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Old 03-31-2014, 01:59 PM   #61
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I just wanted to update the thread with what I decided to go with. After a crapload of research and talking to everyone and their brother who's towed a travel camper, most of you guys hit the nail on the head. So I set my sights a little lower (and safer) and purchased a 14 foot, 1800lb one instead. Its a 2012 retro camper w/ fridge, toilet, shower, bunks, and sink - tiny, but everything I need. It will even fit in my garage so no need to pay for storage. I called Geico w/ the model number and specs - liability and prop damage is covered. With the elec brakes, reese weight distribution and anti-sway system, upgraded brakes on the Jeep, and an overly cautious driver, everything should be fine. I appreciate all the feedback, much more satisfied with this choice.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:30 PM   #62
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I just wanted to update the thread with what I decided to go with. After a crapload of research and talking to everyone and their brother who's towed a travel camper, most of you guys hit the nail on the head. So I set my sights a little lower (and safer) and purchased a 14 foot, 1800lb one instead. Its a 2012 retro camper w/ fridge, toilet, shower, bunks, and sink - tiny, but everything I need. It will even fit in my garage so no need to pay for storage. I called Geico w/ the model number and specs - liability and prop damage is covered. With the elec brakes, reese weight distribution and anti-sway system, upgraded brakes on the Jeep, and an overly cautious driver, everything should be fine. I appreciate all the feedback, much more satisfied with this choice.
Sweet choice! I'm sure it's plenty big. If it ain't raining or I'm not sleeping I barley go in one. I hope to get something similar someday or turn my Jeep into the towed object. Thanks for the update. Take care brother.

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Old 03-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #63
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Glad you went with a smaller camper and that one is VERY COOL!!! Report back after your trip and takes some photos!
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Old 04-01-2014, 10:35 AM   #64
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I love it!
I better not let my wife see that, or she'll be pushing me to get one.
(I don't feel we have room.)
Is it a Riverside White Water?
I need to know so that I can tell my wife what we're not going to buy.

I'd need some white walls on it though.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:51 AM   #65
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Yup, Riverside Whitewater Retro! They're around 18k new, but this one which is a 2012 I was able to negotiate down to 8k. RVs depreciate even faster than cars it seems. The good thing is most people selling have only used them once or twice, and are selling simply because they're not being used.
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Old 04-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #66
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Wow I love that trailer now that it has pics!
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:20 PM   #67
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That is one cool trailer. Congratulations!
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:07 AM   #68
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Yup, Riverside Whitewater Retro! They're around 18k new, but this one which is a 2012 I was able to negotiate down to 8k. RVs depreciate even faster than cars it seems. The good thing is most people selling have only used them once or twice, and are selling simply because they're not being used.
What's the price on that thing if you don't mind me asking?
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What's the price on that thing if you don't mind me asking?
8k = $8,000.
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8k = $8,000.
That's a steal! Great find man. That was brand spanking new?
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8k = $8,000.
Sorry I just seen your earlier comment on the price etc. now I feel dumb lol
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:37 AM   #72
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Yup, Riverside Whitewater Retro! They're around 18k new, but this one which is a 2012 I was able to negotiate down to 8k. RVs depreciate even faster than cars it seems. The good thing is most people selling have only used them once or twice, and are selling simply because they're not being used.
Great deal!
After I saw that first pic, I started hunting for one near me.
My wife and I actually talked about getting one.
If we'd found a deal like you found we would probably be driving over today to look at it.
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Old 04-02-2014, 01:14 PM   #73
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I found a listing for 13k for a brand new 2014 model (still has plastic covers on everything). The extra 5k isnt worth it to me for that "new rv smell" but for people w/ deeper pockets 13k might be a really good deal. Oh, one more thing - I'm about 5'11 and I have to duck to get in there, and crouch to get in the shower - its smaller than it looks in the pictures. Just a heads up (no pun intended) for anyone 6' or taller.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:21 PM   #74
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I'll be happy to trade my pop-up tent trailer with plenty of headroom for your trailer any time.

NICE trailer you ended up with!
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:44 PM   #75
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I got a concern here about him pulling a 19 ft trailer behind his jeep. Ever think about how short a tractor trailer is in comparison to the tractor itself. I drive trucks. My tractor itself weighs about 25,000 pounds and is about 25 ft long. Pulling a 53 foot trailer weighing about 54,000 pounds. That is like our jeep pulling a 24 ft trailer weighing 10,500 pounds. Engines brakes trannsmission aside that is an apples to apples comparison. So our jeep pulling 2500 or 3000 pounds is nothing. Go slow enough to when the trailer is wagging you'll need to add power without exceeding the speed limit. Give yourself at least 6 seconds following distance and watch people as they pass you prepare for them to cut you off and above all never lock the brakes. The trailer loaded or not will push your ass around faster than you can "oh shit". Go slow take your time. If the crosswind starts pushing you into the other lane you must apply power while correcting the push.
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Old 04-02-2014, 06:53 PM   #76
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Thanks Jason for the tips! If you read some of the posts earlier in the thread, you'll notice they already bit my head off for even considering it - and rightfully so! The pictures above are of a much smaller and lighter trailer I decided to go with - along with electric brakes on the trailer + prodigy controller, weight distribution system, anti-sway bar, and upgraded brakes on the Jeep. I appreciate the feedback + tips though, you are very right.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:09 PM   #77
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Actually it is very different.
If it were apples to apples, as you say, there would be no need for 5th wheel hitches.
If you were comparing your tractor and trailer to a 5th wheel setup, then the physics would be more in line with the "apples to apples" comparison you mentioned.


On our Jeeps, we have a very different dynamic going on considering hitch placement, wheel arrangements and such.

BUT...
This horse has probably already been beaten enough.


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You wouldn't believe how comical I found it to be, trying to type this post with a 16 month old boy in my lap.
He kept saying "Ba-ba!" (his word for bottle) and repeatedly smacked my empty Coke bottle at the keyboard. LOL!
He was testing a whole different set of physics laws (and patience).
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I found a listing for 13k for a brand new 2014 model (still has plastic covers on everything). The extra 5k isnt worth it to me for that "new rv smell" but for people w/ deeper pockets 13k might be a really good deal. Oh, one more thing - I'm about 5'11 and I have to duck to get in there, and crouch to get in the shower - its smaller than it looks in the pictures. Just a heads up (no pun intended) for anyone 6' or taller.
Yeah, I noticed it was small, and even though I'm 6' tall, its size is most of the appeal.
I don't need to be standing around in it anyway...
I need to be out fishing.
There's a 2014 near me with a few options (awning, front window, etc...) for $15,500.
I may go check it out this weekend.
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Wow, I really like that trailer. I am surprised it's so spacious for the length. I wish you much luck and many good times with it. The trucker had good advice and remember it's the journey, not the destination!

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