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Old 06-16-2016, 09:45 PM   #1
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Moving up to TT, need help please

We currently own a Lance TC and plan on moving up to a smallish TT soon. Plan on keeping our 09 Chev 2500 4x4 to pull the TT with, so I should have a lot of options available. We have been doing a LOT of research on brands, styles, etc. We have a few Forest River dealerships close along with a Jayco and Lance dealer close. All an hour away from home. We have narrowed the length down to no more than 27 feet. I have to admit that my brain is getting fried by all the different styles and brands. Many more than in the TC realm. I know we liked our Lance TC, but we want to start out with a less expensive TT, so are looking at FR and JAY. We are really focusing in on the floor plans first. I just can't figure out what are the budget/beginner TT and how they climb the later from the bottom up as far as Styles go. For example, is Salem entry level, and Surveyor higher up the list?

We have looked at the Ultra lights and like both the Rockwood and Flagstaff, I assume they are Ultra lights anyway. We like the floorpan in some Surveyors and Wildwood X-lite also, but by price Wildwood must be an entry level also. That doesn't make it a deal breaker, floor plan is the most important to us. We are just going to be weekenders and the occasional long vacation until we retire in a few years. I also wondered if the shorter the TT, the easier it is to tow, or would my truck have problems with balance towing an Ultra light 21 footer. I know the dealer is a big key to the whole purchase.

Are the Flagstaff and Rockwoods made with Aluminum framing? What about the Surveyor? I figure the Wildwood is made with wood framing. The one we like the floor plan in has aluminum siding instead of fiberglass. I am liking the Forest River lines, but just really don't know the difference in them. Many have the same floorplans in different lines. We are looking at the 23-27 range in length. Probably with bunks, but not for sure. We like the thought of a Murphy bed also, but once again not a deal breaker. We would like a slide out dinette for a little more room. Thank you so much in advance, I LOVE the forum here. It makes a world of difference just having a place to go and read and ask questions.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:21 PM   #2
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Surveyors have aluminum frame. I'm sure others will have answers to your other questions.
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Old 06-16-2016, 11:50 PM   #3
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Rockwoods and Flagstaff are aluminum.

Go to Forest River's website and look at the different brand catalogues. I believe they have a PDF for each brand.
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Rockwoods have all six sides in aluminum frames.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:58 PM   #5
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My is a 21ft flaggstaff mircolite fbrs and I like it. If I traded if in I would want a bigger bathroom that mean a little bigger camper
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:19 PM   #6
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Lots of choices out there, we have a 2015 Surveyor 220RBS and really like it, but these things are very personable choices. Lots of storage, we just got off a month long trip and packed a lot. The only issues have been small things and most covered under warranty. I like the fiberglass siding myself for a number of reasons, including looks. Don't know if this helps you or not....Good luck
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We bought a 2503S Rockwood Mini Lite
We love it. We like the Murphy bed which folds up quickly saving a lot of floor space. The big bathroom with its own exterior door us super. The kitchen slide has been nice and very roomy in a TT this size. We tow with a big Chev Van and the combo works well. My only worry is having a slide. Whenever we open up I have my fingers crossed... so far so good. I guess reading all of the slide room troubles online have me uncertainin slides in general.
We added a few options:
Slide topper
Rear ladder
Larger AC
Wood look flooring
Aluminium wheels

I like the black tank flush. I also like the storage doors that open up for cross the floor, under the sofa, storage. So far we really like this TT.
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We have a Grey Wolf 23bd. It is only 27' from tip of frame to the bumper (unless you have the carrier down). We pull it with a 1500 Chevy Silverado 4x4 with no problems. We looked at TT that have the Murphy Bed (what a bad idea). We travel with our large dog and have not felt cramped yet. In fact we feel more crowded in our home kitchen. I think it may be more at the top of line in dollars, but we bought a 2015 in 2015 and it was really knocked down in price. So far we have been happy with the quality.
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Suggest you hit as many RV shows as you can. You will quickly figure out what floor plans you like and which you don't. You'll also figure out which manufacturers you like and which you don't.

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I'd suggest you hit as many RV shows as you can. You'll see lots of different TT's and quickly figure out which floor plans you like and which ones you don't; same for the manufacturers.

You don't say when you intend to purchase, but the RV shows are basically done for the season. They are usually held in late fall into early spring.

Here's an RV show location website for when we get closer:

Locate an RV Show | Go RVing

Here's another; it shows some in Aug/Sept.:

http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=calendar
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