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Old 09-25-2015, 08:35 AM   #1
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Hello all,
My husband, my 1 year old, and I are planning to sell it all and hit the road, going from Philly to Oregon come February.

We are currently debating between buying a brand new 2016 White Hawk 32DSBH and a used 2014 31DSLB Summit Edition. We are towing with a 2014 Ram Crew Cab 1500. Yes, we are fully aware that this is not the most ideal for towing a large TT so we are trying to take all the necessary precautions to reduce sway. Currently looking into a Hensley or ProPride hitch.

Both units have the glacier package.

The biggest difference between these two trailers for us is the newer unit has a 15k btu a/c system, and the 2014 only has one 13k btu. From what I'm hearing neither of these is sufficient. But it sounds like we can't upgrade the amp service to 50 anyhow...so is replacing the 13k to 15k an option? I'd appreciate any feedback or advice in that area!

There's also the business of value retention. The 2014 is listed at $10k less. But it won't have the warranty. We are choosing Jayco because of it's better construction reputation, but I still hear there can be issues the first year. Esp if we are full time and on the road with a trailer not exactly designed for full-timing.

Anyone else who has done this, I'd be thrilled to hear from you!
TIA!
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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There's a lot of road between Philly and Oregon in February and IMHO I'd give that one a little more thought.
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Old 09-25-2015, 09:57 AM   #3
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Huh?

You didn't actually think we were going to try to make it to Oregon in one month, did you?
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:08 AM   #4
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Old 09-25-2015, 10:43 AM   #5
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I'm sorry, I should have probably mentioned that I'm looking for valuable input only... But thanks for contributing whatever that was. 😃
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Old 09-25-2015, 11:04 AM   #6
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I think that Tunce was trying to say that driving that distance in possible ice and snow could be dangerous. He really was trying to be helpful. Sort of the good and bad of joining a forum is getting all different kinds of advice. Some you want and some you may not want. But overall most of it is pretty sound..

Anyway.. Since you only want direct answers to your questions.

In my option if your going to go the full time route then your TT is going to be seeing higher than average use. I would go with the newer unit with warranty.

Also you are correct in your tow vehicle assumption.. Your putting yourself at or above your towing capacity and as such could be setting yourself's up for some serious road problems which could be either costly in $$ or health.. I would re-think your choice of tow vehicles for a TT that large and full timing.
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Well here is my advice. First of all a trailer to full time in is a different animal from one you might do some short camping trips in and Whitehawk trailers, while nice and light, are not one that would be likely be suitable for full-timing in the long run.

I suspect that because you have only a 1/2 ton truck, you are trying to find the largest unit you can potentially safely haul -- hence the Whitehawk line.

I strongly suggest that you consider upgrading your truck to a 3/4 or one ton and then you can choose from a much wider group of trailers that will give you the space and the construction needed for full time living. You are really pushing the numbers with a 32 foot trailer on a half ton truck.

Please keep in mind that when you full time, you will probably be carrying alot more stuff in the trailer than you would for recreational camping. You also have a one year old and so you all the stuff for the baby's needs are also a factor. You should be carefully considering the storage capacity in a full time unit and the layout. That little one is going to need some space to spread out and so you want something with a decent sized "living room". We spent 4 weeks in our 24 foot trailer and believe me, it gets smaller and smaller each day you are in it. Laundry takes up space, shoes, boots, coats for a variety of weather, etc etc. And we don't have any small children anymore.

With regard to the comments about how long it will take to drive across the states, I believe what people may be getting at is the amount of hours you can drive each day will be limited at that time of year due to weather and also of course, I know from my own experience that a toddler will only sit in a car seat for so long....
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Than you for your responses!

With regard to our route, I'll be clear since everyone seems concerned. We're driving straight down to south Carolina, then through to Florida for the winter months. We have no intention of driving through bad weather.

As far as the truck goes, we initially bought a Durango before we knew we would be going full time. That was in June. When we realized it wouldn't be enough for our needs, my husband did his due diligence and settled on the Ram. (He didn't want 3/4 ton as our only drivable vehicle) That was less than a week ago, so truly, this is the truck. I realize everyone feels strongly about bigger-is-better in this regard, but we plan to make this work as is. I know others have...

Our tow capacity is 10,100. We won't be heavier than 8500-9k.

We are minimalists, even with the baby, so we're confidant that space and over packing won't be an issue.

What I do want to know is, are there any TT's that are considered appropriate for full time, and if so, what makes them different? What are the "fears" associated with fulltiming in a light weight? Are there any appropriate TTs under 8k UVW anyone knows of?

We live on the East coast, and there is limited inventory with regard to four season rigs.

Thanks again for taking the time to help!
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Something else off topic but probably relevant.....I believe that Jaycos warranty is voided if you are using the unit for full time living?? Maybe someone else can confirm this? If that is the case, maybe you should consider the used one? Good luck!
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Old 09-25-2015, 12:08 PM   #10
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I specifically asked that question and the response I received my dealer is "There is no effect on warranty, period, unless you "rent out" your RV."

I didn't call Jayco to confirm this, though.
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