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Old 07-10-2018, 07:22 PM   #21
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We are are in our late 30's thinking of downsizing from our Grey Wolf 22MSKE TT only after 1 year of ownership. We bought it with the thought of our teenage daughter camping with us (which she has, but will soon be off doing her own thing). As well as having others join us. We've only had 1 other time guest's have joined us.



While camping this past week, and sitting inside playing cards during a rain storm, we started thinking about all of the wasted space the double bunks are. Which got us talking about trailer weights, and layouts. What we did and didnt like.



We came home from our trip and started visiting all of the local RV dealer websites. We started to realize that the layouts in pretty much any brand are almost all the same with any given trailer size.



We are torn, and not sure what to do, for multiple reasons. Our thoughts, of why we want to downsize.



-Lighter Trailer
-Less Wasted (unused space)
-Better fuel economy (typical is about 10mpg with my 2012 Ram 1500 Hemi).


We do not want any slide outs, to help save on the weight of the trailer, unless its lighter than our current trailer. Which according to FR is 4300lbs. So I estimate it around 4500lbs dry.



I've read over and over always buy the biggest your truck can pull, but that seems like such a waste to me. I seriously hate the gas mileage Im getting and I dread ever going on a long distance trip. Has anyone else ever been in this situation, where you actually downsized your trailer?
Just buy a pop up then.I got a 21 ft with a slide out and there not a nuff
room and I dont have bunk beds
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:24 PM   #22
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We are a couple in our 60ís with a 2017 Microlite 21ds which we like but would like to get a model with more storage and a separate bedroom for long term living. However after finding one that we both wanted we found it not financially feasible. New trailer more $ and not much trade in value on our current model. Look to your future before you decide.
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Old 07-10-2018, 08:44 PM   #23
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Kids don’t stay stagnant and the day comes when they don’t hang out with you as much. That is a lesson learned just by life, so don’t kick yourself for it. I think your answer lies in how much you owe and whether you will be upside down on your loan, if you have one. Go to RV trader and see what they are advertising your model for. Really figure out how you two want to function in a new RV, then make an informed decision. Don’t just jump on anything you see. A lot of sellable gimmicks are pointed out by salespeople that really make no difference in your enjoyment. For instance, ours came with a laundry chute, but it goes into the basement storage where we store tools and such. It would never function as a laundry shoot. Take out the bunks, as others have suggested and come up with another use for the space.
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Hey Straightlinespeed, If you keep what you have, in a couple years, you may have grandchildren and need the space again. Our daughter used to bring friends with her camping, but, now, we have a whole family that goes camping, daughter, husband, grandson. We thought we were done as well and got a nice sized trailer for us, but, we almost always have someone with us now when we go. It's 35 ft, but, designed for two. We have a fold out couch for two, but, grandson has to sleep on the floor on an air mattress. We got the free standing table and chairs, but, the dinette option would have probably been better. The money you lose in trading in is like a car - sometimes worse. Keep it and enjoy the extra room. Maybe store an inflatable boat on one of the bunks. It won't be long before your daughter wants to go with you again - you'll see!
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We are a couple in our 60ís with a 2017 Microlite 21ds which we like but would like to get a model with more storage and a separate bedroom for long term living. However after finding one that we both wanted we found it not financially feasible. New trailer more $ and not much trade in value on our current model. Look to your future before you decide.
I agree with that the future.I bought a 21 ft fbrs micro lite over all I like it but I wish I went a couple. ft bigger .It has a lot of storage.but wish the bath was bigger.the smaller they are the smaller the bath
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:07 AM   #26
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We sold our first TT after 4 trips and about 8 weeks. Had a couple things we just hated about it. We took a bath on the trade as you might expect. However we have been very pleased with out new 5th wheel. Have had it about 1 1/2 years. Itís about 8 ft longer has 2 slides which the TT only had 1. Just my wife and I once in a while 1 of the grand kids.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:26 AM   #27
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I can't help with the downsize question, but i think looking at various floor plans will help you decide. We actually had almost the exact opposite situation last October. We are a couple in late 50's, kids grown but still single, bought our first TT - couples camper with the rear living. We intentionally didn't get bunks because we didn't plan on the kids going with us. We absolutely love the floor plan- large window in back, couch under window, u shaped dinette. I basically bought the biggest camper i could comfortably tow with my wifes Durango intending to upgrade to a truck at some point. And as for the grown kids, this weekend my wife and I are taking out the camper for the first time with just the two of us
Good luck, life's too short not to enjoy the ride.
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Old 07-11-2018, 08:32 AM   #28
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I have mind paid off in less in two yrs.being I have a bigger truck now I might go to a 23 ft before I retire i have about 3 yrs to go.if I do it doesn't have to be brand new as long its in good shape and less then5 yrs old.then I'll sell my old one out right
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I was in a situation similar to you. Just my wife and I and after one year we upsized. Reason - My first camper had one slide, lots of storage space, but very few windows. After one rainy weekend of being in cramped, dark space we thought differently.
We optioned for windows verses storage and now have two slides. More room for those rainy days and indoor comfort and more windows for that bright sunshine, less artificial light. Good Luck! Every one has their decisions to make and reasons for them.
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One thing we have learned over the years is to NEVER buy to please friends or family. Buy what is best for YOU. Family and friends can sleep in tents or their own rigs IF and when they camp with you. We always over estimated how often we'd have additional guests in the trailer.
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