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Old 06-21-2015, 12:46 AM   #1
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New to RV'ing and Going Across Country from NJ to Banff

Hello there Friends,

We are new to RV'ing and have a 30 to 60 day break in our business where we are going to take our 3 children on a cross country trip, they are aged 6, 4 and 0. We did this previously when our first 2 were 8 months and 2 years, so this is in our blood, but it was from upper-end hotel to upper-end hotel ;-)

This time around we are seriously shopping for new and used travel trailers under 5000 lbs to tow with a 7900 pound capacity SUV. We know this is a little crazy to jump into, but it feels right and we are very compelled to follow through.

In the winter we are thinking about leaving the travel trailer at a campground near one of our favorite snowboarding mountains. For this reason we are leaning toward trailer without a slide, though we really prefer the extra room and do not mind the additional cost (new or used). Do slide outs tend to be difficult in the snow?

Here are a few questions:
  1. What is the best way to apporach this?
  2. Slide or not to slide?
  3. how do you use a trailer in the winter on weekends and prevent freezing damage
  4. what size makes the most sense for cross country from NJ to Banff?

We are ready to hit the road in August through September.

Thank you for your thoughts and opinions,
Matthew
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:16 AM   #2
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1st suggestion is to buy a 4 season rig.
I don't know of any FR rig that is a true 4 season rig.
Arctic Fox is an example of one.
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Old 06-21-2015, 06:52 AM   #3
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I can't really speak for the snow. We started similar to you, just not used...I'm kinda funny about used RVs, it's me, I'm sure it will be fine. The size for 5 people sounds small, especially with no slides. We started off with a Jayco TT under 5000 pounds, after one year traded it for a Jayco 5th wheel, and a new truck. A year after that we traded up for a 5th wheel with two bathrooms and extra bedroom for the kids. We had that unit for a number of years and took it every where from central Texas. We now have a 351DS, and our kids still love it. My son is a Jr. in college and our daughter a Fr in college. We travel to them for visits and still take summer trips. Actually starting July 2nd we are going on an adventure through New York, Canada, down to Boston, Philly, DC. Good luck and Enjoy.

Some of my reasons for buying new:
1. Tires - you're gonna have to replace them anyway.
2. Storage Tanks - build up, smells, proper usage.
3. Appliances - repairs?
4. Roof - does it leak, were there repairs?
5. Electrical and Plumbing, were there mods made and are they safe?
6. CHECK Heater and A/C!!

Ask your dealer lots of questions. RV dealers are NOT the service center, ask anyone. RV repairs can last days, but they generally don't...it may take a month or longer. The dealers are eager to let you pick what you want and put you in it, used or new. If you smell a rat then you got one. Take your time, investigate thoroughly. Good Luck!
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:20 AM   #4
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bearings, wheels, axles and tires ..... your TV sounds a little small.... GCWR...
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Old 06-21-2015, 07:50 AM   #5
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First I hate to hear about your (60 day brake-in at your Business,sounds more like a Looting) Don't even think about a (Trailer) for use as a Ski-Lodge! F/R makes a (ICE Lodge) for Ice fishing but Not for Traveling! A unit with a Slide will make your (Family Trip) more Comfortable/Pleasant ! Youroo!!
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:27 AM   #7
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Sorry.....buy the RV you can tow and set up. If nothing else, invest in a Surge Protector and anti sway hitch,
Like Equalizer. Buy a Tire Minder system.

All of the above can be used on your next TT or if you quit, sell at 50% of cost and move on.

Life throws us curve balls. The above items help eliminate surprises. I have a new 37 ft fifth wheel, BUT, had 2 TT's, 26ft and 31 ft both super slides.
Before I bought the hitch, it was white knuckle time. Had a power surge, cost me $1000. Had a blowout at 62 mph. $3,300 damage. My share was $1,300.
Just say'n.....
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:36 AM   #8
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Get the slideout(s) and stay in a hotel when skiing.


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Old 06-21-2015, 01:16 PM   #9
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Hello there Friends,

We are new to RV'ing and have a 30 to 60 day break in our business where we are going to take our 3 children on a cross country trip, they are aged 6, 4 and 0. We did this previously when our first 2 were 8 months and 2 years, so this is in our blood, but it was from upper-end hotel to upper-end hotel ;-)

This time around we are seriously shopping for new and used travel trailers under 5000 lbs to tow with a 7900 pound capacity SUV. We know this is a little crazy to jump into, but it feels right and we are very compelled to follow through.

In the winter we are thinking about leaving the travel trailer at a campground near one of our favorite snowboarding mountains. For this reason we are leaning toward trailer without a slide, though we really prefer the extra room and do not mind the additional cost (new or used). Do slide outs tend to be difficult in the snow?

Here are a few questions:
  1. What is the best way to apporach this?
  2. Slide or not to slide?
  3. how do you use a trailer in the winter on weekends and prevent freezing damage
  4. what size makes the most sense for cross country from NJ to Banff?

We are ready to hit the road in August through September.

Thank you for your thoughts and opinions,
Matthew
There is no true T/T which can be used without winterizing every time you use it in the wintertime. Slide-out is a big plus but your towing capacity is on the low side for longer trips. Used T/T is cheaper then the new but you would have to have an expert to inspect the T/T as you are new to the Rv life.
Good luck
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:02 PM   #10
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2+3 in anything shorter than 29 feet for that long a trip will be a challenge. Slide definitely. Arctic Fox is the right choice. More capable tow vehicle will be needed. Diesel 2500. Then get a double slide 30 foot fifth wheel and have a great time. You will end up there anyway!!
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