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Old 01-31-2005, 12:08 PM   #15
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We have a 2001 classic 30' which is the same length of the 31' and find the accomodations fine for two. (steamed windows and all). I myself would prefer the longer trailer.

As for tow vehicle, we tow our trailer with a half ton sub. When we purchased the vehicle in 2001 the tow capacity was 10,000 lbs with a 4:10 rear end. We purchased a 3:73 thinking that was good enough for towing and non-towing. After the first year, I switched out the ring and pinon gears to a 4:10 rear end. The difference is unbeleavable. Whatever you do, 6.0 or 8.1, get the 4:10 rear end. Myself, I think the 8.1 will be overkill. We've been through the rockies twice and of course the white mountains here in NH many times and find the 5.3 to handle our load just fine.

Good luck in your decisions.


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Old 01-31-2005, 03:41 PM   #16
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You should be able to get 20-25% off list price for an in-stock new trailer of 25+ feet in length.

We purchased our 2003 Safari 25SS new for $30K when the list was $40K. The current Blue Book value is around $28K. If the Blue Book value is right, then new trailer depreciation may not be too bad.

If you like National Forest, National Park, or State Forest campgrounds then you may wish to limit the length to 25 - 28 feet, any longer and you wont fit! If you like developed RV parks then buy longer.

Personally I find many RV parks unattractive, small sites, and overpriced. They remind me of mobile home parks, and I don't think of my family in our Airstream as trailer trash!

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