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Old 08-02-2007, 09:51 AM   #15
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Ploss, Here's my thinking: First off you are probably right. Frankly I haven't been in a 19', but the pictures seem comfortable enough. I'm thinking about the ease of towing a smaller trailer, getting in & out of places, plus the economics of a lighter trailer. I will be towing with a 2004 Tacoma V6 4 wheel dr. In some ways don't you think smaller is easier & more economical. Plus I would rather be outside than in. On rainy days there is the computer, reading, & cooking. Also I would think there is less to keep up with a smaller trailer. It seems to me if I were going to get a larger one, say 25', I would want to park it & leave it as an apartment in some interesting place along the ocean on either coast if that is possible. Also converting the couch into a bed doesn't sound to great, but I would think sometimes we would just leave it down-maybe.
We got a 19ftr in June and traded it for a 25ftr in August. You see according to the pictures everything looked big enough. The bed was way too small and it was a circus trick to use the throne with the door closed and we are of average size.

It occurs to me that for the same price as a 1-2 year old 19 you can get a brand new Safari SSport in 22ft. Its not a wide body and lighter. The downside is your bed is a sofa by day. The upside is a big bath and light wieght.

The wisest thing to do is to go to a dealership and get in the trailers. KNow what works and what doesnot. That will save you lots of money and grief.
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:07 AM   #16
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Ploss, Here's my thinking: First off you are probably right. Frankly I haven't been in a 19', but the pictures seem comfortable enough. I'm thinking about the ease of towing a smaller trailer, getting in & out of places, plus the economics of a lighter trailer. I will be towing with a 2004 Tacoma V6 4 wheel dr.
The Tacoma V6 is a limiting factor, especially in the mountains, I think your options in the new market will be the smallest Airstreams, the new Sport, I think it's a 17', and the 16' Bambi. Just my guess, but unless you change tow vehicles or buy an older, lighter model, those two are probably your choice.

As for where to purchase, I agree, if new, pick a dealer with a reputation for good service.

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Old 08-02-2007, 10:31 AM   #17
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A Tacoma V6 is a strong truck, but I see your point. I have to agree with going lighter. Remember that you'll probably pack half a ton of equipment into your truck and trailer as well. You need something light. But if cost were no object, what would your tow vehicle and trailer of choice be for this trip?
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Old 08-02-2007, 10:35 AM   #18
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Ploss, Here's my thinking: First off you are probably right. Frankly I haven't been in a 19', but the pictures seem comfortable enough. I'm thinking about the ease of towing a smaller trailer, getting in & out of places, plus the economics of a lighter trailer. I will be towing with a 2004 Tacoma V6 4 wheel dr. In some ways don't you think smaller is easier & more economical. Plus I would rather be outside than in. On rainy days there is the computer, reading, & cooking. Also I would think there is less to keep up with a smaller trailer. It seems to me if I were going to get a larger one, say 25', I would want to park it & leave it as an apartment in some interesting place along the ocean on either coast if that is possible. Also converting the couch into a bed doesn't sound to great, but I would think sometimes we would just leave it down-maybe.
Smaller trailers and bigger trailers (to a point and I am talking 16' Bambi to the 25' model range) have all the same equipment except you increase the distance between each item. They all have the same to keep up with..... To a certian extent they each have a fridge, stove (OK - maybe not an oven in the 16' Bambi) bed, table, tanks etc. So, it's more what you feel comfortable in and what you can pay for.

Maybe, you're thinking storage - well that will go out the window when you load that 16' up and see it is contructed at near its max towing weight.
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I wouldn't take the chance that by the time you've travelled, relaxed, chilled and so on.... ....you might need to accommodate more than two by the time you get back!
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OK people,

Thanks for the response. So maybe a 22 footer. Question: Is the Tacoma V6 too small?
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I think you're towing capacity is 5,000. You could pull a 22, but you'd be working your truck. It's not too small, but the lighter the better. You could probably pull a 26 footer over the mountains if you stayed in 2nd gear, but it would be a long trip. Is your truck an automatic?
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Old 08-02-2007, 06:00 PM   #23
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There is a wieght difference between the Safari Sport and the the other models. The SPort being lighter. Just more facts to knock around your brain while you do your research.
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Old 08-02-2007, 08:55 PM   #24
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Note this recent post in " Please stop me if I am headed in the wrong direction" on the main portal page--

You must be looking at an older Tacoma to be rated at only 3500 lbs...we tow our 2006 19' Bambi with a 2007 Tacoma...rated at 6500 lbs with the factory tow package...but anythng bigger and, "Houston, we'd have a problem." Toyota has beefed up their trucks recently...thank goodness...as a Tundra won't fit in our garage! The Tacoma is performing quite nicely and that's even up and down some steep grades...we aren't going to win any races in those situations, of course, but we can keep up to the speed limit, which is the most any of us should be doing, anyway!

Good luck...and many Happy Trails...TB
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