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Old 03-06-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Well we have finally made a selection on our first RV. We will take delivery of a Flagstaff 30WRKSS next week. We were so impressed with the unit that I plan to travel over 250 miles to take delivery. My concern with the return travel is in regard to the turning radius of the unit. Although I have pulled many trailers, non have been 32 ft. and I am worried about pulling into gas stations. I have read that the Draw-Tite hitch and Prodigy 2 break unit are the best and the hitch will make the unit turn better. I will be pulling our new unit with a 2010 Nissan Titan with the "big tow" package. Do any of you have any advise on the tracking of the trailer and turning radius. Thanks for any comments or advice and we look forward to joining all of you.
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Old 03-06-2011, 08:45 PM   #2
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Congrats on your purchase.

I'm not a trailer person and wouldn't know about the turning radii, wheel tracking and such beyond personal observations.

I would suggest you find a large lot and try maneuvering around and check how your judgment matches where the trailer ended up tracking. A wet or, better yet, snow covered parking lot would be excellent for "recording" your wheel tracks. You should be able to see how much ground you lose from the front wheels to the back wheels and can physically measure your tightest turning radius. You might pick up a couple of orange traffic cones for targets.

When I got the DW behind the wheel of our 23 foot motorhome for the first time I had her making all sorts of turns while targeting a point for the rear wheels. It took a few tries but she was hitting the mark within minutes and is now capable of driving in any conditions and hasn't brushed a curb yet.
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:50 PM   #3
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Try to plan your fuel stops out in advance. Generally truck stops will offer your best ease of access. If you have to pull into a regular station don't forget to watch your overhead clearance. Worse comes to worse you could drop the trailer, get gas, and then hook up and go again. Oh and....Welcome to the forum!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:08 AM   #4
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I tow a Heritage Glenn 312qbud and the trailer does a great job tracking the TV... i was really execting the wide turns, but really dont need them. My dealer took us for a test drive when we took delivery and the tech gave me some great advice. He told me instead of swinging wide before the turn that i should stay in ghe turn longer then showed me an exampke. Basically begin your turn, the straighten out and then finish the turn. Kinda like turn in 2 stages. It has worked great for me so far

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Old 03-07-2011, 12:12 AM   #5
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that is a great floor plan -- was just on the Forest River website.

The GVWR of this TT is 8,800 ish Lbs. That's cutting it pretty close to the titan's max tow limit, no?

Towing a 34 trailer with a Nissan Titan will be a real adventure... turning radius will not be your primary concern. If you are in flat land - away from semi traffic you will be able to tow the camper. Add wind, hills, possibly altitude (if in the High Country) and the titan will not be satisfactory.

Good luck and enjoy your new camper. Be careful though -- your truck is great but you are towing near the max of its abilities.

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Old 03-07-2011, 06:09 AM   #6
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I had the same issues back in 2000 when we started out camping. I had never towed anything before until our first TT and it was 29'. Once you learn how your combo reacts you will be fine, it's always on your mine until you get to that point. As suggested go fine yourself a big lot somewhere, just remember stay cool.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses to my concern on towing the unit. As to the towing capacity of the Nissan, I thought I was within the limits. The 2010 Nissan Titan's powertrain combination: a 5.6-liter V8 hooked up to a five-speed automatic transmission. The V8 is rated at 317 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque. With the optional Tow package, the Titan extended cab is rated to pull up to 9,500 pounds while the crew cab is rated at just 100 pounds less. The transmission features a tow-haul mode for handling heavy loads and an external cooler. Our plans are to use the unit close to home with most trips being in the south (Georgia, Alabama and Florida). More of a weekend getaway and occasionally a week long trip somewhere.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:45 PM   #8
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The "Big Tow" package you have on the titan makes a huge difference in towing abilities.

The owner's manual has some great info on towing. On the '04 model, just push the tow mode switch and take it out of 'drive' (tow in 4th).

Enjoy that new camper.... it will be a lot of fun!

See you around the camp fire!

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If you can find an empty stadium parking lot or any empty lot that has a lot of room and raised islands in the parking area you will have an ideal way to practice before ever getting to the gas station.

From the voice of experience. It is better to learn not to cut too close to the islands in an empty lot than it is when the dang gas pumps can get in the way.

Also suggest that you pick your gas stations carefully to give you the most room for easy in and out access. With gas prices as they are it would be tempting to hit the lower price places like Wally World, but they tend to really cram the pumps together without a lot of maneuvering room to get in and out.

Friend of mine told me that the minute you get a new RV you should go put a small scratch on it in a very unnoticeable spot. From that point on you will not be worrying about getting that first mark and how it will happen. You can just relax and enjoy!!!! Have fun camping and may you have many more years of enjoyment out of your RV.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:53 AM   #10
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Just the voice of experience here.....be VERY careful of changes of elevations pulling into and out of gas stops. DO NOT GO THRU TOO BIG OF A DIP AND DRAG THE STABILIZERS OFF THE BACK...like I did.
Was'nt anything $100.00 and a couple hours wont fix though.

Good luck with the new rig folks.
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