New to camping with a trailer, but not to tent camping.
So after many years of tent camping I've decided to invest on getting a travel trailer. So after researching several months on the subject I went to a local RV show in our area to see them in person.
Wow, theres a wealth of variety out there to see and buy and all very confusing indeed. So I would like to get recommendations and ownership experience based on the brands you had purchased from the current owners in here. This is what I've narrowed it down too but I'm open to suggestions and ideas.
Travel trailer needs;
Looking for length size 19-26ft
Pulling this with my Tundra
People using using for the majority are two people and two dogs
As for brands I looked and what Ive seen, I'm tending to lean to what are called couple coaches. Seem to have more room in them?
brands I looked at were:
Forest River: Surveyor 240RBS
Forest River: Surveyor 251RKS
Highland Ridge RV: Open Range Ultralite UT2604RB
Dutchman: Aerolite Zero Gravity 213RBSL
Forest River: Vibe 221RBSL
Keystone I looked at, but I met a couple of disgruntled owners at the show. So I got mixed feelings about them.
My goal is to find something thats reliable and trying to keep the price range under 25k
Hello and welcome. I have many years of experience with RVs but do not intend to imply that I know all one needs to know. I have however learned enough to make an educated judgement about them. Of coarse, my experience may differ from others so, that is my disclaimer.
First, your Tundra will comfortably tow any of the models you noted. Do yourself a favor and do some research on weight distribution hitches. For some reason, I've never seen an RV dealer set one up correctly. Properly set up means your front suspension is ladened to as close to what it was before you hook up the trailer. Measer the front wheel well before and after and get it back to less that one inch difference.
OK, now for trailers. Don't let anyone tell you that Keystone is any different Forest River. They are parent companies of multiple manufactures. ALL of the manufactures, ALL, use very young kids for labor to build RVs. Their will be one guy per shop who knows what is supposed to happen and none of them have a quality control plan. They just set their prices to let RV dealers fix anything that did not go right during assembly. All of them use the same two or three manufacture of component parts. Refrigerators, Furnaces, AC units, etc. What matters is, what size are you getting for your money.
There are some manufacturing materials that will matter. Generally speaking, the more you spend, the more you get. Aluminum siding or vacuum bonded fiberglass. Aluminum roof, rubber roof, of vacuum bonded one piece roof. The more you spend, the more you get. But, do you really need it? Also, remember, the more nicer stuff, cabinets and such, the more it weighs. More better insulation weighs more. Nicer cabinets and porcelain toilet weighs more than lesser cabinets and plastic toilet.
On price, 30% off retail is a starting point for negotiation a deal. And be warned, dealers and manufacturers will make up retail prices that make no sense what so ever so, compare apples to apples.
In the end, find the one that your wife likes, that meets your needs and keep arguing price till they squeal and buy it. Buy the one you like best.