Originally Posted by bama29fan
We used to have the same kind of trailer (Hybrid) with the pop-out beds. still kinda miss it...felt more like camping...what we do now is glamour-camping or glamping!!!
I do have the short bed...its a 2012 F-250 so it squats it a bit in the back but not as bad as I was expecting. I don't have air bags or anything...may add them later on but I think I would add a sway bar before bags if I had to chose one over the other. Yours will have a stiffer rear (F-350) and a little more horsepower (2015 = 40 more) so you should be good to go. Mine pulls it fine...I know its back there from a stop but it will cruise up most interstate hills at 65-70mph with out shifting out of 6th gear. I'm getting around 11.5mpg so far. Farthest I have pulled it so far is 70 miles oneway.
The dealer said that with the front cap design I wouldn't need a slider even with the short bed. I had already found a good deal on a used superglide so that's what I went with. With the superglide I have had it at near 90 degrees to the truck but I haven't got out to really look at clearances with it in that position.
I did not get the leveling...but it was on my wish list. I figured we have been camping this long without it (started camping with my parents over 30 years ago) so it wasn't a must have. Plus they say the average Rv'er keeps their camper for about 4 years. Maybe we will get the system then? We are also impulsive buyers so when we found one on a nearby lot we jumped on it. It has power jacks in the back and two AC's. I had them add the JT strong arms and a TV in the front bedroom and we picked it up the next weekend.
One thing to check on the PDI is the living room TV mount. it has a swivel mount but it only has one pivot point which swings the TV to the left (toward the rear couch). I had them swap the mount out for a dual (triple?) pivot so it will swing toward the kitchen and then pivot toward the couch. this makes for a better viewing angle from the couch.
We really love ours...jonesing to go again. Kids sports (soccer and baseball) have put a damper on the camping.
I appreciate all the feedback so Thank you!! There were a couple of them within a few hours from me (I'm in New Hampshire) but we figured if we are going to spend this kind of money, I rather wait the 6 weeks or so for an ordered unit. I actually bought from a wholesaler out in Michigan and they are delivering it to my driveway for me.. they are only 100 miles from the factory. They do a 150 point inspection for me BUT my gut tells me I'll still find something I don't like and will need to bring it in locally.
I have a camping world near me and know a few of the techs there so they are going to get me a super glide at their cost. Even they say they do not think I'll need one.. But I rather be safer then sorry. Plus I plow in the winter so I'll be keeping the hitch in the bed the whole year round.. the extra weight will help out in the snow.
With the hybrid, everything was manual.. manual jack, manual stabilizer bars.. after many years of doing that, I said I want it automated lol. Plus to be able to push the button and have it raise/lower to the correct height to hookup is a major plus.
One thing I didn't get was the TVs.. At almost $1,000 for the 2 TVs, I can buy mounts and name brand TVs for half the cost. Those are the only 2 options I didn't get. I also ordered it with only 1 AC. I have a comfort fan in the bedroom and the ceiling fan. Between those, the camper should stay plenty cool. Many sites I go to are 30 amp and the couples we camp with all have 30 amp so I don't want to have issues with overload (I did get the 50 amp prep package though for the future).
I'm having them add a 2nd battery in with a dual battery tray for extra capacity just incase.. it's worth the $125 in my opinion.
Again, thanks for the reply!!