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My attempt at being a moto-hobo ran head-first into some disability- and camping-related issues, so I'm looking at getting a truck and trailer.
I...have never had nor used a caravan before. In the world of "bigger better faster more," I'm the oddball who prefers "tiny but fierce." Laughing emoticon The only people I know in person who might have relatable experience decided to go off social media a few years ago, so I figured it might help to ask some of the fine MV folks here for your thoughts.

I'm currently looking at towing a Forest River Wolf Pup 18RJB with a Nissan Frontier. Thoughts or advice, either specific or general? I do NOT plan on sticking to full-hookup private RV parks (I refuse to call them campgrounds).

Lords of Kobal, I'm about to turn my bike into a trailer queen.... Facepalm emoticon Laughing emoticon
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Just get a VW Westfalia.
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I can vouch for the Nissan Frontier. I have a 2007 (bought new) that is still going strong. Handles extremely well.

Not sure if your trailer candidate falls within the acceptable towing limits or not -- definitely going to need to check that thoroughly. The tongue weight limit for the Frontier, in particular, will probably be about 500 pounds (depending on which generation Frontier we're talking about).

You might be pushing very close to the limit on towing capacity, which is never a good place to be.
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2006 F150, Harley-Davidson Edition, over 300,000 km and going strong. Motorcycle lift + A-Liner A-Frame trailer.
My setup. Easy peasy.
My setup. Easy peasy.
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It's a 2013 Frontier v6, towing capacity is roughly 6100lbs, hitch limit 610, payload 1200. (I say "roughly"...it could be higher but I went with the lowest number I was certain of.)
The GVWR of the caravan is listed as a pound under 5000, unweighted is listed at under 3500. I PLAN on keeping the load light but on paper, I'm calculating weight as though I still have all the bad packing habits of "what if." If (that's a BIG if...hah) my math's right, that puts me in the ballpark of 80% tow capacity.

Here's the link to the caravan: https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/wolf-pup/18RJB/6638

The plan is for this to be "home" for the next year or few.
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VW Westfalia...oh, I wish! I had looked into either a camper van or doing a van conversion, but the available options within any stretch of reasonable distance (<400 miles) is $$$$ .

I'm getting the truck from a relative, so that aspect is "in stone." Five foot truck bed...not enough room for a bike.

Edit to add: I appreciate the responses. This is uncharted territory for me. Here's to...not screwing it up! 😅
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Cheshire wrote:
It's a 2013 Frontier v6, towing capacity is roughly 6100lbs, hitch limit 610, payload 1200. (I say "roughly"...it could be higher but I went with the lowest number I was certain of.)
I have a '13. Towing capacity is 6500 lbs...if it's a 2WD king cab and a manual. Capacity drops markedly if it's a 4WD, crew cab and/or automatic.

Still, they can handle a lot of crap. Mine's been asked to haul 3/4 ton more than once and then I haul scoots often enough.
Might be time for HD leaf springs and to put in those Bilsteins...
Might be time for HD leaf springs and to put in those Bilsteins...
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That looks like a good option for a one-2 person set up. With just one bike in it you should be able to use the trailer without having to unload the bike every time you stop.
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cdwise wrote:
That looks like a good option for a one-2 person set up. With just one bike in it you should be able to use the trailer without having to unload the bike every time you stop.
That's one of the reasons I chose this model! When I was attempting moto-only, I had to use a motel way more often than I was comfortable with because the campground was either full, closed, or too far for one day's riding. I want to be able to crash for a night at a rest stop or in a parking lot.
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Cheshire wrote:
I want to be able to crash for a night at a rest stop or in a parking lot.
And BLM, Harvest Host etc. Loads of very pleasant free choices around without the noise and possible 'shadiness' of parking lots etc.
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az_slynch wrote:
I have a '13. Towing capacity is 6500 lbs...if it's a 2WD king cab and a manual. Capacity drops markedly if it's a 4WD, crew cab and/or automatic.

Still, they can handle a lot of crap. Mine's been asked to haul 3/4 ton more than once and then I haul scoots often enough.
Time for the front mounted scooter hauler! Clap emoticon nice work
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