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laknox

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BurbMan wrote:

Look at used like a 2019 or 2020 model, a lot of folks bought RVs and are getting out of them. Start a search on RV trader, you may be able to find what you are looking for below budget, and 1-2 years old is just like new, and in some cases better since the original owner had all of the warranty issues taken care of [emoticon]


Don't forget to search RVT, as well. Their search engine is =far= superior to Trader's, with many fewer false positives. Only downside is that Trader is still the 600 lb gorilla as far as postings.

Make sure you use their advanced search tools to filter down to an exact model, unless you want to do a more general search.

Another useful tool that I've used is called SearchTempest (www.searchtempest.com) that searches ALL Craigslist listings in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as evil-bay and Amazon. Depending on what you're looking for, it's possible that it will return a huge load of irrelevant hits, but you can pare it down by using "-x -y -z", etc., to reduce the number of hits. Personally, I open =all= tabs at once and just close them as I look at them.

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Ken, the maximum payload capacity will be from about 3800lbs to 4000lbs. It will most likely be at 3900lbs from the videos I've seen with people with the same trim level. The 5wh GVWRs I've been looking at have been no more than 11500lbs therefore, having a max pin weight of 2300lbs (using the 20% rule). So I would have around 1600lbs not including passengers, extra cargo, 5wh hitch etc.

Yes, I agree we only plan to have 3 to 6 people when using our camper but the capacity of 8 would only be a just in case situation.

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Thank you for the pro tips Lyle!

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Vpolio90 wrote:

Yes, I have read articles of how bad the build quality has been especially during the pandemic.

I've had multiple people steer me towards KZ so I will definitely check them out.


If you can find a pre-'16 KZ in good condition, you're much better off. Thor bought them out in '15 (along with Jayco), and, IMO, quality started to suffer after about '16. They're still better than average, though. My brother fell into a "deal" on an '18 Reflection, fully kitted out with =way= more than necessary. He could sell it today, a year later, for easily $2-3k more than he paid for it.

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Vpolio90 wrote:

Thank you for the pro tips Lyle!

Victor


I wouldn't call them "pro", just experience from nearly 5 years of shopping! :-)

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jdc1 wrote:

Also, a 28' RV is going to be really small once you shove 8 people in there. Mine seems small with just the two of us.


I would look into toy haulers. Many come with 2 queen size beds in the garage area that can be raised to the ceiling when traveling. That buys you 4 sleeping spots. Assuming the parents are in the front bed, that means just 2 kids have to sleep in the living room area.

Of course, you are probably looking something more like 35ft.

It also gives you places to put bikes and other stuff for the kids.

Out of curiosity, what is the plan for 8 while in transport. Even the big 4 door pickups are really only good for up to 6 people.

This also has an advantage as toy haulers tend to have more cargo capacity and with 8 people, you likely will be cramming a lot into it.

Definitely, don't forget about people and gear in the truck when looking at payload. 6 adults are likely to be 800-1200lb of payload before hooking up the trailer or putting anything in the truck bed.


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What does everyone think about OP taking a look at mid bunk/multi purpose room 5ers? Offers 2 in mid room, 2 on loft and 2 in rear. Although, I'd tend to agree that a toy hauler (TH) would probly be his best best overall.


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I have never thought about a TH. What TH 5er would yall recommend.

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ACZL wrote:

What does everyone think about OP taking a look at mid bunk/multi purpose room 5ers? Offers 2 in mid room, 2 on loft and 2 in rear. Although, I'd tend to agree that a toy hauler (TH) would probly be his best best overall.


I really like the mid bunks, I was intrigued by them, the problem I see is the one I liked was 41', and would eliminate most of the state parks we like to visit.


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Vpolio90 wrote:

I have never thought about a TH. What TH 5er would yall recommend.


If you want the top of the crop, look at DRV Mobile Suites Full House and New Horizon. But it takes more than a SRW truck can haul...Youa re into MDT territory.

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