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Old 02-05-2015, 09:28 PM   #11
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Thank you for all the replies. Yes, we are looking at a 5th wheel, and will be upgrading our TV to accommodate what we choose.
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:01 PM   #12
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We had a little different situation, We went the TH route after our kids left home......so they could still come with us with their toys or our golf car. The garage gives them a private bedroom........ or our dogs when the kids are not along..... Wish we had a TH years ago. But now its still great to have.....The garage has so many uses, garage, bedroom, living area, storage or what ever you want it to be....... as has been mentioned just make sure you have enough truck to tow it with........... Good Luck !!!!!!


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Old 02-05-2015, 10:51 PM   #13
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As someone who's done exactly what you're planning to do, here's my take. Obviously the floor plan needs to meet your needs. With 3 kids, the scooter, Harley, etc, you're looking at a pretty big TH (34' or more.) So you'll need to look at what your TV can safely pull, and try to find something that satisfies both categories. The garage is awesome--from a garage for toys, to a spare bedroom, to a mud room to enter through when it's raining, to an elevated indoor/outdoor patio, the uses are endless. But again, it boils down to weight. We really liked the floorplan of our XLR 30 HFS-5 because it was big enough for our needs but well under our tow rating, (even full of Harleys and water,) but it's probably too small for 2 adults and 3 kids. The Internet is your friend, makes it easy to look at many different lengths, floor plans, and specs without setting foot at a dealer. Oh, and you'll love pulling the 5th wheel. Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2015, 02:39 PM   #14
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Moving up to 5th TH

We love ours. I agree with the other posts regarding insuring you have enough TV for your new trailer. I found that it was easier to settle on the trailer that works best for your needs then meet or exceed your TVs capability to your trailers gross weight. Remember your trucks payload rating is a better indicator of true tow capacity over what a manufacturer lists as the vehicle tow capacity.
Good luck, I think you will appreciate just how versatile a TH can be.

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Old 02-15-2015, 03:08 PM   #15
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we almost bought a trailer last year (ended up my 2013 Ram 1500 didnt have enough payload for it) so we went without. March of last year I almost ordered a Ram 2500, but having learned my lesson with the half ton, I ordered a 2014 Ram 3500 laramie SRW because I wanted enough payload for a toy hauler.

After looking at Toy Haulers for the last year, and spending a good bit of time in them at recent rv shows, we are ordering a 2015 XLR Thunderbolt 340x12hp. Unit will come in around 12400 dry with a 16500 GVWR. This is about the max size I would want to tow with my truck (4074lbs payload). Many toy haulers these days are much bigger and heavier than the XLR I am ordering...easily in dually territory and many better off with a MDT, so make sure you have enough truck (payload especially) for the TH's you are considering. We will be using our's to tote the atv's to west va to ride, as well as using it (more often than not) for a regular camper. The garage space is very versatile...the downside to a TH is smaller living space (living room), although the garage is often times used for another living room. The double queen beds and or sofas in the back offer a lot of flexibility. Good luck on your search!
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:45 PM   #16
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As most have said stay with what your TV can pull. Then the best thing I can tell you is go in as many makes and models as possible. Pick them apart of what you like and don't like. We went from a 31 quad bunk TT to a 386x12 Thunderbolt. With me I had already had a wish list but went I walked into the first time it felt like home. Good luck.
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:50 AM   #17
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I met a guy at a Camping World location who happened to be a consultant for Montana. He said that one of the main concerns when towing a 12K pound trailer or fifth wheel is getting into a slide with a single axle TV. He said that when you get to that weight range it is very possible for the rear tires to literally come off the rims. His recommendation was that a TV with DRW is essential. Made sense to me. Incidentally, my TV is an F-450 TD/DRW.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:26 AM   #18
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We towed with a F350 srw for 2 season. It did ok but knew it was back there especially on the mountain. Upgraded the last season. To a F450 DRW. Big difference. Also feel safer just because if we blow a rear tire on the truck Paper states a little over 14300 lbs empty.
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:45 AM   #19
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The DW and I are also considering the F-450 to tow the TH-420.


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Old 02-16-2015, 12:05 PM   #20
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Nice looking unit. You will also love a F 450
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