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speediq99

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Posted: 04/21/21 12:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The unit is a 2017 Coachmen Pursue 30FW. Priced at 70k from private seller. It looks like it will hold its value for 1-2 yrs but I may be wrong. New is 105k + tax and fees (125k out the door). It has lost 40% of its value and still is at 9k miles. It sounds like a good deal. Feedback?

I do have a Jeep but setting that up cost 2400 - 3000. Renting a dolly may be the way to go...

It is beginning to sound like the TV + 30ft TT is the way to go... After this years tour de us, we will most likely settle into camping 300-500 miles from home base...

I am tempted by the buy the MH idea and sell it later but it does come with risks and expenses that may not be recoverable.

MC

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Posted: 04/21/21 01:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So here are my takes.

1. If you ask on the class A forum, they will tell you the class A is the only way to go. If you ask on the TT forum, they will tell you the TT is the only way to go. If you ask on the TC forum, they will say to dump both and get a TC.

2. You have and are comfortable with the TT setup.

3. You are concerned about additional costs involved with the class A (setting up the jeep as a toad, recouping costs if you don't like it).

4. You have this one big tour of the U.S. in the near future and want it to be comfortable and happy for all of you.

5. You just bought the tow vehicle.

6. After owning a class C, you have gone on to own three TTs.

7. You are concerned about fuel stops with the TT.

8. Your usual trips are within 300-400 miles from home which has,been fine with the current setup.

With all that, it sounds like the only negative of your current setup are the fuel stops.

So, if you switch to the motorhome and hate it, you're going to take a loss. Either with selling the class A, setting up a toad, and/or buying a new tow vehicle and TT.

If you stay with your current setup, you know what you have. You won't miss what the class A might offer because you've never had it. However, you are likely to miss what you know with the trailer if you go to the class A.

So, I say stick with the TT and enjoy. You can deal with the fuel stops. You won't need to put any money out on a new setup right before your big trip. And you know the TT will work for all the trips after this.


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Posted: 04/21/21 01:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How would setting up a jeep to tow cost 2400-3000?


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Posted: 04/21/21 02:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mike W wrote:

How would setting up a jeep to tow cost 2400-3000?

If you pay to have it set-up for towing. The only fix for fueling, when towing a TT, is to have a diesel powered pickup. In the end, you will have to make the decision.


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speediq99

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Posted: 04/21/21 03:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It may boil down to fueling.

I know you should be able to stop every 2-3 hrs for gas but I have been in places where you have long hill, what you feel is enough gas and you get hit with head winds from a storm. It is uncomfortable and probably a reason to stop but seeing that needled at the half mark point go for 90 miles at best or 50 at worse gives you some anxiety. Two 5 gal tanks in the bed of the truck helps but that is what I deal with. I just wish these companies that build gas trucks meant to tow had a little bit more foresight. A 45g gas tank would make a huge difference.

I tried looking for someone to add a 45g tank but on a 2021 truck that has implications that may void the warranty and impact truck in other ways..

MC

* This post was edited 04/21/21 03:17pm by speediq99 *

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I started with a tent 1978
Then went to a PUP about oh 4 years later
Then to a TT (small one a 13' Scamp)
Then, 16 years ago, to a 38' Class A (with slides it was 13 feet wide set up. talk about an UPGRADE)

Then a semi clipped the Class A, plus I have medical issues so I'd been thinking "Time to park" so now I have an apartment. (Oh the motor home was parked when the semi driver shagged it)

Thinking about another small trailor.. My "new" Jeep can pull 2000 pounds it says in the owner's manual. (I put the insurance check to good use)


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Mike W wrote:

How would setting up a jeep to tow cost 2400-3000?


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A 30 foot class A is equivalent to a 25 foot trailer. I have owned a 37' class A, 23' class B, a few trailers and a few 5th wheels. For serious travel, I love the 5th wheel route. The only drawbacks are set-up and the wife being able to use the restroom or make lunch while in transit (calss A).

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Posted: 04/21/21 07:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Until a few years ago we had both or MH and a TT. One time I was taking the TT to a campground an hour+ away for my Mom to use and I started thinking maybe just having it would be fine. Sell the MH and save the $$$.

I drove back home and grabbed the MH. I wasn't 5 miles down the road and was asking myself what the heck was I thinking.

The TT is gone, the MH is still in the garage.


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Bruce Brown wrote:

I drove back home and grabbed the MH. I wasn't 5 miles down the road and was asking myself what the heck was I thinking.


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