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Old 07-07-2018, 02:56 PM   #1
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Whether or not to get a larger travel trailer

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My wife and I are trying to decide whether or not to get a larger travel trailer. We currently have a Jayco Jay Feather X17Z. It is small but easy to pull and very easy to get it in and out of pretty much any campsite. We have two boys, ages 3 and 6, and we've been considering getting a bunkhouse to better accommodate everyone as the boys get bigger. The tt we want is 31' overall. My truck will be able to pull it, so that's not a problem, but I am hesitant because right now we can go anywhere we want with the little trailer, and with a larger trailer I'm worried we may not be able to.
I'm apprehensive, not only about driving, turning corners, etc., but getting the longer trailer into sites and even just getting through some of these campgrounds. Although maneuvering/hauling large things isn't entirely new to me, as I grew up on a farm, that was many years ago, and in wide open spaces! So it really comes down to a trade-off between maneuverability versus space, or I guess comfort getting there versus comfort while we're there.

I'm wondering what other people think, what your experiences have been like with larger trailers, and what your advice would be regarding whether to get a larger trailer or stick with the small one.
Thank you!
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:34 PM   #2
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My TT is almost 30’ bumper to tongue and I have had zero issues finding a CG with adequate space. Most CG reservation systems on the internet will advise you of any width and length limitations at each particular space before you can make the reservation.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:36 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum.

From what you've said, if I was in your position, I'd wait a few more years. Currently your trailer seems to be treating you well and does what you want it to do.

Depending upon where (how rustic ) you like to camp, a longer trailer will reduce the number of sites you can get into. Depending on how busy the campgrounds are, the size could make a difference between getting a site or not getting one.

Something else that has been true for us, but maybe not for you: The larger our RV, the less likely we've been to camp on long weekends etc.

Happy camping and be safe.
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:49 PM   #4
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any chance you can keep the smaller trailer and get the bigger trailer?
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My wife and I purchased our first unit (an HTT X23B) as an experiment to see how well we liked trailering. After 2 years we upgraded to the current 5th and after 3+ years we love the space and comfort. I did have to learn the differences in towing a 5th vs a bumper-pull and had a few “oops” moments. The biggest difference for me was making a right turn. My mantra is now “turn late and turn wide”. I’m also very cautious about fuel stops, I make sure I have a way out before entering. Our 5th is built for 2 people but if we still had kids at home I would have targeted a bunk house model but as it is our son, DIL and g’son can still stay with us in decent comfort (recently spent 12 nights at WDW with them).
I am retired (old, fat and lazy) and target FHU CG’s and at 39’ we select ones that advertise they can accommodate our length.
I think off and on about downsizing to a smaller 5th but we both enjoy the space and comfort.
The big 5th also gave me the right excuse to buy a really comfy TV.
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Old 07-07-2018, 04:28 PM   #6
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I went in reverse order than most RV owners. We had a 31' Airstream first, a 26' Nash second, and now our 22BHM Jayco. Do we miss the space of the larger units, at times. But, we use this smaller one much more than the other 2 combined. This little Jayco is perfect for the hook up and go owners we are. We use it nearly every weekend.

If you want more space, by all means do it. But remember that RV's are not a one size fits all product. Choose the one that matches your needs and traveling style and you will always be happy with your unit.
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My TT is almost 30 bumper to tongue and I have had zero issues finding a CG with adequate space. Most CG reservation systems on the internet will advise you of any width and length limitations at each particular space before you can make the reservation.
Thank you. That is reassuring.
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Welcome to the forum.

From what you've said, if I was in your position, I'd wait a few more years. Currently your trailer seems to be treating you well and does what you want it to do.

Depending upon where (how rustic ) you like to camp, a longer trailer will reduce the number of sites you can get into. Depending on how busy the campgrounds are, the size could make a difference between getting a site or not getting one.

Something else that has been true for us, but maybe not for you: The larger our RV, the less likely we've been to camp on long weekends etc.

Happy camping and be safe.
Thank you. I guess it wouldn't hurt to take our time and make sure we're making the right choice.
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I boondock most of the time and haven't found a spot yet I couldn't get in.
Just use common sense and enjoy with the family the comforts of home.
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any chance you can keep the smaller trailer and get the bigger trailer?
I have thought about this. It would solve the dilemma, alright. Not sure I can justify the extra payment, though.
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