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Old 12-04-2017, 08:35 AM   #1
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We're so new, we don't even have a rig yet! My wife and I started researching TTs this year . We are blessed with a 4 year old son (after thinking it was impossible) and want him to experience adventures camping. I'm 56 and tent life is okay, but not preferred. We've looked at pop-ups (wife not enthusiastic) and lite travel trailers. Quality of build and reasonable price seem to be a challenge to find. New? Used? Great brands? Plagued brands? So hard to find real people reviews. We'll pull with a Silverado 1500 that has a max of 7700lbs, so I'm thinking dry weight at 5000 or less. Really hope for wide bunks for son and guest. Advice? We're in Georgia.
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Old 12-04-2017, 10:18 AM   #2
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Welcome. I am fairly new to this site. We just bought our first Class A but before that we had an R-pod. Very small lightweight trailer I was able to tow with my Jeep Grand Cherokee. We have a 2 year old and a 9 year old. I'm 54 and having a bed is very nice when camping.

As far as brands it seems like they all have many upsides and downsides. Trailers tend to be easier to fix if you are handy. No engine etc.

We were happy with out R-pod but it did require a lot of maintenance.

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Old 12-04-2017, 10:23 AM   #3
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

I'm sorry I can't help you with your inquiry. There is a forum for Travel Trailer discussion under the RV Forums drop down. Maybe you can get a good response asking some of your questions there. Good luck with your search!

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:36 AM   #4
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Welcome! Like TonyDi says, you're gonna like it here. Lots of folks willing to help on just about any subject you can think of! You might want to consider purchasing a TT that's only a year or two old. You can save a LOT of money that way and still get a very good trailer. New ones (all of them, including big rigs) depreciate like a lead balloon when you drive them off the lot. Recommend looking through a bunch of them at different dealers and asking a lot of questions before you purchase. Anyway, good luck and welcome, again!
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:57 PM   #5
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your family!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:58 PM   #6
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Good luck with your search for the perfect TT

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Old 12-04-2017, 06:23 PM   #7
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Welcome to the Forum! Like you, I came here prior to purchasing because I knew absolutely nothing and had so much to learn. Congratulations on making the same decision.

Have you heard about a bunk house? If you can find an RV with a bunk house slide, it will mean that you have two bunks. One for your son and one for his friends. Keeps the kids out of the kitchen or living area. Start looking for those if you can.

Go to PPL Motorhomes website. Not to buy, but to start getting an idea about floor plans. It will also give you ideas about prices so you know if you are getting a good deal when you buy. This is a consignment place and they only sell used. Most people pick an RV by the floor plan.

The best advice I received here was to make sure when looking at an RV to look with the slides out and the slides in. Slides give a lot of extra living space. When they are in they take it back away. When traveling you stop for lunch, go into the TT ( Travel Trailer) and want to get lunch, the fridge needs to be open.

Your Wife is right on the NO pop-ups. First rain storm or cold weather you will be happy for the solid sides.

YouTube is also a great place to learn anything about RV's. Check this site, PPL Motorhomes, and YouTube out and keep asking questions.

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