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I m looking into getting a Travel Trailer to pull both on Vacation and to trials and tests. Are there very many people that do this? Or is it a pain? Thanks in advance!!
 

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Many people do pull RVs to the tests/trials... especially if you are traveling to go to them long distances - i.e. leaving the heat in Texas for a month and traveling up to Wyoming to train and run trials. It's more convenient - don't have to worry about which hotels take dogs and which don't, etc. We just bought one - for all of these reasons....
 

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Ralph,
I picked up a travel trailer last year and have done 1 national and 8 trials with it since last fall and this spring. It has been the best investment I have ever made, I pull mine with a half ton but would move up to a 3/4 ton for the additional power. I run alot of Canadian trials and they generally have free camping at the trial itself. I have a 25' with a 12' slide and it makes a world of difference in comfort on the road. I have also taken the dogs and the family on a trip to Maine last fall just over 3000 miles round trip, and every body was comfotable and the dogs loved it.
Good luck if you go this route.
Glynn
PS that chocolate female I got from you is still as crazy as ever. She has thrown two real nice litters.
 

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Give me a Holiday Inn Express with Wireless internet and a great steakhouse down the street and i'm set. That rv stuff is to much work.

Some of the best times to be had at a trial are at the hotel.

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Before buying we are renting one for a weekend. I hope this will give us an idea if its something we want to do.
 

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Shayne Mehringer said:
Give me a Holiday Inn Express with Wireless internet and a great steakhouse down the street and i'm set. That rv stuff is to much work.

Some of the best times to be had at a trial are at the hotel.

SM

Can you say...................Desk Clerk............. :shock: :roll:
 

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RV certainly has its advantages -- especially up here in Canada where camping usually is permitted on grounds (as Glynn already pointed out) -- good idea to rent first to get better idea -- might want to also consider putting extra (large) side mirrors on your truck that are added onto vehicle only when towing trailer -- allows for better visibility on road
 

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Only been doing the HT thing since March of this year, but after about my 4th test I began to think that a camper/pop-up might be the ticket. Going to run this fall or spring depending on how training advances and probably make a decision on a RV/Pop-up then. Sure didn't know you could rent one...I'll have to check into that locally and see what I find.

Mark 8)
 

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Shayne Mehringer said:
Give me a Holiday Inn Express with Wireless internet and a great steakhouse down the street and i'm set. That rv stuff is to much work.

Some of the best times to be had at a trial are at the hotel.

SM
Almost all KOA campgrounds have WYFY (is that correct?) During our Spring trip to NC we had internet the entire trip. Plus joining KOA and Good Sam allows you discounts at different campgrounds.
 

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I would think that with the price of gas, it would cost more to haul a camper trailer around than it does to get a motel room....
 

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It ends up being about a wash as far as gas / motel and if you eat your meals out. It just depends on if you feel towing the camper is a P.I.T.A or not. We enjoy it and if we are gone a long time it is way less expensive in the long run.
 

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If anyone is interested in buying a nice Pop-Up camper, contact me.

I bought a slightly used one to use on the weekends while we worked on getting the property ready to move. Also told Sweet Bride I could use it at FT/HT's instead of a Motel.

I no longer need it so you could probably get a pretty good deal.

Jerry
 

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You Dummy, ya don't stay in the thing all day and all night.



But I could run that generator all day and all night for a lot less than the cost of a CHEAP Motel. I can run my generator constantly for three days on about $15 of gas. Pulling mine knocks off about 2 mpg on the Highway so I don't think it's a bad tradeoff.

Jerry
 

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We live in a 40 ft motor home the year around (have for almost 5 years). It is great for getting to the area of a FT or HT, but not very practical for camping on the grounds, where permitted. It weight 16 tons, doesn't turn very short, and gets stuck easily if the ground is wet. We usually stay at a nearby campground and drive our tow car to the trial. A reasonably small trailer pulled by a 4WD pickup would work much better to camp on the trial grounds.
 

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Yep, and my Pop-Up camper comes with the all important "Porta-Pottie" that I bought with one of my Judges gifts!!!!!! :D :D

Thank you Lone Star!!!!

Jerry
 

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We started using a travel trailer a few years ago and have traded up to our third one. The last two have had a "garage in the back half that can be used for transporting a 4-wheeler when Steve goes on a longer trip. Once we get where we're going, the dogs stay in the garage, which has heat and air and a lot more room than a hole on the truck and even a hotel room, when you have as many as we do. We save a ton of money and taking care of the dogs is a lot easier. We grill our steaks and have internet and satelite t.v. too. I'll never stay in a hotel again! More and more people in FTs are doing the same. We all get spots close together and socialize, borrow "a cup of sugar" or such and give callbacks to those who didn't stay for them. It's a great way to trial.
 

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Emily Faith said:
We started using a travel trailer a few years ago and have traded up to our third one. The last two have had a "garage in the back half that can be used for transporting a 4-wheeler when Steve goes on a longer trip. Once we get where we're going, the dogs stay in the garage, which has heat and air and a lot more room than a hole on the truck and even a hotel room, when you have as many as we do. We save a ton of money and taking care of the dogs is a lot easier. We grill our steaks and have internet and satelite t.v. too. I'll never stay in a hotel again! More and more people in FTs are doing the same. We all get spots close together and socialize, borrow "a cup of sugar" or such and give callbacks to those who didn't stay for them. It's a great way to trial.
Emily what a great idea I never thougth about the Toy Box trailers to be used for a small kennel! We have been traveling with 5 dogs and only two of them are running now. The others are my resident couch potatoes, some well deserved some not :wink: Anyway they are usually quiet and I probably could leave them in there while we are at the test with other two.
Hmm might have to rethink the small Tag-a-long we have now.. Ohh Troy....
 

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Financially a travel trailer makes zero sense for weekend trial but I got sick and tired of nasty hotel rooms and listening to certain pros trucks dogs bark all night.
 
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