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Old 04-01-2015, 11:02 PM   #1
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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!!
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Old 04-01-2015, 11:30 PM   #2
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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!!
Welcome to the forum and good luck with your search for your perfect RV. First, to answer a few questions: Tires...most travel trailers in the size you are looking at (EVO T2700) come with load range C tires. Many people tow with those tires and never have any problems. Others have experienced tire failure/blowout and have replaced the tires with something a little heaver. In our case, we went from a load range C to a load range E tire. Our trailer handles much better with the heavier "stiffer" sidewall tires. Battery switch...your new trailer WILL come with a switch that "turns off" everything in the coach that runs off the battery, usually for storage. Most likely, the electric jack, if you have one (and they are usually an option), will still work when the battery cut-off switch is in the "off" position. Surge protectors. Think about your computer at home. You could just plug it into a receptacle and it would run just fine, until the first power surge or lightening strike. A surge protector for your RV is the same thing. You don't need it, but you definitely WANT it. Pick one up on Amazon. It doesn't have to be hard-wired in...like a surge protector for your computer, it just plugs into the receptacle and the power cord for the computer (in this case, the trailer) plugs into the surge protector. There are a lot of other accessories that you will need: Sewer hoses, fresh water hoses, wheel chocks, the list goes on and on. Sometimes the dealer will throw in a few things to get you started, but be prepared to spend several hundred dollars for the "extras" that you will need.

As far as towing with an SUV...the EVO T2700 weighs 6,600 pounds empty...considerably more when you get it loaded and ready to go camping. The Armada (2015 model) has a towing capacity of 8,200 lbs for a 2WD and only 6,500 lbs for the 4WD. Would it tow the EVO? Probably. Would I want to tow the EVO with it? Nope! In my opinion, invest in a 4-door 3/4 pickup and put a cap over the bed. You'll have more room than in the SUV, greater towing capacity, and room to move up to your next trailer. At 32 feet overall length, the EVO T2700 trailer is a pretty good size trailer to be towing with an SUV.

Good luck.
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Agreeing with the capt and get a truck with a shell over the bed. When loaded ours is at 7500 lbs and where we live every direction is a hill climb out so more power helps me and the longer wheelbase makes it stable.

We have 2 huskies that ride in the back now but you also have to consider on what stuff you would carry in bed of truck like firewood and cooler.

My very first upgrade was surge protector. Second was TPMS. Third LED lights which you already have.

For the generator answer, ask yourself where you would be camping- will you have full hookups or dry camp in a hot place. Those questions will help out.


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Our original plan was to buy a used Armada w/tow capacity of 9,000 & pair it with a 6,500 (empty) TT. FORTUNATELY, I found this forum & realized the PAYLOAD of the 'Mada would not be enough so we purchased a 3/4 ton Ram crew cab & later added a cap.

Last year the dog road with us in the cab. However, & don't want her to become a projectile in an accident, so this year she will ride in her crate either in the TT or under the cap. I installed (2) MaxxAir fans to provide push-pull flow through the TT while traveling & the cap has screened windows that allow airflow. IMO either place she will be safer than with us in the cab.
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:03 PM   #5
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Thank you everyone! Well, I guess we should start looking at trucks. Having the four (large) dogs, we were concerned with having them in the bed of the truck, but apparently it works. Just out of curiosity, what are you all getting in mileage on your trucks while towing? We are planning on taking a long trip soon after getting everything, and we're trying to figure out what kind of mileage we may get.
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I get about 8- but you are taking your house with you so I feel mpg are not a deciding factor. You would probably get better mileage with a diesel but paying for that option up front. Better to get too much truck (no such thing) than to get one that "can do" on paper only to make it a white knuckle experience when driving.


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Old 04-02-2015, 08:24 PM   #7
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Personally, I would never have dogs in the bed of a truck. For that reason we chose the Ram Mega Cab . More than enough room for our three dogs providing they behave. I would recommend this truck over any others out there. Our Ram 2500 diesel can tow our fifth wheel with no problem. The fifth wheel has a gross weight of 16,200. loaded.
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That is not a option for us living on the east coast. Too many other fools on the road to jeopardize our four legged children. We much rather have then in the truck with us.
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Grew up in the Northeast, so I know all too well the idiots out there. We are going to be heading back to the east coast from the west coast soon. It's a long ride for the dogs to be in the bed of a truck. Trying to find something that they can be in the cab, but they are just so dang big (the dogs)! The smallest is 50+/- and the biggest is 95 lbs. Our 2 girls get along "most" of the time, but it would be our luck that they decide on one of our travel days not to like each other. Murphy's law!! Wish they made an SUV that could comfortably handle the load of a TT.
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