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Old 06-22-2019, 08:52 PM   #1
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Sailors becoming Travel Trailerers

Howdy yall,
My wife and I are in South Carolina and are just about to buy our first travel trailer. Ive been lurking here for almost a week and have to say yall seem to be helpful and friendly.
I trailer my sailboat occasionally so I have a little experience pulling a heavy (5,000 lb.) load. Were planning to buy a Rockwood 2703WS that weighs roughly 6,600 lbs. I have no questions yet but Im pretty sure Ill end up with about a million of them.
Thanks for having us!
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Old 06-22-2019, 09:14 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum from West Michigan. A lot less weaving and bobbing. Have fun sailing on the roads.

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Old 06-23-2019, 06:41 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum from West Michigan. A lot less weaving and bobbing. Have fun sailing on the roads.

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Old 06-23-2019, 09:02 AM   #4
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Welcome from Wisconsin. Lots of friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people here to assist you with your questions.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:26 AM   #5
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I used to have a sailboat on Lake Tahoe. Towing a boat on a trailer, it can be used much like a travel trailer. Trailers are less work, they are always with you, and don't cost as much in my experience. I really like boats, but you have to live in the right place. A land yacht can go anywhere in greater comfort. There are many similarities.
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:36 AM   #6
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Welcome from Eastern Nebraska / Northwest Missouri.

If you don't have your WDH set up properly.....you'll feel like you're back on your sailboat. :
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Old 06-23-2019, 09:37 AM   #7
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Greetings from Dayton Ohio.

We had a O’Day 25 for years. Loved it. Wife got boated out in 2005. Sold it in 07.

We then studied up until buying a 37’ fiver in 2018. Waited too long.

Lots of boat stuff helps you with the rv.

We love the rv life. I am retired and the DW is a teacher near retirement.

We were in the fiver 8 weeks last year. We can see why folks full time. Just as comfy as the house but, the scenery is better!

Will be in the rv 8 weeks this year likely!

Buy it and go glamping!!!
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Old 06-23-2019, 10:01 AM   #8
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Former boater on the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay so understand the switch. But, we were stink pot boaters!!! Switched to trailers after moving back home 20 years ago. Still have a pontoon here on the lake. Travel trailers seem much less costly and irritating. Welcome to the group, good folks here.
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:20 PM   #9
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Thanks y’all. I got totally frustrated with boat ownership about two years ago. We got the problems ironed out but the weather, work schedules and distance to the boat can be just as frustrating. For now we plan to keep the boat and use the trailer for an easier way to sail on the weekends. My original frustration led me to want to sell the boat. We’ll see how owning both works out. We brought home a bunch of stuff from the boat today. We thought we’d spend more time on the boat than we do. It’s amazing the things we won’t have to buy because of the switch. But I’m sure we’ll do our part in keeping the RV economy going!
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:51 PM   #10
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Welcome from Gaffney, South Carolina. Enjoy your new travel trailer and have fun. We love ours.
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Old 06-23-2019, 07:56 PM   #11
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Welcome...



We combined boating with a travel trailer = trailerable houseboat
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:05 AM   #12
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We combined boating with a travel trailer = trailerable houseboat
Thats a pretty sweet setup. Weve thought about using our sailboat as a hotel room while traveling. Having the mast lying directly over the cockpit and the boom in the cabin turned out to be deal-breakers for that idea.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:47 AM   #13
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Just before starting out for Smith Mountain Lake, VA.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:45 AM   #14
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Nice rig. Our sailing days are my most prominent memories at 75 y/o.



We found getting on and off with the sail boat on the trailer was a hassle.



Not so with the houseboat steps.
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:38 PM   #15
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I have slept in a sailboat on a trailer while travelling several times. Boats and land yachts have much in common. I grew up on boats. We slept on the boat 4 weekends out of 5 on Chesapeake Bay partly because we had no AC. Later I moved to Puget Sound. I had a Columbia 23 at Lake Tahoe for years. Then I got an RV.

Now I only have canoes and a power boat. And a raft. And a TT. They are not toys but the tools to maintain mental health.
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:51 PM   #16
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We’re set to pick up our trailer this coming Tuesday. I negotiated a few fixes and inclusions. I’m buying brand new tires including the spare since they’re 4 years old. We made reservations for an RV Park for July 5-7 but decided to have a staycation in our backyard instead so we can familiarize ourselves with the systems before going someplace for real.
I appreciate everyone’s responses and encouragement!
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