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Old 04-02-2015, 07:51 PM   #11
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I still think you should look at the Ram megacab. Our dogs are somewhat large as well. One is 75 lbs and the other is a 65 lb. Am Staff Terrier. They are great travelers and are great traveling companions. We get about 10 mpg with the diesel towing this trailer.

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Old 04-02-2015, 07:56 PM   #12
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Having made several mistakes matching tow vehicles and trailers. If I had to do it all over again. Knowing what I know now I would go ahead and get a 1 ton. Seems I'm always upgrading my trailer and usually don't have enough truck. With a 1 ton when you decide you want to upgrade to that 5th wheel you will already have the truck. Have fun and welcome aboard.

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Old 04-02-2015, 07:57 PM   #13
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Another 'upgrade' to put near the top of your list would be roof vent covers so you can leave the roof vents open in the rain. Link:Airxcel | Maxxair | Standard Vent Covers
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:20 PM   #14
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Definitely don't pair the evo with an armada or sequoia. I started out towing a 30' tt that weighed 5700 lbs dry (7300 lbs loaded) with an armada rated to tow 9100 lbs. As stated the weak point was the payload (after dog, dd, dh and myself it was down to 810lbs payload). It was a white knuckle towing experience on flat land and a downright scary towing experience in the mountains.

You could try looking at 3/4 ton suvs. Pay close attention to their payload though. You will probably need close to 1500 lbs or more payload for that trailer and those loving pups. You can also look for and old 3/4 ton excursion. They were good tow vehicles but they stopped making them in 2005. The other option is look into a 1 ton van.

On a different note, be aware many campgrounds have pet restrictions related to breed, size and some even limit the number of pets you bring. There are also campgrounds like four paws animal kingdom that are designed solely for the dogs, the humans are a side note. Just want you to go in with your eyes wide open.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:37 PM   #15
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Welcome in the past you could order a 3/4 Suburban that would offer the towing and the space for the fur kids. I was looking at that option a couple years ago but decided we were going to upgrade to the 5er so did not do the 3/4 Suburban. Whatever route you decide to go, you will enjoy it.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:59 AM   #16
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A lot of valid points were made in this link. The reason that I went with the Ram 2500 Mega Cab rather than the 3500 Mega Cab was the 2500 and the 3500 had the same tow capacity for the single rear wheels rather than the dually. I did not want the hassle of trying to park the dually in parking spaces and I did not want the hassle of having to potentially register the vehicle as a commercial vehicle. Although I live in CT, MA will not allow the dually to be registered as anything other than commercial. The way the political climate changes on the east coast, particularly in CT, I did not want to take that chance. As I stated both vehicles have the same tow capacity in the single wheel setup. Taxes are cheaper, fuel efficiency is better, insurance is cheaper, the convenience of the 2500 over the 3500 is better, my wife likes to drive the 2500 over the 3500. (She has driven both before and much larger!) For these many reasons, I encourage you to check the regulations in your state and operating conditions as well. I am quite confident the large cab Ram MegaCab will suite you needs very well.
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:38 PM   #17
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PLEASE not ride with your dogs in the bed of the truck. I am a veterinarian and have seen the eye injuries, burnt paws, accidents & thrown from the bed ....PLEASE NOOOO ....
That being said - we carried cardboard cut outs the size of our dogs crates with us when shopping & laid them out in the trailer to see how we could get around in each, taking pictures & notes as we went from dealership to dealership until we figured what worked best. With our dog dens while camping the pups never get riled & just settle down whenever we want to leave our site & they are safe with AC or heat as needed.
Pups ride in back seat of our truck with seatbelts ...many years ago I experienced my dog hitting the windshield when I was tailended at a stop light ....since then I consider myself just a little smarter....
You may have to board 2 & take 2 depending on campground - often there are limits (& remember to pick up any messes please!)
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Old 04-03-2015, 12:38 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by cmcolla77 View Post
Okay, this is our very first post. We are looking to get into the RV'ing circle and have looked at just about everything out there, from Class A's to travel trailers. We are a couple with 4 dogs, so we need something that will accommodate everyone. I have looked at the 2016 EVO T2700 and really like what it has to offer.

Now the questions: Should we be looking at something different (for those of you with pets) or will this work? What kind of upgrades will it need as soon as we drive it off the lot? I have read a lot about tires, surge protectors, and battery switches, etc. Are all of these not up to standard or just not included (minus the tires of course!)? And a stupid question - is a generator included or is that something that we will have to invest in?

We are also going to be upgrading to get a "new" tow vehicle - will a large SUV (Armada or Sequoia) do the job, or are we destined to have to buy a pick-up truck? (Tough on space with all of the animals.)

We appreciate everyone's input!!
What we did was that two years prior to purchasing an RV, we rented all the different units from campers to motor homes. That gave us a good feel for what worked well for us.

We eventually decided on and 5th wheel.

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Old 04-03-2015, 12:56 PM   #19
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We have a sheltie that travel with us sometimes. We have always put a padded harness on her and buckled her in like a kid. Better to keep her safe in an accident.
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Old 04-03-2015, 01:02 PM   #20
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Welcome to the Forums cmcolla77...and soon to the RV Lifestyle

I am going to chime in X2 on the comments about trucks and rigs. You have a unique opportunity to learn from our mistakes

Almost every one of the experienced RV'ers on the forum have made the progression from PUP->TT->5er (and some go on to a MH )

The idea of rent before you try is a expensive option but not as expensive as buying a rig and then realizing it does not fit your needs! Perhaps this is the way you should go.

My .02¢...

Given your Furbabies (what a lot of RVers call their animal companions) you might want to look into a Motorhome (MH) that will solve the problem of where the pooches live while you travel. The downside to this is a large MH can cost as much (or more!) than your home!

If you are set on a truck and trailer rig, I agree with the others - just get a 1 ton truck and be done with it. Assuming you are going to keep the 1T until the wheels fall off go ahead and get the diesel (your break-even will happen at @ 108K miles), and if the truck is not your Daily Driver (DD), strongly consider getting a dually (dual axel). Then you can tow anything!

Getting a MegaCab (Dodge RAM) should provide enough space (with the seats up - or maybe even removed) for your furbabies.

What to tow? This is just my opinion, but get a fifth wheel (5er). SO much easier to pull than a travel trailer (TT), no sway, not susceptible to Semi vortex, and with that 1T Dually yanking it down the road, you will not even know you are towing anything...well maybe if you opt for a 44' toy hauler you will notice a teensy bit.

Hope all these posts help you with your happy RV decision. Again, welcome to the club, and ask questions - this forum has an amazing knowledge base!

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