Does it have to be 30-35'? how many people will be using it? any small kids? I just rented a 26/27' trailer - for my and my 2 tall teenage sons. That trailer size worked for me - i dont think I would go any bigger based on my needs and the capability of my truck.Hello all,
I haven't posted in here in a long time. I own a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd, I plan purchasing a 30-35 foot travel trailer. What are some of the things I can do to beef her up so it is safe and tows this trailer without issues.
We dont really need a picture. When you get a chance look at the sticker in your door jamb to see exactly how much payload you can carry in your truck. 5 people could easily add up to 800-1000#s or more. A 25 ish foot long trailer could add another 500 or more pound of tongue weight - so you are talking at least 1300-1500# - without any gear, supplies.I am deployed so I cant post that picture for a few more weeks. Its a Crew Cab 5.7 Lariat. Not that that helps much, if it makes more sense I will purchase a smaller trailer. It would be used to travel both for local camping and maybe for long distance trips twice a year. it would be me, my wife and three sons which two of them are full grown.
I've always had an awning on all my trailers. Even after the kids left I quickly realized when its just my wife and I RV'ing long distances (Newfoundland, Alaska, etc.) there is such a thing as too much togetherness. Being able to go out under the awning is a great way to solve that.If it's financially feasible, I would absolutely upgrade the truck. My truck is within a few hundred pounds of GCWR with my 31' trailer (really a 28.5' plus the tongue). My lease is almost up and I'd love to upgrade, but, I'm over mileage and have a lifetime MaxCare warranty.
With campers, smaller usually is fine for short trips and sunny days, but when it starts raining and you're stuck inside you'll quickly want a bigger camper. Buy the camper you want and get the right truck to tow it. My first camper was a 23' for my wife, me, our 5'10 daughter, and our 55# Shepherd. That camper was outgrown after a year. We did a cross country trip in the 23' and it was fine for sunny days but got claustrophobic on the rainy fall camping trips.
Good luck in your decision.
I agree, having an awning is a must, but, smaller camper = smaller awning. Really, the dog makes space more of an issue than the people.I've always had an awning on all my trailers. Even after the kids left I quickly realized when its just my wife and I RV'ing long distances (Newfoundland, Alaska, etc.) there is such a thing as too much togetherness. Being able to go out under the awning is a great way to solve that.