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Old 01-18-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm Lorin

Hi, I'm Lorin. I've wanted to travel around with an RV for 15 years, but never have. Right now I'm trying to figure out what I can reasonably pull with my '93 Chevy 1500. From what I can tell I need something pretty light, which is what has led me to fiberglass campers.

I look forward to getting to know you guys!
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Old 01-18-2016, 12:33 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Amerigo would be fine

Hi great to have you here fun place to be . happy camping
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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welcome to FGRV--there are some "very" light glass rigs out there...good luck finding your egg! Lots of good people here willing to help...
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Old 01-19-2016, 10:49 AM   #4
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Do you know what your tow rating is?
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:25 AM   #5
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Hi Lorin, Good luck and tey to enjoy the search. I just bought a 1999 Casita Spirit 16'. I had to go to N. Michigan from Indianapolis to get it. I shopped for more than a year. The distance to go to maybe buy something I hadnt seen, complicated all my decisions. I missed out on a couple 13 footers that I was excited about because I felt that I needed to get inside one before committing. So I went to a rally and, boy was I glad I did because I did not like the 13s. So that narrowed it down. I had goals I stuck to about having certain features and not getting a fixer-upper. I am glad I stuck to my guns because I love my egg and it is perfect for me and my nieces. My best advice is to check this forum every day, early in the day, cause the good ones go fast!
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Old 01-20-2016, 08:58 AM   #6
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Welcome, Lorin!

First step is to determine the towing capacity of your truck. Pick-ups typically have a wide range because there are so many variations in drivetrain and equipment. Your owner's manual should get you started, and then if you need to know some of the details of your truck's exact configuration, a Chevy dealer should be able to help you.

Once you know what you can safely pull, the sticky thread Trailer Weights in the Real World in the General Chat section will give you some data on what many makes and models actually weigh once you load them up for travel. Post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data- you can filter by make or length and it even calculates average- very helpful!

Another great resource is the Buyers Checklist. Print it out and take it with you when you go to inspect a used trailer.

Best wishes in your "egg hunt"!
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:21 AM   #7
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A quick look on google says that the towing capacity of the smallest 93 1500 with the v6 is 4500 lbs so that should allow towing just about anything here from 13' to 17'. Of course this would depend on how much "stuff" you carry. It would also depend on the mechanical condition of the now 23 year old truck. I would have someone check the frame and towing gear(if equipped) as well as the brakes.

Check the owners manual and dealer to be sure.
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Old 01-20-2016, 09:27 AM   #8
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At 23 years old, a transmission cooler might be a fairly inexpensive upgrade too.

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Old 01-20-2016, 11:09 AM   #9
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Hi Lorin,

Welcome!

Always good to know exactly what your tug is capable of. Assuming your tug is in solid shape, I agree with the above; I think you will have a number of options in the 13' to 17' range.

Hey, Laura and I are in KY, too. We just bought a new to us '05 Casita 17' Freedom Deluxe in November. If you ever want to see our Casita, let us know.

Keep us posted on your search!

Take care,

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Old 01-21-2016, 11:25 PM   #10
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Hi Lorin, welcome to the group. A Chevy 1500 should be able to handle any fiberglass unit. The added weight of what you add to the load needs to be considered too.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G900A using Fiberglass RV mobile app
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:54 AM   #11
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Thank you!

Thank you all for the kind welcome and tips!

Dean, I might take you up on that - where-ish are you guys? I'm in Trenton, KY.
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