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Old 11-06-2011, 09:30 AM   #11
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Hi Debby, welcome.
I think you will be very happy with the Sabre, as their construction is second to none. We would have bought one if it weren't for restrictions on the amount of weight we could pull.
Since you haven't bought your tow vehicle yet, I would suggest leaning toward a one-ton. The new trucks ride very nice, and the extra weight capacity would be a bonus with such a large camper.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:45 AM   #12
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I agree, after doing lots of research, the Sabre looks to be a well made RV. And after looking at used, local ones...I found a NEW 2012 35' center island, enclosed bathroom, rear living w/fireplace, beauty for 32k. (Compared to a 2006 for 27k). So, I figured since my main use for it is being stationary and living in it, I should spend more on it than the tow vehicle, and not having a huge budget for both...I won't be able to shop new trucks. All the ads I read say the 3/4 ton will pull ANYTHING...and the 1 ton seems so huge for lil ol me to drive (hahaha)...I was hoping I could stick with a 3/4 ton? I guess I will keep researching...and checking with manufacture on recommendations for tow vehicle...ugh ; )
Thanks for input, looks like you have a nice rig.

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Old 11-06-2011, 10:22 AM   #13
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Thanks, we really do like our outfit, even the "old" truck!
I am not saying that a 3/4 ton won't pull your fifth, and if you are not doing too many cross-country excursions, that might do just fine. After all, the drivetrains aren't any different, just the suspension.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:35 AM   #14
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debbilicious, i used to live in SoCal, too. i really do miss trips to "Dago".
my nephew is living my dream life there. surfing, riding mtn. bikes, playing beach volleyball, i hate him!

as to place on the coast, we're big fans of Central Calif., especially the Pismo/Morro Bay area. so much to see and do there.
the area north of SF is great, Sonoma/Napa/Mendocino. also the Monterey and Santa Cruz area is very nice.
any of the Oregon coast is wonderful. we like the Brookings area on the south end. Oregon's state parks are the best and you'll end up wanting to stay in their parks over California's parks.
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:53 PM   #15
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Hi Debbie. Welcome to the forum. I am sure you will love whatever you pick out. I have an 07 dodge ram 1 ton crew cab long bed dually truck. I bought it used and ordered my 5th wheel. I am 4'10" and I do not have a problem driving it at all. You might be surprised that you want to take your FW on a trip instead of leaving it parked. I am going to live in mine when I sell the house.

Good luck in what ever you do and this is a new start for making memories.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:10 PM   #16
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Welcome first,

Next, drivers seat difference between a "3/4" and "1" ton is a wash. You can have pretty much the same cab and bed configurations in either, just the suspension and axle capacities are upped for the full ton model, and maybe brakes also. And that brings in the extra payload and tow capacity. If I was making that choice, I'd opt for the whole number vice the fraction truck.

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Old 11-06-2011, 02:47 PM   #17
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Welcome to the forum and to the RV life! My experience on eBay is that a bid put in 5 minutes before the end of a heavily-competed auction will probably be outbid. Best to wait until about 30 seconds before the end (but even that's no guarantee). Have your account all logged in so all you have to do is enter the bid and press Enter, then remember to refresh the page every 10 seconds or so in the last minute.

Anyway, the Silverado is a great truck, although say goodby to gas mileage. We researched tow vehicles and got a 2000 Silverado and love it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:26 PM   #18
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Walk through.

Back to your new Sabre for a second....Have you been informed, even though you are buying new, there is a strong possibility that not everything will be working as advertised. Something called the "walk-through" with the dealer will be taking place. That will be you and the dealer waking through your TT, he explaining a 100 new things for you to remember. Unless you have a photographic memory, take a clipboard and write everything down...with pictures and arrows. Leave yourself ample time to test everything at least once, appliances, lights, plugs, water heater, furnace, AC, jacks, slides, power shut-off switch, etc. Once you get out on your own, all of the new things you'll be told to remember during walk-through aren't always as easily remembered as you thought they might/should be. Most of all, don't forget the forum when you have questions and have fun!
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At this time of the year it is time to buy for the best bargains!

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