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Old 01-03-2014, 01:57 PM   #1
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Do You Regret Not Buying a Larger Unit?

DH and I are still struggling with what model/size of trailer to buy. We swing back and forth between 21 and 26 feet, mainly landing on models that are around 24 feet. But I worry we are going to small and will regret it later!

This got me to wondering if others out there regret not buying a larger trailer/5th wheel? And why you chose the size/model you have now.

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Old 01-03-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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If I were to buy one today, it would be larger then the trailer I have. Kids are growing up.


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Old 01-03-2014, 02:13 PM   #3
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Buy the largest you can afford and tow. Lesson learned here, I did a pop up then a hybrid then a full sized unit. I would have skipped the pop upland hybrid in hindsight.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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It's like a house, you fill the space you have. LOL

We just went from a 30 foot Coachmen to a 40 foot Eagle that will be delivered to our seasonal site in the spring. I know we're going to love the larger space but at the same time I fear we'll fill it up just as badly as the smaller space.

What I'm trying to say is consider what you'll be using the trailer for. The larger it is the more tow vehicle you need but at the same time you want to be comfortable, have room for guests, etc.

At some point during the consideration process you'll find the size of trailer that balances out your needs and wants, even if there are a couple of small sacrifices.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:19 PM   #5
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Just bought a 2014 Keystone Cougar HC 35+ feet and now I see Jayco has a 39 footer. Darn- should have waited and bought that one..
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:28 PM   #6
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Went from a 38' fiver to a 30' fiver. It fits all our needs and is much easier to tow around the country.

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Old 01-03-2014, 02:48 PM   #7
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We bought the X23B a little more than 2 yr ago as sort of a test. We'd talked the last few years about a TT and I thought I wanted a PUP but saw a hybrid at the dealer and latched onto that plus we could pull it with our existing 03 Expedition. We thought we'd try out something small-ish and if we like the lifestyle we'd upgrade. The hybrid is such a clever compromise between the towed length and the trailer space plus 2 queen-ish bunks. 5 people is a bit crowded but doable, four is "togetherness" and two is just about perfect. While minor, my biggest complaint is there just isn't much comfortable seating. This little TT has been great (we particularly enjoy the tent-bunks and the sound of the rain) but we've started eyeing a larger one. As part of the upgrade we've got a new TV with the intent to get a 5th this spring.
This was our first TT and I'm happy we started small. I'm pretty comfortable with the little TT and think the jump to a larger one will be less traumatic than if I'd started big. We don't expect to trade again so I'm picking something that I'm thinking we'll be happy with.
Our first trip with the hybrid was bringing it home from Orlando (RV Direct) to the Houston area. Bypassing New Orleans on I-12 in some construction with some pretty heavy traffic and a hard rain I thought I'd mess myself. I can only imagine my terror if I'd been pulling a 40' beast.
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:13 PM   #8
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it took us just 2 yrs to realize we needed more space. We had a 2011 26rls. We liked the layout but needed more space with our DD. She outgrew the J Steel sofa and then we had to breakdown the dinette every night. It got old real quick. We also needed a bit more space for her clothes. We ended getting a 29 RLDS. Those 3 feet make a world of difference. More space, storage, pantry, linen closet and extra wardrobe and a trifold couch for DD. It is the largest we can get to fit on the side of the house. Don't plan on changing at all.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:59 PM   #9
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Our 28BHBE is 33.3 feet long from tongue to bumper, of course it would be nice to get to 38 or 40 feet
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:06 PM   #10
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I regret not buying a smaller unit sometimes. The Swift 154 BH was the first one we looked at and would have suited our needs. It was much cheaper and lighter then the X213 and would fit in the driveway and campsites better. I could have bought a more practical tow vehicle as well.

I've always believed you should buy the smallest trailer (or car/truck) that will suit your needs rather then the largest one you can afford. Big seems impressive in the showroom but it's just a burden day to day.

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