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Old 03-18-2013, 11:48 AM   #11
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You can join a 'resort' and camping gets cheaper - for full timing or similar it's worth it's weight in gold. We bought in for $5k for 10 years, $300/year mtce fee at our place and $150/year for AON or some such affiliation.
We pay nothing for camping and can camp as much as we want at any of affiliiated resorts in the us.

And at the resorts - which are MUCH nicer than public CGs, everything is free or close to it - pools, shuffle board, mini golf, etc. With kids that adds up. And all (so far) are gated as well. More security.

And the resorts are usually in 'better' areas -our home resort is in an area where public CGs run $80-100 per night (for just a spot, no cabin or anything!)

You can get very nice pop ups. My father in law has one with slideouts, shower, bathroom, a/c and furnace and lots of storage space. it's a few years old but cost under $10k new and is easier/cheaper to tow and park.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:05 PM   #12
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We have tried Camper Shell camping in the past and

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if that thought is in your head then you might want find something else, like a ground tent...sorry..., it cost a lot of money to camp, not just the TV, trailer, but everything else..and campgrounds are not cheap, most state parks in my state are 29-40 a night, and private can be up to 60
Much better that sleeping on the ground. We have tried these too.


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Old 03-18-2013, 12:11 PM   #13
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Planning to get vehicle weighed

Maximum gross weight of my truck is 6800. I am aware that the hitch(tongue) weight must be subtracted from the useful load of the vehicle. To balance axle loads I have considered a weight distributing hitch.
Doing this is the single best plan of attack. And, it can be hard, but I'd definitely do this before you continue looking at trailers. Find out what you can realistically support (in terms of GVWR (maximum gross weight of truck) and available payload for tongue weight) and then look at trailers that have a maximum weight less than that limit.

I've literally had this exact same discussion with my in-laws and their hopes to get an RV to pull with their 4Runner.

Don't get discouraged! You're doing the right thing!

As for trailers with single vs. double axles - I don't think it's too much of an issues as the trailers with a single axle are going to be designed for it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #14
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Your biggest drawback is the 3.23 gears. I'd look at changing them to at least 3.73's for towing anything. This puts the engine working in the best part of it's power band. It will probably not affect your daily mileage much at all. I had a 94 GMC 4WD with a 350 and 3.42 gears. Went to 4.10 gears and my around town and unloaded mileage remained about the same. However, it made a HUGE difference in the way the truck towed my travel trailer. Almost no change in towing mileage either, but a much more pleasant towing experience. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:00 PM   #15
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I wonder if we really can afford to trailer at all.

This whole idea started with adding air conditioning to our camping.

The other option is to do this and stay in hotels.

Not over spending is important going into retirement.
Well I know staying at a hotel can get expensive and you would have deal with other guests and their kids running amok above your room. At least we don't have to deal with airline's new additional fees or the TSA. I can list a few more cons on this but it'll be too long.

As for camping, that is what this about, whether you tent or trailer it's all about being close to nature. Peace and quiet, fishing and amongst other camping activities. Its actually cheaper, you can cook your own food. Knowing that you get to go back to your own little abode and be more relaxed. My wife and I started with tents when we were kids. But we gotten to certain age where lying down on the ground is no longer feasible for us, thus the trailer comes to mind. And if you need to, tow your trailer somewhere else for a change of scenery, them off to next campground or area where you want to camp. With a trailer we can just go anywhere where they'll allow us to camp, and no motels that are remotely close.

Remember as Terier has in her sig, 'Live within your means, know your limitations' My wife likes to travel and see places in the US. My son would enjoy camping and seeing other wonders out there.

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Old 03-18-2013, 01:15 PM   #16
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Have thought about changing gears.

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Your biggest drawback is the 3.23 gears. I'd look at changing them to at least 3.73's for towing anything. This puts the engine working in the best part of it's power band. It will probably not affect your daily mileage much at all. I had a 94 GMC 4WD with a 350 and 3.42 gears. Went to 4.10 gears and my around town and unloaded mileage remained about the same. However, it made a HUGE difference in the way the truck towed my travel trailer. Almost no change in towing mileage either, but a much more pleasant towing experience. Just my 2 cents.
My transmission man, whom I trust implicitly, said for the size of trailer I probably did not need to. Have considered re-gearing but want to weigh the feasibility of even using this vehicle. A transmission oil cooler is a must.

Some weight considerations, we are just a couple. No kids or pets and having weight limits means my wife will not over pack...

Most of my older RV friends liked there smaller rigs better. Even my RV salesman said he will downsize when his kids are grown.
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Your biggest drawback is the 3.23 gears. I'd look at changing them to at least 3.73's for towing anything. This puts the engine working in the best part of it's power band. It will probably not affect your daily mileage much at all. I had a 94 GMC 4WD with a 350 and 3.42 gears. Went to 4.10 gears and my around town and unloaded mileage remained about the same. However, it made a HUGE difference in the way the truck towed my travel trailer. Almost no change in towing mileage either, but a much more pleasant towing experience. Just my 2 cents.
I tend to agre with this poster, as it seems that you don't put a lot of miles on your truck. Even 3.73 gears would give you a lot more towing capacity, and would tend to over-work and over-heat your engine a lot less.
And don't worry about the single-axle campers, as they pull fine. If you can find one of those that is acceptible, I think you would be ok. Since you are out in the midwest, you don't have to worry about pulling up mountain grades at high altitude, which sucks the life out of any engine.
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I will start a new post about using 3.73 gears

Thanks for all the good feedback. I need to know how this set-up works in a truck like mine. Changed the rear end in my Silverado and the Speedo was never right again. My current truck is geared really high but gets super gas mileage. 17 around town and an honest 20 on the highway.
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I tend to agre with this poster, as it seems that you don't put a lot of miles on your truck. Even 3.73 gears would give you a lot more towing capacity, and would tend to over-work and over-heat your engine a lot less.
And don't worry about the single-axle campers, as they pull fine. If you can find one of those that is acceptible, I think you would be ok. Since you are out in the midwest, you don't have to worry about pulling up mountain grades at high altitude, which sucks the life out of any engine.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:03 PM   #19
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I own a 2007 GMC Sierra Crew Cab. The truck is the 4.8 Vortec V8. Not the best tow vehicle but I bought this truck new and have kept it like new. It only has 15,000 miles on it. The rated towing capacity is 4600 lbs. i.e. 3.23 gears.
Where are you getting this tow rating from? The lowest tow rating in the 2007 Trailer Life towing guide is 5800 lb for a EC long bed 4.8 2WD with 3.23. No listing for a 4.8L in a crew cab just 5.3 and 6.0L

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Latest literature for my truck shows 4700 lbs. but that is the 2013 model with 9 more horsepower. My 2007 is the new body style by the way.

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Where are you getting this tow rating from? The lowest tow rating in the 2007 Trailer Life towing guide is 5800 lb for a EC long bed 4.8 2WD with 3.23. No listing for a 4.8L in a crew cab just 5.3 and 6.0L

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