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Old 01-04-2016, 06:50 PM   #1
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New to towing. Should I?

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.
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Old 01-04-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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Hannah from Savannah,

I think you can.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:01 PM   #3
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Sure you can. I find pulling a small (19') trailer with a full size pickup truck to be real easy and convenient.
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Old 01-04-2016, 07:03 PM   #4
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I am a female that travels solo and have no problem towing my TT. I haven't had a problem with leveling but will ask for help if need be. Towing is pretty easy - the trailer will follow but you will need to watch the back end when turning. Towing & leveling skills will come with experience by doing.

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There are quite a few TTs out there that you would be able to tow with a properly equipped F150. I personally am not that impressed with the back up assist knob in the Ford trucks, and see it as a gimmick that will be short lived. That said, backing a trailer only takes a little practice and patience. If you can back a trailer with a knob, you can back a trailer with the steering wheel, IMO. Travel trailers are fairly easy to set up, and there are some accessories that make things even easier, for a single person, male or female.
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I have nothing to add that wasn't said above, so I'll throw this out there:

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Reminds me of Big Butter Jesus:

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Not to get off topic or be contrary to your question, but I just am wondering why you are not considering towing a small car behind your current MH. In my experience, having a TOWED vehicle that is smaller and lighter than the TOWING vehicle is more stable than the other way around.

If you do choose to tow a TT with a truck, be very very sure that you have the weight capacity figured out. It is more than a simple calculation, and salespeople cannot be trusted to calculate it for you. We have some very knowledgeable folks on the forum who can help if you post specifics.

Check this thread as an example. The last post is by Smokeywren - He really knows his stuff. Try to get an answer from him.
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f45/true-...-265186-2.html

Best of luck on your continuing adventure.

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We tow our TT with a Chevy Silverado 1500 so it is possible.

To consider:
The bars and hitch that you use to tow can be/get heavy. Are you able to lift them safely and while in an awkward position (squatting)?

Also, it is much easier to back up a motorhome and a towed than it is to back up a truck TT because the towed vehicle would be unhooked and there's no point of pivot. Also, the length of a truck/TT is much longer than a similarly sized motorhome.
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