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RV Tow Behind (by Tex [TX]) Jan 14, 2022 10:41 AM
       RV Tow Behind (by Frank [NJ]) Jan 14, 2022 10:56 AM
       RV Tow Behind (by Richard [MI]) Jan 14, 2022 10:58 AM
       RV Tow Behind (by DJ [VA]) Jan 14, 2022 5:39 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 14, 2022 6:27 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 14, 2022 6:28 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by Jason [MI]) Jan 14, 2022 7:59 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 14, 2022 9:11 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by SHAUN [FL]) Jan 15, 2022 9:06 AM
       RV Tow Behind (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 15, 2022 3:07 PM
       RV Tow Behind (by T [IN]) Jan 15, 2022 4:29 PM

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RV Tow Behind (by Tex [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 10:41 AM

I am in the process of looking for a small maybe 20ft tow behind. Who's one and would you buy again.

Really dont want to spend a lot of money in case I find that its not fo m. Any suggestions or words of wisdom?


RV Tow Behind (by Frank [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 10:56 AM

Look into renting

It could be a good trial run --174.206.xxx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 10:58 AM

Rent one the first few times.

Check the site RVTravel. They have reviews and lots of info. --75.7.xx.xx

RV Tow Behind (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 5:39 PM

Research the construction of RV's.

You may discover they are put together very cheaply & have frequent leaks & problems (like I did, & decided to build my own)

I agree with the idea to rent one for a weekend first. It will help you see the quality & amenities & how systems work.

Remember to check the weights against your towing vehicle's capacity.


RV Tow Behind (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 6:27 PM

Lots to consider. We started out tent camping, moved to a tent trailer when wife wanted to be of the ground. Then a fold out when she wanted a bathroom. Then a bumper pull when she wanted air conditioning, and finally a 5th wheel now.

Bumper pulls are better when they are short, we had a 24 footer and it was almost too long. They tend to sway badly in the wind, even with sway bars on the hitch. Ours was a Terry with bunks in the back for the kids.

We rented one for a weekend when we first started to get an idea what it was like. Then we bought one used. If you buy one used make them show you that everything works: DC electrical (water pump, heater, and interior lights), AC electrical (AC, Microwave, etc). Refrigerator (both on Gas and electrical if it has it), awnings, and anything else. Lastly, walk every inch of the floor and make sure there are no soft spots, walls and ceilings for water spots. A leak will eat away the structure and you will face a huge bill. As far as age, the older ones are actually built better than the new ones in most cases. As long as the systems (heater, water heater, refrigerator, AC, Roof membrane, etc) are in good condition condition you won't have any problems.

I would suggest a 10-4 year old unit that has been parked under a cover or inside when not being used. That should be relatively cheap until you find out if you like the RV lifestyle. --209.16.xx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 6:28 PM

10-14 years old... --209.16.xx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by Jason [MI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 7:59 PM

I have about a 26 ft pull behind camper.. I towed it a couple times an hate it!!!! I love camping just not pulling it.. so... I rent a cabin or rent a trailer on site when I go now.. with my camper I have 5 acres an I set it up an we sleep in it.. my rule.. can't go inside except potty or shower.. kids like it better staying home....they have there pool..trampoline an so forth.. more room..no neighbors.. just like a private campground to myself --107.116.xx.xx

RV Tow Behind (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2022 9:11 PM

Up north they are out of season - thus a bargains can be found up here, for another three or four months.

That said we are also expecting upwards of 14 inches of snow Sunday night - so transporting might not be that easy --24.101.xxx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by SHAUN [FL]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2022 9:06 AM

Over the years I went from a 12' to a 14' to my last one 26' w/ a 12' slide out.

Slide outs are great, but prone to leakage over time. My slide out leaked on the back corner (not noticeable until too late), thus rotted out the bath closet and flooring.

Lastly, they don't age well, even with care, therefore become a $$$$ pit.

Since most of my camping was for Music Festivals, I decided that it was not that much cheaper to camp, especially when you factor in the increased gas usage and wear/tear on my truck. --173.31.xxx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2022 3:07 PM

There are a lot of options, depending on whether you want to "boondock" (no hookups, bring your own water, use solar charger for power, propane for heat/cooking, take the trailer to a dump station for waste water), or to be in a campground with full hookups. Also whether you want your own bathing/toilet facilities, or can live with the campground showerhouse/restrooms.

I'd read a bunch of forums, maybe attend an RV show with you mind and eyes open (don't get RV fever!). Or visit an RV dealer who sells traded-in used trailers. We did that a lot before purchasing a used popup after I swore off tents forever in my 50s.

Even better, rent within a campground that is mostly or all transients (not seasonal rentals). Then walk around and chat up the owners of various rigs. You can learn a lot from people, and most camping people are pretty friendly, especially late in the day after the boating/fishing/hiking is done.

Happy hunting! --98.115.xxx.xxx

RV Tow Behind (by T [IN]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2022 4:29 PM

I live where like 60% of all rvs are made. Go with a jayco, Grand Design or the high end units if buying new. If you buy the cheap, low end towable that are brand new.... nothing but drug heads built them. you will still have issues, just less vs. the low end ones.

Used ones; older Jayco or Keystone will be ok. No matter what, you will have to fix/repair... constantly. Aerostream would be one of the few units that will age "ok"....

I have a 2008 Keystone Passport. Works for me. I went to NY pre-covid. Saw NYC and Niagara Falls for the 4th of July. Been all over the midwest. I enjoy it, but you have to have the mindset that you will a handyman at any moment. Even on vacation.... if $$ is an issue; just stay in an hotel or AirnB. --76.77.xxx.xxx

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