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Old 09-07-2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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You might look at the JAYCO sister company STARCRAFT they have several light weights that top at 3,200 and for the 2 of you it would be perfect.

Forgot to add: For one night stops you may not even need to open the bunk.

Here's one: http://www.starcraftrv.com/light-wei...floorplan-main
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:43 PM   #12
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Whatever you choose, set-up will be a chore for several outings, and then it will be almost automatic as you get used to it.
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Old 09-07-2014, 04:02 PM   #13
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3500? PUP it is

3500 lbs is your biggest factor, so a PUP would be best.

We had a Flagstaff 10' PUP. Just make sure to get Air Conditioning. That was one of the main reasons that we sold it so quick (1-1/2 seasons). We sweated it out for a week and were back at the dealer looking at hybrids (bought a 19H)

I had a pretty good routine setting up the PUP. Sent the family off to the park and cracked a beer. I had managed to drag it out to about 3 beers

The most PITA part of it was the door.

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Old 09-07-2014, 04:06 PM   #14
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Don't get A/C IMO. Just another mechanical part you don't need and you are currently not used to. keep weight down and keep it simple. Go out and hike or go to the pool if it is hot.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:15 PM   #15
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Welcome to the JOF Jess! As you may have figured out most folks on this forum are Jayco fans (myself included).
It's been pointed out that the tow limits on your vehicle will be the limiting factor and as pointed out a Pop Up would probably be your best choice and would give you better mileage than a hard-side TT. I've not owned a pop-up so I can't speak to ease of use (or the lack of) but you sound like a pretty competent and self-sufficient person so I doubt you would have any trouble that you can't overcome. If you have any outings planned in the near future watch for a PUP getting ready to set up or knock down, wander over and ask to watch (and ask questions). In general I find trailer folks to be very helpful.
Regarding the TV and its weight, the yellow sticker on the TT will tell you what it weighs when empty (no water, battery or propane). It will also tell you what the max weight of the TT and "stuff" can be. Let's say it weighs 2000# empty and has a GVWR of 2800#. That means that you can load 800# of "stuff" (don't forget the battery...) before overloading your TT. The weight on the tongue of the trailer should be about 15% of the trailer weight so in my example about 420# (I'm assuming it's loaded to the max). Not only do you need to consider the tow rating of your vehicle (3500#) but also how much weight is on the axles. The yellow sticker on your TV will tell you that (Front/Rear GAWR). Unfortunately the only way to know what each axle weights is to visit a scale and get your vehicle weighed (the CAT scale costs about $10 and you find them at truck stops). You will then know if you can safely add that additional 420# to the rear axle.
I hope all of the posts are not overwhelming but helpful. I posted MANY questions prior to our first TT purchase and always found helpful responses. There is a very detailed set of instructions on weighing your TV & TT here: How to Weigh...
Good luck with your adventure and keep posting your questions!

Oh, in case you don't know:
GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GAWR = Gross Axle Weight Rating
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #16
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Don't get A/C IMO. Just another mechanical part you don't need and you are currently not used to. keep weight down and keep it simple. Go out and hike or go to the pool if it is hot.
I camped in an non-A/C pop-up for fourteen years. Because pop-ups have so many windows that can be zipped open, a huge amount of airflow can pass though the entire coach.

For the majority of the camping my family of four did in the pop-up, we didn't need A/C or miss it, although, there were occasions where we were downright miserable, especially when camping in places like the Outer Banks of NC. Shade is at a premium at most campgrounds there in the summer and with no breeze in 90 degree heat and humidity to match it's no place to be in this day and age without A/C. The only auxiliary cooling we had was an oscillating 16" fan that, even at night, brought little relief.

A/C is a personal thing. Some folks can live without it, some can't. A/C is a lot like 4WD, you generally don't miss it until you've had it.

We run all our air conditioners (home/TT/vehicle) on what I call the "uncle" method- We don't turn them on until someone hollers "uncle". The only exception is for the cat. In a vehicle, it's on for her safety and comfort. At home, we turn it on if we're not going to be home for a long period of time (like all day) and we have to close the windows due to the threat of inclement weather. Besides, the cat hasn't learned to say "uncle" yet so we have to make the decision for her.
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Welcome. I am going to take it back to the vehicle. What is your current Tow Vehicle model, year and trim package. Then we can suggest if there are heavier options to consider from there with better understanding of the TV.

Based on your OP it's a tight margin for a Popup or hybrid IMHO.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:29 PM   #18
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Based on your OP it's a tight margin for a Popup or hybrid IMHO.
How could a V6 powered 3500lb tow vehicle not be suitable for a pop up

you don't need a dually for everything
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I had a 2012 jayco 1007 with my 2 1/2 y/o and new born. Set up was simple, with the power lift of course. Lots of room and fun..oldest boy loved it. Towed it with a 2012 dodge caravan(3600lbs tow capacity) with no problems. I did put airbags in the van to keep it all level..
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How could a V6 powered 3500lb tow vehicle not be suitable for a pop up

you don't need a dually for everything
We had a 10' box PUP with a 3000 GVWR and when loaded it was basically at 3000#. Our V6 3500# tow vehicle ('05 Escape at the time) could tow 3500# including a 150# driver, anything other passengers and cargo in the vehicle had to come off what you could tow. So with me and the kids and cargo included with my hubby driving, we basically maxed out our tow rating. That and the tongue weight begged to be more than 350# on a vehicle that could only have a 350# tongue weight. So we are always playing the game of sliding the bikes on the PUP roof rack back or forward to try and get the tongue weight right. We were so much happier towing it when we upgraded to our vehicle with a 5000# tow rating.

As long as the original poster determines what her vehicle can actually tow by reading the manual, she should be able to find a PUP with more towing room to spare than we had. The yellow sticker weight is nice and helpful now, when we had ours it was a white sticker with the dry weight without options and then listed weights of items like the furnace, fridge, etc. that we had to add together to get the real weight. It was easier just to take it to a scale as their numbers never seemed to add up. LOL

I'd probably just beware of the tongue weight, since there is no dry tongue weight on the yellow stickers. And you want to make sure your tongue weight isn't over 350# (assuming that's what your vehicle is rated for).
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