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  • Crazy Otto
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    Steve were you going downhill when this amazing feat took place?
    Nah. They wuz all broken down on the side of the road.

    Do you pass them at the fuel station as well?
    I gots one of dem magnets on my fuel line. I get over 50 MPG!

    Steve

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  • tluxon
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    Originally posted by Crazy Otto View Post
    ...When the mighty Dodge is really loaded down its even more fun to pass those pesky 6.0's and Dmaxs. :whistle: (activate flame suit!)...
    Do you pass them at the fuel station as well? :wink!:

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  • staggerlee
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    Originally posted by Crazy Otto View Post
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    Beg to disagree, honorable Lee,
    When the mighty Dodge is really loaded down its even more fun to pass those pesky 6.0's and Dmaxs. :whistle: (activate flame suit!)
    Steve were you going downhill when this amazing feat took place?
    Lee

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  • Crazy Otto
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    Keep up the suggestions. I’m looking, just not going to argue


    No arguing here. Just a little good natured pot stirring. :cool_0:

    You are making decisions in the right manner: research first and buy based on specs not what color the interior is.

    Best -

    Steve



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  • p8md
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    Sorry guys, I didn’t mean to cause a ruckus! I understand the Trailblazer may not be the best TV but it is quite capable for the weight range I want. I understand I may have limitations and that’s why I’m researching now instead of making a quick (wrong) decision. Right now I have a 1994 18’ Cobra that probably weighs in the same weight range (~4500 lb). It is definitely not an ultra-light. I haven’t had a chance to weigh it yet but it tows just fine. Let’s not get hung up on the TV. I will test drive anything I want to buy. We have plenty of hills around here to test.

    I’m looking for a quality made camper with the specs above. I would like to focus on something used (2000 and newer).
    Specifically, I would also like to hear any brands to look for OR avoid. Has the recession weeded out the low quality manufacturers or have they started cutting corners?

    So far I’ve heard that Jayco is a good brand.
    Frank, I like the looks of the Crossroads Slingshot and I’ve heard that they make a quality product.

    Keep up the suggestions. I’m looking, just not going to argue. :whistle:

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  • Crazy Otto
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    the 213 is a nice little camper ....
    One of the nice improvements for 2010 is in the queen slide out back. The sleeping position has been changed to a side by side arrangment. My camper has a front to back deal which can be a pain when one person (me) consumes more adult beverages than the sleepng partner (wife) and has to get up once or twice a night.

    Steve

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  • Crazy Otto
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    Just look at what you are towing it with Steve,
    He only has a Trailblazer.
    It might pull it, but might take the fun out of the trip
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    Beg to disagree, honorable Lee,

    With what P8md spec'd out, I think the Jayco should fit his requirements pretty well. Dry weight is listed at 4260# with a hitch weight of 475#. If only towing 20-30 miles and camping at full service areas, there should be no need to carry in water, saving more weight.

    And while I agree my truck is a little on the overkill side, I usually load it up with all kinds of stuff because we boondock on our land quite a bit.

    When the mighty Dodge is really loaded down its even more fun to pass those pesky 6.0's and Dmaxs. :whistle: (activate flame suit!)

    Interesting. Looks like the 213 gained a few pounds over the last year. 2009: 4260# 2010: 4285#
    Last edited by Crazy Otto; 06-29-2010, 02:26 PM.

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  • tluxon
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    Other than belonging to a club that co-owned a bunch of Class A & Class C Motorhomes, our first RV was a pretty big pop-up ('96 Coleman Shenandoah, 12' box w/ queen beds on each end). It had a very convenient cassette toilet/shower, tons of sleeping space, and was much easier to tow with a mid-size pickup or SUV. We actually didn't mind the setup and takedown that much - I guess the biggest issue was that we didn't have really easy access to it at roadside stops along the way.

    The next step up was to a lite trailer with bunks, but our bed was an extra large dinette during the day and had to be set up as a bed each night. This is what got old for us, and it was harder to make that into a comfortable bed than the beds we had in the pop-up. It also required a step up in our tow vehicle (started with a Jeep Grand Cherokee V8 and ended up with a Ford F-150 pickup. The dry weight of this trailer was only 3500 pounds, but loaded for a trip it was maxxing out the JGC even with it's 6500 pound tow-rating.

