I have been doing some researching, much reading of previous posts and threads and feel I have a valid question.
First, a little about my situation.
The decision to get a trailer, esp. an Airstream is more an emotional one and not a necessity. We are happy tenting but we are ready to take our experience to a different level. I like vintage things, and like probably most of you, an Airstream caught my eye at an early stage. I'm ready to embrace that romance and get serious!
I do not own either the TV nor the TT although I'm shopping for both.
I have NO towing experience, nor trailer camping experience but am very experienced in car tent camping and backpacking.
I am wanting a 'silver bullet' to extend my camping season despite the weather conditions.
I live in Calgary, Alberta which is 1 hour from the Canadian Rockies and my wife and I hike, downhill mountian bike and dirt-bike trail ride. If possible, a properly winterized trailer could entice us into camping at the ski hill during the winter. Water may not need to be carried at all if a freezing hazard).
The tent camping season starts (I'm not a serious snow camper) about May and ends about mid October. Out of that range, you are looking at serious cold, wet and snow. One reason to go camping during those conditions is to get away from everyone else. My wife and I enjoy reading and 'putting' around a campsite/boondock is no problem.
The longest we would camp in a trailer would be 1 week absolute max.
It may gross you out, but in that 1 week, we may not need to shower using onboard facilities. Drinking water would be either brought with or fresh filtered from nearby streams/lakes. I mention this since water storage on a trailer accounts for a percentage of total weight.
We don't need much in the way of luxuries, and I expect to do most of the cooking out of the trailer over a campfire unless weather dictates otherwise. Again, if the weather is pretty much anything other than rain or snow, we will spend a lot of time outside instead of cooped up.
Due to our ecological leanings, a full-size truck is out of the question. Don't get me wrong..I lust after a Cummins and realize the awesome potential of a full size truck. However, my lovely spouse is extremely resistant to the idea and when I analyze my potential usage of a truck, I have to agree. We would be towing the trailer about 5 times a year. Maximum 10 times..estimated distance each trip no more than 800 miles. The primary use of the TV would be commuting to work and general household chores. Fuel is only going to get more expensive so I have to hedge all bets! I hate having to upgrade since that usually is a loss-generating position and am content..honestly content to keep my trailer size to a minimum. Again, with our expected usage, it is more of a roof over the head and the desire to add 'vintage' to our camping experience. I won't be living in it..it'll be my weekend warrior.
I desire a 4x4 due to our road and snow conditions although I see advantages to the 4x2 with snow tires. Properly weighted and 'shod', a rear wheel drive isn't something I fear. True off-road mud trails I'd rather leave to my dirtbike and not the truck so I'm wishy-washy on the 4x4.
The trailer I envision us being able to live with (again, the larger the trailer, the less likely I can justify trailering at all...this might seem strange, but we believe in keeping it small) would be something very similar to a 1960-70's Caravel
A well sorted out Caravel
of this vintage, with a new axle and modern tires, would suit our needs perfectly. Small enough for just the two of us (and only two of us) yet large enough to 'live' in for a week but more than enough to enjoy for the weekend.
I am trying to provide as much detail so as to avoid the common questions. I value your advice and time and wish to simply give you as much info as I can.
In the next message, I will detail one truck I'm considering as well as providing some specific 'real world' numbers for a trailer like I'm considering.
I think it works reasonably well (read: has a safety margin most could live with and satisfies my 'daily driver' needs without bankrupting the gas budget).
What I need is advice on aspects I know nothing about
Length of trailer vs. length of TV..tail wagging dog issues?
If payload is maxed out on a rare occassion, would you add a leaf spring?
Alternative vehicles satisfying above story requirements?
Actual numbers coming tomorrow!
Thanks in advance.