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Old 06-26-2012, 08:25 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up. I have to travel to Ohio to get the TT and hopefully they'll know up there how to add that. Can't travel without the WDH.
i'm assuming you're buying from RVW. if so, they will meet you in between Oregon and Ohio, so you can save in delivery costs.
we were going to drive to Wyoming, which was halfway and the delivery costs would have been half.
we ended up buying from a dealer in Chicago and drove there and back.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:40 PM   #12
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Hi, Dan. I'm not sure who I'm buying from. RVW dropped the ball on me. I heard good things about couchs, so I called them. They're very informative in talking to me if I call them, but not good about calling me back and following up with more info. I guess that means the RV business is doing very well.

I don't mind the "road trip" to Ohio, I'm actually looking forward to it. And I'll probably have to be on-site at the RV dealer in order to get the WDH installed properly with the welding as Happy Vibe has indicated.

This is a great forum, everyone seems to be very positive about their RVs. That's a good sign for good days ahead.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:45 PM   #13
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Well, you had the right TV to start with. But my Pathfinder was love at first sight

I think a 20-footer is a good size, too, and would buy the 6501 except I'll be taking much longer trips. Even though it's just me and my dog, the 6504 slide will probably keep me from feeling too closed in, especially since I'll be spending quite a bit more time on the computer than the typical camper. It sure beats looking at the same scenery day after day, though (even if I do have a beautiful view).

I'm looking forward to hiking all over this beautiful country.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:04 PM   #14
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Hi, Dan. I'm not sure who I'm buying from. RVW dropped the ball on me. I heard good things about couchs, so I called them. They're very informative in talking to me if I call them, but not good about calling me back and following up with more info. I guess that means the RV business is doing very well.

I don't mind the "road trip" to Ohio, I'm actually looking forward to it. And I'll probably have to be on-site at the RV dealer in order to get the WDH installed properly with the welding as Happy Vibe has indicated.

This is a great forum, everyone seems to be very positive about their RVs. That's a good sign for good days ahead.
give George from House of Camping in Bridgeview, Illinois, a call. great family-owned dealership.
they beat RVW's price on our Roo 23SS and they were closer than RVW.

still was a 4000 mile trip. great family-owned dealership.
but we made a vacation out of it.

tell him, Dan the Crazy Californian says Hi!
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #15
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give George from House of Camping in Bridgeview, Illinois, a call. great family-owned dealership.
they beat RVW's price on our Roo 23SS and they were closer than RVW.

still was a 4000 mile trip. great family-owned dealership.
but we made a vacation out of it.

tell him, Dan the Crazy Californian says Hi!
Dan, thanks. I took a look around their site, and there are a couple shorter RVs that might fit what I'm looking for. No Vibes, though

Something short with a slide where I can have some office space, even if it means removing a dinette, that's what I'm looking for. Two days later, and still no word from couchs. One week later, and no follow-up from RVW. That's not encouraging.

I'm taking a look at a 2006 Durango on Saturday. It's a dealer 300 miles away but they've got the best selection, best prices, and best reputation. Near as I can tell, this particular Durango with its towing package will haul 8900 lbs. I'm pretty sure that puts me in the safe zone to haul a 4000 lb Vibe.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:23 PM   #16
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8900 is about the maximum towing capacity for a 2006 Durango. That is with the 5.7L Hemi and 3.92 axle ratio. 4.7L and/or 3.55 axle ratio and the towing capacity will decrease. Just FYI.

I hope it works out for you. A good condition, properly equipped Durango would work well for what you want. We still have our 2001 5.9L Durango. It towed our first RV, a hybrid, for several years before we purchased the Power Wagon and our Rockwood fifth wheel.
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Old 06-28-2012, 02:32 PM   #17
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Dealer isn't sure it's a hemi

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8900 is about the maximum towing capacity for a 2006 Durango. That is with the 5.7L Hemi and 3.92 axle ratio. 4.7L and/or 3.55 axle ratio and the towing capacity will decrease. Just FYI.

