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Old 02-19-2015, 03:19 PM   #21
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Tons of excellent advice here. I started with a 21' Roo and worked up to a 32' Rockwood 8327ss and have camped 49 nights last tear and traveled thousands of miles. For our usual campgrounds we already know what gas stations to use. When we're on the road to somewhere new, the wife will Google Map satellite search upcoming locations whether it's gas, food, or shopping to see if we have an easy out. It really takes the guess work out of stops.

To be completely honest, I'll pull just about anywhere. Brave? stupid? Either way I have been in some tight spots and have had the wife get out and back me out of some gas stations...but dammit, I got gas and they will all have to wait--I'm bigger!!


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Old 02-19-2015, 03:29 PM   #22
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We did the same, a Roo 23SS to a Rockwood Signature Ultralight 8312SS! As others mentioned:
1. Get rid of P tires and move right up to E range
2. Properly set up WDH
3. I use the integrated Ford brake control... love it!
4. Proper tire inflation.
5. Proper loading - measure your tongue weight ready to camp and move your gear to hit the 13%
6. Know in advance what your limits are. For us, this means not hauling firewood, full tanks,full coolers, etc. We get groceries when we get there unless just a long weekend.
7. Speed - I think the most important thing to watch - Our sweet spot is right at 58mph. Motor comfortable, trans is not drifting, temps all in reason. At 60+ we experience some drift and sway... I average around 10.5mpg taking it nice and easy
8. It is up to you to be safe. You can build the ultimate tow rig and camper combo and drive it like a lunatic. Know your limits and be safe. Be prepared for construction zones with barriers on both sides, tight toll booths, passing trucks, etc....
9. 35' is the max I would go... most of the places we camp (about half and half boondock and hookups) we can get into with a little advanced legwork and planning. Google satellite view is a must for fuel stops, cracker barrels, and other planned stops.

I think our next rig will be a fiver in the same length range ... We put about 3500 miles on it this past issues. I will admit, we do leave a little wiggle room in our plans to allow for weather delays. I did tow home from our last trip over thanksgiving with 35-45 mph winds for a few hours as we crossed the Delaware Memorial bridge back into NJ from Williamsburg VA.... not again. We plan to layover as needed and avoid winds over 25mph while traveling...
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:34 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by rooksroost View Post
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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I'm assuming this Aux removable tank is one that you have to transfer the gas to your truck manually, it's not hard plumbed? I would like to have an additional 55 gallons. I start looking for accessible gas station when I hit 1/2 a tank...
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:56 PM   #24
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I'm assuming this Aux removable tank is one that you have to transfer the gas to your truck manually, it's not hard plumbed? I would like to have an additional 55 gallons. I start looking for accessible gas station when I hit 1/2 a tank...
No its self feed. Keeps truck tank full. When fuel gauge in trucks starts moving we know its 27 gallon till empty! 2 heavy tie downstraps and a small hose clamp and the tanks out or in. Takes me no more then 10 minutes in or out. Remember its diesel! PM me if you need more info pics etc.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:58 PM   #25
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Not 5er's.
I have a 20 ft hybrid Roo, 3 years now. I have been thinking about upgrading to a 30+ ft trailer. Something with outside kitchen and bunks in the back. My question is how easy/hard is it to go from a smaller to bigger trailer. We are weekend campers so I would be going places that are less than 3 hour drive. Or are you guys seasonal people. I just don't know if i want to pull a 34 ft camper every other weekend. I have a Ram 1500.
What are the negatives about a larger campers on the road mainly.
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It depends on the weight of the Trl. first 1500 doesn't do well with heavy Trl.
I am full timer my trl. is 15,500 lbs. and 42ft. BH Sierra and a GMC 3500HD
gets great mpg loaded or mt. Of course I used to drive semi with 53 ft. trls. so all these RV's are short dually gives stability in windy and rainy weather.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:10 PM   #26
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Towed many different sized pup and tt's and now with the my currant unit at 37ish feet long hitch to bumper. Towing on the highway is not a big deal, you just have to make minor adjustment for o.a.l.
On curvy roads focusing on driving for the rear of the camper, may have to hug the white line or the center line to keep the camper in your lane. When I turn at intersections I always look in my spotter mirror to check the campers wheels and back end.
Watch for motorist coming up to the intersection in the direction you want to turn ,as many will not leave you the room you need to make a turn. Ive been snookered a few times and had to wait for them to back up. Careful at gas stations and choose them wisely.

Backing in my driveway I have to be darn perfect and drive for my campers bumper.

Now what I don't like: Strong winds, road construction, bumpy roads and heavy traffic. Many of our favorite camping spots we can no longer fit. Some cg we no longer go to because of not being big rig friendly. Longer can be taller too, watch out for low branches as many parks dont trim good enough.
When planing a trip to a cg I often use google earth's measuring tool to pick a spot as I know how much room I need to camp and back in.

For me I love driving and towing on the open highway, road trips are a thrill.
Well said, I'd like to add that if you do get it tow it to an empty parking lot and do some turning and backing exercise. Without road traffic and obstacles you can spend more time looking in the mirror watching what the trailer does and how it arcs.

With a little time and practice I think you'll find it's no real issue once you're used to it.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:52 AM   #27
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Wow i love all the input. Thanks
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Old 02-20-2015, 09:38 AM   #28
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Went from a 20 ft single axle boat trailer to a 36 ft TT. Definitely some adjustment but after a few trips you'll get comfortable with it. I originally towed it with a SuperCrew EcoBoost F150 then upgraded to a Ram 2500. I like towing with the 2500 much better.

I've towed different trailers for 15 or so years, everything from a 10 ft utility trailer, sea doos, boats, 30 ft TT, 40 ft toy hauler, and now our 36 ft TT. Principles of towing are all the same just need to adjust for weight and length. I think my 36 ft TT is the easiest to back up once I got the hang of it

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Old 02-20-2015, 09:59 AM   #29
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I would like to add if you're concerned about the gas mileage when towing there are things you can do to your tow vehicle that will help. On my Silverado 1500 I had the exhaust converted to dual exhaust, put a throttle body spacer on it, and bought a programmer for the vehicle. Now when I put the tow tune into the truck you can definitely feel the extra torque and the additional horsepower. I average as much as 1 to 2 miles per gallon better while towing now than I did before.
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:19 AM   #30
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In my limited years I went from a pop up of my dads then my father in law gave me a 26 foot Taurus trailer. That felt huge at first. Then we went to the EVO and it is 32 feet total length, I felt the extra length at first but I have gotten used to it.

I do tow with a 2500 diesel so it helps me manage the weight so my experience is a little different than what you would have with a 1500/150.

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