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Old 01-05-2016, 12:28 PM   #11
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We've bought the smallest F150, with no rear seats and a 5 1/2 foot bed, that would pull the 26 TT.

Good on gas and no problem towing.

Get the electric jack and electric legs and you won't have to do much more than mix the drinks
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:31 PM   #12
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I have driven my 22 foot motorhome 15,000 safe, fun miles in the last year. Buying it was my retirement dream and I am living the dream. I have found that, while I thought I'd stay in one place 2-3 nights and move on, I like staying in place for 2 weeks. So I need to make adjustments and need advice. I do not want to tow a car behind my motorhome and would like to have a vehicle when I am camped. I have a nice car that just sits in my garage while I travel. Am thinking of trading it in for a Ford 150 with the back up assist feature. Then would trade in my motorhome for a 22-24 foot travel trailer. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, will I be able to tow, level etc a travel trailer. I am a female who travels alone with my little dog. I have learned so much from the experienced travelers on this forum and truly want your advice. Thank you.
Absolutely! I think you're more than capable of doing so and feeling confident at the same time. If you get a F-150 properly equipped and tow a 22-24' trailer, I would think you would be in your comfort zone, particularly with your experience driving the motorhome. Besides, you'll be happy with the F-150 even when not towing. I have a 2012 and a 2015 and I love them both!
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Old 01-05-2016, 12:42 PM   #13
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You will likely do fine with hooking/setting up. You may need to find a friendly local to help you back into your site. My only other comment is, as another woman, I like the safety of being in a motorhome instead of a towable. If at any time we don't feel safe, we just get in the driver's seat and drive away.
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Old 01-05-2016, 01:35 PM   #14
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I have driven my 22 foot motorhome 15,000 safe, fun miles in the last year. Buying it was my retirement dream and I am living the dream. I have found that, while I thought I'd stay in one place 2-3 nights and move on, I like staying in place for 2 weeks. So I need to make adjustments and need advice. I do not want to tow a car behind my motorhome and would like to have a vehicle when I am camped. I have a nice car that just sits in my garage while I travel. Am thinking of trading it in for a Ford 150 with the back up assist feature. Then would trade in my motorhome for a 22-24 foot travel trailer. At the risk of sounding politically incorrect, will I be able to tow, level etc a travel trailer. I am a female who travels alone with my little dog. I have learned so much from the experienced travelers on this forum and truly want your advice. Thank you.
Yes you can! I traded in a compact car and bought a half ton pickup truck and a 6000 pound 39 foot travel trailer. I had a lot to learn but I challenged myself to do it. Get a power tongue jack and power stabilizers and take your time. Hitching a trailer and leveling a load takes some practice but you should be able to do it. You are already driving a motor home so the rest will be easy. Do it!
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I have a 30ft that I have hitched with the backup video camera. Just practice backing up to something first, so you get a feel for how the image on the screen matches what is actually happening behind your car. Ford has a very-easy-to-"read" video image. You'll be fine!
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:00 PM   #16
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Make sure you get a good hitch with sway control. Might want to try hitching a TT before you decide. Towing a small car is a good option with your current rig.
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:11 PM   #17
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What about a smart car in a toy hauler that will also provide a porch/patio...
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:23 PM   #18
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If you travel alone then towing a small car or truck behind the MH would be a PITA sometimes. If you find a pull thru site then fine. But if you have get a back in site and are alone then you have to unhook the toad and park it, then go get the MH and back it in, then go get the toad and drive it back to the MH site. Not impossible but it's way, way easier with two people to do all that.
I can see the truck TT setup as easier for one person. Get a nice backup cam, skip the Ford backup assist. My wife can't back up our 5er by herself very easy, only because she only does it once in a while. It's fairly straight forward, all you need is half a dozen trips all you'll get the hang of it.


Main thing you want to do is find the TT 1st. Then match the truck to it. Not all trucks are the same. Some have higher tow ratings and some have really low payload ratings. There's a door sticker on the truck that lists the payload. Once you get your TT and know the weights of it you can then figure out what truck will work best.
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We are on our 6th travel trailer so I guess you could say we are biased. We like the ability to use the truck for side trips when camped, only one powered vehicle to maintain, and if the truck needs service while on the road we have a place to stay. There is a learning curve to towing so practice on short trips and ask lots of questions. A couple of suggestions: If you are concerned about the weight of the hitch consider the Andersen. It is much lighter than any other that I know of. Also look for a power tongue jack that can be rotated 90 degrees so the tailgate of the truck will clear it. I have a Barker that does this and it was necessary with my GMC truck to rotate it. Good luck and
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I'll throw out a different solution. Go small and light and less expensive. Get an A-frame for the camper, and a minivan or a 150/1500 or an SUV for the tow vehicle. All very manageable for one person.


The FR A-frames come with pretty much everything needed as standard - except a mattress topper. We added a second battery besides the mattress topper.


Down side of the A-frames is lack of a separate bathroom and shower (there are models that have them but I have not been impressed). If you can make do with a port-a-potty stored under the dinette and pulled out when needed and/or use campground facilities, you are good to go. If you want the private bathroom, an A-frame is not a good answer.

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