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Old 03-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #71
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So that means I have 139.9 " wheelbase on my truck I should be ok towing a 28' trailer ?
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #72
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An equation that closely follows those "suggestions" is:

The tow vehicle wheelbase in inches divided by 5 should be the maximum conventional bumper pull overall trailer length in feet.

With that calculation, a 123" wheelbase vehicle should tow a maximum of a 24.6' trailer.
Mine is 139.9 wheel base so I should be able to to a 28' trailer ? Thanks
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:09 PM   #73
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Does anyone have experience or any feedback on the SolAire Ultra Lites? They are a FR product, but I cannot find any reviews. Is it a quality camper? Would it be a step above or step below the Coachmen?
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:31 PM   #74
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Does anyone have experience or any feedback on the SolAire Ultra Lites? They are a FR product, but I cannot find any reviews. Is it a quality camper? Would it be a step above or step below the Coachmen?
Solaire is the new name for Palomino's ultralites.
they used to have the Stampede hybrids and Gazelles and Thoroughbred lines.
now they have the Solaire name for all of them.

so you won't find anything about the Solaire before 2012.
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So that means I have 139.9 " wheelbase on my truck I should be ok towing a 28' trailer ?
Yes and no.

Much depends on the type truck, loads, WDH, sway control, etc....

I don't think I would want to pull a 28' camper with a mid sized truck.....a Colorado, Frontier, or Tacoma.

Depending on the weight of the camper, along with the tongue weigh, plus the tow ratings, GVWR, GCWR and hitch ratings of 1/2 ton trucks, many should be OK. You would just have to do some homework.

Most 3/4 or 1 ton trucks should be good, again depending on the above criteria.
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Old 03-10-2013, 11:24 AM   #76
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So I spent the last 5-6 days going through every TT manufacturer I could find. I poured over floor plans, reviews and forums on each TT manufacturer and I found that the shorter campers would not function for my family so I focused on finding a shorter BH unit that has good towing characteristics.

I looked at the following:
- Bullet 286QBS (32’ 10” / 5,230 UVW / 585 HW)
- Crossroads ST290QB (32’ 7” / 5,838 UVW / 664 HW)
- Coachmen 292BHDS (33’ 5” / 6,344 UVW / 740 HW)
- Shadow Cruiser 280QBS (32’ / 5,400 UVW / 530 HW)
- Coachmen 291QBS (33’ 4” / 5,333 UVW / 594 HW)
- Kodiak 283BHSL (32’ / 5,398 UVW / 732 HW)

I then came across the following FR Thread on the Coachmen 292BHDS and it helped sway me towards this unit. There are a few people with Armadas, Expeditions, Etc that are pulling this TT in a safe and responsible manner. It seems that the people that have taken the time to invest in the right WDH/Sway Control set up are having an enjoyable experience with this unit.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f214/coachmen-freedom-express-292bhds-19734.html

I really appreciate everyone’s feedback on this thread and I am glad you helped me avoid a mistake with the 320BHDS. I know some will still think this TT is too much for my TV, but I have read 5-6 threads (Club Armada Forum, FR forum and others) that support the fact that the Armada is clearly capable of towing a 33’ TT with the right WDH/Sway Control.

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So I spent the last 5-6 days going through every TT manufacturer I could find. I poured over floor plans, reviews and forums on each TT manufacturer and I found that the shorter campers would not function for my family so I focused on finding a shorter BH unit that has good towing characteristics.
Might I ask what it is that you NEED in a trailer? Just wondering as we have a family of six that has camped in a pup, a TT with no slides, and now a 28ft TT with a slide and none of the campers were hard to live with. I have also used a Propride 3p and while its a nice hitch it is heavy and I really didn't feel it giving me my money's worth over my trusty Equal-I-zer, YRMV. Just don't let a hitch try to be a band-aid on a questionable setup.
In the end I think if you are safe, setup you WDH correctly and drive slow you will be fine. Let us know how your towing experiences go, we are all curious I'm sure, enjoy.
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First and foremost, we wanted a bed for each child. My kids do not sleep well when we put them in the same bed, so a separate bunk for each child was critical.

When we started this experience, we really wanted a slide out in the BH so the kids would have a space of their own on rainy days, but realized that all the TTs that had that option where too heavy and too long.

As a result, we narrowed our search to BH models with 3-4 bunks in the back. We then looked at the options, quality and general feel when we walked inside them.

I put together a spread sheet and color coded things we liked and didn’t like such as;
Outside Shower
Outside Kitchen
36” Slide vs 18” Slide
Etc

What I found is that of all the models we looked at and then narrowed down, the Coachmen has the best fit and finish. We looked at every model in person and the 292BHDS fit our needs and felt like it was the best quality.
I can send you the spreadsheet, if you want to see it.
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You don't have to justify your decision to anyone but yourself. Not that it matters, but I think that trailer is good choice.
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Have you considered renting the models you are considering? This way you will be able to feel (first hand) how your vehicle handles with the weight and length of the propsed trailer before committing to a long term contract.

I now have a small trailer (used to have motorhome and travel trailer) but downsized, an easy pull for either of our trucks. That said, last year was an eye opener when the leaf spring broke and punched thru the Titans truck bed as we were pulling the loaded trailer out of the shop. We ended up taking the F150 instead & replace both leaf springs when we returned from our trip and it turns out that the leaf spring was a problem for many Nissan truck owners...

My point is, breakdowns do happen, but why cause them to occur prematurely with excess strain on your vehicle's engine, transmission or framework? What may "work" for some may not be the wisest choice, it's human nature to make something work because we want it to be so...LOL. I am guilty of it in other situations (in a pinch, I'll make it work) but not where it concerns long term safety issues - I go toe to toe with my spouse if I ever hear him say "he'll make it work" when we've been advised otherwise. LOL Thankfully (after 23 yrs of togetherness) it doesnt happen that often.

But seriously, renting your future purchase may answer a few of your concerns...dont rush yourself into a purchase because you "want it now"...salespeople arent the ones who will pay the bill or have to live with any problems that pop up - you and your spouse do, tho. Deals come up all the time...keep researching and try to remove emotion and ego (sales people's best closing motivators) when looking.
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