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Old 05-25-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Total Newbs Wolf Pup 16FQ

We are going to be full-time RVing sometime later this year. We've always wanted to be more "nomadic" so now we've decided to take the plunge. It's just the two of us and our (4) small dogs.

We have no real RV experience. Well, I lived in one full time for awhile as a teen but I didn't do any of the planning/work involved.

We are looking at the Wolf Pup 16FQ. We wanted a small trailer and love the looks/features of it. We are going to look at it next weekend.

We also need to vehicle to tow it with.....we have a truck but it's old (and no hitch). So, we'll be trying to figure out the logistics of towing.

We have books coming shortly so we can start figuring more stuff out.

Any advice/suggestions?
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:20 PM   #2
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I think you need to rethink the trailer size, if you are really planning on full timing.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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Welcome from Ontario. I agree with bikendan, for full timing you might want to look at a few more feet. On a cool rainy day, the inside could get cramped. If you go that route your options of pulling the wolf pup are endless.

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Old 05-25-2015, 06:30 PM   #4
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Funny that you both say that. We were actually looking to get something smaller (17ft) but went a little bigger after someone else advised us to go larger. We want it small so we don't need a huge truck to tow it. Also, we are currently only using one bedroom and the bathroom in our house....so we don't need a lot of space.

We are thinking about buying a Chevy Colorado to tow it....but aren't sure if that would work. Still trying to figure out exactly what we need.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:40 PM   #5
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IMHO, I wouldn't think of full timing in anything less than a 25 footer, just for the storage space.
Also, I would look at a minimum of a 1/2 ton.
DON"T believe ANY dealer that tells you "oh ya, you can tow that with an xxx". Do the numbers for the max trailer weight and what your truck can handle,then add about 10% otherwise you won't be happy.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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IMHO, I wouldn't think of full timing in anything less than a 25 footer, just for the storage space.
Also, I would look at a minimum of a 1/2 ton.
DON"T believe ANY dealer that tells you "oh ya, you can tow that with an xxx". Do the numbers for the max trailer weight and what your truck can handle,then add about 10% otherwise you won't be happy.
Just my .02
This is the part I find difficult considering that I have never towed a single thing in my life.

So, the max weight of the trailer is 3,9XX say 4,000 and then 10% would be another 400 so 4,400 total.

According to the Chevy site, the Colorado has a towing capacity of 7,000 (the larger engine choice) so I think it should be okay?

I have no idea how to calculate the other numbers that people write- payload, axle ratio, tongue weight- I need to learn about those items.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:12 AM   #7
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Just bought a brand new avenger 18 toy hauler. The wife and I love it. With the bike my gear and water etc we are about or alittle over the max tow rating on my 2001 ford sport trac 4wd with the 4.0 6cylinder in it. With that being said it tows it like a champ. Yes would a bigger truck be "easier" of coarse but I don't have a payment and the only thing I use my truck for is towing and hauling. You have to do what your comfortable with. I just turn the over drive off and cruise at 65 which is about 2500-3000 Rpms and I get about 10-11 mpg.
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Rednose83-You may want to see if there is a Full Timer on this site that is in your neck of the woods that would be willing to meet you and your better half (lunch maybe?) for real insight into the lifestyle. I would love to FT someday, but would want to talk to someone firsthand to get a glimpse into what we would be getting into. The nomad life does sound intriguing. Let us know how it works out! I'm rooting for you.

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Rednose83-You may want to see if there is a Full Timer on this site that is in your neck of the woods that would be willing to meet you and your better half (lunch maybe?) for real insight into the lifestyle. I would love to FT someday, but would want to talk to someone firsthand to get a glimpse into what we would be getting into. The nomad life does sound intriguing. Let us know how it works out! I'm rooting for you.

That's not a bad idea. We are in Florida so there's plenty of RVer's. I also FT as a teen so I do have an idea of the day-to-day concerns and space constraints. I just am unaware of the towing stuff which I've never dealt with.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:18 AM   #10
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So, we accidentally bought an rv on Saturday. I say accidentally because we meant to buy in January but we ended up finding something we loved and took the plunge.

We take delivery on Friday (well if financing goes through). The dealership has a campground right on site so they move it over there and ask that you go through a 2-3 hour pre-delivery teaching and also that you stay there in the rv for 2-3 days.

They will store it for 3 months free.

We went with the Salem Cruise Lite 261. It's 29 feet so larger than we expected. We've been looking at planning a few trips through the end of the year.
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