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Old 05-15-2019, 12:38 PM   #1
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Buying my first trailer

So I'm going to be buying my first rv I'm looking at the 175rd or the 195rb. It's just for my wife and I is there anything I should know before going to the dealership? Should I be looking at a bunk house for resale value or does it matter? I'm new to the whole idea of trailers but tired if the tent game so any info would be great. Thank you
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Welcome to JOF!

My first question is what are you planning to tow the trailer with? The trailers you are looking at are smaller but will still need a mid-sized SUV or truck to tow them with.

If you have never towed a full walled trailer before, beware that it is a very different experience from normal day to day driving. Your gas mileage will be terrible. That's because of the wind resistance of the trailer. Expect between 9-11 mpg on average.

Buy what floor plan will suit you. Don't worry about bunkhouses or anything else that will not fit your needs.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:17 PM   #3
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Check the wardrobe.. Its possible you do not need a full length closet but we do with paddling drysuits and long raincoats and laundry basket There is ample storage otherwise in both

Does your wife want a pantry? I find the 195 just right for food and cooking equipment storage

The big reason we got the 195 is that neither of us wants to climb over a body in the middle of the night for bathroom use.

You are not really buying a trailer. You are buying a relationship with a dealer. If something seems off in that department go elsewhere.

With these inexpensive trailers you won't lose a lot of money so resale value is to me insignificant.. We have some 300 nights now in ours so even if we get nothing its less than $50 a night.

Yes be sure your vehicle has enough payload for the tongue weight and you and gas and the tools and extra tanks you might want to carry.. Our 195 is towed by a vehicle rated to 5000 lbs with a payload 0f 1620
Frankly I would not want to tow more than the 3500 lbs we have. We get 12-15 mpg. Less going west across the Great Plains.. More going east on the Great Plains.
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We were in your position a year and a half ago and knew virtually nothing about trailers. The aforementioned advice is excellent. For us, having a walk-around queen was a must, but if you are young and spry, the “crawl-over” may work fine. But we also wanted the rear living with windows all around. So we ended up a little bigger with the SLX212. Case in point, we are in the middle of two solid days of rain on our current camping trip. Cooped up inside, it is much more bearable looking out at the forest while relaxing in the couch. Other considerations were fridge size, range size, wardrobes, pantry, and full bath with its own sink. Good luck!
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Welcome to JOF!

My first question is what are you planning to tow the trailer with? The trailers you are looking at are smaller but will still need a mid-sized SUV or truck to tow them with.

If you have never towed a full walled trailer before, beware that it is a very different experience from normal day to day driving. Your gas mileage will be terrible. That's because of the wind resistance of the trailer. Expect between 9-11 mpg on average.

Buy what floor plan will suit you. Don't worry about bunkhouses or anything else that will not fit your needs.
Hi there. My truck can tow 5000 with ease. I have lots of experience towing my boat around and utilitity trailers. The gas mileage I would expect to be alot worse then now. Thank you
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:15 PM   #6
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is there anything I should know before going to the dealership? Should I be looking at a bunk house for resale value or does it matter?
Congrats. I would say do as much research as you can before picking and negotiating. I agree with DocBorwn, the floor plan depends on how your going to use it. Fortunately with the floors plans, what you see is what you get. I would not recommend selecting a bunk house floor plan for resale only. If you have a use for the bunks, then that could be a factor for you. If you don't anticipate the use, or limited use of bunks then I would NOT choose bunks in hopes for better resale.

I would consider looking the used route first. There are nice used trailers like this you may be interested in if you are considered about resale/investment. Typically RV's drop in value like cars. If you buy new it's best to figure you will take a big hit on your investment in the early years. We have bought 3 RV's. each one an upgrade from the last. The longer we used them the more we changed what we thought we wanted. If this is your first, consider a nice used one. It will feel better on the savings account especially if you get into RV'ing and want to upgrade later.

Another thing to consider is where you are going to sit. If it's raining outside is there a comfortable seat inside. If you are not comfortable inside you may not like the floor plan later.

There is a good youtube video out there about buying RV's. Youtube search "don't buy an rv!". I recommend going into the purchase with a wide perspective. Things will go wrong. Things will not work sometime.


Lastly, don't over buy. If you buy the biggest trailer you think your tow vehicle can handle, I doubt you will like pulling it around very long, especially on the highway.

Happy shopping. Good luck.
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:45 PM   #7
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Check the wardrobe.. Its possible you do not need a full length closet but we do with paddling drysuits and long raincoats and laundry basket There is ample storage otherwise in both

Does your wife want a pantry? I find the 195 just right for food and cooking equipment storage

The big reason we got the 195 is that neither of us wants to climb over a body in the middle of the night for bathroom use.

You are not really buying a trailer. You are buying a relationship with a dealer. If something seems off in that department go elsewhere.

With these inexpensive trailers you won't lose a lot of money so resale value is to me insignificant.. We have some 300 nights now in ours so even if we get nothing its less than $50 a night.

Yes be sure your vehicle has enough payload for the tongue weight and you and gas and the tools and extra tanks you might want to carry.. Our 195 is towed by a vehicle rated to 5000 lbs with a payload 0f 1620
Frankly I would not want to tow more than the 3500 lbs we have. We get 12-15 mpg. Less going west across the Great Plains.. More going east on the Great Plains.
Hi there ya we like the walk around bed for the same reason crawling over is not fun. My truck tows 5000 and want to stay around 3500 also
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Old 05-15-2019, 02:51 PM   #8
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Congrats. I would say do as much research as you can before picking and negotiating. I agree with DocBorwn, the floor plan depends on how your going to use it. Fortunately with the floors plans, what you see is what you get. I would not recommend selecting a bunk house floor plan for resale only. If you have a use for the bunks, then that could be a factor for you. If you don't anticipate the use, or limited use of bunks then I would NOT choose bunks in hopes for better resale.

I would consider looking the used route first. There are nice used trailers like this you may be interested in if you are considered about resale/investment. Typically RV's drop in value like cars. If you buy new it's best to figure you will take a big hit on your investment in the early years. We have bought 3 RV's. each one an upgrade from the last. The longer we used them the more we changed what we thought we wanted. If this is your first, consider a nice used one. It will feel better on the savings account especially if you get into RV'ing and want to upgrade later.

Another thing to consider is where you are going to sit. If it's raining outside is there a comfortable seat inside. If you are not comfortable inside you may not like the floor plan later.

There is a good youtube video out there about buying RV's. Youtube search "don't buy an rv!". I recommend going into the purchase with a wide perspective. Things will go wrong. Things will not work sometime.


Lastly, don't over buy. If you buy the biggest trailer you think your tow vehicle can handle, I doubt you will like pulling it around very long, especially on the highway.

Happy shopping. Good luck.
Hi I was only thinking bunkhouse for resale. We dont need it at all it's just my wife and I. I prefer to buy new so I dont Inherit another person's problems I want my own problems haha. I agree inside comfort is a big deal for us. We live in the lower mainland of b.c. and get alot of rain so we will be inside eventually.
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x2 on the used trailer route especially for your first one. You don't know what you really like or not like until you start using it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #10
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x2 on the used trailer route especially for your first one. You don't know what you really like or not like until you start using it.
I've used my brother in laws a bunch of times so going new for us works. Plus we are really tired of sleeping in a tent on the ground in the wet and cold of b.c.
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