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Old 08-31-2015, 01:48 PM   #11
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From our experience.....When we bought our 2010 Salem 292FKDS (32') trailer we had a 2008 Expedition EL. We did all of the number crunching and it seemed that the TV should pull the trailer just fine. Well.....long story short.....it did tow it...just not "so well". First trip out from Ok. thru Mo. to Il. to Tenn, Ark., and Texas before getting home there was some major white knuckle driving time. Part of the issue was to light spring bars on the hitch, but we decided early on that we might someday want to upgrade to a 5er, we opted to go ahead and but plenty enough truck to pull anything out there, and we got a Ford F350 diesel dually. We still have the same trailer but we have no issues at all towing.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:52 PM   #12
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I towed a Windjammer 2102W with my 2007 Expedition with comfort and no trouble. My trailer weight is at 6980 plus or minus 30 pounds depending how many groceries etc. We packed for the trip. I put about 20,000 miles towing before trading up to a truck. The only thing with the Expedition was playing with adjustments on the hitch to get it balanced and the ride comfortable. Don't be afraid to spend the time changing and fine tuning the hitch it is worth it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 03:23 PM   #13
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I towed a TT with a 1992 GMC Safari. It could tow it, was within ratings, had a proper WD hitch. It was not nice on the road and we just went local and short runs, never made the big trips we talked about. I would recommend a larger TV if budget allows, or stay local if at all possible to lesson white knuckle experiences.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:22 PM   #14
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calculating, calculating Rockwood Ultra Lite 8296SS

We are due to look at a 2007 Rockwood ultra lite 8296SS. It was close to our budget and I love the layout and I was thinking that the weight might be okay for our Expedition. Now, given the length and the additional factors you all are explaining, I'm not so sure. I'm old enough to realize that there are few things more dangerous than a willfully ignorant fool handling a powerful tool or vehicle. If we do this, we do it right and safely.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:36 PM   #15
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Yeah that might be a bit much of a trailer....... I don't know what route is more cost effective but if you are looking at a trailer of that size a smaller one might not cut it ( it might be ok) but often times people upgrade quick if they are "settling" on their first one. It may be better to get a new TV sooner rather than later.
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Old 08-31-2015, 07:43 PM   #16
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Mini-lites a bit small

We've looked at the Mini lites and they're cute, but a bit more cramped then we'd like to start with. Also, there aren't many in that type available used that are in our budget range. The two we've looked at so far were either way over-priced (dealer) or ridden hard and put away wet (private sale). They are almost like starter homes. Surprisingly (or maybe not) the older rv's with one owner that we've seen seem to be better taken care of than any of the newer ultra-lite ones that are being traded back to the second hand market. Maybe it's just the luck of the draw.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:00 PM   #17
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Understandable and that's the way TTs go. If you can wait, might not be the most fun route, but as the season winds down prices go down. Also right at the end of winter the prices are low. I bought my new one in February here in Utah and the price was down about 5k. Looking at the same trailer today on the dealers lot it's back up 4.5k from where I bought it at. Something to consider.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:37 PM   #18
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Pushing (or pulling) my luck? 2008 Forest River WILDWOOD 25RKS?

Would we be pushing the limit with a 2008 Forest River WILDWOOD 25RKS? I'm trying to figure out if the 28 ft the ad states is with or without the hitch. Once again, I find myself falling for an RV because of its kitchen. However, I'd rather play it safe as a newbie if this is too much for us? Thoughts?
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:29 AM   #19
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Since it is a 25rks (typically the 25 is the "box" length") a 28 foot overall length seems about right for a length from bumper to hitch.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:35 AM   #20
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Yes, it is typically 10-15 percent of the gross TT weight
Plus the weight of the hitch itself.

Andersen makes the lightest WDH.

I'm not vouching for it's quality, I have a Blue Ox, but I did look at the Andersen specifically because it is the lightest WDH available. The reviews I read said that folks with longer/heavier TT's had trouble with the Andersen mechanism breaking the hitch lock mechanism because in it's method of distribution weight it pulls the truck as close to the TT as possible, putting a lot of pressure on that lock mechanism. Since i was buying a 33 foot trailer, I passed.
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