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Old 03-25-2012, 11:25 AM   #15
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Some rules of thumb:

The more people and pets, the larger the trailer needed.

The longer the time spent in it, the larger the trailer.

The larger the trailer, the larger the tow vehicle.

The larger the tow vehicle, the more it costs to travel.

The more it costs to travel, the less likely to do it.

The less travel, the less trailer needed.

Try the 23' or 25' on for size, largest of small, smallest of large.

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I love it! Perfect advice, Doug!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:07 PM   #16
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a lot of good advice... For me, small is good, maneuverable and you don't need the biggest tow vehicle, easy to maintain (myself). The earlier ones are a lot of work, fun if your into it, steer clear if you're not. This is also a good place to ask questions if you find a style or year you like- see what other's experiences are. Some years and models have dumb design problems, and you may find out what they are and what the fixes are.

When I see the new models at a rally, I get trailer envy. Then we go back to ours and I think of how much I like it, simple, lightweight and lots of... patina.

We were the last people anyone would expect to buy an RV, and we're both totally amazed at how fun it is, the very cool people we meet along the way and how our little pod lets us escape. Best of luck to you.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:21 PM   #17
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For me bigger is better. my 34 tows nice and easy. I have gotten used to towing it and can now back it through a keyhole.
I like the extra room and storage of the large models, the triple axle makes towing very stable.
There are lots of good choices, find the one that suits you best, then post pics!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #18
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I've been thinking that some skill competition event would be fun at a rally. The idea of backing a trailer through a keyhole would be fun to watch.
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I've been thinking that some skill competition event would be fun at a rally. The idea of backing a trailer through a keyhole would be fun to watch.
Lol! Of course you would have to run the obstacle course backwards!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #20
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YES, we were joking about that, a back up slalom, but instead of cones we'd have mannequins. Other events could include: Blind folded backing the TV under the hitch! Timed campground utility hookups! Leveling the trailer by eye! Fun for the whole family!
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:59 PM   #21
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Some rules of thumb:

The more people and pets, the larger the trailer needed.

The longer the time spent in it, the larger the trailer.

The larger the trailer, the larger the tow vehicle.

The larger the tow vehicle, the more it costs to travel.

The more it costs to travel, the less likely to do it.

The less travel, the less trailer needed.

Try the 23' or 25' on for size, largest of small, smallest of large.

doug k
Yes, Doug! This is fantastic advice.....that I wish I had!
We jumped in, head first, without looking and bought a 1977 Sovereign 31'. My husband and I have worked in the automotive industry for our entire adult lives so we figured we could figure things out easily. After looking at our 77 the first time, we realized we knew nothing about what we were looking at.
But, we bought it.
We travel with our 3 year old son and Labrador. Prior to our first trip, I thought we might have bit off too much. Maybe we should have bought a smaller TT that we could tow with my 4Runner also (when it's just me and/or John) instead of only with our F-250.
After our first trip, I was certain we had the right trailer. We had enough space and didn't feel like we were on top of each other. Looking back, and knowing that we did ZERO research, I feel like we dodged a bullet and got lucky with the right trailer. Plus, it gave our under-used F-250 a job. I don't recommend choosing your TT this way. This could have gotten ugly fast.
The only drawback for us, if being limited to only the Ford as a TV. But I guess that gives us a reason to get a second TT, right?
Good luck in your search! And thanks again to Doug for some fabulous guidelines!

P.S. Did I mention our AS was the first and only one we looked at? Ok, you can scream now.
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