are at least a queen size bed and a real toilet, essentially a motel room on wheels. I realize that I am now looking for a camper and not an RV anymore.

I have been reading all I can about towing with a minivan and I may have to step up to a better tow vehicle although we love the van and the mileage. I used to have Suburbans which I really liked and of course it would make a great TV but I would like to get the better gas mileage of the minivan or smaller SUV. It seems like we need to get to close to 20' to get what we want in a trailer and that would definitely rule out the Odyssey. I am pretty sure we want to stay with a smaller travel trailer or possibly a Pop-up.
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Old 03-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #16
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Hummm, sounds like you have been doing a little homework concerning the rising fuel prices and your decision to buy a used class A.

Only thing I would be concerned about is the 2004 Odyssey was known to have somewhat of a weak transmission. You will definitely need to install a tow kit which consists of a trans and power steering cooler. Otherwise your plan to go smaller sounds great.

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I have also heard that about the Ody tranny. I may have to start looking for a better tow vehicle but still would like comfort and good mileage. Most folks say that you should pick out the trailer first, then the TV but I am finding that the TV may be a more important and expensive decision. I can find a used trailer cheaper than the TV.
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