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Old 04-07-2014, 04:39 PM   #11
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The more you use it, the more you will learn what you want to get when you step up to your 2nd trailer. Pretty soon you are shopping again. And so on and on and on........ I know that those of you who have been RV'ers for a while know exactly what I'm talking about.
Actually I don't. We've had each of our trailers for 10 years and plan to keep the current one at least as long. Everything you buy is a compromise. So you have to be disciplined and learn to live with what you have. Unless of course you have an unlimited supply of money and trading up every couple of years is like buying new pants for you...
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:51 PM   #12
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I'll present a different point of view. You did right by looking at the GVWR of the trailer. When all is said and done, its best to plan on the max weight you will be towing. Over the years I have towed twice at very close to my limits. Each time for a year or so. Its very doable if you plan carefully and understand your limits. Unless there is something I'm missing here, you are not at your limits. I think you have more than enough margin.

You haven't said how many are in your family. That's important. As the kids grow, so will your needs change. Usually that more trailer and more truck to pull it with.

Yet, a pop-up is fine! We used one for 10 years. Then we got a small hybrid and used that for 10 years. No reason to hop on the "upgrade" bandwagon every time someone says you should. There's a lot to be said for not having payments after you've had something for a while. Fun can be had with a tent, so do what's best for your family, for your wallet, and for your comfort and safety.
Well our family consists of me and my wife, my 15 yr old step son and our 4 yr old daughter. My step son is quickly approaching 200lbs, myself about 190, the wife about the same and my daughter is about 50. Honestly, I'm starting to lean towards a PUP now. Sure the trailer is nice, but I'd rather not be close to my max with no experience towing. I can see how a PUP would be easier, and, when I gain more experience (confidence), a truck and trailer can be had at that time. The other thing is, once my step son graduates and goes to college, who knows if we'll even need a trailer by then, where a PUP will suffice now and then. Now to convince the wife lol
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Old 04-07-2014, 04:53 PM   #13
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Given your family, the PUP is a good choice.
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Old 04-07-2014, 05:48 PM   #14
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Are you recommending a PUP due to the weight of them or because their lower center of gravity and less wind resistant? Just curious because we also looked at a PUP but it's GVWR is 3230lbs.
All of the above. They are just super easy to pull, park, setup and store. Just a great way to get started.

Doc, most folks don't hang onto an RV for more than 5 years. You are kind of the odd duck when it comes to hanging on for 10 years or so. I had our PUP for 4 years and my two Jayco TT's for 2 years each before hanging onto my toyhauler for 5 years. Not looking for lectures about discipline, as my finances are nobody's business but mine.
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Old 04-07-2014, 06:32 PM   #15
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I'm with Doc on this one. With a teenager and hopefully college coming up, and a young girl, I would not want to take such a hit later if i found the PUP was not big enough, or not what I wanted to start with. It's just too expensive. If you like the one you are looking at, and properly maintain it, getting 10 or more years of use is not out of the question.

I think you have some margin left, but will really need a good sway control hitch. You will also need to think about what you are taking with you. Also, make sure you don't have P rated tires on the Explorer. Don't plan on taking firewood with you, and pack what you can in the RV and you would have no problems.

I would also go with the understanding that when it's time to retire the Ford, don't plan on getting anything smaller for saving gas, or a cheaper price. If you like to camp, and plan on doing for a while, don't plan on down grading on your vehicle.
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From looking at the specs you should be OK. Yes a pup is much easier to tow but also harder to set up had one for a few years. Don't take every thing you own along and invest in a good WDH with sway as was previously stated also don't forget about a quality brake control. Have a great time and welcome to the fourm. Had to add on to this one with a 16 year old, yes they will be headed of on there own soon but with a 4 year old you will be using this trailer for a long time. Our pup was great but what sent us to a TT was space for storage a bathroom with shower an the ease of not having to set up and tear down in the rain. As far as getting use to towing it is not a tremendous learning curve now storing a TT is another matter we we're able to stir the TT in the summertime in the back driveway unfortunately not the trailer. For use with a 4 year old (now 8 ) a TT was better option Think long term
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The other option is to talk the DW into a new truck.....
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Well right now we're still looking at the Jayco, but we're also looking into a few PUPs. It's tough though. The PUPs we like are just a few hundred pounds less than the hybrid lol. I know the weight makes a huge difference and with me never towing before, we're pretty torn.
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Well right now we're still looking at the Jayco, but we're also looking into a few PUPs. It's tough though. The PUPs we like are just a few hundred pounds less than the hybrid lol. I know the weight makes a huge difference and with me never towing before, we're pretty torn.

The profile is what makes towing the PUP so nice. A travel trailer(even a hybrid) is like a big brick pushing through the air. The popup has a much smaller profile. It could be heavier than the hybrid, and you would get better mileage out of it.
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Old 04-08-2014, 08:23 AM   #20
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Doc, most folks don't hang onto an RV for more than 5 years. You are kind of the odd duck when it comes to hanging on for 10 years or so. I had our PUP for 4 years and my two Jayco TT's for 2 years each before hanging onto my toyhauler for 5 years. Not looking for lectures about discipline, as my finances are nobody's business but mine.
Then please be careful about advising people to get deeper into dept every 2 years just to keep up with the upgrade cycle that everyone seems to go through.
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