    Although the Puma is a nice layout and would give you a full time bed under the bunk, I'm pretty certain it would max out your Trailblazer. If you're going to go this route, you've really got to make sure you have an auxiliary transmission cooler and hopefully a transmission temperature gauge. It can be done, but you'll be putting a lot of extra wear-and-tear on your nice Trailblazer.

    If it were me with what I know after our experiences, I'd look strongly at a trailer like the Trailmanor (Travel Trailers That Are Lightweight and Easy to Tow|Trailmanor Travel Trailers) if I was dead set on towing with the Trailblazer.

    All the best!

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  • JEBar
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    Originally posted by p8md View Post
    what are you towing with?
    We are towing with a 2006 Chevy Trailblazer. 5400 lb towing capacity. Up to 750 lb tongue weight with WD.
    Originally posted by Crazy Otto View Post
    We still have our Jayco and we love it. It is for sale but only because we want a little bigger unit. (My note: Steve has a 2009 Jayco 213 JayFeather EXP)

    Best -
    Steve

    the 213 is a nice little camper .... it is well build and features vacuum bonded construction on all 6 sides which is fairly unique .... that really offers great bang from the buck ... with an unloaded vehicle weight around 4,285 pounds it fits neatly within the specs given

    Jim

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  • staggerlee
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    Jayco

    A lot of trailer for the $$ and the build quality is outstanding.
    Jayco is worth a long hard look if you ask me.
    [/QUOTE]

    Just look at what you are towing it with Steve,
    He only has a Trailblazer.
    It might pull it, but might take the fun out of the trip.
    No insult meant.
    Lee

    2004.5 Dodge 2500 Cummins
    2009 Jayco 213 JayFeather EXP

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  • Crazy Otto
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    We still have our Jayco and we love it. It is for sale but only because we want a little bigger unit. If you look in the classifieds, you can see that we are not really trying all that hard to sell it.
    It has a queen slide at the rear and a single bunk over a double bunk up front. Table folds to a bed as does the sofa.
    The downside is that it is a little snug when it rains for more than 5 minutes. Well, at least with a 5 and 8 year old......

    A lot of trailer for the $$ and the build quality is outstanding.

    Jayco is worth a long hard look if you ask me.


    Best -
    Steve

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  • frank henn
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    While at a campground several weeks ago I saw a Crossroads slingshot being towed bay a trail blazer. Mind you this was not a used unit. But while talking to them they have had it a bout six months made several trips with it. They maintain that this Sling shot was designed for thee smaller and lighter units. I think that Keystone has the Bullet Saw this one being towed by an older jeep Grand Cherokee yesterday watch the big rigs pass it and could not see any sway issues

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  • JEBar
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    Originally posted by drfife View Post
    My wife has an Envoy, the GM twin to your Trailblazer. It's a great vehicle, but it's not suited for towing.

    afraid I'd have to differ a bit with you on this one .... we have a Trailblazer as well (OK we have one when its not in the shop ) and I do agree that for towing like you and I tow, it would not be even remotely suited as a tow vehicle .... that said, under the conditions he provided where most of his use will be towing within a 20 - 30 mile range and he will be towing a camper approximately 20% below his vehicle's tow rating it, may well serve his purpose

    Jim

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  • drfife
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    Originally posted by p8md View Post
    Actually, I lied a little. My wife and I had a pop-up about 10 years ago when we were first married. We had it for a little while but I lost my job and the pop-up had to go. The pop-up was not for us. I hated popping it up and down 3-4 times just to camp. Plus, every time it rained your pillows and blankets were damp. I'll keep what I have before I get a pop-up.
    Don't take this wrong, but until you get a bigger tow vehicle, you should stick with the trailer you have if you won't consider a pop-up.

    My wife has an Envoy, the GM twin to your Trailblazer. It's a great vehicle, but it's not suited for towing.

    We tow with a 3/4 ton Suburban. It's a great tow vehicle.

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  • p8md
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    Originally posted by drfife View Post
    Have you considered a pop-up trailer?

    They have lots of room and big beds.

    Light enough for your Trailblazer.
    Actually, I lied a little. My wife and I had a pop-up about 10 years ago when we were first married. We had it for a little while but I lost my job and the pop-up had to go. The pop-up was not for us. I hated popping it up and down 3-4 times just to camp. Plus, every time it rained your pillows and blankets were damp. I'll keep what I have before I get a pop-up.

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