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Old 02-05-2016, 04:47 PM   #21
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I am really glad to hear that folks not only buy a particular model for looks but also for the viewing of the TV. We went back and forth between the silverback 29RE, IK and 33IK. It basically boiled down to the 29RE we can move the recliners and watch TV directly in front. Purchased a movable island and we are happier than pigs in mud!
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:36 PM   #22
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BandJCarm,

Regarding cargo capacity, the 36CKTS does have 1000 lbs less than the 34RL, BUT it has 3737 lbs which is way more than many competitive trailers. So is 3737 lbs a problem?

I have a 32' travel trailer now and carry what I want in the trailer and the "stuff" weighs about 1200 lbs with empty tanks. I am ordering a 36CKTS next week. I figure I will carry more in it, mostly moving things from the truck bed to the basement storage.

The real world empty weight of the trailer including options, I figure, will be about 400-500 lbs more than the brochure weight.

All factors figured, I think the 36CKTS has more that enough cargo capacity.

I debated length for long time. 34RL is ~37', 36CKTS is ~40'. 3 more feet. I figure that most campgrounds that will be a problem for 40', will still be a problem for 37'.

I like the extra storage space in the kitchen area, recliners facing the TV, and the extra room to walk next to a king size bed in the 36CKTS. No more side shuffle next to the bed .

Everything in RVs is a compromise. I have read about "3 foot itis". The desire for a RV that is 3 foot longer than the current one. I hope I buy the right one the first time. It is expensive to buy a second time to fix what is not liked about the current one.

Good luck in your choice.
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:06 PM   #23
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BandJCarm,

Regarding cargo capacity, the 36CKTS does have 1000 lbs less than the 34RL, BUT it has 3737 lbs which is way more than many competitive trailers. So is 3737 lbs a problem?

I have a 32' travel trailer now and carry what I want in the trailer and the "stuff" weighs about 1200 lbs with empty tanks. I am ordering a 36CKTS next week. I figure I will carry more in it, mostly moving things from the truck bed to the basement storage.

The real world empty weight of the trailer including options, I figure, will be about 400-500 lbs more than the brochure weight.

All factors figured, I think the 36CKTS has more that enough cargo capacity.

I debated length for long time. 34RL is ~37', 36CKTS is ~40'. 3 more feet. I figure that most campgrounds that will be a problem for 40', will still be a problem for 37'.

I like the extra storage space in the kitchen area, recliners facing the TV, and the extra room to walk next to a king size bed in the 36CKTS. No more side shuffle next to the bed .

Everything in RVs is a compromise. I have read about "3 foot itis". The desire for a RV that is 3 foot longer than the current one. I hope I buy the right one the first time. It is expensive to buy a second time to fix what is not liked about the current one.

Good luck in your choice.
Very good info. I appreciate this.

It's not JUST backing into a camping space. It's pulling it down the road, pulling into get diesel fuel. Parking it at home. Every inch is precious.

But yeah..........I guess 3K+ cargo is enough............I just have to convince my wife that we can't move the entire house into the trailer.

This is all one tough decision.........I know that.
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:32 PM   #24
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BandJCarm,

This is off topic and I hesitate to bring it up, but when you said ...

"It's not JUST backing into a camping space. It's pulling it down the road, pulling into get diesel fuel. Parking it at home. Every inch is precious."

I wondered what your tow vehicle is. I don't see if your truck is a 1500, 2500, 3500, etc. Have you evaluated if your truck is suitable to step up to the hitch weight of the FWs we are talking about? Or are you buying a different truck?
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I have 2015 Chevy 2500 Diesel Duramax.

If it won't pull any of these I'm looking at, I'd be flabbergasted.

My avatar pic I think (?) is my previous truck, the Chevy 1500. Wife drives it around town now.

I appreciate the question.........but surely I'm ok................I HOPE!!!!
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I was confused because your Public Profile > About Me > says a Chevy with a 5.3L engine. That must be your previous truck. I thought truck in the picture looked like a 1500.
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Old 02-06-2016, 08:47 AM   #27
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I was confused because your Public Profile > About Me > says a Chevy with a 5.3L engine. That must be your previous truck. I thought truck in the picture looked like a 1500.
Yes. My bad. I just haven't changed it. I just don't have any pictures of the camper and new truck hooked up. Sorry! I'll go fix the Profile.
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I have 2015 Chevy 2500 Diesel Duramax.

If it won't pull any of these I'm looking at, I'd be flabbergasted.

My avatar pic I think (?) is my previous truck, the Chevy 1500. Wife drives it around town now.

I appreciate the question.........but surely I'm ok................I HOPE!!!!
You will be very very close. I am pulling with a 2008, 2500 Ram 6.7L Cummins and I am very close to my numbers. I also have switched out the factory tires and rims to a higher load capacity rating tire/rim combination. When I am pulling the trailer all of my holding tanks are empty also.
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The "Numbers" get over my head fast. I've been down this discussion before, and I am not sure I am smart enough to figure it out.

Truck says it'll pull 24,500 lbs. This thing is less than 20,000 loaded.

Past that, I get lost.........I will just have to admit.
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Check what your gvwr is with king pin.im replacing my 2500 with a 3500 for a 33ik. Because of the #'s
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