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Old 07-20-2010, 05:24 PM   #1546
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whats the lowdown on Toyota 1 ton platformed RV's? saw one this weekend, its was a '91 winnie.
would work well for family use.
1 ton is a misnomer on these type of rigs.

Gutless and overtaxed on the drive train without any load at all. You'd never be able to tow with it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:27 PM   #1547
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whats the lowdown on Toyota 1 ton platformed RV's? saw one this weekend, its was a '91 winnie.
would work well for family use.

Small and underpowered some would argue.

Just right for a single person or a couple others would argue.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:59 PM   #1548
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whats the lowdown on Toyota 1 ton platformed RV's? saw one this weekend, its was a '91 winnie.
would work well for family use.
These always get my interest. Great mileage and fit in a regular parking space. I like the fiberglas versions.

From what I've read there were a couple of different rear axles used. I believe the full floating version is the one you want. One of many sites discussing it. linky
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:56 PM   #1549
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The biggest difference is in how the 5th wheel tows. A bumper pull or travel trailer can be made pretty stable with a good hitch, but it'll never be equal to a 5th wheel.

One thing that my wife and I found when we looked. Up to a certain point, around '28, the TT's are the way to go. You have good head room throughout the length of the trailer. Small 5th wheels are targeted at 1/2 ton trucks and need to be light weight and often the area above the goose neck isn't full height which is a drag.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:59 PM   #1550
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One limiting factor is what you have to tow with. (Stating the obvious.) It may be my imagination but it seems like you can get an awful lot of 5th wheel for the money in the used market. I'm guessing the resale market is a bit more limited than with a regular tow behind as there is a wider selection of vehicles capable of towing the TTs.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:01 PM   #1551
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One other item to note about the difference between Travel Trailers and Fifth wheels..... fifth wheels tend to be less maneuverable when you're backing up. The distance between the rear axle and the ball mount with a TT hookup helps with backing up. Fifth wheels are mounted above the rear axle and reacts more slowly to steering input when backing up.

Also if you're considering a TT or FW, loan interest is tax-deductible as a second home if it has a permanent bed, kitchen and bathroom.
Aw crap, I really didn't need to know that

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Old 07-20-2010, 07:02 PM   #1552
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It is a very slippery slope but when you're walking down the spiral staircase from the master suite into the push out breakfast nook it'll be soooo worth it.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:50 PM   #1553
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It's something you should really think about. I can't count the number of people who bought a truck which was big enough for their current trailer only to find that a few years later they wanted a bigger trailer and needed to buy a new truck. New as being new to them not necessarily a brand new truck. Many of us don't have all the money in the world so we can't afford to buy a nice big Ford F450 for towing a tent trailer because we're pretty sure in a few years we'll step up to a TT and then a 5th wheel. Having said that it shouldn't stop you from thinking about what the future might hold. Today a tent trailer being towed by a 1/2 ton is just great, but it might come up short when attempting to tow a nice sized TT. So, think about a 3/4 ton.
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:55 PM   #1554
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1 ton is a misnomer on these type of rigs.

Gutless and overtaxed on the drive train without any load at all. You'd never be able to tow with it.
not looking to tow,
just a big family station wagon with beds
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Old 07-21-2010, 04:55 AM   #1555
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My favorite choice.

This was my old rig.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:22 AM   #1556
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This was my old rig.

Refresh our memories ... what did you replace it with?

I'd love to have a second, smaller rig.

Then again, I'd love to have some more bikes as well but with the "new economy" ...
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:25 AM   #1557
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This was my old rig.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:40 AM   #1558
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We bought some property in the country and dragging the Foot up there on weekends got to be a hassle, so we bought a 27' TT and just leave it parked there. Once we build we'll sell that and get something to haul the Jeep in with a living quarters I hope.
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Old 07-21-2010, 05:44 AM   #1559
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We bought some property in the country and dragging the Foot up there on weekends got to be a hassle, so we bought a 27' TT and just leave it parked there. Once we build we'll sell that and get something to haul the Jeep in with a living quarters I hope.

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:32 AM   #1560
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In summary: I need a new truck
On the other side of that, watch out when you start looking at buying your next trailer/toybox. The rat bastard sales worms will tell you "sure, you can tow this 30' trailer with your Rav4. Just need one of them fancy hitches".
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