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 6/23/2007 8:56 AM
 
Hello, Really really new to camping. I will be looking for a travel trailer today. I drive a 2002 Tundra extended cab. Here's my question can I trust the salesman to guide me to the right trailer for my truck. Also what would be the correct size for a first time traveler.
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 6/23/2007 12:03 PM
 
Check out rv.net and trailerlife for tow ratings. Google tow ratings and I'm sure you will find a list that will have your truck listed for the amount of weight it can safely tow. Be sure to pay attention to the combined gross weight rating. That will be everything and all weights. The truck, you, fuel, trailer, supplies and hitch. As to trusting a salesman? I don't think I would trust any salesmen to far!!! I was looking and 'window' shopping trailers a few weeks ago. I went to one dealer and told him exactly what I wanted as to size, length and floorplan. HA! He said he had 2 trailers that would fit my requirements perfectly. Good grief! They were monsters. Not to mention that they were way out of my price range. And not workable at all for my daughter and I, they were set up for couples. sheesh As to the right size for a first timer? That is up to you and you alone. And the amount of weight your truck can handle. Some people do just fine in a small space and some go nuts and need lots of elbow room. Echo (who is a) future full timer a mom with her daughter back home again, single, stifled and ready to cut loose with a Pom named Shade!

Echo (who is a) future full timer a mom with her daughter back home again, single, stifled and ready to cut loose with a Pom named Shade!
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 6/23/2007 6:37 PM
 
I'd like to say you can trust the salesman - but I can't. You might get one you can - and you might not. Do not purchase anything until you can sit down with all the weights - of both - and find out for sure that they can work together.
(Just had a friend buy a new trailer - salesman told her the truck she had could handle it. It couldn't - so she had to go buy another truck to pull the trailer - big expense she wasn't counting on.) Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 6/23/2007 10:46 PM
 
Gotta share something with you. I first saw your Topic Title after work this morning when I was dead tired and thought someone was planning a trip way up north or something. However, I crashed into bed until this afternoon, not even reading the message.
With a clearer head now, I realized you were actually talking about a vehicle. Remember that V-8 commercial: "Wow, I could have had a V-8!" ;) "Live well, laugh often, love much."
Chris 2006 Forest River Lexington (23 ft) 2002 Ford Ranger P/U

Chris Blog: http://piecingalife.blogspot.com
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 6/24/2007 11:05 PM
 
Hi: Here is my story. I had a 1500 dodge pickup and pulled a 32 ft travel trailer. I really did not think I had trouble pulling it, however I pulled the guts right out of the pickup. I then bought a 2500 HD chev and sold the travel trailer. This time I researched the wt limits myself and did not rely on the salesman. The salesman told me I could pull a 30 ft fifth wheel without problems. After much research, I bought a 25 ft fifth wheel that is 3000 pounds under my trucks towing capacity. This allows safe stopping, and no problem with mountains or hills. Just remember, don't buy a trailer that is equal to or greater than your vehicles tow capacity. Good luck in your search. It can be done.

2001 25 ft fiver 2500 chev 2 labs 2 bullies
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 6/25/2007 7:20 AM
 
Thanks to all of you. This is such a wonderful site. I visited several dealers this weekend and I am really amazed at the options their are to choose from. I will be a regular on this site. I have so much to learn but the knowledge offered here is wonderful. I am going to check out slide in truck campers next. I hope to meet up with some of ya'll on the highway.
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 6/25/2007 9:53 AM
 
Remember these salespeople are there to sell and make money. Most have never towed a trailer, nor have they camped or driven a motorhome. They will tell their "stories" and make you think they have but that is the sales pitch. Trust only what you learn for yourself, not what salespeople tell you.

Nan 2003 Forest River Lexington 23 feet

Nan
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 6/25/2007 9:53 AM
 
Remember these salespeople are there to sell and make money. Most have never towed a trailer, nor have they camped or driven a motorhome. They will tell their "stories" and make you think they have but that is the sales pitch. Trust only what you learn for yourself, not what salespeople tell you.

Nan 2003 Forest River Lexington 23 feet

Nan
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 6/25/2007 12:50 PM
 
[quote] Suitably equipped, a Tundra can tow up to 7100 pounds (V-8 models with optional towing package; 5000 lb otherwise). Payload capacity is 2000 lb. The standard engine is a 3.4-liter V-6 rated at 190 hp and 220 lb-ft of torque. The optional engine is a four-cam V-8 displacing 4.7 liters and rated 245 hp and 315 lb-ft of torque. (This is the same basic engine as used in the Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470 SUVs.)[/quote]
Annie, You will be overwhelmed with info when you start the research. Basics are (in my ever so humble opinion)... your base model 1/2 ton pickup shouldn't pull more than 5,000 pounds. I had a midsize sonoma, crewcab, 4X4 (gmc) and could pull (not easily in the mountains.....) 5,000 pounds. I had a 3,000 pound trailer (small Bigfoot) and it pulled like a dream but the engine/transmission would tend to overheat on pulls through the mountains... Could of been my lack on experience and I was pushing the rig to hard... (Used to motorhomes) My sister bought a Dodge, crew cab, 4X4, 1500 and could pull...... 5,000 pounds (not easily through the mountains).
You will take into account the size of your engine, and gear ratio (your owners manual will tell you were to find it). Take the time to understand your weight restrictions or it can make the whole process pretty miserable, buying a unit you can't tow comfortably and for some white knuckle driving.
PS... as a general rule DON"T believe auto salespeople or RV salespeople. The sad fact is that if they tell you you can't tow X, you will leave their lot and go to the next one... that person will tell you you can tow X and you'll buy there... sad fact of life :quest:

"Don't believe everything you think" This message was edited by susan-y on 6-25-07 @ 12:01 PM
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