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Old 12-01-2015, 08:32 AM   #1
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Minimum turning radius

I have scheduled the installation of a back-up camera system for my 2015 Forest River Salem Hemisphere 337 BAR. The installer insist on me bringing the rig to their lot. Now, I am worried about being able to get the rig out of the lot after the installation.

The total length of the rig (including the tow vehicle), is approximately 60 feet. The lot is rectangular. The length of the lot seems long enough with room to spare, but I am concerned about the width. There is one way in, and the same way out, which means the rig must be turned around 180 degrees to exit the lot after the installation.

Obviously, this will require a number of forward and backward movements. The question is: Pulling the trailer with a 2014 GMC 3500HD dually, how wide must the lot be in order to make the u-turn?
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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Why don't you back it in at delivery?
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:29 AM   #3
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turn adius

truck needs approx. 46 to 50.5 feet. do not know about trailer. but backing in or out would be the best thing to do.
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #4
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The road to the parking lot is narrow with a building on the right and a fence on the left. Backing in or out would be difficult. The road is narrow and there are one or two curves to negotiate to get to the lot behind the building. I'm beginning to think it may be too risky to go there at all.
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Old 12-01-2015, 10:14 AM   #5
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Also the road into the lot requires a 90 degree turn to the right. There is enough room to make the turn in.
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Old 12-03-2015, 06:11 PM   #6
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I would try a different installer.. If your out of your comfort zone bringing your unit to his business find someone else.


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Old 12-03-2015, 06:20 PM   #7
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Do a test run. Take the truck/trailer to a large, open parking lot (Wally world, Lowes, Home Depot after closing time) and set a cone or other marker next to the truck. Do a 180° turn as sharp as your comfort level allows, then measure the distance.
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Old 12-03-2015, 06:26 PM   #8
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You can make it. I had a GMC 3500 CC 4x4 and pulled a 42' 5er and was able to turn it around in the parking lot behind my shop. Lot is probably about 85' wide at best, but long. If you can turn the truck, you can turn a 5er! Just takes a little skill.
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:12 AM   #9
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Thanks you all, I found a reputable installer that has a pull-thru and the bonus is, he's a couple of hundred $$$ cheaper.
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