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VOZ

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Posted: 06/14/18 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

SoundGuy wrote:

VOZ wrote:

too late, I already own it,,,
Rode home just fine, considering I forget to hook up my brake controller ..


The true test is once the trailer is fully loaded & ready to camp with everyone in the truck, along with any cargo you may carry in the back of the truck. Congrats and good luck with it. [emoticon]


Thank You!

I can pull 6500lb with my Tacoma. When I hooked it up, it sagged very little.. Going out tomorrow, will be loaded. I'll report back my findings...

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Posted: 06/14/18 01:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

VOZ wrote:

too late, I already own it,,,
Rode home just fine, considering I forget to hook up my brake controller ..


SoundGuy wrote:

The true test is once the trailer is fully loaded & ready to camp with everyone in the truck, along with any cargo you may carry in the back of the truck. Congrats and good luck with it. [emoticon]


VOZ wrote:

I can pull 6500lb with my Tacoma. When I hooked it up, it sagged very little.. Going out tomorrow, will be loaded. I'll report back my findings...


By "6500 lbs" I assume you're referring to your Tacy's trailer tow rating ... if so, that doesn't mean you can tow any trailer actually weighing that much but that the total weight of everything, not just the trailer, can be as much as 6500 lbs. However, even if you towed anywhere near that you'd be towing at 100% capacity of the vehicle which most don't find particularly pleasant. Good luck! [emoticon]

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SoundGuy wrote:

VOZ wrote:

too late, I already own it,,,
Rode home just fine, considering I forget to hook up my brake controller ..


SoundGuy wrote:

The true test is once the trailer is fully loaded & ready to camp with everyone in the truck, along with any cargo you may carry in the back of the truck. Congrats and good luck with it. [emoticon]


VOZ wrote:

I can pull 6500lb with my Tacoma. When I hooked it up, it sagged very little.. Going out tomorrow, will be loaded. I'll report back my findings...


By "6500 lbs" I assume you're referring to your Tacy's trailer tow rating ... if so, that doesn't mean you can tow any trailer actually weighing that much but that the total weight of everything, not just the trailer, can be as much as 6500 lbs. However, even if you towed anywhere near that you'd be towing at 100% capacity of the vehicle which most don't find particularly pleasant. Good luck! [emoticon]


You are correct sir... I did take it on a small trip, only 1.5hrs away. aside from gas mileage (sucks) it went well..

I've been trying to keep weight down to a minimum, whenever possible, all tanks empty etc...

Where can I get it weighed?

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Well after 4 pages, it still comes down to the basic three items.
1. Floor plan. It remains when all else is solved or accepted.
2. Tow Vehicle cargo rating. Either you have enough or you have to live with the fact that you are overloading your vehicle and increasing the wear and tear.
3. Cost. TTs are a hobby and should not pose and undue cost burden on the family.

Almost everything else is opinions and choice.

Good Luck


Twenty six foot 2010 Dutchmen Lite pulled with a 2011 EcoBoost F-150 4x4.

Just right for Grandpa, Grandma and the dog.


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rbpru wrote:

Well after 4 pages, it still comes down to the basic three items.
1. Floor plan. It remains when all else is solved or accepted.
2. Tow Vehicle cargo rating. Either you have enough or you have to live with the fact that you are overloading your vehicle and increasing the wear and tear.
3. Cost. TTs are a hobby and should not pose and undue cost burden on the family.

Almost everything else is opinions and choice.

Good Luck


Got it all covered sir, gas mileage went to ****.
It pulled good at 70mph, I just want to get it weighed to see where I'm at.

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~DJ~ wrote:

Which brands to avoid?

This is a total throw of the dice. We started out with an entry level 2010 Springdale 18' TT. Used it 5 seasons with zero problems. Never went back to the shop. Then we upgraded ([emoticon] ) to a new Nash 23D. Only kept it 1 season as it spent most of the time in the shop with a myriad of electrical problems and a chattering slide-out that virtually felt like an earthquake running it in and out.

We now have a 2016 Arctic Fox 25R. Problem free? Not hardly. It is currently in the shop with a laundry list a half page long of things needing fixed. At least the slide-out operates smooth as glass plus there is an access door for a hand crank should it ever fail, something the Nash did not have. Was always concerned the slide would fail out in the middle of nowhere!!!

Anyway, the problems currently with the AF are very minor and hoping we will have a trouble free future!!!

Good Luck.


wow, really sorry to hear that. We got our 2018 Nash new last year and has been trouble free so far. Zero time in the shop. We've used it enough now to know that everything works as it's supposed to.

Sure hope the AF gets up to snuff ASAP.

I still recommend NW products, but that's just my opinion.


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