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Fancy Free

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Posted: 05/22/20 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Also was going to tow a car behind. Do you call it a "toad"?

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Posted: 05/22/20 06:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fancy Free wrote:

Also was going to tow a car behind. Do you call it a "toad"?


Yeah but then you have to maintain and service two vehicles not one. I am a diehard towable fan so keep that in mind...heh


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Posted: 05/22/20 07:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towing a toad requires adequate motorhome ability. Some are rated for 3500 pounds max while others are 5000 or more.


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Posted: 05/22/20 07:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is true. I would have two vehicles then. That's costly. I need a new vehicle anyway, so might as well try to find a pickup and a 5th wheel or a spacious TT.
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I understand what you are going through. I have been full timing for 14 years so I have a lot of experience to share with you if you want to call me.


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Have you looked at a lot of RVs, at least online? Might also want to go to a RV show if there’s a large one in your area. Don’t need to buy at the show - those prices are generally available despite the hype - but it can be a good way to see what the options are.


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Fancy Free wrote:

Hello all..I am looking to purchase a camper to full time live in. I will be a solo female, not mechanically inclined (but will have to learn).

That is "deep water" you are about to jump into !

I strongly suggest a few weekends with a rental. You will then know what it is like to drive one and live in one.

IMHO, full timing in any motorhome, regardless of size, is an issue. You can't just "run to the store" for milk and bread. Even short sight seeing side trips are a major undertaking.

Towing a small vehicle is an option, but buying a good pickup and a medium size trailer (< 25') I think is a better, more cost effective, option.

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If I was to go solo full time I probably would get a Truck camper setup along with a motor bike on a small platform extension on back... No matter what you end up with all will be different one way or another... For you just starting I like the idea of renting things first so you can decide what might be best for your situation...

I pulled into a camp ground in south west Virginia one time and camped out next to girl that had her setup on the back of her motorcycle... She was comfy as heck haha... She was a book author and going all over the USA writing stories for her books. Forgot who she was now...

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Sometimes a vehicle needs to be taken in for maintenance and repairs, anything from simple oil changes to more complex, time consuming things. With a C (or A) you have dealership service people traipsing through your 'home' and maybe keeping your 'home' for days while waiting for parts. Whereas with a truck and trailer/5th wheel, the 'home' can be parked and lived in during those times. To me this is a big consideration; YMMV.

5th wheels do tow nicely. I could see myself in a compact fiberglass 5er like the Scamp 19 or the (Escape Trailer Industries) Escape 5.0TA. Spacewise they're about equivalent to a 22' travel trailer (where the tongue is included in the length). Low profile, so a smaller truck can be used and fuel economy is better. I keep dreaming.... not ready to retire yet. I hope you find just the right rig. Remember to pick out the trailer/5er first, then find a truck with plenty of extra tow & payload capacity.


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rexlion wrote:

Sometimes a vehicle needs to be taken in for maintenance and repairs, anything from simple oil changes to more complex, time consuming things. With a C (or A) you have dealership service people traipsing through your 'home' and maybe keeping your 'home' for days while waiting for parts. Whereas with a truck and trailer/5th wheel, the 'home' can be parked and lived in during those times. To me this is a big consideration; YMMV.

Oh, and if pulling a toad, you have two vehicle drive trains costing you upkeep instead of one.

5th wheels do tow nicely. I could see myself in a compact fiberglass 5er like the Scamp 19 or the (Escape Trailer Industries) Escape 5.0TA. Spacewise they're about equivalent to a 22' travel trailer (where the tongue is included in the length). Low profile, so a smaller truck can be used and fuel economy is better. I keep dreaming.... not ready to retire yet. I hope you find just the right rig. Remember to pick out the trailer/5er first, then find a truck with plenty of extra tow & payload capacity.


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