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Old 01-20-2013, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Canada
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One of the posters said to start off small, suggesting a pop-up camper. I can't agree to that. My brother and his wife bought one in 2005, and they have had MAJOR troubles since the day they bought it. Seams on the sides are splitting, (costly repair) the pop up top is splitting (costly repair), they are a PIA to set up. The hallway is so narrow when the table is set up, that one person has to sit down on the bench seats to let the other one pass by. They also have to use a cover across their stove for countertop because there is NO other countertop space. They also don't have a toilet (maybe some do?).

The ONLY thing they are good for IMO, is saving gas with less wind-resistance.

A few things I recommend for anyone looking at buying trailers
1) PLENTY OF COUNTERTOPS, you don't want to make coffee on a table because there is no room to make it on your counter.
2) A pantry or LOTS of cupboard space and storage closets
3) If you have kids, you want an area to put them to sleep while you sit up and read, talk, play cards at the other end
4) If you want to park lakeside, make sure you have your table on the proper side, otherwise you might be looking into bush or the neighbor's trailer
5) Did I say lots of COUNTERTOPS?
4) Don't buy a model with a bathroom that doesn't have its OWN door. You don't want to have to pass through the toilet room to get to and from the master bedroom or living area.
5) Bench seats are fine for a few days at a time to sit at. Children and teens find them easy, but it gets tiring and very uncomfortable for adults having to scoot into a bench seat. Look at models with proper chairs at the dining table.

That's about all I can think of at the moment. Maybe some others want to chime in with more suggestions...
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:56 PM
 
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You need a fifth wheel for space, and the size/weight means you need a big diesel dually from Dodge, Ford, or Chevy/GMC. I suggest getting a bigger replacement fuel tanks, and an in bed auxiliary tank, because diesel is hard to find at times, and it is really nice to be able to just keep moving.

Research your tow vehicles. I have a D/A K3500 Dually Silverado. It has two weaknesses, on 4x4's the transfer case has an issue called pump rub which effects high mileage trucks. It is a $50 part and a couple hours labor to fix. Also recommended is a 2 micro fuel filter. There is an after market kit for this which helps preserve the injectors. You can research on your own for the Dodge/Cummings and Ford offerings. Some years are better than others for the Fords.
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