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valhalla360

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Posted: 01/05/18 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As mentioned a bit of overkill on the truck but better too much than too little.

We have done similar (see signature).

If you are good on a 30' boat, a 30' 5th wheel will seem downright spacious...especially since there is no need to launch the dingy just to take a walk.

Your budget will get you a nice setup though a 2015 truck will eat up the bulk of it. We just picked up a 2009 34' 5th wheel last year in very nice condition. The prior 28' unit was only $4500 and was pretty much trouble free for a decade of use.

Big thing to make sure of is no water damage. Everything else is pretty reliable and/or easy to fix.


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@theoldwizard1 : Exactly, hence the decision to go for 3500HD. thanks for all the tips. For the camping we are looking to boondock 50/50 campsites, like when we are on boat sometimes on anchor somewhere secluded sometimes in marinas :-), and i have my eye on external dual-fuel generator only thing i am still undecided if i want one built in or external, actually comments on this would be really welcome.

As for build, is the build quality really an issue ? eg. gelcoat, frame, furniture etc. ? just asking because price for new trailer is almost the same as boat so one would expect same quality.

DutchmenSport

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

DutchmenSport wrote:


I personally suggest looking for a truck that has all 3 of these features already installed: Integrated Brake Controller, Exhaust Brake, and Cruise Control. (Turn on all 3 and you almost never have to touch the brake or accelerator peddles unless traffic forces you to slow down).

Exhaust Brake is only required on a diesel engine.


(exactly ... "hint, hint!)


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@valhalla360: thanks :-) well our fav. boat is Oceanis 38 so little bigger, but it also have 3 cabins and engine all that eats loads of internal space.

Any suggestions what to look for when we short list couple of trailers and start checking them ?

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Oh yeah i would prefer Diesel ;-) but looking at both engines.

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bacil wrote:

...generator ... if i want one built in or external ...


No debate here. Get one built in. It's much less complicated, not subject to theft, and has a permanent place to transport it.

Only draw back, if you need the generator (say for your house if you have a power outage at home), you may need to run long extension cords. Otherwise, I strongly advise one built in, not stand alone.

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@DutchmenSport : Point taken, and still dual or just propane one ? In the case of built in i would probably prefer propane only as i dont want to have to build another separated tank for the gas ?

Anyone has experience with aftermarket installation of the generator ? or should i look for the trailer with one already ?

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If you get a generator that's built in, it will already have the gas tank installed.

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Obviously, but again it would mean another tank installed or having to be installed for gas. while i already carry propane hence the question about duality of fuels

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bacil wrote:

For the camping we are looking to boondock 50/50 campsites, like when we are on boat sometimes on anchor somewhere secluded sometimes in marinas :-), and i have my eye on external dual-fuel generator only thing i am still undecided if i want one built in or external, actually comments on this would be really welcome.

Well if you are used to living (at least overnight) "on the hook", then you know that a good battery bank is important. Your 5er probably does not have an inverter, so buy an inverter/charger. One that accepts shore power and generator power.

As for a generator, I really do not have experience in that area. My gut says get an external one. You can buy some that are already setup for dual fuel. Hondas are nice, but there are other good quality ones out there for about 1/2 the price.

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As for build, is the build quality really an issue ? eg. gelcoat, frame, furniture etc. ? just asking because price for new trailer is almost the same as boat so one would expect same quality.

Not necessarily a good comparison. Besides you said you were looking at used. Water leaks are usually the biggest issue. On any used RV you really need to get on the roof and do a close inspection for tears or caulking pulling away. If the floor is the least bit soft, run don't walk away (just like a soft deck on a yacht).

* This post was edited 01/05/18 06:20pm by theoldwizard1 *

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