I hope it works out for you. A good condition, properly equipped Durango would work well for what you want. We still have our 2001 5.9L Durango. It towed our first RV, a hybrid, for several years before we purchased the Power Wagon and our Rockwood fifth wheel.
Thanks, Glenn. The reviews on the 2001 Durango are good, but the one I wanted sold right out from under me. I'll get either a 2001, 2003 or 2006; they have the highest customer satisfaction.

It's amazing that all these dealers I've been talking to don't know if their rig has the hemi or not, if it's an SXT or SLT, the features, towing package or not. I'm keeping my TT at 5000 max fully loaded and making sure my TV hauls 7000 or greater, preferably 8000. So even if this 2006 Durango doesn't have the hemi (and I sure hope it does!), at least it has the towing package and everything is still good.

I just wish I didn't have to drive 5 hours to get to the dealers who have the Durangos
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Hi there
I was just reading over your thread and I thought I might as well throw in my 2 cents worth (although it may be only worth 1 cent).
I regards to the Vibe 6504 I would be wary of the low cargo carrying capacity as it is listed at 640lbs when TT is 'dry' weight. This number could very well go down even further when you add necessary items onto the TT like propane batteries and other options.
Also, if you plan on boondocking and dry camping, you will be carrying water in all its forms : gray/black/fresh and @ 8lbs/gallon, that will add up really fast!
You might end up with just enough CCC left to bring along just a toothbrush and 1 change of underwear.

If you are going to buy a new TV, then why not look into another TT that will be ideal for what you need it for.

Good-luck and happy shopping!
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Old 06-28-2012, 03:25 PM   #19
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Well I don't have any experience with a Pathy, but I do with an '07 Hemi Grand Cherokee (really not much different than the Durango). I have hauled a '96 Coleman SunValley, '01 Flagstaff Shamrock 25', small-medium boats and my v-nose enclosed 2 place sled trailer (with 3 sleds ).

Pro's - No joke, that Hemi has power for a gasser.

Con's - the cost of that power - average 9mpg towing anything but the smallest boat trailer (synthetic fluid in everything, even diff's)
- Even with the factory towing package the suspension sucks... I've been considering Monroe's load adjusters as it is my wifes daily driver and I don't want it too stiff
- Short wheel base and narrow - even with the equilizer it's these Mid sized SUV's don't haul as nice as a 1/2 ton.
- Listening to the hitch rattle irritates me to no end. Every SUV i've been in I hear that god awful clunking.

Now I'm not saying that the Durango is ill fit for towing, I still tow with my Grand Cherokee. However - I currently have a 3500 dually for the family Raptor (Keystone). If the Raptor isn't going, you bet your bottom the 3500 is pulling the Shamrock 25.

The 3500 is way overkill for your situation, BUT might I suggest a 4 door Dakota? I owned a 2005 with the 4.7 for a number of years (traded this for my wifes wedding present *smh* the GC) and put about 70k miles on it. This was probably my favorite 1/2 ton truck, minus the 4.5' bed. It towed all of the above (minus the raptor) substantially better than does the Grand Cherokee - only difference is the Dakota didn't hit 90 when passing and the Dakota actually got around 12-14 mpg when towing @ 65mph.

Sorry that was long winded, but seriously, if you're looking at the Durango, look at the 4 full door Dakota - my 100lb GSD was plenty comfy back there
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #20
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... if you're looking at the Durango, look at the 4 full door Dakota - my 100lb GSD was plenty comfy back there
Everyone's being great about responding to my question. I've given up on both the Pathy and the Durango because obviously neither one is ideal. Unfortunately I've also given up on the Vibe because they can't customize it.

So now it's on to Plan B, which is a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel. Trying to negotiate with a dealer on it, but if he can't come down in price I'll have to walk away and look elsewhere. And as long as I'm getting a pickup, might as well get a fiver and do it right.

I'm crunching numbers all over again and it might take me longer to put everything together. Bottom line is safety, though, and protecting the rig. I don't want to be driving down the road or camped somewhere and have some seasoned RV'er look at me and shake his or head like I'm the world's biggest fool.

I'll definitely check out the Dakota. My dog thanks you for the recommendation. If she ain't happy, I ain't happy.
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