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Old 09-30-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Turning radius

I know you can hit the side of the trailer with the tow vehicle by backing too sharp and jack knifing. Can you turn too sharp going forward and make the trailer hit the truck ?

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Old 09-30-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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If you are referring to a bumper pull trailer (vs. 5th wheel), I don't think so. At least mine won't hit.

If you are using a WDH, then that could be a problem, so check the clearances in a local parking lot. Or if you are using a friction sway bar, those will sometimes bend if turning too sharp.


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Old 09-30-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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I was wondering about going to a big open area and testing it out (only to a point before contact of course). Would need another set or two of eyes while the driver turnings very slowly.
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This is a fifth wheel with a 6'4" truck bed. Almost 90 degree turn with bikes attached to hitch. Going forward.
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Old 09-30-2012, 08:31 PM   #5
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That's the first thing I checked after changing tow vehicles. Hooked up the camper and went to a closest shopping mall to determine how much clearance I had going forward, steering at full lock. Then I'll never worry about turning going forward.


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