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Old 10-30-2012, 01:35 PM   #11
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We rented a Class "C" for a week to help our decision. As you have experience renting a travel trailer, possibly consider renting a "C" to try out that camping technique? (We ended up buying a Solera...)

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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There is a lot of really good advise in this thread. The only thing I can add that hasn't been said...

In my case I had picked out a TT that was just a little to heavy for my truck. We just couldn't find anything that was exactly right that we could tow with a 1/2 ton. So we upgraded to a 1 ton. Well ... as we were warned, that brought on the "what ifs". What if we look at 5th wheels again ... now that we can tow anything...

Long story short .. we just ordered a 5er. So like the advise your 2nd (or in our case 3rd) RV 1st ... but beware the what ifs.

Good luck in your search!!

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:06 PM   #13
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More questions....

How many times a year do you plan to go out camping with the 2 or 3 kids?

Do you plan only short trips to local lakes over a weekend or do you plan to hit the road during the 2 months of summer.

How old are you? If you are close to retirement is this the life style you are considering?

You cash limits, Insurance, upkeep, storage, etc costs must be considered.

My idea is that you get a used 2 or 3 year old trailer or 5th wheel that is in outstanding shape and will save you a lot of money. If you like it enough afyter a year or two you can trade it in for a bigger and better one.

You will need a new truck and don't wait until it dies. The F-150 is not enough.
At least get a F-250 or a 2500. Most will eaily pull a 10,000 -12,000 lb trailer easily. You start getting into the big heavy ones in the 15,000lb you need more engine and truck to pull that.
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:07 PM   #14
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I would suggest that buying used is a good idea since these things depreciate pretty fast and new ones seem to have a long and frustrating debugging period. We bought our class A used and got a pretty good deal.

A class C does offer more sleeping options but less interior room. And there are lots of used ones with low miles.



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