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Old 01-03-2014, 08:06 PM   #11
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Based on the postings I read on this and other forums, the question is not whether you should have bought a bigger trailer, but whether you should have bought a bigger truck; especially if you decide in the future to buy a larger trailer.

Old RVer's observation: "You can never have too much truck."

However, to answer your question, our 266 Eagle purchased new back in January of 2000 proved to be the perfect size for my wife and I. We go to the RV show every year and have yet to see anything that excites us enough to replace the 266, although, a few models have caused us to think about it.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:16 PM   #12
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We started with a PUP camper and it was the biggest Jayco you could get the Acadia model, it was just myself and the dog, it worked great. Then came the wife and kids and all the toys that come with the family. Needless to say we outgrew the pup quickly. I upgraded to a Hybrid after that and looked at several models, we ended up getting the Jayco 23j and love it. I agree the only down fall of the hybrids is the don't have a ton of seating space but this one has more than most. I like the two queen beds also. You also have more living space in these foot for foot than you do with the regular tow behind trailers.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:42 PM   #13
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We bought the Jayco that Both the Wife and I fell in love with. It worked out also that it was the biggest trailer that our Excursion could tow. So everything worked out for the best.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:52 PM   #14
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Yes I do regret it, but only because the wife changed her mind and decided she liked the seasonal site.

But since she is the wife I'm sure her mind will be changed in a year or two, and ill still have a trailer I can park in my backyard
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:04 PM   #15
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The HW and I had decided on the smaller X20E hybrid. But when we looked at the larger version, the X23B, I thought this thing is huuuge!! Especially since we were upgrading form a PUP! But the determing factor, again for the DW, was the extra counter and drawer space the larger model had. So we went with the X23B and have been pleased with it so far!
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:45 AM   #16
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Like the saying "Big is not always better". Suggest you look at the rest of your life. If you aren't happy until you get the biggest house you can't afford, if you have to have the biggest flat screen in your group of friends, if what you buy isn't about what you want and what best fits your needs [and that means for the future too]; then by all means go for size.

If you can look back on your life and smile when you reflect on your choices, then use the same strategy when picking out the camper. Take a quiet evening and sit with the wife and each of you make a list of needs, wants, and absolutely won't deal with. Then compare each list and note the common items and discuss the others. Then work on a best choices list paying close attention to the "absolutely wont deal with" items and then go on line and check out the models and layouts. You might want to narrow it down to just one or 2 manufacturers based on experience and recommendations from people you trust. At that point you're ready to hit the road and visit some dealers. Don't go hungry! That means give yourself time to digest what you see and take the sales pitch for exactly what it is, getting the units they have in stock hooked to the back of your TV.

I speak from a recent trip down the same road on our return roadtrip from a 4 week trip south last winter. We were spending longer time in the 06 Keystone [28'] and both agreed that it was time to upgrade. We loved the old one and it had served us well, but it was time. We pretty much followed the above outline, except that we overnited at a CWorld and spent the evening / morning walking their massive indoor showroom. We weren't tempted since we hadn't narrowed down what we were looking for. The salesman tried to sell us a 5 year old 5er that was in decent shape but as we later found out our 08 crew cab silverado couldn't tow. So much for salesmen. Picked up some info and walked thru a couple dozen units and we were back on the road. 6 weeks later we ordered our new White Hawk 30dsre. It has proved to be the perfect choice and we would do it again if we had it to do over today.

I wouldn't be driven by size or impressed by features that you don't want or need. In our case it was extra beds or bunks. Its just the 2 of us and experience with houseboats and houses, was those things just take up space that fills with stuff that you have to tow around where ever your go in your TT.

Good luck in finding your new TT
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Old 01-04-2014, 09:55 AM   #17
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First question.. How much space do you need to feel comfortable? Second question Where do you plan to camp? At 33' I cannot fit into a lot of my favorite campgrounds.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:03 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by mwebber78 View Post
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 01-04-2014, 01:02 PM   #20
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My recommendation is to analyze your needs and your wants

Look at the biggest trailer you would want, then find the smallest trailer that meets your needs. Remember, your tow vehicle is a key limiting factor. Don't compromise safety and think you can get by with an inadequate tow vehicle.

Find something in the middle that doesn't call for a lot of compromises.

A bed that sits in the corner against two walls may add space in the trailer, but climbing over each other all the time gets really old.

Needing to break down the dinette table for the kids bed becomes a lot of work, bunks may work better.

Kitchen counter space is like real estate, very valuable.

Storage needs for me will be completely different than for you, what will you need?

A small trailer is easy to pull around everywhere, but may be more work each day than the larger trailer.

Holding tanks, more is always better, but will be heavier, how often will you have full hookups vs camping off the grid?

I like the size of my current trailer, at 30' long it works great for us


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