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There are quite a number of RV forums and I would appreciate some help cutting through the chaff.

We are planning on buying a small (~20') bumper pull trailer and I'd like to do some research first.
So many questions. How to decide what series WD hitch is actually needed vs. what is over kill, trailer brands with poor reputations and so on.
We have a decent tow rig and I built a shop to protect it from the elements so those issues are taken care of.

This is the trailer that has my eye at the moment. A comfortable couch for me and a big U shaped dinette for my wife to stretch out on are the big draw for us.
We are used to spending a few weeks at a time on our small 22' pilot house boat so we know how to be comfortable in compact spaces.
https://www.piercerv.com/New-Invento...llings-7074584
https://www.cruiserrv.com/2018/trave...r/sc-id199rud/
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Forest River forum has some good folks on it and pretty knowledgeable
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I bought my first ever RV last year. It was a Coachman. Knew zero about them. Mine is a 5th wheel though. IMHO, on a 20 footer, I really don't think you need a WD hitch. I'm sure I will get scolded on this website, and I'm sure a lot depends on what you are pulling it with, but, these RV's these days are super light weight. Best of luck in whatever you get. It really is a fun hobby. We do more of it in the fall and winter months.
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If you really want get the old timers rolling - introduce yourself and then ask if you can pull toy hauler 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton.. IRV2.com , RV.net
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My F150's hitch requires a WD device on trailers over 5,000#. I will be over that.
In my youth I may have blown it off but I wanna do this right.
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If you really want get the old timers rolling - introduce yourself and then ask if you can pull toy hauler 5th wheel with a 1/2 ton.. IRV2.com , RV.net
Do they know about the RAV4?
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Aside from airstreams - they are all bayliners with maybe a sea ray in the mix.

a 20’ probably won’t need a WDH, but the sway control is always nice. But get a hitch that matches your estimated tongue weight - like a 6-800# range. To much tension in the hitch can make a diving board action.

I like the WDH system with bars vs chains. Like this
https://www.rvautoparts.com/32217-Hu...yABEgJ0WvD_BwE

You will be able to tell the difference in quality between the brands... but most are similar and come with the same brand accessories- so not many really stand out above the rest in overall quality.

Dont pay anything close to MSRP - 20%++ off min, even more if it’s leftover.
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Before you buy a new one, look at ones that are 3-5 years old in order to see how fast many of them fall apart (light weight = minimal fasteners and thin materials). During your search, you'll also see what depreciation you're looking at if you buy new.

Biggest thing is experience. Chances that you'll want a different one within a year are high (2-foot-itis on steroids) so consider getting a cheap used one first so you don't take as much of a hit when you sell...and you will.
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I use a BlueOx SwayPro and I think it is one of the most popular. The spring bars are rated by tongue weight. Always go up if you are close. Weight distribution and sway control will “distribute” weight off the rear axle and onto the front axle, which helps a lot. Unless you are towing a 6,000 lb trailer with a 1 ton truck, it will help.
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I pulled a 20' camper from Ohio to all over Florida for several years. F150 ecoboost and WDH. Never knew it was back there.

link to forest river forums- Forest River Forums - Forest River Owners Community
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All I can tell you is I had one that size and now I have a larger one. We just bought a Grand Design 27BHS. I'm really happy with it so far. Having owned 4 so far, all I can tell you is....get one with a slide out.
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Buy few years used. With new your just paying for depreciation. Try renting one first to see what you like
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Hello,Be careful what hitch you buy, some have to have the bars unhooked before you can back up, that's a lot of trouble if you get into a close place by accident. Don't pay much attention to the naysayers on here, for some reason they hate campers.
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If you want to do a road trip then come to Middlebury, IN. More RV's around here than you will ever see. I work at Jayco and you can do a tour through the factory and watch how the units get built. Jayco Factory Tour in Middlebury, IN
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I'd get a 30 ft enclosed car hauler trailer, w 2ft vnose with side doors and rv door, extra 6 inch height, and then finish it out with facebook marketplace/craigslist furniture for 10k. Should be able to snag a deal on a 30 ft new for 6-7-8-9k. Wall off the last few ft behind where the beavertail is ramped and store the 4 wheeler/bikes etc. Maybe be 12-15k into it all in and its custom.
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I took a charter in the keys with monte from AOK charters he also owns AOK rv sales he is a straight up guy that gives discounts to THT members
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Buy a utility trailer and build your own.....way cheaper and better....
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First off to all that say build your own, some places wont allow it. Not sure why but seen it while booking some trips. As for hitch, I would recommend an equalizer hitch. Look for used to save money. I picked mine up for 100 bucks and still had all the paint on the bars. With this style there is no need to worry while backing up And turning short. Look for models being discontinued to save money. 20k for 19' is a bit steep. We got a starcraft bunkhouse 19' new for 11k plus tax and all. Get a full size toilet and a bigger shower. Make sure the shower has a shelving for soap and whatever else. Full size fridge. Electric awning, a TV antenna that you can aim and has a booster.
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Our first 'away' vehicle was a 23QB.


Then we dropped the trailer and used just the van for cross country trips.



Then we graduated to camping in an 18' cuddy.



We then wanted more comforts and a little more room so we trailered a house(boat). Shown here on the way from SC to UT.



Then we decided we should maintain all the comforts, but in a smaller "Guest Proof" trailer. Enter Wolf Pup 16FQ on our trip to the West Coast w/ Mt Shasta in the background.



We added a generator to the Pup so we didn't need campgrounds. In fact, 90% of our overnights are at Walmart or Truck Stops.



The Pup has a walkaround queen and all the other amenities except an oven, but it does have a microwave. These trailers are made of cardboard and staples so you need to be handy or patient with repairs (or warranty work) when your trailer spends weeks if not months at the dealer - usually during the seasons when you want to use it most. But, for under 10 grand and my handy ability we find it quite accommodating. BTW, the generator has remote start so I can cut the a/c on from bed.
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Originally Posted by ole_blue View Post
First off to all that say build your own, some places wont allow it. Not sure why but seen it while booking some trips. As for hitch, I would recommend an equalizer hitch. Look for used to save money. I picked mine up for 100 bucks and still had all the paint on the bars. With this style there is no need to worry while backing up And turning short. Look for models being discontinued to save money. 20k for 19' is a bit steep. We got a starcraft bunkhouse 19' new for 11k plus tax and all. Get a full size toilet and a bigger shower. Make sure the shower has a shelving for soap and whatever else. Full size fridge. Electric awning, a TV antenna that you can aim and has a booster.
Actually I'm surprised we are looking at new. I think the concern of a leaky roof in this rainy climate is on my mind.
The asking price on that one in Billings is close to the 20% off list which is a standard out the door price. It has has an aluminum frame, laminate walls and a somewhat upgraded interior which run the price up. We'll see which one I want next week, LOL..

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