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Old 04-07-2011, 12:49 PM   #1
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New Fifth Wheel

We are going to pick up our new Sierra 355QBQ tomorrow. We currently have a Wildwood 29 QBBS TT. I have never owned or pulled a fifth wheel, so I am concerned about backing up. I have a tree on one side of my driveway and a light pole on the other, with parking on the other side of the street. I have been successfully backing my trailer into this tight spot. My TT is 35' 3" and the new fifth wheel is 39' 3". Am I going to have trouble backing my new rig into my driveway? Or even pulling it out? What do I have to do differently? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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Use a spotter, take your time, and remember 5th wheels react a lot slower....you need to start your turns earlier when backing up.
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:07 PM   #3
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Oh....and Congrats on the new rig!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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Does your backing up look like this?

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I have a 5 foot deep ditch on either side of my driveway. It's always an adventure in parking. If you have a wide enough road, you should be able to get it in. I'm not gonna say it'll be easy, but you need that far side of the road. My spotter (wife) doesn't really "guide" me when I back in. Rather, she is back there to keep my wheels from going in the ditch. If I get too close, she starts yelling and screaming and jumping up and down. Whether she's right or not, I stop and get out and check. Most of the times she's right. Once I get it in the driveway, I do the rest. She yells at me to not hit the garage!

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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I also have a tight driveway! I live in the city with houses on both sides, so parking my 5th wheel is always an adventure, After tearing down both the phone lines and cable lines, which ran across my drive. I got the companies to bury the lines so one less thing to worry about. just take your time.
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That does look tight EdJunior. I do have some room on the tree side to cut the corner. The tree is aprox. 3 feet from the curb, and 3 1/2 feet from my driveway. We try to park our other vehicle on the street so I have room, but that doesn't always happen. Is it fair to say, if I could get my TT in and out, I will be able to do the same with the FW?
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:00 AM   #7
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Without seeing a picture of it blatch, I would not try to guess. But since your TT was also pretty long, I would say you have a good shot at getting it in. It may take a little longer, but patience should prevail. Just a couple of more things on my driveway above that you don't really see in the picture. On the street side of the ditch on the left of the trailer is my mailbox. it is about 2 or 3 feet from the corner of my trailer. You can just barely make it out behind the palms there. Also on the right side, on the yard side of the ditch is a huge tree. It's about 5 feet from my driveway. I usually end up scraping the top and side of my trailer (I have to get it trimmed...again!). And as you can see, the palms leaves actually come into the driveway. I have to keep those cut back as well.

Ahh, the joys of owning and parking an RV!
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Well, I did it. We even left the wife's vehicle parked on the street to see if it could be done. Thanks for all the advice.
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Backing up fifth wheel

Shucks, you have it easy. Plenty of room. I have to allow for the DW to get her car in the garage with my 5 VER backed into the driveway. I have to make sure the two left wheels are just off the drive to allow enough room for DW's car. Then there is not much room between the house and back of "ROCKY", much less the side walk.

You are lucky !
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As I said, you are lucky. I forgot to post my picture.


By the way, Congrats on the new 5 VER, just in time for the spring/summer camping.
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