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Old 02-13-2014, 12:20 PM   #11
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Like everyone else has said, if youre going on short trips on flat ground you'll be ok for a while. As for the Grey Wolf 26bh. This will be the 4th season for ours with no problems. A 3/4 ton p'up would be overkill. Our F150 pulls it fine, and gets about 10 mpg. Enjoy your new camper.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:32 PM   #12
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If your Van now has a (1-1/4) hitch from the fac.that should say something about the Cap for Towing! (1-1/4) max (2000#) and that is pushing it! They only come in (1-1/4,2, and 2-1/2) sizes. Youroo!!
Seeing is beleiving! Heres a pic of my 1 5/8 hitch bar next to the 1 1/4 and 2". This is only the second one ive ever seen one. They were made by adh hitch. Any way, im ditching it for a 2"

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:38 PM   #13
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Not to rain on your parade, but that 318 is NOT going to do well towing ANY travel trailer regardless of weight just because of the wind a full size camper catches. I had an 02 Dodge 1500 with the 360 and 3.55 gears and it struggled to pull the camper I had at the time which only weighed 4400 empty. If you will camp within 30 minutes or so from home, live in a relatively flat area, and can take it slow and easy by avoiding major highways, I say go for it. Otherwise I'd be looking at pop ups or A-frames. Just my .02.
Oh man, you're going to make me cry by telling me to look at popups We had an 02 coleman popup with an 8' box and we both hated it...

I was planning to keep the speed around 60 MPH and travel on mostly back roads. All of the destinations we travel to can be reached using state highways.
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Old 02-13-2014, 01:38 PM   #14
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How about something like these as a possible alternative. They are a couple at the top of my list for our family of 5 as well.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/Travel...VType=trailers

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http://www.forestriverinc.com/Hybrid...003&RVType=HYT

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Old 02-13-2014, 01:46 PM   #15
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How about something like these as a possible alternative. They are a couple at the top of my list for our family of 5 as well.

Mini Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

Micro Lite Travel Trailer by Forest River

Roo Hybrid Travel Trailer by Forest River

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I do like those, except for the hybrid...What also makes the 26bh attractive is that I think I can get a new one for $12,000. I haven't found anything that cheap that suites our family.
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I do like those, except for the hybrid...What also makes the 26bh attractive is that I think I can get a new one for $12,000. I haven't found anything that cheap that suites our family.
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Cheap, Qaulity and Fast:

You can have Cheap and fast but never includes quality.

You can have quality and fast but never cheap.


This being said, I highly recommend looking into why things are as cheap as they are. When I had my grey wolf I had a number of problems, not major for the first while. Water heater never worked right, doors didn't close, moldings falling off, leaks... But then I noticed we had crap tires that were wore out within 2500 miles. Also noticed that the axles were not parallel with each other nor were the square with the trailer... was pretty disappointed...

Just a heads up...
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:57 PM   #17
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Lesson for the day


Cheap, Qaulity and Fast:

You can have Cheap and fast but never includes quality.

You can have quality and fast but never cheap.


This being said, I highly recommend looking into why things are as cheap as they are. When I had my grey wolf I had a number of problems, not major for the first while. Water heater never worked right, doors didn't close, moldings falling off, leaks... But then I noticed we had crap tires that were wore out within 2500 miles. Also noticed that the axles were not parallel with each other nor were the square with the trailer... was pretty disappointed...

Just a heads up...
It's not cheap. It's called on a budget. You'll like the 26bh and you'll be able to afford a good truck down the road. You will want better tires after a year so.
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Old 03-02-2014, 01:11 AM   #18
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I'll agree with the others, it'll do it, but not easily nor will it be fun to travel with. But it sounds like you're going to stay reasonably local and take it easy getting there, just be prepared for it to be a pill towing.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:57 AM   #20
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Cheap, Qaulity and Fast:

You can have Cheap and fast but never includes quality.

You can have quality and fast but never cheap.


This being said, I highly recommend looking into why things are as cheap as they are. When I had my grey wolf I had a number of problems, not major for the first while. Water heater never worked right, doors didn't close, moldings falling off, leaks... But then I noticed we had crap tires that were wore out within 2500 miles. Also noticed that the axles were not parallel with each other nor were the square with the trailer... was pretty disappointed...

Just a heads up...
Just keep in mind that most of the items you point out have nothing to do with the specific camper or manufacturer. The water heater you had trouble with is the same brand as an $80K fifth wheel will have, and the frame was likely built by one of a few companies that make the frames (which have the axle assemblies installed) for every camper out there. I've seen many campers that double and triple the price of the Grey Wolf with moldings falling off and doors not closing. Even some really high priced fifth wheels. The molding is thin on all of them, and if the staples are shot slightly too deep, they will pull out- very easy fix. With that being said, I wouldn't be afraid of the Grey Wolf at all. Would you feel better spending $12K and having to fix a few minor issues or spending $30K and having to fix a few minor issues?
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