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Old 02-19-2015, 01:33 PM   #11
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pulling a larger trailer

we started out with a 21 foot Jayco hybrid which was the first trailer I had pulled in about 30 years. Then we upgraded to a 30 coachman apex and was pulling it with a Nissan Xterra which was probably not the brightest thing that I have ever done. After purchasing a Chevy Silverado 1500 2 years ago we just upgraded to a Rockwood Windjammer 3008. the Windjammers 35 Foot which I don't have a problem pulling the larger trailers. the only thing you have to watch is your right hand turns and when you pull in somewhere to get gas or for fast food making sure that you have an exit strategy.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:49 PM   #12
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Went from a 26' terry TT to a 36' flagstaff 832bhss tt.

Pulled it with our 1/2 ton suburban for 6 years.
All local towing with an occasional 2 hour trip. Twice a year.

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Old 02-19-2015, 02:02 PM   #13
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If your going to be to concerned while towing you wont enjoy RVing. I think you would be better off having a smaller unit.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:04 PM   #14
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This one I'll weigh in on! Had a 2720 TM for 6 years, luved it! Back started acting up so we went shopping. First got a 2010 Tundra then a 32' Passport. Never relized how long it was until the day we picked it up! 32' camper 4' of tow bar, 1 foot of WDH + truck, real close to 60'. In the 10 months we had I realized it was wrong, so wrong we thought about quiting and going back to Motels for us! But we like camping a lot, have met the greatest folks camping! Reason why we almost gave it up was 1. Getting into our driveway was a nitemare. 2. Usually got between 8 and 10MPG depending wether going up hill or down. 3.This brings up gas, that kinda milage make for lot'sa stops and from talking to fellow campers you'll go into a station and the first thing you'll say "I think I mita screwed up!" Can get in and can't get out. Happened to us, cut our cable , brakes locked up and we stopped almost in the road, well more in then out! Wife ask what are going to do? I said we'll see what this trucks got, put it in 4 wheel low, truck in low and drug the trailer tires accross the road to a empty parking lot shut it down had lunch! Then repaired the cord and went on merry way. 4. Next to the TM we thought the bathroom was huge, well after 4 mouths of camping we realized not but that has nothing to do with this! 5. The Passport weigh in empty at 5800 lbs. The truck 6000 lbs? Never once while I was towing did I feel in complete control. Windy conditions we really felt it in our seat. Calm days always felt the tug of trucks as the passed us. It wore on me and the wife. When we decided to keep camping we went truck shopping first, found a F-250 Super Duty, Diesel, crew cab. When we went camping in the spring with that truck I was in control and we both felt it but now the length real close to 60' and longer truck we just couldn't turn like I wanted and needed to.
So we traded it in on a 32' Crusader 5er and put in a 55 gallon aux tank. In 2 years haven't even had to go round back at a pilot and parking is a breeze! Just our thoughts...
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:33 PM   #15
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We went from a popup to a 26'TT to a 30+ 5th it tows like a dream just give a little room when you pass the big rigs
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:49 PM   #16
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We started with a 27' and now pull a 32' Rockwood 2703ws. I try to gas up at truck stops. Won't even attempt to pull into fast food establishments. Some older state parks won't take my trailer. I always stay in the right lane on the interstates and keep the speedo at no more than 62 mph. I would recommend making sure you have the proper truck, WDH and sway control. I love this trailer.


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Old 02-19-2015, 02:50 PM   #17
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This one I'll weigh in on! Had a 2720 TM for 6 years, luved it!
We too went from a TM 2720 to a full sized travel trailer, but only 28.5'. Big difference in towing and fuel mileage.
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:14 PM   #18
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We r towing a 34'9" 8329 we bought last January. Towed it about 6000 miles last year. Our dealer rigged us up with a Equalizer sway system and it works like a charm.
The Tekonsha Primus 10 electric brake system matches our trailer very well.
Like. Most everyone else says...on the highway...you won't notice a difference except for passing and changing lanes. I like sunny weather cuz y can see where the vehicle is when passing by the change in the shadow along the road.
The challenge comes in the turning and paying attention to your length in tight spots. Gas stations, parking lots and CG roads with dumpsters, stumps and posts can be tricky. I turned to soon along side a dumpster and caught the handle of a dumpster which damaged my street side. I damaged the awning posts, side decals and the staircase handle most of which the good Forest River people at the FROG convention fixed free of charge last summer.
Well you have read many great tips and concerns about that extra length...but they far underplay the benefits and comfort of that additional length. Our salon has 2 power recliners, a sleeper sofa, 2 slides that open the width to 14' and a TV that sits at a neck comforting 45 degrees. It is darn comfortable.
God luck with your choice and if you do it, just be careful of your length and turns.
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Old 02-19-2015, 03:24 PM   #19
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Our (used) 34' 2011 Tracer 3150 has the 2nd slide for the bunkhouse & it gives our family of 5 plenty of room for a TT weighing under 6,500 lbs. empty... I also really, really enjoy our spacious outdoor kitchen. Makes for a quick meal when we first arrive at a campground tired & hungry.

However, ready to camp we're around 8,400 with 1,100 of that on the hitch making our total payload around 2,200 & GCVW around 15,000. IMO you may want to check-out the Prime Time Tracer AIR bunkhouses with 1 dinette slide. They will have less tongue weight but still have better fit & finish than the lightweight Keystone Passports, Bullets, etc.

IMO backing a longer TT is easier than a shorter one as long as you have a good spotter. However, getting out of tight spots can be tedious. A longer trailer is much more difficult to manage in tight gas stations & city driving. Eventually you may have to back-out the way you came in. Again, have a spotter & make others wait - just like if you were driving a semi or construction vehicle. I used to drive commercial trailers with 1/2, 3/4, & 1 ton trucks. In tight spots I just stopped traffic & blocked the road until people moved. They may get mad, but its your insurance policy bill if you hit something including the guy who's shouting at you & gesturing you're #1!
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:01 PM   #20
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The only thing I would add is how much harder it is in gas stations with the longer trailer. I've pulled in and quickly realized I couldn't get out. Now I try to avoid doing that again.
Going to a trailer that is almost 2,500 pounds heavier I thought I'd fill the extra weight but with the new hitch I don't notice it at all.
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