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mordecai81

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Posted: 08/20/19 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Fellow Minnesotan here. Our state park system is the best in the country, hands down. Our first trailer was a 20 ft Rockwood Mini-Lite that we used locally and all the way out to the Oregon Coast. Decent quality and was perfect for a couple. When one of the kids would meet us on a trip they would tent it. Buy the trailer you two need and don't go bigger just for the rare times you are joined by one of the kids. We have a no slide ORV now but stayed sub-25 ft just for the reasons you mentioned.
A WDH/sway control may be a necessity. Don't choose a trailer just to avoid that. Go quality first then the floor plan.

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Posted: 08/20/19 07:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going cross country is really just a series of shorter trips. We do the 300 mile/6 hour per day thing. Works well for us. We also have certain destinations in mind, so most stops are planned and reserved in advance.
Our 21’ trailer has been perfect for us.
We are starting our plans for a round the Great Lakes trip and have no concerns about the truck or the trailer.


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mordecai81 wrote:

Fellow Minnesotan here. Our state park system is the best in the country, hands down. Our first trailer was a 20 ft Rockwood Mini-Lite that we used locally and all the way out to the Oregon Coast. Decent quality and was perfect for a couple. When one of the kids would meet us on a trip they would tent it. Buy the trailer you two need and don't go bigger just for the rare times you are joined by one of the kids. We have a no slide ORV now but stayed sub-25 ft just for the reasons you mentioned.
A WDH/sway control may be a necessity. Don't choose a trailer just to avoid that. Go quality first then the floor plan.


Thanks,

You noted it was your first trailer, what are you using now?

I would agree with you, our our park system is fantastic but I'm a tad biased! Don't want to let to many people know how nice they are, its hard enough to get in to some of them now!

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Posted: 08/20/19 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I have a 24' TT for the last 6 years. We've used it for a lot of local camping, but also to go from Florida out to Arizona and Utah, as well as the Smoky Mountains in TN. Tows great with our Ram 1500. The camper has a GVWR of 5,000 pounds. I use an Anderson WDH mainly for sway control; easy to set up and not heavy. The camper has a queen bed and two bunks. Normally it is just my wife and me, but on occasion our daughter and son in law have joined us with no problem. Wouldn't hesitate to go cross country in a camper that size.


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A couple of years ago when camping over labor day weekend, a class C came in, backed in their site all crooked and jumped out and setup. I was talking with them and they were traveling the country in a rented RV, they had the setup down to the minute, crooked in site was to get it level without any blocks or jacks. He said only condition was the back pointing generally south so the satellite dish worked.. They were in one day, gone the next, onward (it was just an overnighter, not one of the sites they were seeing).. They had put something like 22,000 miles on the RV over the summer all over the lower 48.

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Our current trailer is an ORV 20FQ. They discontinued that model but the new 21RD is the same trailer but a foot longer. It is ideal for us and our camping style, i.e. boondocking, shoulder seasons and much solar on the roof. Good luck with your search!

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We have a Jayco 23BHM, it has a murphy bed up front and two smaller bunks in the rear that we use for storage. It is 23' on the inside with a slide-out dinette. We like the slide for the additional room that you get. The trailer feels much more open. I have added privacy curtains in the back so we can come out of the shower and change clothes without the world looking at us!

I don't think I really need anything bigger! It tows like a well with my 1/2 ton Chevy!

My best advise:
1. Shop around, walk & sit in lots of trailer, keep a list of what you like and don't like.

2. Don't feel bad, you might not make the right choice the first time! You can never know how it works until you use it!

Happy Camping & Save travels!


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jay427 wrote:

afidel wrote:

Would be nice if the TT was small enough that I would not have to mess around with WDH's etc. Just quick hook up an go.

That's not really an option, my TT is only 18' and there's no way I would tow it without a WDH with sway control. Even behind a 2500 it moved around more than I liked and that was without wind or panic maneuvers. To each their own but I'd never tow a TT without sway control. That said putting the bars on or taking them off takes maybe 30s so it's not like it has any meaningful impact on our setup and tear down time.


I suppose it depends, our old 20' TT behind the our old 2009 2500hd did not care if the WDH was on or off. With the 1/2 ton we used the WDH half the time, less 100 miles runs I did not even mess with it. Each trailer does pull different for sure.

I get what you are saying about the time deal, it just seems like it takes forever when is raining out. I was using a Rigid Hitch and swore getting the bars on took a few minutes by the time I dug out the bar, set the pins, jack the trailer up to get the bars on, etc. Granted this was 7-8 years ago so my mind is foggy[emoticon]


When I had a 30' trailer I used WD bars.
Now I'm towing a 20' w/o bars.
My HD F-150 Echoboost is a beast for towing.
My camper only weighs 3300 lbs, and I'm using a Reese 6000# hitch.
Set it up right, put on E-rated tires. Pay attention to air in the tires,
and go, go, go. You also have to pay attention to weight in the bed of
the truck and how you load the trailer.
Years of towing make a big difference deciding when towing is set up
just right.

jay427

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OleManOleCan wrote:

jay427 wrote:

afidel wrote:

Would be nice if the TT was small enough that I would not have to mess around with WDH's etc. Just quick hook up an go.

That's not really an option, my TT is only 18' and there's no way I would tow it without a WDH with sway control. Even behind a 2500 it moved around more than I liked and that was without wind or panic maneuvers. To each their own but I'd never tow a TT without sway control. That said putting the bars on or taking them off takes maybe 30s so it's not like it has any meaningful impact on our setup and tear down time.


I suppose it depends, our old 20' TT behind the our old 2009 2500hd did not care if the WDH was on or off. With the 1/2 ton we used the WDH half the time, less 100 miles runs I did not even mess with it. Each trailer does pull different for sure.

I get what you are saying about the time deal, it just seems like it takes forever when is raining out. I was using a Rigid Hitch and swore getting the bars on took a few minutes by the time I dug out the bar, set the pins, jack the trailer up to get the bars on, etc. Granted this was 7-8 years ago so my mind is foggy[emoticon]


When I had a 30' trailer I used WD bars.
Now I'm towing a 20' w/o bars.
My HD F-150 Echoboost is a beast for towing.
My camper only weighs 3300 lbs, and I'm using a Reese 6000# hitch.
Set it up right, put on E-rated tires. Pay attention to air in the tires,
and go, go, go. You also have to pay attention to weight in the bed of
the truck and how you load the trailer.
Years of towing make a big difference deciding when towing is set up
just right.


yep, that's about my experience as well. Based on our truck and previous TT's our 20' TT was a give and take with the WDH, we never pulled it over 300 miles and that would have been a long haul at that.

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So maybe I’m dating myself but there was a time when an 18’ trailer was considered big! Being in Anoka you are close to many of the bigger dealers. Time to take a look. Take some notes and use your phone for pictures. When we have it narrowed down to a couple of units we would send the salesman away and spend maybe 30 minutes just “living” in them. Best of luck. And our state parks are horrible so everyone should just stay home.

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