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Old 06-30-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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Newbie looking for help picking a Travel Trailer

I'm completely new to the RV game and looking to jump in. I might be looking to use mine a little differently than what is typical. I don't really want to spend a lot of time in it outside of sleeping. My plan is to take it to bicycling events and use it as sort of a base camp. A place to come back to after the ride and shower, then likely leave again and come back when its near time for bed. Like a hotel room on wheels essentially.

95% of the time, it will just be me and my girlfriend using the trailer in this fashion. Occasionally, we might have a couple of riders crash on our couch or dinette, but the majority of the time will be only us. I don't want to spend too much, nor too little on my first one, but I want to try and get one that I won't regret purchasing.

I have a 2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7 that I will be towing the trailer with. It has a towing capacity of 10,000 lbs. I'd ideally like to stay well under that, say maybe a dry weight of 5,000 lbs. for the trailer for example.

Based on that, my thought is I don't really need a big or expensive trailer to start with. I thought a 26 foot one without slides would likely handle my needs. The one I have my eye on is a 2017 Wildwood X-Lite 241QBXL.

I've got what I feel a good price negotiated on it ($16,995) and financing in place. The only thing that is stopping me is that 95% of the people I ask say I should only get a trailer that has a slide out. Despite the fact that every thing I read about problems with a trailer seems to be with the slide outs.

Anyone have any good advice for my situation?
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:32 PM   #2
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It is tough to say what will and will not work for you, but I think you need to be realistic about use. Even though your plan is to just use as a home base, you may be forced to spend a day or two inside in bad weather. This might be a little tight for four adults. The sleeping capacity of most units is over rated as fold out sofas and dinettes are seldom suited for adults. Also when looking, use the load capacity of your TV vs the towing capacity. You can find load capacity on the drivers door sticker. From that subtract 100 lbs (hitch), passenger weight, and any cargo in TV. The weight that remains is the max hitch weight from the TT> If you do not have a factory tow package, you should add an aux transmission cooler. Also you need to think about where you will carry bikes. Bikes take a beating on the back of a TT.
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:45 PM   #3
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you may be forced to spend a day or two inside in bad weather. This might be a little tight for four adults. Fold out sofas and dinettes are seldom suited for adults
I check the weather before the events, if it is bad I don't go. If I get there and takes a sudden turn for the worse, I go home. I have no plans to spend several rainy days at a location where nothing is going on.

And to be candid, I'm not willing to invest several thousand dollars in a travel trailer in the hopes of making other people, that may or may not stay there, more comfortable.

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Also you need to think about where you will carry bikes. Bikes take a beating on the back of a TT.
I have a bike rack in the bed of my truck and plan to haul them there. I am little concerned about where to store them over night. If I could find a model like the 241QBXL with a really small toy closet in the back, I might do that. I guess I could put them in the under bed storage at night. I wonder if I could get them out through the sides though. Not sure. I could always lock one, maybe two in the cab of the truck as well.
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Old 06-30-2016, 03:49 PM   #4
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We started out with a 17 foot trailer 1970 vintage no slide. That ended up being too small so we went to a hybrid with the bed's that popped out, this was more roomier, but then we got pregnant with our 2 child and now we have a 35ft bunkhouse with 2 slides.

The slides make it really nice and roomy couldn't live without it.

Also you will have a higher resale value with a trailer that has a slide.

Hope that helps,
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:10 PM   #5
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Not knocking slides, but two of us are in an 18ft bunkhouse with no slides, and where I live, the resale for using it for hunting, fishing, boondocking, or regular camping will be as good or better without slides.

What you have linked looks really, really nice to me.

Without the slides, we can hop inside and use it while underway at a rest stop or a food stop. I like sitting at my little dinette with a battery powered fan to keep us cool and eating lunch in the TT before we get to our destination. So, do a walk around in any potential rig and imaging all the different ways you might use it.

It is very easy to set up since all we have to do is level it, hookup if using hookups, flip a switch to start the hot water heater, and lower the stabilizer jacks.

We are mostly in it to sleep, dress, and use the bathroom/shower. I have a seatless folding bike and a kick scooter that goes in the lower bunk when we are underway and I stow them there at night. Chairs, fishing equipment and other gear goes in the top bunk, which has a 250 lb capacity. We sleep in the queen bed.

We bought for us, not for any potential family members or friends, although they are welcome. Learned that lesson from my parents who bought a cabin thinking all the kids would come and use it, but no one could ever get away.
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:19 PM   #6
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You might check out some small toy haulers. They could fit most of the things you are looking for. As a bonus they have spaces for storing things like bikes, atv's, motorcycles etc. Here's a couple that i found that fit the weights you were thinking of. They only thing i do not know is the price range for them. Not sure if they are in the same league as the wildwood you found.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/produc...elID=1333#Main

http://www.forestriverinc.com/produc...delID=819#Main
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Old 06-30-2016, 06:44 PM   #7
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X2 on what BC Boy says. Good storage for your bikes, easy load and unload. Look for a small toy hauler, you don't need any refuel capability since you aren't carrying anything with a motor. Also keeps the bikes out of the weather when not in use. Toy haulers aren't really meant for any long vacations but great for weekend outdoor use.
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Although not a Forest River, we almost brought the Outback 240URS. No slide, under 5k but has a sideload toy hauler compartment that doubles as bunk beds, the bottom one being a double. Might work for you. I think the previous year models were 230RS.

www.keystonerv.com/share?brand=OUTBACK&model=240URS
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Oops, sorry, no side slide, but a rear bed slide.
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My TT does not have a slide and it works for me. However, I wouldn't mind the extra space a slide would provide. The downside to not having a slide is that it's like a bus aisle where only one person can pass by. The upside to not having a slide is that it's one less thing to maintain.

Consider a walk-around bed vs a corner bed. The inside person sleeping next to the walk often ends up disliking having to climb over the other person to get out.
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