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We rented a trailer before buying, learned a LOT in that one week camping with it.

We then purchased a used 17' hybrid travel trailer (full height hard sided travel trailer with tent ends) with two toddlers. It was awesome. Eventually I wanted to get rid of the tents for various reasons so we moved to a 24' travel trailer. Still have it now with the same two kids as teenagers. Yes we have to convert the couch and dinette for beds. It works fine for us.

Don't 'need' a 30' bunkhouse to camp and have fun.


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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

First of all, you do NOT want to buy a new trailer. Depreciation on RVs is absolutely BRUTAL. Savvy buyers let some other idiot eat the depreciation.
That only applies when and if you sell it.

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donn0128 wrote:

All trailers except a couple are built pretty much the same using the same appliances etc. Light weight or those billed as light weight trailers are light for a reason. The builders skimped on stuff...
Or they used materials that are just as strong but lighter. Which is why the don't build airplanes out of wood anymore and also why airstreams cost more and last forever.

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2oldman wrote:

Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

First of all, you do NOT want to buy a new trailer. Depreciation on RVs is absolutely BRUTAL. Savvy buyers let some other idiot eat the depreciation.
That only applies when and if you sell it.


Huh. I wonder what percentage of new RV buyers actually keep it more than 5 to 7 years? I'm not sure where we would find studies of that kind of thing, but anecdotal evidence from the different forums suggest, to me, at least, that it's a pretty low number.

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Consider a smaller travel trailer and tenting the kids if you're worried about how much you can tow.


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Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

Huh. I wonder what percentage of new RV buyers actually keep it more than 5 to 7 years?
I don't know, but I bought with the firm intention to never sell. After 15 years I think I made the right choice, and I didn't end up buying someone else's problems. New is real nice.

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A major change in lifestyle is what is overwhelming you. This is a major purchae and it can be scary. Will the wife and Kids love it as much as you think you will or... hate it? hard to predict

A 5er usally has an "upper bunk" which may excite the kids. perhaps a bit more total inside room.. They are easier to back up and tow. but... If you put a cover on the bed of your pick up (or a "Cap") then with a TT you have a Storage room for extra "Stuff". .. So.. Recommendations I can only give one.

Jump on in .. THe water is fine.


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There's a lot there and you've already gotten some good advice. I will summarize mine in three points...

1) Know your limits. Make sure your truck and trailer are a good match or you may very well end up having to shell out a lot more than expected to replace things moving forward. Payload, tow ratings, GVWR, GCWR, RAWR, Tongue weight...these are all terms you should be sure to understand before you pull the trigger on the purchase of a trailer or a truck!

2) Take your time. Dip your tow in the water. Rent a unit at a local campground for a weekend as a first try, then maybe drive to a more intriguing destination and rent one for a week. Owning an RV is a lifestyle (and an expensive one). If being in a trailer once or twice a year for a few nights is enough, there are easier and cheaper ways to make that happen. If you find that you all love it, you can jump in deeper. You can start experiencing the opportunities now, but make sure it's for you before you go all in.

3) Don't be afraid to post questions here, but try to focus in on them one or two at a time. Online responses drift in a million directions in a hurry. The more concise you can be with your questions, the more helpful we can be with our responses.

Good luck!

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I agree about renting a trailer first.
Determine if the lifestyle fits you and your family first.


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