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Bammer4

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Posted: 02/08/18 05:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are looking at buying a new TT this weekend and I wanted to know from experienced RVers what kind of little things we should look for in the TT. Ya know like things only ppl who have done this for years would know to look for.

Also anyone know a good site where we can find a lot of detail about the TT we are looking at? (Construction type, frame spacing, etc.)

In case anyone wants to know we are looking at"
~Alpha Wolf 26DBH-L
~Tracer Breeze 26DBS
~Sunset Trail Super Lite SS262 BH
~Revere 27BH


Thanks in advance,
Overwhelmed Newbies

* This post was edited 02/08/18 05:16pm by Bammer4 *

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If it were us we would take our time and make sure we are purchasing the perfect trailer for our wants and needs. You Live in Michigan, so there is no rush, as I'm sure you wont be able to use it for at least another month or two. Play house in each one and make sure it "fits the family". Take lots of pictures of each and give yourself a week or so to decide.

Also, is your tow vehicle capable of towing these trailers, don't listen to the dealer on this. Run the trailer and tongue weights to make sure you are well within the limits with the family and all your gear on board.

Good luck, have fun and enjoy the lifestyle.


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Halmfamily is correct and gave you good advice. Do not be in a hurry to buy. And make sure you have a tow vehicle capable of pulling the RV you eventually buy.

Read and ask questions on the forum. There is a wealth of information and experience available here.
Use the search as a learning experience. There is a lot to learn but, it's all fun stuff. (Except for draining the black tank)

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Thank you. We have been looking around for about 5 months and the RV show is in town which is the main reason we are looking to buy this weekend (good prices). We have checked the weight several times to the point that we started doubting ourselves. I have a F150 that has a 7500 capacity. So we have been looking at 6000 UVA and under.

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gbopp wrote:

Halmfamily is correct and gave you good advice. Do not be in a hurry to buy. And make sure you have a tow vehicle capable of pulling the RV you eventually buy.

Read and ask questions on the forum. There is a wealth of information and experience available here.
Use the search as a learning experience. There is a lot to learn but, it's all fun stuff. (Except for draining the black tank)


???? Draining the black is a blast,,,,,, when you can make your brother in law do it.

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Posted: 02/08/18 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

“which is the main reason we are looking to buy this weekend (good prices).”

No no no. Those “good” prices will be available next weekend. Stop panicking.


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Bammer have you camped this way in the past?
Are you looking at weekends and only occasionally longer?
Will you be staying in KOA type parks, or dry camping?
Do you want crowds, or serenity?
The units you listed are all bunkhouse units so I assume you have kids. How many and their ages can be a factor. With small kids many prefer a bathtub to a shower stall. Trying to go to remote areas mean you may not have water and electric available, so you will want larger tanks.
While the dealers will all tell you that now is the time to buy, they will still have trailers in May. And paying a couple hundred more then will be a lot better than saving that much now on the wrong unit.
If possible when the weather breaks, rent a trailer a couple of times to find out what you like or least get an idea. Stay in a couple of different units and see what fits your family.
Others have asked about your tow vehicle, but remember pulling a trailer is not as hard as stopping one, keep your weight about 10% below the limit of your truck as a safety factor.

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Does your F-150 have the Max Tow AND Max payload options? 3.5 EB (Preferred) engine or the 5.0 ( Coyote )

Tell us what your Tire and Loading sticker located on the B pillar just inside the drivers door says you can legally carry.


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Posted: 02/08/18 06:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OldShu, look, he’s in a rush here to buy at a show. Please stop giving practical advice. You too Kerrlake.

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KerrlakeRoo never camped like this. The first year will most likely be short trips at campsites with hookups. I'm a firefighter so good scheduled for trips. We have three kids that are older,21,18,14. Renting is a good idea.

OldShu I don't have max towing and payload. It's a 2.7 EB. GVWR is 6500.

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