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Old 12-31-2014, 01:44 PM   #11
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I would go with a large Pop Up with All the goodies plus AC. A friend of mine tows his 23ft Hybrid with the same TV you have it seems like he is always struggling on the hills. Good luck with whatever you choose.



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Old 12-31-2014, 01:51 PM   #12
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Arbutus RV in Nanaimo BC have a 2009 Flagstaff tent trailer listed for $7400. It has 2 queen size beds and a dining room slide that also makes into a bed. Just an option to look at. If you do decide on a tent trailer invest in a set of gizmos (insulated covers for the canvas ends.)
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:22 PM   #13
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The OP said they will be towing with the 2006 Durango w/5.7 Hemi & tow package which means a tow rating of 8,950, an axle ratio of 3.92, GCVW of 14,000, and haul capacity of 1400-1600 depending on trim level. IMO a 5,000 lb. (empty) TT around 27' w/ 1 slide-out is perfect - no messing with pop-up or hybrid issues. Because this TV has the tow package, 5.7 hemi, and 3.92 axle ratio there should be no struggling on the hills compared to other 2006 Durangos which come with engines as small as a 3.7 6 cylinder...

Their kids are young, so it shouldn't be hard to keep the payload under 1400-1600 if most of the gear is stowed in the TT. IMO a 5,000 lb. TT with 1,000 lbs. of gear would make their GCVW around 12,000 lbs. At 2,000 under their GCVW there should be no issues towing w/5.7 hemi...
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:06 PM   #14
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This family w/3 young children will be camping together for 4-5 months straight & returning north to Vancouver in November... Therefore IMO popups & most hybrids are out of the question... I cannot imagine sleeping under canvas that many days straight...
Before we bought our Ram 2500 we looked at TT's in the 5,000 lb. range like the Tracer AIR (240AIR, 245BHS, etc.) & Coachmen Apex (235BHS @4,300 lbs., etc.)... With 1 center slide & 2 bunks these choices are still under 5,000 empty & yet have 1 slide in the middle to open things up. They also do better when it gets cold & keep the noise out... I think the Tracers give you more for the money but friends have an lightweight Apex & it seems to be good quality...
When buying used, you have to entertain more choices especially if your shopping window is narrow...
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:43 PM   #15
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you've gotten advice on towing, so i'm giving you some advice on California camping.
you'll need to make reservations as soon as possible, especially for July, August and Sept., if you plan to be there during those months.
competition for summer camping there is fierce and many end up having to find other options far away from where they wanted to be.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:08 PM   #16
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Check out Kijiji for trailers in the Vancouver area. You might be able to get a newer used trailer for a fair price. Now is a great time to camp in the lower BC area. It might be wet but the temp. are not too cold.
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:40 PM   #17
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Firstly a huge thank you to everyone who has replied to my questions. We really appreciate the time you have taken to share your ideas and expertise.
We definitely won't be getting a pop up or hybrid so it looks like we just need to narrow our search to the more compact units with light weight. Although I haven't seen many second hand ones that are also 2-3 years old!
If I do see them in USA and it is too far to collect then which companies can transport (I saw U-haul was suggested on one of the forum threads)? Also, if we buy second hand is there a recommended company that will come out to do a complete inspection for us (both Canada and USA)?
We're looking at hitches - hubby is wanting the equal-i-zer 2 point hitch. Also looking into axel ratio, not sure if ours is 3.55 or 3.92 - how do we tell? No sticker written in glove box and a vin search doesn't help.
Loads of questions, sorry. But grateful for this forum's support - thanks so much again.
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Old 01-02-2015, 06:59 AM   #18
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check out Arbutus RV in Nanimo. They have a 2013 Springdale with triple bunks for $16,680.
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:12 AM   #19
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You have a couple of different topics here:

For the record, I'm not towing a trailer that small, because I didn't learn about all this until after I bought my trailer. And since I can't afford to upgrade my truck yet it is what it is. There's debates on this forum about whether or not you must be within your limits, or if they're only suggestions, but I think everybody can agree that's it's better to be in the limits if possible..
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And you have something else to consider. If you cause an accident while towing and someone is hurt you can be sued BIG TIME. A lawyer can make hay out of you hauling an unsafe vehicle especially since you knowingly knew it was beyond the limits of your Tow Vehicle. That would fall under "criminal intent".. Serious business..................
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:29 AM   #20
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I have met a lot of people from overseas that come on vacation here and do the same thing, but 99% rent a small motor home, No worries if it breaks they repair it you just put gas in it. They even have one way drop offs. I would look into the price of that for 2mos.
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