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  1. #11

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    I have a forest river... really like it. I went with the 20 model... toyhauler. I wasn't looking for anything fancy... when I'm camping I don't want to be sitting it.... The nice thing about the toyhauler with the open floor plan it can be used for more than just camping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimTom64b View Post
    I have a forest river... really like it. I went with the 20 model... toyhauler. I wasn't looking for anything fancy... when I'm camping I don't want to be sitting it.... The nice thing about the toyhauler with the open floor plan it can be used for more than just camping.
    Well, let's see some photos of your trailer on this thread: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/showthread.php/124118

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    Well, let's see some photos of your trailer on this thread: http://www.gmtruckclub.com/forum/showthread.php/124118
    I created an album with some pics. Don't mind that it's a little dirty on the inside... we just got back from camping this past holiday weekend.

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    I know what you feel Steve. I started out and went straight for a 32 footer with a slide-out. I like it a lot though I'm already perusing manufacturer sites for a 32 footer with 2 or 3 slide-outs and a floor plan I like. Don't have money for a new one, but I can certainly look!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SurrealOne View Post
    This is the key reason I don't have a trailer. There are times I want one but I just can't justify one for 2-3 uses per year. For the kind of money a nice one would cost (even used), I can take several nice (driving) trips each year and just stay in a swanky hotel and still come out way ahead.


    Some of us don't want to stay in a hotel, but actually like to stay in the woods. Its not about the location, its about the experience...

    I agree, you "can" save money by not buying a camper if you rarely travel; but you can also save a lot of money having one also...I'm saving over $1200 in hotels costs on a single, week-long trip to Maine this summer, that's a lot of lobster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steved View Post
    Some of us don't want to stay in a hotel, but actually like to stay in the woods. Its not about the location, its about the experience...

    I agree, you "can" save money by not buying a camper if you rarely travel; but you can also save a lot of money having one also...I'm saving over $1200 in hotels costs on a single, week-long trip to Maine this summer, that's a lot of lobster.
    Absolutely no argument from me, on this. If I traveled a lot I'd own one. I'd probably also run into what Steve's running into -- as I like the big, fancy ones and it's very easy to go from something that serves its purpose and is livable to something that is a hotel in its own right. Spendy, too.

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    You can't pencil out a travel trailer. You buy one because you want one. It's just like trying to justify the purchase of a Silverado when you don't tow or haul. You buy one because you want one.

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    Believe me, when you have a need for TT for something other than camping, it comes in real handy. I live in Springfield, Oregon, but work outside of Portland, Oregon. During my work week I stay in the TT in an RV park, then go home on the weekends. It's still cheaper than getting an apartment. Mine is an '01 Forest River bunkhouse model with no slideouts, but it is more than enough to provide me with a place to sleep, eat, and then go back to work.

    If the family wants to go camping, I drive the truck up to Portland and tow the trailer home down I-5. It's easy towing, but eats a lot of gas for an old K2500 like mine.
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    Nice
    Trailers now come with those AERO fronts??
    Better FE??
    Smart
    But I haven't seen any yet with those built on aero fronts?
    Nice
    certainly beats sleeping in a 1998 Suburban(which is actually pretty comfortable for sleeping at rest stops -but not like that-and no complainers other than the greyhound and wife-and she is the cheapskate that insists we skip cheap motels)
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    The "AERO" fronts provide little if any benefit for fuel mpg. The real benefit they have is for ease of towing. In a traditional style travel trailer the winds pull at the front corners-makes the trailer move around on the hitch more-thus the tow vehicle moves around a little too. The "AERO" design makes the tow smoother. Some have reported a 1/2 mile per gallon difference. However, I don't know if you can accurately measure that small of an amount.

    The trailer is a 3,000 to 8,000 pound box on wheels-you will get between 10 and 13 mpg towing with the 5.3 without any significant head winds. There is nothing you can do design wise to help that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csltrains96 View Post
    Believe me, when you have a need for TT for something other than camping, it comes in real handy. I live in Springfield, Oregon, but work outside of Portland, Oregon. During my work week I stay in the TT in an RV park, then go home on the weekends. It's still cheaper than getting an apartment. Mine is an '01 Forest River bunkhouse model with no slideouts, but it is more than enough to provide me with a place to sleep, eat, and then go back to work.

    If the family wants to go camping, I drive the truck up to Portland and tow the trailer home down I-5. It's easy towing, but eats a lot of gas for an old K2500 like mine.
    Hi!
    Towing mpg doesn't get any better if you have a new truck! It (the trailer) is a box on wheels. What can you expect?

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