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Murphy the RMGTO Mod Dog
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It's a 2016 3.5 Ecoboost. Backed it 200 ft plus down my ice/packed powder driveway with no problems. I'm used to trailers, just never had one tall/wide enough to block out my rear view window. Wind is definitely a concern to me, an annual trip will be Colorado to California, so the desert can be nasty. Grew up near Santa Barbara, so will be going back there and camping on the beach or one of the reservoirs I grew up on. Tons of things to hit on the trip between, so will keep it interesting. Zion, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia, and all the beaches.
 

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Yabba Dabba Doo!!
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Is your F150 an eco-B? I'd imagine it'd tow that smaller trailer fairly well. (as would the 5.0 honestly too) Might get interesting in windy conditions, and you're gonna become a trailer backing champ in time!
I used to have a 30ft travel trailer. F150 ecoboost pulled like a champ, the low end torque even on hills minimized the downshifting. No constant 3 or 4 gear engine screaming like a V8. Once, coming back from West Texas it was rainy and windy. Hit a gust and fishtailed me and before I knew it I was in the other lane. One of the most scariest moments of driving I have ever had. Luckily nobody was in the that lane. The irony is F150 had some fancy feature to detect sway, well the warning light did not go off until after I was in the other lane and everything corrected going straight again. Speaking for experience spend the money on a good weight disruption hitch and make sure it is setup properly with a half ton truck pulling a TT and don't be worried about sitting in the right lane chugging along at the speed limit or slower with yucky weather.

OP I am very jealous, I miss my travel trailer. Camping is a great way to get out and see so many beautiful places in our country. I still go a few years but I want to convince the wife to sell the house when we retire and get a big 5th wheel and F350 and go full time traveling the country.
 

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It's a 2016 3.5 Ecoboost. Backed it 200 ft plus down my ice/packed powder driveway with no problems. I'm used to trailers, just never had one tall/wide enough to block out my rear view window. Wind is definitely a concern to me, an annual trip will be Colorado to California, so the desert can be nasty. Grew up near Santa Barbara, so will be going back there and camping on the beach or one of the reservoirs I grew up on. Tons of things to hit on the trip between, so will keep it interesting. Zion, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia, and all the beaches.
Awesome part of the country to live in with a trailer. We considered looking at one before we got a boat, but realized there's practically nowhere here within an 8-10 hour driving distance worth camping at.
 

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Have Bar, Will Travel
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nice - that's a good thing post.

what's the weight on that? I sort of have thought about it, some of my co-workers do camping with a trailer and they have smaller kids. I sort of see an appeal but I don't know the wifey does. I have no where to park the thing if I buy one though so that throws a wrench in that idea.

But to your point along with my 50 state Idea I've wanted to hit all the national parks too. Specifically I want to see rushmore and yellow stone. so when youngest kiddo gets to be 5 we might make that happen.
 

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Murphy the RMGTO Mod Dog
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It is 4,838 unloaded, GVW is 5,995, and 23'-6" long. So it is on the small side, but we are looking at it as a place to sleep and hold our gear. Most National Parks you have to be under 25 ft to get a site. I'm going to outfit it with solar when I get the chance, may be a year as gathering gear isn't cheap. We want to boondock a lot on shorter trips or crossing the country so there is less long ahead planning needed.

Our goal is to weekend camp 2-3 times per month in the summer, with a few longer trips thrown in. We live 20-30 minutes in to the foothills out of Denver, so I got room to store it and we are that much closer to places. For a short trip, I can drive 30 minutes and be at a few state wildlife areas and tons of USFS access. Plus the father in law has 35 acres in South Park we can always camp at. So really excited and hoping we do go that often.
 
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