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JasonL79
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Katy, TX
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Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Looking for a 5th wheel travel trailer to use for work. I work in oil and gas industry and move around and am tired of paying rent and get nothing in return. I also get reimbursed for living (per diem) so cost is not a huge issue when I end up paying rent around $1,000-$1,400mth+ for an apartment anyway. Also some of the areas I work are remote and would require a long drive without a trailer.

I have a 2019 F-250 diesel that I basically bought for this purpose so towing shouldn’t be an issue.

Went looking a few times and seemed to like the Forest River cardinal 40ft a good bit. Looking for feedback and recommendations on brands. Will also use this camper as a fishing/hunting camp when not working.
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Theotherpikecounty
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Get one that has a full sized refrigerator in it. Thats all i have


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AlxTgr
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Have had two. Forest River is not great quality. I probably would not own again. Jayco seems to be a bit better built.

If I were you, I'd get front bath. Gives you more room to dress. My last one had rear bath, and I hated it.


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thejudge
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Work-n-play

Solid one piece aluminum roof.

Heavy duty.


eyepooted
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
PPL Houston Consignment RV Center


My BIL just bought a 42’ Jayco that was basically new at an insane price. I would look there


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Cracker
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Get airbags for your truck.


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tigNstick629
Member since Jan 2017
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
I have one for the same purpose. The number one thing you should look for is hookups and room for separate washer and dryer.


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Cool Hand Luke
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Check your payload capacity. I am guessing that Cardinal is pretty heavy. Pin weight will be high.


Mid Iowa Tiger
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Depending on what you want to spend my two top brands are Grand Design and Luxe.

Luxe makes some great full-time products. Grand Design has some really good mid to upper market trailers.


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lowhound
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Effie
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
I got a 2019 Forest River Palomino Puma 32RBFQ I'm about to put on the market. It's a bumper pull, but 3 slides, stackable washer/dryer, 2 bedrooms with an outdoor kitchen. It's basically a small apartment and you can live in it or would make an awesome camp.

Walkthrough video
This is it except I actually have a stackable W/D and my outdoor kitchen has a slide out cooktop.
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GCTigahs
Member since Oct 2014
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
2019 towing guide

Don’t assume your truck can pull any weight. I see between 14,000lbs and 18,000lbs for 5th wheel towing on 2019 Ford diesels depending on your specific truck. Find your truck and your specific towing capacity.


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JasonL79
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
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Check your payload capacity. I am guessing that Cardinal is pretty heavy. Pin weight will be high


I did a little research on this. Looks like I only have 2,300 lbs of payload capacity. This needs to cover myself, any passengers, gear, and the hitch. This basically means my truck will be overloaded with almost any 5th wheel trailer. I know I see lots of F-250’s towing 5th wheels. Does that mean all are overloaded?

Also from the research, it looks like a lot of people recommend a travel trailer (Normal tow hitch) instead for a F-250. I’m thinking I will need to do a smaller 5th wheel (34-36ft max) or a longer travel trailer.


AlxTgr
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
No way man. I towed two 5ers with half tons. 3/4tons can pull a lot of 5th wheel. Just go to any large campground. You'll see lots of 5th wheels and not that many trucks larger than 3/4 tons.


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lowhound
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
I don't think you'll have a problem with a 5th wheel, but I also wouldn't tow it through mountain passes or anything. I wouldn't not look at travel trailers though. There's a guy at my campground that pulls his 5th wheel with an F150, but he beefed up his suspension.

The Puma I posted about is as big as a travel trailer as you're going to find without getting a park model, and you can still put stuff in the bed of your truck when you pull it.
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El Segundo Guy
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Grand Design has the best built 5th wheels for the price.


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Cool Hand Luke
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
I thought a f250 would have been in the 3000 to 3500 range. I think you would be fine for short trips. I wouldn't do it often. Don't want to leave yourself liable should something happen because you are overweight.


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DisplacedBuckeye
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
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Does that mean all are overloaded?


Most are.

Ignore the advice that says you can get away with it or to look at everyone else doing it. You do not want to find yourself in an accident while towing something that's too heavy for your truck.

For manufacturers, look to Grand Design. Before we bought our Tiffin, we had one and it was great. The company is also fantastic, especially to full-timers. Luxe is another good one, but you'll pay for it.

I'd echo getting one that's prepped for a washer/dryer. That small convenience is a bigger deal than you might think.

A travel trailer could be a good option, but make sure you set your truck up properly. I'd do a WDH and bags, at a minimum. You're also probably going to sacrifice some luxury items with a travel trailer.


AlxTgr
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Kyre Banorg
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
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Most are.
Very few are.

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Ignore the advice that says you can get away with it or to look at everyone else doing it.
He can, and they are because they can.
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You do not want to find yourself in an accident while towing something that's too heavy for your truck.
What are you trying to say?


DisplacedBuckeye
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Very few are.


Most are. That's why, when he looked up the numbers, he saw that his would be, too.

It's because a lot of people, like you, overestimate their tow vehicle's capabilities.

quote:

What are you trying to say?


I spoke plainly. There should be no confusion about what I said.


baldona
Auburn Fan
Florida
Member since Feb 2016
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re: Travel Trailer Recommendations - For work and to be used as a camp
Is it just you OP? Why do you need a 5th wheel by yourself? Or even for 2 people?

If you are going to get something to live in, buy something that’s set up ideally for who will
Be living in it. As said, W/D etc. don’t get something that’s great for a camp when your boys show up for the 2 nights a year they will be there, yet you spend 250 nights by yourself.
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