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Old 09-27-2014, 08:35 PM   #1
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Thinking about a 30 ft serenity.

Would you recommend the coach floor plan or lazy boy chairs

Also what kind of vehicle would be required to tow

My wife and I are looking at this as an retirement option where we a explore for 6-8 months of the year the first 2-3 years into our retirement.

We've never rv camped..but we don't like to sit around and want to see all of canada and US.

How much in fuel cost would we look at to pull the model we are looking at.

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Old 09-28-2014, 03:49 AM   #2
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To safely and legally tow a 30' AS you'll want a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. Anything less will not have enough tongue weight, not have enough payload, not enough horsepower, not enough brakes, not enough cooling, etc.

Others who should know better will argue (incorrectly) that even a 3/4 ton truck is "overkill" for your 30' trailer.

Others will recommend spending lots of money to jury-rig big chunks of steel onto a poor, helpless minivan.

IMHO these solutions are dangerous for a variety of reasons - especially if you are a first-time tower.

If you are interested in doing the job right you might use this spreadsheet to help guide you. When you start to plug and chug numbers into it you'll quickly start to see that a 3/4 ton truck is not overkill, and that some black magic is involved in making a minivan capable of towing such a large, heavy trailer.

Fuel cost will depend on miles covered and your cost of fuel. Assume that most adequately-sized tow vehicles will get about 10 mpg (US) when towing. You might get lucky and squeak out as many as 12 mpg if you really watch your right foot and keep your speed down.

Good luck!

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Old 09-28-2014, 05:01 AM   #3
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It is not horsepower or braking that limits a 1/2 ton truck- only payload limits a 1/2 ton.
Tongue weight and payload are the same thing. Let's say you have 1,600# payload. Put 1,000# tongue weight on the ball. You have 600# left. Add 500# of passengers. You have 100# left. Add 20 gallons of fuel at 8# per gallon- overloaded before bikes and firewood.
If I already had a 1/2 truck I would use it anyway.
If I had no truck and was going to buy one today I would probably opt for a 3/4 ton.
I have towed 30,000 miles with a half ton. Have I been unsafe? It doesn't feel unsafe.
Some 27-28' Airstreams have higher tongue weights than the 30.
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Old 09-28-2014, 05:25 AM   #4
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A three quarter ton truck doesn't pull the load any betterbthan a half ton with the same engine. Now if you buy the diesel, that's a dif story. Payload is the question. How much will you lug around? Jim
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Your first question...we are only 1 year into this sport with a 25. If there had been a floor plan with recliners it would have been attractive to me, probably more comfortable than watching TV in the standard plan. But you also lose the opportunity for entertaining. If it is just the two of you then maybe the recliners. You need to try to find each option and sit in them, which is still not a replacement for weeks of using one. It does seem that those on the forum who have recliners really like them.
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