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  1. UPDATE: We did buy the Imagine XLS 22MLE. We set it up in a friend's RV park 20 miles from home for a week after buying it and commuted to work from there. Learned a lot without being too far away. We did keep the F150 and towed it back and forth from there. But there was the nagging feeling that it might not be enough truck, so we bought a 2017 F250 SuperDuty 6.2L V8 with 20,000 miles on it from CarMax. (they gave us $3,000 more for the F150 than we paid for it 2 years ago) We used it on our first "real" camping trip to Daisy State Park in Arkansas this last weekend. Lots of hills which the truck had no problem at all with. Thanks again for all the input on this critical decision. Next: In 2 weeks we are off to Divide, Colorado then to Loveland for a few days.
  2. I found this great deal on safervguide.com A 2008 Coachman Concord 300 TH for $11,500 with just 14,664 miles on it. It's the one I have been looking for! I checked with NADA and the price was within norms. Emailed the seller, Matthew at msegev@comcast.net, asking for more pictures. He was a little rude, sent a URL https://imgur.com/a/DYHcF0l with more pics. and said to only reply if I was a serious buyer with the money. I told him I was serious and had the money. I told him my wife works at a bank and could wire a deposit to him to hold it until I could fly from Texas to Colorado where he was. He said he prefered to use "Amazon Payments" which would protect the buyer and seller. He gave me a link, https://safe.pay.amazon.api-checkouts.com/buyer-protection.html , which I foolishly clicked on. It looked legit and of course it sounded, like the deal on the the Concord, too good to be true. I checked RVTrader and found the same rigs going for $40,000+. My wife was very skeptical of the whole deal so I researched the Amazon Payments and found there is no such thing. I am embarrassed at how close I came to giving away all that money. I sent an email to safervguide.com letting them know what happened. Obviously NADA does not reflect the current market value of RV's. I've attached a screenshot of Amazon Payments page.
  3. Again thanks to all of you for taking the time to help us with this major decision. Like so many other, I am sure, I had no idea it would be this complicated to pull a travel trailer safely. After more research it turns out we have a SuperCab F150 with the 2.7 EcoBoost, an L3 axle with a 3.31 axle ratio and a 145 in wheel base. If I am reading the chart right that should give us a Maximum trailer weight of 7600 lb. Please correct me if I am wrong. following the advise from all of you, we shopped all weekend We have found the TT that we absolutely love. The Grand Design Imagine 22MLE. It has a GVWR of 6995. Please let me know if I can do this safely. You guys are the best!!
  4. thanks again for all the responses. We did attend the RV Bootcamp a couple years ago, which is why I knew this would be the place to go for good advice. The wife is not too hot on the eggshell type, too cramped for her. Been looking at the Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser 23RSS lately. My wife always wants a "pop of color" in everything and these rigs definitely fit the bill. Only 420 hitch weight and around 6000 GVWR if we load it up. It seems like it should work with our existing F150. What do you think?
  5. Thanks for all the help. This is just the kind of info I was looking for. I will be a much better shopper now. I looked at the RV Consumer Group and will be joining that this weekend. The F150 is actually my wife's truck and the payload is 1661 lbs. Going out this weekend to shop around. We are hoping to have something to go camping in March. Thanks again for the information that can't be bought.
  6. We are a couple in our sixties, he is 67, she is a young 60. We plan on going full time in 2023. We are looking to start our RVing life with a travel trailer for now. We want one that we can pull with our 2016 F-150. It has the tow package and a 3.5L engine. We have been looking at used 24ft to 26ft rigs with one slide and I'm thinking the F-150 should work well for that. What brands do you like/dislike? We're expecting to use it for weekend camping to get familiar with systems and do's and don'ts. We rented a 25ft MiniWini and went to the RV Boot camp a couple years ago, so we have had some instruction. Several years ago I lived on a houseboat on San Francisco Bay for 3 years and my girlfriend (now wife) joined me for the last year, so we are familiar with close quarters living. We will probably get a Class A or C to full time with, but the cost is prohibitive right now. Any suggestions/ideas/criticisms about these plans would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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