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Old 12-27-2011, 10:02 PM   #41
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Is a power tongue jack worthy investment?

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depends on how much they want for the "investment".
i got mine off of Ebay, with an adjustable foot, for about $110 including shipping. has worked perfectly for the past 4 years.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #42
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OP Update: Hello Folks -

For those who helped me out with my newb questions..thank you!

The five week 24 /7 marathon research and contemplation is coming to a close it seems.

The trailer of choice is a nicely optioned, new 2011 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25DS (the equivalent to the Rockwood Mini Lite 2502S). A dealer 50 miles away accepted my offer which matches the heavily neegotiated RV Wholesalers delivered price for the 2012 little brother 23FB (equivalent to the Rockwood 2304) which usually sells for $1400 less than the 25DS. Very happy with the price, at $500 under dealer cost.

The shipping weight is 4,167 so after battery, propane, a little water and personal affects, I expect to come in with total weight less than 5,100 lbs. with a 6,500 lb max tow weight for TV.

I will have a w/d, brake controller and anti -sway installed as well.

I have vacillated back and forth so much about what unit to get and am ending up with the one I wanted in the first place. I love the floor plan, interior decor and appointments vs. virtually all others, especially the similar sized and weighted Jayco Feather Sport 221 which I came very close to buying out of Mississippi,

Thanks so much for all the input of your knowledge and experience. I expect to take delivery sometime next week!

Thanks again.

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Old 01-19-2012, 02:54 PM   #43
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OP Update: Hello Folks -

For those who helped me out with my newb questions..thank you!

The five week 24 /7 marathon research and contemplation is coming to a close it seems.

The trailer of choice is a nicely optioned, new 2011 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25DS (the equivalent to the Rockwood Mini Lite 2502S). A dealer 50 miles away accepted my offer which matches the heavily neegotiated RV Wholesalers delivered price for the 2012 little brother 23FB (equivalent to the Rockwood 2304) which usually sells for $1400 less than the 25DS. Very happy with the price, at $500 under dealer cost.

The shipping weight is 4,167 so after battery, propane, a little water and personal affects, I expect to come in with total weight less than 5,100 lbs. with a 6,500 lb max tow weight for TV.

I will have a w/d, brake controller and anti -sway installed as well.

I have vacillated back and forth so much about what unit to get and am ending up with the one I wanted in the first place. I love the floor plan, interior decor and appointments vs. virtually all others, especially the similar sized and weighted Jayco Feather Sport 221 which I came very close to buying out of Mississippi,

Thanks so much for all the input of your knowledge and experience. I expect to take delivery sometime next week!

Thanks again.

David
Winter Park, FL.
That is great! You'll fine on towing too.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:08 PM   #44
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P.S. I realize that the length of trailer is not optimally short but at 25.8" I hope the extra 2 - 3 feet will not be a noticeable difference in towability. I will mostly be traveling around flat roads of Florida.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:23 PM   #45
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congrats on your choice! I've been also looking at 2502S/25DS and reading this thread with interest. Concerned about the high tongue weight with the Murphy bed option on this TT. Please keep us posted on your initial outings btw, you should be fine in FL
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:25 AM   #46
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The 25ds doesn't have the Murphy bed, which may contribute to its lower tongue weight?

http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...ries=MicroLite

I am springing for air bags and ADDCO sway bar upgrade for the Jeep...every little bit helps!
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:39 AM   #47
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The 25ds doesn't have the Murphy bed, which may contribute to its lower tongue weight?

http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...ries=MicroLite

I am springing for air bags and ADDCO sway bar upgrade for the Jeep...every little bit helps!
Please be aware that helper springs and air bags DO NOT increase the GVWR of your tow vehicle. They just help the vehicle ride level and smooths out the bumps when you hit a pot hole.

The GVWR of your tow vehicle is based on many factors including what the vehicle's frame can support without flexing to the point of failure.
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Trust these guys

Congrats on the new trailer, like you, I was a newbie last year and by all accounts I still am. Trust the advice on this site, these folks now their stuff. They gave me this link Travel Trailer Weight Calculator.

It helped me immensly and I have had a great experience with my setup. Everything that was told to me on here was very accurate, all the way down to my rear axle ratio struggling in the mountains.

Have fun and enjoy yourself
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The wife and I have selected the 25DS. We have a 2012 on order, taking possession in April.
I think we will be good for local trips, but may wind up having to trade in our TV for something a little beefier for longer trips.

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Congrats on the new trailer, like you, I was a newbie last year and by all accounts I still am. Trust the advice on this site, these folks now their stuff. They gave me this link Travel Trailer Weight Calculator.

It helped me immensly and I have had a great experience with my setup. Everything that was told to me on here was very accurate, all the way down to my rear axle ratio struggling in the mountains.

Have fun and enjoy yourself
Thanks much. What are tow ratings of the Trailblazer?
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