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Travel Trailer Recommendations

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by Tundra_Sam, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Oct 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM
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    Tundra_Sam

    Tundra_Sam [OP] New Member

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    Thinking about purchasing a travel trailer soon. Any recommendations on which company to go with and which to stay away from. I'm looking for something that can fit 4 people, has at least one slide out and decent size shower. Looking to spend around 15k. I've been looking at RV Trader and see some around this price range.

    What are must haves for owning a travel trailer? What else will i need to purchase?

    TIA :)
     
  2. Oct 24, 2018 at 12:06 AM
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    831Tun

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    Welcome Sam. I'm not old enough for a TT yet. I'm still dragging something like this around.
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  3. Oct 24, 2018 at 3:10 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ My balls was hot Staff Member

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    Personally, I would keep your options 24’ max, light as you can get fully loaded (80% of your max GCWR), good load distribution hitch, etc.

    Search the site under towing. Lots of good stuff from many members with years of experience.
     
  4. Oct 24, 2018 at 5:48 AM
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    OBXTundra

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    Things that are important to me in a travel trailer.
    -On board generator. I will never own a camper/trailer/toyhauler without one. If you always plan on being in campgrounds with full hookups then this doesn't apply to you. But there are plenty of Forest Service or Army Corps campgrounds that have open primitive field camping with no power and no hookups. This keeps my options open to be able to camp wherever I want. Plus I never need to remember to bring a generator with me, it doesn't take up any space in the truck bed, and the camper has 30 gallons of on-board gasoline.
    -Air conditioning. Makes sleeping in the humid south tolerable. Just makes for a more enjoyable trip. I use my toyhauler for the obvious camping trips, but I also use it as a home-away when visiting family or friends. I setup in their driveway or on the side of their house if I'm staying somewhere for 5-7 days. This has saved me thousands in hotels already and I'd rather be in my own space with my own stuff.
    -Having a separate "master bed", so when the kids go to sleep you can stay up and read or watch a movie.
    -Shower is important, but size doesn't matter so long as I can stand up.

    Overall it just depends on what you're really going to use it for and what your needs will be. Plan on spending a good chunk of money on accessories to make your trips more enjoyable. Buy things that will stay with the camper so that you don't need to raid your house every time you go somewhere.
    -Hose.
    -Silveware.
    -Cast iron skillet.
    -Plates,bowls,glasses.
    -Extension cords.
    -Heavy gauge 30amp feeder.
    -Cleaning supplies, disinfectant wipes.
    -Basic tools, Gorrilla Tape, Zip Ties.
    -Grease gun.
    -All toiletries.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2018 at 12:23 PM
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    Tundra_Sam

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    Thanks for the advice. I’m thinking about getting the Keystone Passport 239ml.
     
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  6. Oct 25, 2018 at 12:49 PM
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    ColoradoTJ

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    Perfect camper!!!
     
  7. Oct 26, 2018 at 11:07 AM
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    TundraRunner481

    TundraRunner481 Wife Does Not Appreciate Tow/Haul Mode

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    We have had great luck with our Grey Wolf by Forest River. It is a 22Bh, ours doesn't have a slide, but there is another model that does. We are a family of 4, our children are 3 and 5, and it has everything we want, nothing we don't Can't recommend it enough. it is 4700# light, 7400# max. I weighed it on our 4 day trip, and it came in at 5600# so much lighter than what the Tundra is rated at. That Keystone is nice too, I think there is a member around here that just got one of those (steve89Gt) you could ask how he likes it. Good luck!
     
  8. Oct 26, 2018 at 1:09 PM
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    Go-Rhino Bumper, FRAC Harness, VLED puddle lights, Decked Bed Drawers, King OEM Coilovers, SPOD control, Baja Designs lights, etc. etc. etc.
    I have a Keystone Outback 230rs.
    Its a toy hauler which I've found useful as the garage is a bedroom when not storing toys.
    Doesn't have an on board generator which would be nice but a $900 Honda 2000 (two in parallel if running the AC) inst' difficult to setup and run quieter than any Onan on boards I've seen.
    It all depends on what works best for you. I love my Keystone but it has its flaws like any brand does. I like the all aluminum structure vs wood that many use.

    My next toy hauler will probably be a XLR ultralight due to the floor plan layout and need to have a larger garage space for the expanding fleet of toys.

    must haves for a toy hauler.
    -30lb propane tanks (i'm in a cold climate and like to have plenty of fuel).
    -catalytic safety heater. If the battery dies you can still heat the camper. I live in a northern climate so heat is important.
    -weight distribution hitch (safety critical in my opinion).
    -shovel and leveling blocks.
    -quality dump hose. Don't go cheap! having one come apart on you is not a pleasant experience.
    -quality Batteries and a quick disconnect setup. When you park disconnect the batteries to keep them from draining all their power.
    -Any quality of life things you want (Chairs, cooking stuff, booze, etc.).
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2018
  9. Nov 13, 2018 at 2:47 PM
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    We have a small (17") Forrest River R-POD, love it. My 1st gen pulls it no problem, fully self contained, just a cool little trailer.
     

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