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Old 10-09-2014, 10:11 PM   #1
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Towing a 40' Travel Trailer??

We're looking at purchasing a new travel trailer. The floor plan we like is a large travel trailer about 40' total length around 9.5 to 10k lbs. Our TV is a Ram 2500 diesel which can easily pull it. Our last TT was 33' 6" long so we are used to towing longer vehicles.

I wanted to see others experience pulling something this long and what issues you had with it. We'd certainly buy a good hitch (probably pro-pride) to eliminate sway. It seems like the biggest issue is backing up a long TT but looking for input on anything else we should think about!!

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Old 10-09-2014, 10:21 PM   #2
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We recently went from towing an 18 footer with a Tacoma truck to towing a 34 footer with a Tundra. Honestly, after driving around, my only concern was the extra stopping distance I noticed when testing out the brakes. (But I raised up the number on the brake controller which really helped.)
I drove longer trailers and things when I was in the Air Force and I think the rules for smaller trailers are the same for larger ones. (And, of course, never ever try to make a right turn from the right lane into the right lane of that road...you'll hit something!!)
My main rule is when in doubt about a turn, go straight and find somewhere safe to turn around...better safe than to hit something.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:00 AM   #3
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Good advice! Thanks!
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Old 10-10-2014, 01:15 AM   #4
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JMHO but I'd never buy a 40' TT. Not because of the towing aspect but because I really doubt the integrity is there. IMO a 36' 5'er would be the better choice. I haven't seen any 40' TT's that are built on a strong enough frame with adequate suspension.
CCC's are usually quite low as well as holding tanks.
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Old 10-10-2014, 04:43 AM   #5
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Just remember you added 6' behind you so make your turns a little wider. 40' is pretty long and I don't know what kinda of camping you do, but it might limit you in some of the older parks where spaces are closer together for backing in. If your pulling 34' already it not such a big jump. Good Luck and happy camping...
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I am pulling 39' 5th wheel with a long bed dually. Doesn't turn on a dime, but pulls easier than the bumper pull unit we had before this one. In addition to the comments above, I would add to never attempt backing without a competent spotter. It seem like every time I attempted to back the unit without the spotter, I ended up with a close call.
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Can't speak for a bumper mount but, we went from a 30' 5ver to a 36' 5ver and it tows better and backs better.
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We have the wildwood 36bhbs which measures a little over 37 feet to the tongue. Trailer it all over and never have a problem. Just have to take a little more time and patience.


Life is a highway!!!!!
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Old 10-10-2014, 08:29 AM   #9
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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)
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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)
Wow. Thanks. That's a great tip.
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