Start'n all over

Discussion in 'Beginning RVing' started by dbl-d, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. dbl-d

    dbl-d New Member

    Well after 11 years we finally going to start hitting the road again. We were able to trade in my little Ford Ranger for a BIG F150 Lariat a couple of weeks ago.

    It has 9K lb towing with a 5.5 ft bed. We use to run in a popup with our son, but now that he is in school in NY we are wanting to get a TT.

    We started looking at several of the RV dealers here in central Texas and had a big sticker shock. We looked several years ago and boy have the prices changed or we happened to be looking when they were trying to get rid of inventory.

    One dealer wanted to seel us one that was about 10k lb loaded. he said as long as the dry weight was under the limit we were OK. he also tried to sell us a 5er for a short bed. I don't think so!!

    A couple of other RV dealers didn't show an interest in coming down on the list price.

    When is a good time to buy TT?

    Also any hidden charges anyone is aware of that dealers might pop on you?
    :cool:
     
  2. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

    Re: Start'n all over

    Welcome to the forum and welcome back to the good life..rving.
    If your truck is rated for 9,000 lbs, its rated for 9,000 lbs. It doesn't know the difference in dry weight and how did the dealer know it weighed 10,000l loaded. You may be hauling a trailer full of lead.

    Whens a good time to buy? Right now, just keep lookiong.
     
  3. dbl-d

    dbl-d New Member

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    the TT had both the dry weight and GVW listed. I even picked up a flier on the unit and it is listed at a 8k lbs dry & 10k lbs gross. The dealer thinks we should only put about 900 lbs stuff in the TT. That would cover my owners needs and leave me without.
     
  4. Kirk

    Kirk Senior Member

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    An F150 won't tow a very heavy trailer. Be very careful as this is a serious safety issue.
     
  5. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    Stay away from the dealer that is trying to sell you that 10k and telling you you will be ok :( JMO. Remember that the 9k towing is not adding all that you will have in the tr. you will also have to stop the unit. maybe John will jump in as he is good with the tow numbers. Also listen to what GTS advises if he jumps in on this. Welcome to the forum :)
     
  6. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

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    If you put 50 gal of water, thats over 400 lbs. Now you've got room for 600 pounds of stuff. And let me tell you, that stuff adds up quickly.
     
  7. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    I bought back more weight than that from Texas. Those Texas rocks are heavy :laugh: :laugh:
     
  8. TexasClodhopper

    TexasClodhopper Senior Member

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    Hey, Chelse. You must have run for the border fast. We normally sell those rocks to tourists! :clown:
     
  9. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

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    IT WASN'T ROCKS. it was those things that looks like wood buthard as a rock :laugh: ;)
     
  10. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    They asked me when I left if I had picked up anything in the petrified desert. Told them heck no and kept going :laugh: We aint got no turnip trucks to fall off here in Alamama :laugh: :laugh:
     
  11. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

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    Heck there for a minute I thought you were talking about hard headed Texans. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
  12. hertig

    hertig Senior Member

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    If your truck is rated to pull 9000 pounds, than that is with no accessories added to the truck, no cargo or anything else carried in the truck, no passengers. Just a 150 pound driver and a bit of fuel. Anything added to or in the truck comes right off the towing capacity.
     
  13. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

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    Wooo...buckaroos. Ain't no hard headed Texans on this board. Maybe opinionated but not hard headed.
     
  14. DL Rupper

    DL Rupper Senior Member

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    I know that. But it just threw me off when they started jawing about hard wood and rocks. Hard heads flashed in my mind when the word Texas and borders came up. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: Heck I lived just across the border in Oklahoma for 2 1/2 years just before retiring. :approve: Actually you Texans are my idols. You know we need to drill for oil and my favorite President has a ranch there. :cool: Hookem Horns :laugh:
     
  15. bcole

    bcole New Member

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    Hey Dbl-d
    I think I'd be very carefull dealing with a salesman who is telling you untruths about weight. It sounds like you know what's going on. I know I'm very new to rving and I kind of got bit a little from my first experiences with dealers. But, I'm learning quick thanks to the many people here on the post.
    Good luck to you.
    Brard
     
  16. dbl-d

    dbl-d New Member

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    Kirk my plan is to haul no more then 8,000 at the max I want to stay lower if at all possible.

    The way I have it figured mama & I exceed the 155 that they average for 1 person in the vehicle. I'm looking at more about 8,500 limit with her and all the stuff she will be putting in the truck.

    I have done my homework before we evan got the truck. We went & looked at TT & figured out what we kind of liked, then figured out the GVW of the TT and went from there.

    I'm still trying to figure out the different braking system that are out there. That is real confusing.

    To all thank you for the insite, even though a couple of you got off track.

    D&D
     
  17. elkhartjim

    elkhartjim Senior Member

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    Off track. OFF track. Most of didn't know this thing even had a track. It was Nash, Hollis and DL that got off track but their back in the home so we'll be safe for awhile. Problem is, Rods out for good behavior.
     
  18. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

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    Well, we generally all give our opinion and then no telling where we might go D&D. Hang around and I think that you will find that you can get a ton of info here. What braking systems are you looking at?
     
  19. cwishert

    cwishert New Member

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    We're not opinionated. We're just always right! :) dbl-d be very careful when it comes to sales people. You know usually all they are looking for is to sell a unit. Once it's sold they'll even try to sell you another one. I have first hand knowledge of that today while we were at Camping World. The saleman was trying to get us to upgrade to a Class A just two months after we bought the Class C. :clown:
     
  20. dbl-d

    dbl-d New Member

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    just try'n to figure oout what kind of breaking controller to get for the truck. from what I have been able to piece together I'll probably get a mid range priced proportional controller.

    Just got to figure out where the put it under the dash. I have a console to deal with.

    On the salefolks, I go in with the attitude that I really don't need one today but if you have something that has an out standing price I'll consider it.

    I have also done a lot of home work on the TT so for and will probably do more before we finally get one.

    We have decided that the MAX gross weight of the TT will not exceed 8,00lbs

    just a matter of finding what we want at the price we want.

    dbl-D
     

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