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Old 02-22-2016, 12:40 PM   #1
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1st Time RV Buyer thinking about 32RKTS



I am getting ready to purchase my first RV I have decided on the PUMA 32RKTS
is there anything I should look out for? Any problems other people are having?
Any suggestion of things I need to plan for? Hitch ideas I will be pulling it with 2013 F150

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Old 02-22-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Seems to me that you would be at/over the towing capability of your truck.

http://www.rvguide.com/specs/palomin...ma/32rkts.html
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:19 PM   #3
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Reddove, does your F-150 have the Heavy Duty Payload package? If not, I'm gonna have to agree with Kidder that that is too much trailer for an F-150, no matter what the salesman says.

The GVWR is almost 10,000# and the advertised dry hitch weight is 1137#. Advertised "dry" weights are notoriously below the real weight without even adding any cargo. Once you add 1000# of cargo (and you will), you'll quickly be way over the the typical payload capacity for a half ton which is around 1500#.

I suggest you look for a travel trailer with a GVWR of around 8000#.
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I agree with them. We started out with a Rockwood 2604 and at the scales it was 6500 pounds. While the truck it that just fine (2004 F-150 3.73 gears 5.4L V-8 and tow package) it was not the most fun. DW and I decided right away we would be getting a 5er so we upgraded the truck.

What you are looking at may be within limits but from what I have experienced it is not the enjoyable journey I was hoping for. Too much truck is a lot more fun.
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Thanks everyone for the info the dealership told me truck was rated for 11500 but wanted to make sure. I agree salesman will say anything. It's worse when your a women.
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That's why my wife refuses to deal with salesmen! That 11,500 tow rating really only means how much the truck can pull without breaking and does not take anything else into consideration. Trailer height and length must be also taken in to account due to the wind sail/tail wagging the dog effect.
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Thanks everyone for the info the dealership told me truck was rated for 11500 but wanted to make sure. I agree salesman will say anything. It's worse when your a women.
itat posted a good suggestion in that you stay at 8k GVWR (loaded with your stuff)

I have a half ton Ram 1500 and that's where I would want to be, as well.
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When deciding what unit you want, consider these things in this order:

1. Max. weight (GVWR and hitch weight, for a TT assume a 15% hitch weight)

2. Floorplan. Pick a floorplan that fits your needs.

3. Manufacturer/brand. Pick a manufacturer and brand that has a good reputation, relative to the others, for customer support.

4. Dealership. Try to find a dealership that sells the unit you want and has a good reputation for after-sales service. Don't be afraid to travel for the best deal if you don't have a reputable dealer close by.

You may also want to decide up front if you prefer a "stick and tin" or fiberglass unit. "Stick and tin" has a wooden frame structure with corrugated aluminum exterior siding. Fiberglass units typically have aluminum framing laminated inside the wall with a luan type exterior siding. IMO, fiberglass is better but that's not to say there aren't any good "stick and tin" brands.
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The model number indicates RK - rear kitchen. Lots of folks are happy with them, however be advised that the rear of the trailer bounces like crazy when travelling even on a relatively smooth highway. On rougher roads it's worse. If your rear cupboards contain kitchen ware e.g. pots, pans, dishes, cups etc, be prepared to stuff pillows into the spaces and even then you will have breakage. For certain glassware will not survive.
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Not enough truck.
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