Travel Trailers: I've got the 2-foot-itis. :-) Been looking at trailers this weeke

Discussion in 'Towing & Trailer Tech' started by ChevyFan, May 27, 2013.

  1. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    So we started out tent camping and now with a growing family that stinks. Can't do that anymore. So we though, "Hey, let's stick close to nature and get a tent trailer..." yeah, that lasted for about 5 minutes in a tent trailer considering it was parked next to a fiberglass-shell dual-slide image of RV excellence.

    So, we're then got to thinking that we could make due with about a 18-20 foot trailer with a couple of really good slides ... then we went to a large RV dealer and go to jump in and out of about 50 different types and sizes.

    Pretty sure that we're at the point now where I think we're looking at taking down a tree on the side of the yard now so we can get a trailer around the 26-foot range parked on the side of the house. Something with a couple of slides and it's going to have to have some bunks in there to give us the room that we need.

    Walked into one of these bad boys today, very nice. Going to start to think about how many trips we can in a year and if we should get something used like 5-years or get new. Don't have a timeline, but we're pretty much ready to start the process.

    2013 Forest River Salem Hemisphere 272BH.

    Bunch of photos of the 272BH:

    So, I started looking at 10-foot tent trailers, moved to 16 to 18-foot trailers, then 22 then 24 and now 26-28-footers. Yep, I've got the 2-foot-itis.
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Better start looking at a truck to tow with, I dont think the Traverse will do very well with a 20+' trailer hooked behind it.
    Thats a nice trailer, almost the same floor plan our Hybrid had.
    I'd love another trailer but found on our Hybrid it wont get used enough to justify owning, in 18 months we used it twice. The only good luck I had was that I bought an almost new repo and got a good price, didnt stop me from taking a big loss when I sold it though.
    Last edited: May 27, 2013
  3. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    That is a sweet one I have seen them at the Rv shows...
  4. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, thinking that the wife can take over driving the Traverse fulltime and I'll get maybe a 2007-2009 Silvy 1500 to be my daily driver/tow vehicle. One of the reasons that I originally looked at the ultralights was because I could pull it with the Traverse, but hey, what can I say? :)
  5. Jaele

    Jaele Member

  6. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

  7. Jaele

    Jaele Member

    haha that is funny i was just browsing campinglife.

    My wife and I were looking into those before we purchased our first trailer. She was hung up on the bathrooms(when they had them) they were not private enough for her. I like the hybrid ideal of the travel/tent trailer.
  8. steved

    steved Former Member

    If you're going to be buying a new TV, skip the 1500 and go with a 2500...with a camper in that weight range, you will not regret it.
  9. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah, I have driven both the 2500 and the 3500 Silverados before, but I'm just not sure that I can justify getting that as I really will only need it a few weeks per year. Most of the time I'll be driving around town. Hard to justify a full-time daily driver Silverado 2500 HD when I'm driving to do a web marketing and design pitch to a company. hahah

    This is going to be a tough decision. I spent some time looking at all of the ultralights and with the proper configuration in a 20 to 22-foot trailer, we might be fine and easily be under the 5000-lb mark when fully loaded. PLUS, I LOVE MY TRAVERSE! I just wish that they would offer a Traverse HD model for people who want all of the practical aspects of the Traverse but who need to tow maybe up to about 6000-lbs a few times each year.

    I know that's going to take some engineering, but I don't just want to put on a receiver and call it good. I think that if I keep the Traverse I'll go ahead and upgrade to get all of the factory OEM towing package stuff. From the factory it's the V92 tow package, which only has the towing hitch and some type of engine cooling system. I'm getting them priced out right now.
  10. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    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.
    Last edited: May 28, 2013
  11. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    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.
  12. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    Well, let's see some photos of your trailer on this thread:
  13. TimTom64b

    TimTom64b New Member

    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.
  14. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Moderator Staff Member

    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! :lol:
  15. steved

    steved Former Member

    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.
  16. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    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. :)
  17. CKNSLS

    CKNSLS New Member

    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.
  18. csltrains96

    csltrains96 New Member

    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.
  19. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    Trailers now come with those AERO fronts??
    Better FE??
    But I haven't seen any yet with those built on aero fronts?
    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)
  20. CKNSLS

    CKNSLS New Member

    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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    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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