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Old 02-07-2020, 10:06 AM   #1
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Purchased 2020 Caravel 22FB

Planning to take delivery of a new 22FB April this year in Tucson. This is a very first experience with a travel trailer. Have many years experience with boats of all sizes including trailerable. Understand that all design is a compromise, maintenance is constant and everything needs repair at some point. Would appreciate advise to a beginner with travel trailers.



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Old 02-07-2020, 06:11 PM   #2
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Congratulations! You've come to the right place for advice.

There are a million threads here that will be helpful. I'd start, however, with watching Sean and Kristy's Long Long Honeymoon's Youtube channel. Some will apply to you and some won't but they are about as knowledgeable as they come. The playlist for beginners will get you started.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:23 AM   #3
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I brought my first AS home to start my travel trailer education, but I only had a five-hour drive. You apparently are going almost all the way across the country. Better be ready to begin your education right there on the dealer lot. At least you've found the forums, that counts for a lot.
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Old 02-09-2020, 04:48 AM   #5
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Planning to take delivery of a new 22FB April this year in Tucson. This is a very first experience with a travel trailer. Have many years experience with boats of all sizes including trailerable. Understand that all design is a compromise, maintenance is constant and everything needs repair at some point. Would appreciate advise to a beginner with travel trailers.



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My Advice is, don't use a tow vehicle where you are at near maximum tow ratings with an empty trailer and use a good quality weight distribution hitch. Lastly don't be in a hurry.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:47 AM   #6
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Congrats on your purchase lots of advice is gonna be thrown your way. My advice is don’t rush out and get a weight distribution hitch for the 22 I don’t use one and haven’t ever used one. The 22 is a small trailer and my tow vehicle is an f150 . Multiple trips to the car scale have shown me that weight distribution is unnecessary and others have pointed out that it may cause bouncing in this application. Others will tell you, and me now, that this is wrong but I disagree.

Do yourself a favor tow on the ball till you have time to make some measurement and decide if you need one of those hitches.

Sway control is available separately and would be a good thing to consider
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Having owned boats in the water, boats we trailered and a cab over camper (hoping to purchase a 22 Bambi within 6 months) I would suggest after your walk thru with the dealer camp somewhere close for a few nights to figure things out. Don't get on the road too quick.
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Old 02-19-2020, 02:42 PM   #8
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Just picked up my 22FB, yesterday! Can't wait to carve out some time for a trip..
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we have a WD and sway bars + pressure and temp measure on all 6 wheels.

IMHO, it is safe insurance. just because some people dont recommend, its like insurance. If it keeps me safe. then its a win.
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we have a WD and sway bars + pressure and temp measure on all 6 wheels.

IMHO, it is safe insurance. just because some people dont recommend, its like insurance. If it keeps me safe. then its a win.

100% With you on the TPMS for the trailer tires. I've had a TST system for almost two years and love it.
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