First Post! Here’s our brand new travel trailer.

Welcome to MyRVCamping! I have recently taken the plunge and purchased my first travel trailer, a Jayco 27BHS made in 2016. This is my first of what will become many posts on my families new adventures with everything related to camping out in RV’s (in our case, a travel trailer).

I have been camping since I was old enough to walk. Now in our mid-40’s, my family and I have decided that it’s time for us to explore the RV lifestyle. Sleeping on the ground 100% of the time we go on a camping trip is slowly losing its appeal. If you are here, I’m sure you can relate!

Speaking of family, there are currently 4 of us. My wife and I, my 8th grade daughter and our dog Iggi, a Siberian Husky who always comes along. We aren’t getting rid of our large pile of traditional camping gear, this was just our next logical step in experiencing the geographically independent lifestyle we are all seeking without having to sacrifice all of the comforts of home. We have a lot to learn and I want to take you along on the journey with us together.

I am currently working on a series of articles which will go into detail regarding the end to end purchasing process I went through to secure my new travel trailer. I had dozens of questions going into the process that should help cover most of the issues you may be wondering about. But this is just the beginning. As you may know, RV’s are not nearly as strong, or in many cases contain the same level of quality you get out of a traditional house. I will document fixes to the problems that will undoubtedly come up as we break in our new ‘Rig’. Reading other forums, I’ve found that the *same* questions are asked over and over so my goal is to make it easy to find the answers to all of the common questions here, in one site.

Please stay tuned to our blog, register and let me know if I’ve done something wrong, or maybe right from time to time, as I will be updating it frequently and learning with the rest of you. I’m sure you noticed by the title of this article, and the fairly stark appearance around here that the rollout of our blog is in the initial phases. More to come, much more.

Last but not least, for full disclosure, I am not using this blog to get rich selling you junk and my primary goal isn’t to review or sell products. If I mention a product that I have found to be extremely useful, I will provide information, or a link to the item when possible as a service to my readers. Let’s face it, if you are getting a new RV like I just did, you’re going to be buying stuff, like I have been. Ultimately what you buy or don’t buy is none of my concern. Any links to products I provide is simply to save you time if you’ve decided to purchase something.

To help keep the lights on here at the blog, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. There will be many times I mention a product here on the blog that I didn’t purchase from Amazon, either because they don’t sell it, or I found it cheaper somewhere else. I’ll always disclose where I bought an item I am reviewing if it is relevant to the discussion. Amazon just happens to be my favorite online store so I buy a ton of stuff there. Clicking on one of the links I’ve provided to an item I have purchased on Amazon, or anywhere else, will not cost you a penny more than it would have if you had gone to Amazon directly, without my involvement.

Regards, and happy RV’ing

~Mark W.

4 thoughts on “First Post! Here’s our brand new travel trailer.”

  1. Thanks for the links. Just purchased a 2016 F150, 3.5 Eco boost, 4×4, with max tow and a 2017 Jayco White Hawk 27DSRL. Can’t wait for spring. New to TT camping and your list was quite helpful in getting started. Made the jump from a pop up to the bigger one as retirement approaches. I have a question. Does your F150 do an adequate job towing your TT? I’m in KS but frequent CO for camping. Any ideas or advise would help tremendously as we have not had the chance to take our first trip. Thanks

    1. Hi Gary, Thanks for stopping by.

      I think you’ll be ok with the F150 with the Max tow. I’m not sure what your gear ratio is on that truck. My 2012 F150 EcoBoost has the 3.73 axle and is rated to tow just over 11,000 lbs. The issue you want to be more concerned about is the cargo capacity of your truck – i.e. how much weight are you allowed to have sitting inside the vehicle. There is a yellow sticker on the drivers side door jam that will tell you the ‘combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed’ For my truck, this number is 1806 lbs. Most campers, properly loaded will have 10% of the weight of the camper on the hitch of your truck… so if your camper weighs 8500 lbs fully loaded, you can immediately subtract 850 to 950 lbs from your cargo capacity.. In my case, this would leave me about 800 additional lbs before I exceed my cargo rating. My wife, dogs, and gear don’t weigh 800 lbs, so I know I’m in the clear, but not by a whole lot. Your front and rear axles, and the tires themselves also have their own weight ratings. It’s probably a good idea for you to take your fully loaded camper and truck to a commercial scale so you can confirm exactly where you are at. It’s hard to guess how heavy your camper is when you’re in ‘camping mode’… if your water tank is full, obviously that makes a HUGE difference in your weight. I don’t tow with full tanks for this reason.

      The long story short is you should be fine towing your WhiteHawk with your truck, even in the mountains here. That said, my next truck will be a 3/4 ton… probably the F250 because I want a bigger margin of error in what I can tow safely. Thanks again for stopping by. I just winterized my camper last week and can’t wait for spring either.

      Regards,
      Mark

      1. Thanks Mark. I considered the F250 but price and the fact I use the truck to commute ruled it out. TT GVWR is 7500 lbs. Useful load of the F150 is rated at 1875 lbs. Towing weight is 11,100 lbs. Tongue weight as she sits with our stuff is 710 lbs. Truck still feels a little “loose” especially the front end.

        BTW, what hitch are you using?

        Thanks for your input. Happy camping. Gary

        1. Hi Gary, sorry for the late reply, this missed my inbox for some reason.

          I’m using the Equalizer hitch – http://www.equalizerhitch.com/

          It’s rated for 1000 lbs on the tongue, and up to a 10,000 lb camper. They have other models, but for these campers, that’s the ideal one.

          I’m happy with it.. It does take some time to ‘dial it in’ properly. I’d guess I spend close to 8 hours messing around with it on different trips until I found the ‘sweet spot’.

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