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Old 05-27-2014, 01:06 PM   #31
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We've actually decided to go back and take a look at the Roos. We've been working with a dealer and specifically looking at the 233s now. Originally we were going to go for the 231ikss, but decided the 233s has a more open floor plan without the island getting in any way. Will post more info in a new thread after I hear from the dealer sometime today!
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:00 PM   #32
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Had a look at the 233s. Nice one!

We might have had a chance at a hybrid if the wife wasn't like "The boogey man is gonna come and attack us if the TT isn't hard-walled." My argument was that it doesn't take as much gas to haul the same amount of space around. She won this time. But after looking at my MPG, I'll have a good shot at a hybrid next time.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:24 PM   #33
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Had a look at the 233s. Nice one!

We might have had a chance at a hybrid if the wife wasn't like "The boogey man is gonna come and attack us if the TT isn't hard-walled." My argument was that it doesn't take as much gas to haul the same amount of space around. She won this time. But after looking at my MPG, I'll have a good shot at a hybrid next time.
your MPG won't any better with a hybrid. it's the front end air resistance of either trailer that cuts your mpg down, not the weight.
trailer weight has way less to do with mpg, than the trailer's frontal area.
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:25 PM   #34
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Had a look at the 233s. Nice one!

We might have had a chance at a hybrid if the wife wasn't like "The boogey man is gonna come and attack us if the TT isn't hard-walled." My argument was that it doesn't take as much gas to haul the same amount of space around. She won this time. But after looking at my MPG, I'll have a good shot at a hybrid next time.

I used that gas claim too when we had a tent.... then came that first hard body...27 footer.... then the 30 footer... now we are in a 36 footer. The solution was to get a bigger truck and not look at the MPG. The older the wife gets the more push button stuff that she must have.... She sets up camp real fast now....
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Old 05-27-2014, 02:45 PM   #35
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You mentioned earlier about backing a longer trailer. Whichever you choose you might want to consider getting a back-up camera for the trailer. They have wireless models that can give you one more tool fore safety. We keep ours on when driving forward as sell to see better when passing. What I learned from a trucker about backing is: "When in doubt don't". Get out and look if you are not sure.

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your MPG won't any better with a hybrid. it's the front end air resistance of either trailer that cuts your mpg down, not the weight.
trailer weight has way less to do with mpg, than the trailer's frontal area.
So if you are making trips into the mountains from sea level, you wouldn't notice a difference in MPG if there was a 1000 lb difference between a hybrid and a hard wall TT? That defies all logic.

edit: On a straight and level highway with same frontal shape and sq. ft. I can see them being the same.
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We went from a tent to a 30' trailer with two slides and I have had no problems, it is easier to back up then my boat trailer and tows with my F150 easily. We enjoy the room and during stormy weather our friends come and hide out with us. That being said, only buy what size you really need, but don't sacrifice space and comfort.
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Definitely buy the "right size" first time.
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Just take your time and if possible go to an empty parking lot and put up some cans, etc to simulate corners and start by waiting until your front tire of the trailer is at the can and then turn. Notice where the trailer goes and how far out into the other lane you put the truck. Next time go slower and as soon as the trailer tire gets to the can, go slow and turn as hard and fast as you can and note where your truck went with respect to the other lane. Keep trying different distances with respect to when you start your turns. Make sure you make turns in both directions.
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I ditto what OldCoot says- I looked for ideas for bulk traffic cones and came up with the idea of using Red Solo Cups filled with water to make lanes and whatnot. Cheap and disposable.
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