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Posted: 02/11/18 11:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi all. For various reasons we are considering getting out of boating and joining the life.

We have a narrowed down our search for a 17 ft TT to tow with my Colorado (7K towing capacity) to Nash 17K, Micro Minnie 1706FB, and Springdale 179QBWE. We arrived at these because we wanted something we could afford with a dry bath and full size (5/6 cu ft fridge).

We really like the rear dining floor plan. The Springdale is certainly affordable and we love the floor plan, but after reading page after page of horrendous reports on Springdale problems and factory indifference to those problems I am a little scared to go that route.
The Nash 17K seems to be a very good fit for us. Compared to the Springdale it seems to follow the "Buy your second trailer first" theory that I have seen so many times. And there are many good reviews on this and other forums.
The Micro Minnie is not a rear dining layout but meets our other criteria. They do make a MM with rear dining but it is only single axle so has a pretty wimpy cargo capacity. We are attracted to the Micro because overall the quality seems pretty good and it is only 7ft wide so should be easier to tow and maneuver. We are both in our 60s so considering that and my TV, towability is an important consideration.

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We owned a Nash and still would it it got too small for our needs. They’re well built reasonably priced. I would agree with what you said about the Springdale and that was our impression when researching a few years ago. Just be sure that all of your weights are going to work not just towing capacity.

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Posted: 02/12/18 12:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If your out in the pacific I would buy a ORV if it were me...

Same people as nash.. Relatives I believe. But a bit nicer RV IMO. Off road frames with shocks... etc etc

http://outdoorsrvmfg.com/black-rock-20rd/#specs


With that truck you want to start with low tongue weight IMO...

Or go to the mountain series and get rear theater seating...

http://outdoorsrvmfg.com/creek-side-21rd/

* This post was edited 02/12/18 12:49am by lawrosa *


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We have had a 2015 17K for 3 years and just purchased a Nash 26N. About to sell the 17k so it will be sad to part with it. We really loved it, especially the big back window. It is also very easy to get it into even the smaller National Forest campgrounds. Being retired now we just needed a bit more living space for long trips. The 26N also has the big rear window although will be a bit harder to fit into the smaller campgrounds as it is about 7' longer than the 17K. The fact that we bought a 2nd Nash indicates how pleased we have been with the 17K. I did have to do a fair amount of minor tweaking when the 17K was new, few stripped screws and things like that but no warranty work was needed. Also added several modifications to fit our camping style. But the Nash is a very well built, solid TT and would be the best choice of your 3. It is a bit heavier than other TTs of the same size at 7,000 lbs. But we never had it loaded to that point and we don't skimp on what we bring. I towed it with a V-10 F-350 so we hardly ever knew it was back there except on the longest of mountain uphills. Highly recommend the Nash line. Arctic Fox, also by Northwood, is great too but larger and heavier and more luxurious so also more expensive.


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I don't own one and don't work for them but Jayco seems to get relatively high marks including a Gold rating for their Folding Campers and a Bronze rating for their TT's in the January 2018 Trailer Life annual readers choice awards.


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I've been very happy with my KZ.

Chose it because it seemed to have one of the larger dry baths anywhere near that price point. Also had one of the largest beds, with a short queen but room for a full length.

Only downside, very low CCC


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Good to hear about good experiences with Nash.

I did get a chance to look over some ORV trailers. Very nice! But we do have to watch our budget. I don't hunt, we don't forsee any major wilderness expeditions. We don't NEED a TT. But should we decide to get one, we really are looking for something that fits our needs and budget without a lot of "nice to haves" that drive the price up.

Looked at countless Jaycos. Always something that put us off - too big,small fridge,wet bath-nothing seemed to quite fit the bill for us.

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"Micro Minnie 1706FB"

I'll wade in on the Minnie and I'm a Winnebago fan. Where will you sit other than the booth? That gets uncomfortable fast. Consider the 2106DS.


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Posted: 02/12/18 05:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We like smaller trailers ax well, and currently have a 17' Starcraft. It's pretty much the same floor plan as the Nash.

We're looking to get a slightly larger trailer. We love our current trailer, but the little annoyances we have will be the same as the Nash. The dinette is the only place you can sit. The long seat bottom and short 90 degree seat back will be very uncomfortable in a short time. We don't spend a lot of time inside, but it takes very little time for it to be uncomfortable.

The "pinch point" between the bathroom and kitchen area is a pain for two people to pass each other. We are not big people, but it's a pain.

Lastly, the bed is a pain to make because it's not accessible from both sides. More my wife's peeve, but it's valid.

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Posted: 02/12/18 06:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What exactly are you looking for?

Price ( whats the budget)
Do you need an oven
Do you boondock
You want better seating like couch and dinnette
Dry bath ( yes you said)

The first trailer I had was an older model of this. Was the best trailer I owned IMO as the dinnette and coach were opposing.

Coachmen just started making these again... YAY..

I towed this with an s10 1996 small chevy PU with 4.3l

400 tw
4000 GVW



I myself would not buy a slide as IMO they will leak and cause issues sooner then later

Pic shows couch on wrong side. They always been on street side


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http://www.coachmenrv.com/product-details.aspx?LineID=63&ModelID=2993#Main


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