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Old 07-09-2018, 09:38 PM   #1
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Thinking of trading after only 1 year.

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?
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:58 PM   #2
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Is the trailer paid for? If yes, enjoy the space and freedom you have. If not, your monthly payments will likely increase when you trade. Your fuel economy will only marginally increase, if at all.
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Old 07-09-2018, 09:58 PM   #3
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Can't say I've been in your situation, but it's all about what you want. We know campers who still use tents, and others who have never gone beyond pop ups. Though we don't know anyone who has downsized, it doesn't mean it can't be done. Make a well informed decision about what you want and don't want and I'm sure everything will work out fine.
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Old 07-09-2018, 10:16 PM   #4
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Our boys are 30 and 33 they still camp with us , but now we also have two grandsons and a DIL with us as well...................................... so we upsized instead of downsized as our children got older.......


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By the way you will not get that much better gas millage pulling a smaller trailer maybe 1 mpg............... if that.



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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?
First, your gas mileage will probably not change, since it's air resistance that affects mileage the most. So the only TT that will actually help in fuel mileage, would be an Airstream. Or downsize to a popup or A-frame trailer.
You'll probably get the same gas mileage with a shorter and lighter trailer.

A bunkhouse is a waste of space for just a couple. Personally I would a couple's trailer the same size since it won't make any difference in gas mileage.

You need to get rid of the idea that a smaller and lighter trailer will increase gas mileage. At best, you'll average 11mpg, instead of 10mpg, unless you get a folding trailer.

Or get a diesel and you'll get 3-4mpg better.
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I can't comment on the other items you listed, except for the slide out part. When he purchased our TT, that was the same thing in my mind. To save weight. I was wrong. We wished we had slide out, at least for the dining. We used the TT for 2 summers and sold it. We moved up to a Class C.
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You have to do what works best for you. Money wise is the big factor. Space wise "well" I have to agree with OAKLEVEL. we were going to downsize also. When daughter and son inlaws with grandchildren came into play. Wow where did all that space go! We need tents also now. Just look ahead and you will do what is best I'm sure.
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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.


-Lighter Trailer
-Less Wasted (unused space)
-Better fuel economy (typical is about 10mpg with my 2012 Ram 1500 Hemi).
You might want to give it a bit more time. Teenage girls frequently will bring 2 or 3 friends with them if you give them a bit of encouragement. Then your trailer will get small really fast.

Your trailer is already pretty light and unused space is never a bad thing. As someone mentioned, your gas mileage probably will stay about the same even with a smaller trailer.

However, if the layout just doesn't work for your family, you might want to find something more suitable.
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Not going to comment on pros/cons of downsizing, but if you're seriously considering a TT with no slide, Prime Time makes a few. I'm sure others do to, but know these for sure.

Avenger ATI Travel Trailers by Prime Time Manufacturing

Tracer Air 206AIR - Dealer Stock Only Travel Trailers by Prime Time Manufacturing

We currently have the Tracer 206 Air. Just the right size for us new to RVing. We fell in love with the rear dining and the 3 large windows. With that said, am considering upgrading to a slighter larger TT with a slide for more room/comfort.

Safe and happy travels.
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