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Old 01-03-2012, 02:45 PM   #1
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correct trailer length and model number

I recently bought a Salem Forest River trailer that the owner said was a 23 footer but seemed much bigger. The trailer body itself measures 24 feet and with the back bumper all the way to the front hitch is 27 feet. Does anyone know what what to call the length for this trailer?

Also there is an ID sticker right by the front door with 4 different sets of numbers and another sticker at the front, driver side corner of the trailer with other numbers. Anyone know which of these would be the model of the trailer?

Sorry for the elemental questions; I am new to RV-ing.



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Old 01-03-2012, 02:49 PM   #2
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Trailer number vs. actual lengths just don't match up most of the time. I would use the total length of the trailer as the reference, especially when making campground reservations. You can't remove the tongue to whittle the trailer down to 24'.

Pictures of the numbers you refer to would be good so someone might establish a model number for well as the year of your trailer. Also, pictures of the inside and outside might help if someone already has that model trailer here on the forum.


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Old 01-03-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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Manufacturers calculate length of the box as the trailers length.
The stickers you are looking at are, outside at the left front corner. this is a DOT sticker giving axle ratings, tire and wheel information and the trailers GVWR.
Sticker inside= is a manufacturers sticker giving the "dry" or "shipping" weights. Which is basically a useless waste of time. What you really need to do is load the trailer up like you will be going on a trip. This might include food, clothes, toys for the kids, water in the tank full of fuel in your TV and everything else you would normally have inside the Tv and go to the scales. This is the real world loaded ready to camp weight. And it is the one you need to be aware of. Looking at the drivers door post of the TV you will see a sticker giving you the vehicles axle ratings and GVWR. As long as you are under all of the ratings you are good to go. If not, then you need to figure out what to leave at home or get a bigger TV.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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I will try to insert pictures of the trailer and tag.

The tag by the door outside has:
Label #: 356567
P.A. #: 18217
Serial #: 105216
Mfr. ID#: FR50RV
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:27 AM   #5
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As Donn said, the model number is usually the inside box length. Our 28 foot RV is actually 31' 8" Ball to bumper and 33' Ball to spare tire. I use 32' as the length when reserving sites.
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