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Old 09-27-2020, 06:29 PM   #1
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Hey y'all!

Hey y'all. I want a camping trailer for my wife and I in my retirement (approaching very soon!). I have been thinking about a Coachmen Viking 17 FQM. It seems to have all the features we really need. So I'll be doing a lot of reading and asking questions. Thanks!


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Old 09-27-2020, 06:32 PM   #2
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Welcome from New Jersey! This is a great forum for info. Enjoy reading and your potential new trailer!
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:32 PM   #3
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Welcome from New Jersey, There are a lot of knowledgeable people here. Ask your questions, Don't believe the salesperson.
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Old 09-27-2020, 07:23 PM   #4
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Read up on towing capacity before buying your trailer, unless you're also going to buy a tow vehicle to match. RV sales staff will gladly tell you your present vehicle can pull whatever it is you're looking at.

Importantly, you can pretty much ignore your vehicle's tow capacity rating with respect to how much it can PULL. Most likely, you will be limited by how much you can CARRY. That is, the payload capacity of your vehicle has to be able to handle everything in it including people and equipment, plus the tongue weight of the trailer plus the weight of the hitch.

You'll find the payload capacity on a sticker on the driver's side door frame. You also should not exceed the hitch receiver capacity or either axle's capacity, whichever is less. The latter two are also on that door sticker.

The tongue weight capacity is in the manual or may be stamped on the hitch receiver. You may have to climb under the truck to read it. It's easier to use your smartphone in selfie mode.

And, welcome to camping.
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Old 09-28-2020, 06:29 PM   #5
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Welcome from Eastern Nebraska / Northwest Missouri. Happy Travels !
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