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Old 05-24-2015, 02:59 PM   #1
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Getting our first camper

Put a deposit down on a 2016 ST270BH with the popular options. It's being transferred from Camping World's Albuquerque store to the one near us in Colorado Springs. Got a decent deal, used prices in OH to get the price way way down.

We are very excited to start camping and having fun as a family in the great outdoors. I can't wait to start fishing, haven't done it since I was 10 years old. I'm quite nervous about backing up this beast, only towed the larger Uhual trailers. But everyone has to learn sometime!

The wife got a 2015 Nissan Armada 4x4 Platinum just recently, so that will be our tow rig. Hopefully it handles a 30' TT with no issues. It will of course have an equalizer wds/anti-sway hitch. The truck has a 9K tow rating, so should be within 80% of that once loaded up.

I'll be researching this site and asking a lot of questions in the upcoming weeks. Should get the rig next week and I'll post up pics and thoughts once we get her out.

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Old 05-24-2015, 03:26 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, and congrats on the new rig.
I hate to be a wet blanket, but I think if you load your trailer to max capacity, and figure what ever you put in the tv, you might have more then that new Armada is going to like. Especially seeing as you are in CO.
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Old 05-24-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Yeah, will have to see how she weighs on the scales. It's certified around 5600lb dry. I think we'll be ok once we add it up. Just worry about the short wheel base. The 24BH was only a couple hundred lighter, worth the extra length and weight to get the couch. We live up at 8500, so will be mainly camping around the area. Won't see too many crazy grades.

Don't want a truck, so this will have to do.
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:52 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. I see you're concerned with the same thing I would be concerned with, the very short wheelbase of the Armada. The other thing that would worry me is the brakes. Remember that you only have a 1400 lb. payload which includes everything and everyone in the Armada, the WDH and the trailer tongue weight. Also, check your GCWR.


Good luck and happy camping with your new ST270BH. It has a similar layout to my SF270BH, and I love mine.
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Old 05-24-2015, 08:25 PM   #5
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Congratulations and welcome to a great website. Be careful in that Armada... and make sure you get a good brake controller installed.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:52 PM   #6
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Yeah, GVWR is definitely the issue with the Armada. With gas, 650lb tounge, wife, kids, dog, etc going to be right at it or slightly over. I'll have to keep the cargo in the trailer. I'll get it figured out. Lot of guys on the Armada forums pulling similar stuff, should be ok.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:49 AM   #7
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Congrats on the new camper and welcome to the forum...ENJOY...
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:55 PM   #8
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Good luck with your new camper and welcome to a great forum.
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:56 PM   #9
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I just bought the same TT Im in PA but went to OH to buy it. I too think OH was listing some of the best prices. I am completely new to TT and camping so we are looking forward to our own griswald type of adventures!

Conrgats on the TT and good luck!
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PokerMunkee,

Did you buy a weight distributing hitch? That will help get some of the weight off the hitch.

Also, pick up a hitch scale for 130 bucks online...I use mine for every trip to keep an eye on the hitch weight. I can personally attest to the driving difference when I dropped the hitch weight after using the scale and adjusting the load.
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Old 05-28-2015, 07:49 AM   #11
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PokerMunkee,

Did you buy a weight distributing hitch? That will help get some of the weight off the hitch.

Also, pick up a hitch scale for 130 bucks online...I use mine for every trip to keep an eye on the hitch weight. I can personally attest to the driving difference when I dropped the hitch weight after using the scale and adjusting the load.
Yup, Equalizer 10K. Also Prodigy P3 brake controller. I think will be fine, just go slow on the grades. If it's not pleasant, might buy a high mileage 2011 F250 6.2L CC 4x4 for $12K
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:02 AM   #12
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I'd be more concerned about tearing up your new Armada's suspension and rear end. I'm going to go on limb here, but I bet that Armada was a little more than $12K

We towed a 27' hybrid (about 3950#) with our Sequoia (w/ heavy duty tow package) for a few years and it hard on the suspension and drivetrain. Definitely prematurely aged it.
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Old 05-29-2015, 05:42 PM   #13
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Congrats on the new trailer! And definitely +1 on both the P3 and getting a hitch scale...I use the scale often, and the boost settings on the P3 are very handy when dealing with steep hills or highway traffic...
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:45 PM   #14
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Well guys, I have you to thank.... look what I convinced my wife we need to get

FORD F-250 CREW CAB

Body is in good condition, just a few minor dings. Tail gate is missing plastic cover on top and has a few dings. I'll see if I can find a cheap one in a salvage yard. Just needs a good detail, lot of dried up dirt on chassis and interior is dirt (though could be much worse).

Pick it up on Monday. Drives great. High mileage but has been maintained every 5k miles. Should be a good tv for our trailer. Won't go fast up the mountains but I'm in in no hurry! Can't beat it for $8,300. Nothing out in the county this cheap even with 190k miles. Now to get a tune, lift, wheels/tires, tint, and on and on...
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Wow, congrats! Yes, it's high-mileage, but looks great, and is a great truck! You're in the "deep end" now, but floating nicely! Enjoy!
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Well guys, I have you to thank.... look what I convinced my wife we need to get

FORD F-250 CREW CAB

Body is in good condition, just a few minor dings. Tail gate is missing plastic cover on top and has a few dings. I'll see if I can find a cheap one in a salvage yard. Just needs a good detail, lot of dried up dirt on chassis and interior is dirt (though could be much worse).

Pick it up on Monday. Drives great. High mileage but has been maintained every 5k miles. Should be a good tv for our trailer. Won't go fast up the mountains but I'm in in no hurry! Can't beat it for $8,300. Nothing out in the county this cheap even with 190k miles. Now to get a tune, lift, wheels/tires, tint, and on and on...
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Good luck with your "new" TV.
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That should pull it with no problem. Congrats. Enjoy.
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Old 05-31-2015, 08:14 AM   #19
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Thanks fellas! I have some pics to show finally. Trailer arrived at dealer yesterday. I'm taking delivery on Thursday!!




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Wow, that is a sweet loving rig! I like the updates that they made to the upholstery and overall design. You are going to be very happy!
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