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Old 06-13-2015, 11:38 PM   #21
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switched from a TT to 5er... difference in towing is day and night.
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:46 PM   #22
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Wow, tons of responses, thank you ALL. (I read some last night, then hubby and I discussed and debated and considered for literally hours what we wanted to do!)

We had almost talked ourselves into the 5th wheel (which would have been quite a bit more than we were planning to spend when I considered the cost of a good hitch installed) when I stumbled across THE TT at a local lot.

I'm thrilled to say we purchased a new TT today, but very very sad to say it isn't FR :-( Not sure if I'll still be welcome here, but even if not, 5 years ago you guys steered me into the right truck, and without it, I wouldn't have been able to buy the TT today (it's heavy too, gah)

We bought a 2014 Sunset Trail Reserve 32FR (I believe the correct model number is M33FR, it shares the floorplan with the ST33FR, and NADA doesn't even show a 32FR lol. I'll be calling Crossroads RV on Monday to find out what's up with that!)
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:33 AM   #23
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Congrats on the TT purchase! And, of course, you're still welcome here! We'll just call you a "Some Other Brand" (SOB).
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Old 06-14-2015, 12:49 AM   #24
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Congrats on the TT purchase! And, of course, you're still welcome here! We'll just call you a "Some Other Brand" (SOB).
Awww thanks! I updated my signature just for you
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:00 AM   #25
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Awww thanks! I updated my signature just for you

LOL, nicely done. If it helps, you're not the only SOB around here.
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Old 06-14-2015, 01:08 AM   #26
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GCWR should be around 16k.......keep that in mind

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Old 06-14-2015, 06:35 AM   #27
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Once you pull a 5er you will never go back to a TT. Your truck should pull it.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:01 AM   #28
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Bikes?
Although we have a TT, I wanted to use the PU bed to haul other stuff so I secure the bikes to quick release mounts added to new 5/8" ply sheets placed under the dinette cushions. Once the bikes are gone, we flip the mounts to the underside & drop the cushions back into place... You can do this in many 5ers if you can't mount them on the back bumper, etc...

Other Stuff?
Our family of 5 camps for 10-14 days at a time so I'm glad our TT has a payload of 2,700... In addition to having (5) bikes in the dinette area, (5) heavier comfy floating chairs fill the space below the master bed, our pantry, closets, & both fridges are totally full, plus we bring (10) gallons of drinking water & enough water in the FW & Black tanks to handle a few emergency stops along the way... We also added (2) MaxxAir fans & heavier/comfy mattresses so our TT payload is now around 1600 w/tongue weight around 1100...

Fiberglass Cap...
I added the fiberglass cap to our TV because we fly R/C planes... However, it's also great for hauling enough firewood for a 10 day stay along with scooters & other outdoor toys for the kids... When we leave our campsite for a day trip we can throw what we are taking under the cap & I don't have to worry about stuff getting wet, blown-away, or stolen. I am also considering mounting (2) tandem fishing kayaks on top when our kids get a little older...

Although 5ers tow better having a fiberglass cap & TT fit our lifestyle better. When its time to take longer trips out West, etc. we will probably upgrade directly to a MH & not a 5er...
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:15 AM   #29
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Bikes and such.

Bikes and kayaks are a real problem for me with the 5vr. I still prefer my 5vr over the TT we had. Last year on our ten day vacation I used a 4 bike rack inserted into the receiver mount on bumper of 5vr and did not like the bouncing and was so relieved once I arrived home safely with everything intact. I have re recently purchased a front mount receiver hitch to haul bikes on front of TV. As for my kayak it is 12 feet long so I wrapped in a shipping blanket last year and secured in the hallway of my 5vr. It was a pain to load and unload very carefully not to rub against walls and cabinets. I have since purchased a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak so,that solved that problem. It is amazing how much stuff we take to relax for a week or so. But man isn't it fun.
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:48 AM   #30
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Congrats on the TT purchase! And, of course, you're still welcome here! We'll just call you a "Some Other Brand" (SOB).
X2. Nice little rig there! And as SOB's go.. you're in good company and always welcome.

Wow! That's a ton of bunk space. I think I lost count around 10. No... 11.. 12??

Congrats!
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