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theoldwizard1

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Posted: 09/25/18 03:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Optimistic Paranoid wrote:

First of all, you do NOT want to buy a new trailer. Depreciation on RVs is absolutely BRUTAL.

I agree 100% !

Second, start small. How long do you think your trips would be ? How about a pop up ? How about a hybrid ?

A year or two and you will know it you like camping and have a better idea of what floor plan you suite your family.

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In my humble opinion. If I was in your shoes. I would keep the Yukon, and not buy a Trailer. I would get a Motor Home to fit your needs. By the time you buy a travel Trailer, AND a proper truck to tow it. You will have spent more than enough to buy a suitable Motor home.

There are many nice Motor homes in the $75,000 or less range that will do what you want. There a re few if any Truck, and travel trailer combinations that will do what you want for less than $75,000.



And BTW. I always buy new. I don't want some one else's junk. I want the bed to be fresh, I want any scratch on the paint to be mine. I don't want to find the leak they couldn't, or the mess they left in the tanks.


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If you have no experience in towing a trailer the best money spent would be to rent a 12-14 foot U-Haul cargo trailer and practice backing it until you master the art. Be sure to purchase their insurance on it. Much better than destroying a new travel trailer of your dreams.

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I also buy new, and I kept our new TT for 7 years before selling it. Did not make money off the deal, but I at least reached the point it wouldn't cost me anything to sell it. So if you buy new just know that's what you're looking at, 5-7 years before you can get out of it. You can make your determination of new vs used from there.

Taking a rental trip isn't a bad idea of you've never camped before. I think a lot of us (but certainly not everyone) probably start small. We camped a pop up for a few years before going to a hybrid, now onto a 37' TT. It's a process[emoticon] But some people buy a brand new trailer, take off down the road and then find out they absolutely hate camping. Then you're stuck.

I'd say start with what your vehicle can pull. Get the VIN and see if someone at a dealership can run it for you to get your specific specifications. If it is enough to pull a decent size trailer, then that will give you a place to start considering different models in that weight range.


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As others have mentioned find out what the tow limits are for your truck. Nothing worse then falling in love with a particular trailer only to find out your tow vehicle is no where near capable of towing it.

Once you know the limits of your tow vehicle check out models that will not exceed those limits but meet the living space needs for your family.

I understand why some people advise not to buy a new trailer but if you decide to go the used routine know that if you're not able to fix what breaks you'll be paying someone else to fix it. An RV is combination house and vehicle. If you're handy working on both have at it.

I would second all of those that said rent an RV for a long weekend and take a trip with the family to get some idea of the pros and cons of RVing. That was how we got started. Took a long weekend trip to Lake George and the first thing my wife said when we got back were "where are we going next". That's when I got serious about looking.

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one thing for you to look at is the rule of thumb for tow vehicle wheel base. at the top of the page there is a rv faq's section. somewhere in that section,(you will have to look for it) there is a section on wheel base and tow vehicles. your yukon will not tow a 30 ft TT very well at all. maybe in the 20 to 24 ft maybe. good luck and I will say do not do over kill, I would hate to see you and your family be unsafe

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There is no perfect RV.
All have pros and cons. It is hard to tell what will be a good fit until you try one. Find a decent older rig that has depreciated but is in good shape. Then take the plunge and get out there. If you don't like it, you can sell it for close to what you paid for it. It will help remove your anxiety.

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We took a LLLOOONNNGGG time picking out our first camper...Lengths, floor plans, brands, tank sizes...Heck, we're a year into picking out our SECOND camper...same issues, lots to choose from AND lots of wants lots of needs and lots of ways to camp.

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I'd consider a pop-up. Plenty of room for sleeping 4 of you. Very easy to tow, especially if you don't have prior experience. More of a camping experience than an RV experience though, but young kids won't mind. It's all an adventure for them.


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ppine wrote:

There is no perfect RV.
All have pros and cons. It is hard to tell what will be a good fit until you try one. Find a decent older rig that has depreciated but is in good shape. Then take the plunge and get out there. If you don't like it, you can sell it for close to what you paid for it. It will help remove your anxiety.


^ This. Low price of admission, may get all the hitch stuff with the used camper (save more $).

Your biggest challenge, is if you're nervous towing, is to get a handle on that. 30'+ 5 ver and a huge pickup maybe isn't the best place to start. Small/med TT behind the Yukon and get some miles under your belt before going big time.
Another plus for the used reasonably priced trailer, won't hurt so bad when or if you goof up while learning and put a whisky dent in it!

On the upside, it's fun and IMO camping isn't as much about the camper, but where you're headed and what you're doing when you get there!


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