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Old 01-26-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Lightweight TT

Can someone recommend a lite weight TT We are 5 ers so we are not the best to give out suggestions. My son is doing his homework for his first trailer. He has decided on a TT. The first obstacle he has is he has a Ford 1500 with a v6 engine. The truck is brand new and he isn't looking to trade in. He can't have a very large one because of the weight but not too small. So can anyone recommend a lightweight TT between 25-30 ft? Thanks guys

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Old 01-26-2014, 10:37 PM   #2
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Have him determine his max tow capabilities are first. Ex, if he has a ecoboost 6 with the right combo of options, he could have a powerful tv..

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Old 01-26-2014, 10:56 PM   #3
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Once max tow capabilities have been determined, start looking at tt in that range. Don't forget to determine payload as well. I would hate to pick out a 30 footer only to find out it can only pull a pop-up.

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Old 01-26-2014, 11:07 PM   #4
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We didn't worry too much about exact brand. We went to the dealer(s) with weight limits, budget limits, and a few wants like no toddlers in top bunks, us not sleeping on the dinette, slide out, etc...

We first settled on the dealer we wanted to deal with (not pushy, willing to listen to wants) and let him go at it. 8 months later we got ourselves into a Flagstaff 29QBSS that had it's price dropped during their spring 'clear the old stock' RV show that now put it in our budget and had already met the rest of our wants.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:32 AM   #5
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need more info, like year/engine size/cab size/bed size/rear end ratio/factory tow package or not.
if it's an ecoboost, does he have the max payload or HD tow package.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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Number of people (Kids-Adult),floorplan,then find trailer within weight class. Youroo!!
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:42 PM   #7
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Also don't forget to ask if it is 3 season or 4 season ... meaning is it insulated, piping configured for winter, heater, etc. If you plan to use it in cold weather. I brought my TT without asking, first time buyer, based on what I could tow and pay. Result is I am in a 3 season travel, at a work site, trying to deal with 19 degree weather.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:04 PM   #8
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Agree with others, check towing capacity of the TV.
And don't let that deceive your son either.
I bought a TT that was well within my 1/2 ton capability. Once I started towing with it, figured out the suspension just wouldn't handle it no matter what I adjusted on the hitch. After coming close to losing control on an interstate when a truck went by. I now own a 3/4 ton. LOL
ESPECIALLY don't let the dealer convince him "your truck and do it no problem", unless your son is SURE it can.
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:45 PM   #9
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I have a 2000 ford f-150 extended cap 6 cyl bought the truck new im on my third trailer just bought a 2014 coachmen clipper 15rb it weighs 2700lbs dry cargo carry 970lbs I did have a 2006 starcraft 2600bh it weighed 4600 dry it was more than my truck wanted my truck is rated for 5500 lbs max I didn't no this in 06 when we bought the starcraft so look at your owners manual for max towing weight and really try to stay under max weight you will need some supplys for your camper I went to a scale station and weighed my truck and with info in owners manual was able to get the right tt for me my 6 was rated for more pull power than it really had but I have heard good things about the ecoboost I hope this helps and good luck
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:42 PM   #10
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As everyone has said, KNOW YOUR TOWING CAPACITY and don't believe the salesman. His biggest lie is "Oh, this can be pulled by a 1/2 ton!"

I'd stay below about 80-85% of the towing capacity for safety margin.

Other considerations:

Foldout bunks (hybrids) or not. Hybrids have more room inside, but are harder to heat/cool, more outside noise comes in, and some folks have had leakage issues.

Do you want/need a sofa or not. Some have Murphy beds now (bed drops down over sofa).

Do you want a slide out? They add room, but also add weight.

Scour the internet to get an idea of what you want.

Good luck.

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