A Ton of Questions from a Want-A-Be

Discussion in 'General RVing' started by millsg, May 19, 2009.

  1. millsg

    millsg New Member

    My wife and I are considering purchasing a 5th wheel or TT. I currently own a 2005 Chevy 1500 extended cab with a 4.8 V8. I believe it is rated for 6800lbs. I love the truck, it only has 25,000 miles on it (I have a 1989 farm truck I put most of my miles on). In spite of the 6800lbs rating, I am thinking about a rv in the 4500lbs ranges since we love to camp in the mountains. I know this knocks out most 5ers. The wife and I think we like units that have a rear living area with two recliner type chairs and one slide; however these tend to outside my self imposed limit of 4500lbs. Smaller units (25 - 27 footers) will have the slide, be under 4500lbs but not have the rear living area. Here are my questions.

    1) Is the rear living area that nice of feature especially if you like spending time out of doors?

    2) Is my thinking regarding the self imposed 4500lbs logical (considering my current truck)?

    3) Should I be thinking about a new truck and rv?

    4) Would it be better to keep the current truck (add a few features like a transmission cooler) and maybe sink additional money into one of the newer lighter units that tend to cost a little more?

    5) If you suggest a new truck, what features should I look for (please be specific as to things like, engine size, transmission ratios, transmission brands, transmission coolers, etc.)
  2. Grandview Trailer Sa

    Grandview Trailer Sa Senior Member

    Re: A Ton of Questions from a Want-A-Be

    Hello and welcome,
    Your limiting yourself to smaller trailers with your truck, but there are lots out there in that weight range. I sell a 21' Amerilite that weights about 3,600lb. Most Ameriltes are under your 4,500 limit. Good luck
  3. Steve H

    Steve H Senior Member

    RE: A Ton of Questions from a Want-A-Be


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