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Old 10-10-2014, 09:26 AM   #11
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I saw on a youtube video that the #1 place for RV accident claim was at gas stations where the RV didn't clear a corner and hit one of those metal or concrete barriers next to the pump.
That's why we LOVE finding a nice, big truck stop to fuel up!!
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Old 10-10-2014, 09:29 AM   #12
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Problem with a 40' bumper pull TT (we had a 36') include:

Ability to get into/out of gas stations/shopping plazas
- More gas stations moving pumps perpendicular to the road
- Are there steep grades into/out of the plaza/gas station
- Shopping plazas adding more islands/obstructions getting into their lots

Ability to get into/out of sites at campgrounds
- Tree clearances on both sides of the roads (your swing will require it)
- Has someone parked their vehicle on the other side of the street where you need to swing
- Is there room to park your truck on the site once you are setup
- Can you get into the campgrounds where you typically camp


Keep in mind your total length = 40'+ TT + 18/19' TV = Probably over 60' depending on if you have long bed/short bed/crew cab, if the 40' includes length of hitch and such.

Highly recommend drag wheels be mounted (very heavy duty) on the rear frame (not the bumper) to prevent bottoming out. If they are heavy enough you will not need to worry about your bumper being damaged.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:27 AM   #13
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I used to tow my brothers 36' TT/ 40' overall. It's long as a bumper pull. It should pull ok as long as your properly setup. Something this size will limit you when choosing sites or CGs. You will never have the maneuverability of a 5th wheel with this. Turning will be wide. I pull a 43' 5er, and I pre-plan trips and roads before leaving.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:15 AM   #14
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My Lacrosse TT is 38'6" long and tows great with my 2500HD. Length can be a issue in older or small site cg. When we went to Ky last year I used google earth's measuring tool to help pick a site. (worked great)
Thanks that's good info on the measuring tool. I tow a 41.5' 5er and it doesn't seem any longer than our 35' TT since its a 5er but it sure doesn't turn as sharp as our TT did. So wide turns is a must and watch height and sides real good at all times. I don't like trying to find a place for fuel. LOL
Thinking about an 100 gallon aux. tank. At 9 to 10 mpg my trucks 40 gallon tank seems limited. LOL And to Top it all off the 5er has a 30 gallon tank also.
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Old 10-10-2014, 11:43 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the input from everyone!!

We actually looked at 5ers first but we need a level floor plan throughout and I use the bed of my truck when traveling/hunting. The TT fits what we do a little better even though its all behind the truck.

Fuel stations.... Even with our 34' TT I was pretty selective on where to fill up.

Does anyone have a backup camera on the back of the TT or 5er to help with backing up?
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No camera just a woman director and sometimes I'm sure the camera would work better. LOL Don't tell her I said that.
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Yes had a backup camera - "wireless" but ran the extra wire back to turn on/off when in reverse
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No camera just a woman director and sometimes I'm sure the camera would work better. LOL Don't tell her I said that.
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Problem with a 40' bumper pull TT (we had a 36') include:

Ability to get into/out of gas stations/shopping plazas
- More gas stations moving pumps perpendicular to the road
- Are there steep grades into/out of the plaza/gas station
- Shopping plazas adding more islands/obstructions getting into their lots

Ability to get into/out of sites at campgrounds
- Tree clearances on both sides of the roads (your swing will require it)
- Has someone parked their vehicle on the other side of the street where you need to swing
- Is there room to park your truck on the site once you are setup
- Can you get into the campgrounds where you typically camp


Keep in mind your total length = 40'+ TT + 18/19' TV = Probably over 60' depending on if you have long bed/short bed/crew cab, if the 40' includes length of hitch and such.

Highly recommend drag wheels be mounted (very heavy duty) on the rear frame (not the bumper) to prevent bottoming out. If they are heavy enough you will not need to worry about your bumper being damaged.
You should listen to this guy.....really
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #20
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With the storage rack on the back I sit at 38'5" . No real issue to speak of....generally If someone can get their 29' somewhere i can too.

I do have to pay special attention when making reservations to specify my needs...and that can eliminate some spots. But i havent had issue yet.

Right near 10k loaded. I use a basic husky tow hitch wirh 1200lb bars and one sway arm. ..once set up CORRECTLY it tows as fine as any other trailer I ever pulled.... 5er or goose...

Never drag..but some trailers ride low ....

I guess its all relative...if your used to a pop up, then yeah....I could see a 40' trailer quite a transition....
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