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  1. Hummer, Slow down. Let's start with the basics. Do you have a tow vehicle, year, make and model? If so, do you know it's maximum cargo and towing capacities or know where to find the capacities in your tow vehicle (TV)? What are your rv plans? Do you plan to travel and stay short term in rv parks or are you planning to stay several months in one place before moving on? Do you plan to boon dock or dry camp and do you know what those terms mean? Why are you interested in a toy hauler? They are usually very heavy and most cannot be towed with a half ton pickup. In fact, any travel trailer over 7,000 lbs exceeds the capacity of most half ton pickups.
  2. I agree that you've got too optimistic of an itinerary. If you can leave a 2-3 days sooner, it will give you some needed flexibility. Consider that your average speed will be 55 mph or less (probably 50 mph). Last June I drove from Virginia to Colorado in a passenger car and found that 500 mile days were very fatiguing. It's usually worse in a large RV. Best of luck. Please keep us updated on your progress.
  3. And, there's nothing wrong with dating women older than you are. Assuming you can keep up with them. 🤣
  4. I think that is a wise decision. It will cost much less than new and you'll get to know what you like and don't like. A lot of experienced owners started out just like you plan to do. Best wishes.
  5. In a word, NO. The Pathfinder is a unibody construction light SUV. The maximum towing capacity is from 3,500 to 6,000 lbs. However, the biggest limiting factor is the payload (cargo) capacity. It may have a cargo capacity of up to 1,462 lbs. If the trailer has a gross weight of 6,000 lbs, the minimum tongue weight is 600 lbs plus about 80 lbs for the weight distribution hitch. That leaves 782 lbs for passengers, pets and any other stuff carried in the Pathfinder. Only certain specific models of Pathfinders are rated to tow 6,000 lbs. On the drivers door is a white sticker and a white sticker with yellow markings. The yellow sticker will tell you the towing and payload capacity of your specific Pathfinder. Post those numbers and we can tell you exactly what weight trailer your Pathfinder can safely tow. Finally, as a rule of thumb, the gross weight of a travel trailer should NOT exceed 80% of the towing capacity of the towing vehicle (TV). The reason is the front, flat end of a travel trailer generates a lot of wind resistance. And, the large flat sides of a travel trailer acts as a huge sail which can be pushed around by passing semis and crosswinds. Even if your Pathfinder is one of the rare ones with a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs., the 80% rule means you can only safely tow a maximum gross weight 4,800 lb travel trailer. Once you get the information from the yellow sticker, we can calculate the safe tow weight of a travel trailer for your specific Pathfinder. If you try towing a 6,000 lb travel trailer, it will over stress and over heat the engine, transmission, and other drive train parts. It will be a miserable, white knuckle, and dangerous towing experience. You will experience the trailer wagging the dog (tow vehicle). Either get a better tow vehicle or much lighter travel trailer.
  6. Since you will be full timing in a fifth wheel and traveling, you may be wise to consider 4 season trailers. They tend to be better built, more insulation, and designed to protect the plumbing from temperature extremes. Lance, Northwood (Nash & Arctic Fox), Forest River Arctic Wolf, and Heartland Bighorn are some 4 season fifth wheel trailers that come to mind.
  7. Since you've got 6 years, I agree with kb0zke that it would be a good idea to ease yourself into RVing. My suggestion is to keep your Jeep. But, purchase and older used tow vehicle and small used travel trailer. The cost won't be very high. And, in 6 years, if you keep both well maintained, you will get most of your initial cost back by selling to purchase a motor home. The highest depreciation for travel trailers is in the first few years. After that, there is less depreciation and well maintained models may actually increase in value. In those 6 years, you will learn a huge amount about RVing. You'll know what you want and don't want. For instance, you may find you love boon docking and need a motor home with large gray and black water tanks. Or, you might find that driving a large all wheel drive tow vehicle isn't that big a deal and is more convenient than a motor home towing a toad. Better to find out those kind of things before committing to an expensive motor home. Just something to consider.
  8. Wow! Wonder what the pin weight is on the modified bus. Do you think it is 1/2 ton pickup towable? 😂🤣😂
  9. I think it is wise to carry a basic set of tools even if you aren't mechanically inclined. Little stuff can crop up, that even a novice can figure out how to fix it. Also, with Youtube, internet search, and forums like this one, a novice will find clear instructions on diagnosing and repairing a lot of RV and vehicle problems. But, not helpful if you don't have some basic tools. I also agree with others who advised that there is usually someone in a campground who will eagerly help. But, why make them lug a heavy tool box over to help you fix something simple.
  10. After seeing that video, I had a little talk with my big hound reminding him that he is not allowed to drive.............. ever!!!
  11. Here's a tip on winterizing the drain traps and toilet. After adding antifreeze, pour in a small amount of cooking oil. It will float on top preventing most evaporation.
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