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Old 02-20-2015, 03:33 PM   #31
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I never felt comfortable pulling our 31 ft TT with a 1/2 ton, even with a wdh and sway bars. Got a 3/4 ton and it made a huge difference. Much more at ease on the interstate now.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:05 PM   #32
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From a 23' Thor to a 32' Grey Wolf to a 38' Columbus. All easy "upgrades" along with trucks to match. Expensive looking at the $$ but priceless in the experience and joy we have had. The first two fit the driveway, Thor easy, Grey Wolf went right to the edge. The Columbus can't even go down our street. No school but or trash truck could get by.. Even a regular car would be hard pressed to pass if I parked in front of the house.
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Old 02-20-2015, 04:06 PM   #33
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My first trailer was a single axle 16 ft and my current is about 32" from rear bumper to hitch. I found it easier to back up with the large double axle than the smaller single axle. My 1/2 ton Ram handles the trailer just fine. Plenty of power, feels stable, and stops just fine. I use two friction bars and a WDH.
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Old 02-20-2015, 06:14 PM   #34
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We had an 18-footer (towed with a Tacoma) then, last year, upgraded both...a Tundra and a 34-foot Rockwood.

It's wasn't as much of a difference as I had originally worried about BUT that 45-degree, right-hand turn is, now, pretty much impossible when there's only one lane to turn into or you don't have a second lane to swing out into. (So my rule is "when if doubt" don't try the turn.) Better to drive a bit to find somewhere to turn around or to make two left turns instead of hitting something.

We, also, start looking for gas stations (preferably truck stops) when we are at around half a tank. Our 2014 Tundra has a 26-gallon tank and I heard a rumor the 2015's would have a 35-gallon but I've checked and not true. I am eyeballing an extra-tank that replaces your spare tire (underneath) and gives you 17-extra gallons...but that would have to be when I'm retired and doing a LOT of driving...like up to Alaska.

But we like to stop often and stretch and use our OWN bathroom and get a snack from our OWN fridge (and the chihuahuas like it, too.) Never a hurry when in the RV!!!
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I went from a 23' to a 31' last year. My longer unit actually tows a little better than the shorter one and the MPG is unchanged. I've found little difference with backing in, other than pulling forward an extra few feet. I do keep a keener eye on my rear end when making turns. My biggest issue is pulling into gas stations. With my smaller unit, I just drove until I needed gas and pulled it in anywhere... With the 31-footer, I have to plan ahead... At least for now.


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Old 02-20-2015, 10:38 PM   #36
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We had an 18-footer (towed with a Tacoma) then, last year, upgraded both...a Tundra and a 34-foot Rockwood.

It's wasn't as much of a difference as I had originally worried about BUT that 45-degree, right-hand turn is, now, pretty much impossible when there's only one lane to turn into or you don't have a second lane to swing out into. (So my rule is "when if doubt" don't try the turn.) Better to drive a bit to find somewhere to turn around or to make two left turns instead of hitting something.

We, also, start looking for gas stations (preferably truck stops) when we are at around half a tank. Our 2014 Tundra has a 26-gallon tank and I heard a rumor the 2015's would have a 35-gallon but I've checked and not true. I am eyeballing an extra-tank that replaces your spare tire (underneath) and gives you 17-extra gallons...but that would have to be when I'm retired and doing a LOT of driving...like up to Alaska.

But we like to stop often and stretch and use our OWN bathroom and get a snack from our OWN fridge (and the chihuahuas like it, too.) Never a hurry when in the RV!!!

I too was looking at the additional tank to make 46 gal but could buy a lot of gas for the grand!

I also have a 32' like Evo and suicide and DID have it set up perfectly in June but after tire changes on TV and trailer and Anderson hitch shifting on the frame rail- I'm tweeking things a little at a time to get that comfy spot back.

Tight turns take practice and forward thinking to swing out far and have an consistent arch. Just started to use truck stops for gas and that was much easier! In my area, some of the places we want to go have road restrictions on size- mostly mountain areas so if you call a campground first just ask if there are any size restrictions for the drive. They would know best.


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Old 02-21-2015, 08:35 PM   #37
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I've really come to respect truck drivers since I've been towing. Those wide turns into other's lanes make more sense now.
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Old 02-21-2015, 08:57 PM   #38
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Its all what you are use to towing. When I got my first popup I was terrified the first few times. Now 15 years later its no sweat at all. A few weeks ago when I picked up my new to me 36bhbs I just went a little slowed until I was use to it. Over the years I have gone from the popup to a 18' camper to a 27" then to a 33' ( also boats from 18' to 23') My PWC is the hardest of all to back up since its only 14'.
Just plan your first few trips somewhere close and know the route and take it slow and easy.
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I've really come to respect truck drivers since I've been towing. Those wide turns into other's lanes make more sense now.
It really makes sense once you pull a fifth wheel. I'm still shocked at how the trailer tracks differently than my TT.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:37 AM   #40
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In 2008 we started of with a 25' Jayco 25LGT Ultra lite TT pulled by an Expedition EL. No problem here. Then we bought a FR 8315BSS which measured in at nearly 35' bumper to hitch. This was a very long trailer for the wheel base of the Expedition. There was a formula I found somewhere that suggested I was about 8' longer than preferred for the wheelbase of the towing vehicle. The TV wheel base is an important factor to take into account and can easily be overlooked by many people.
I now tow a 41' CC 5er with an F350 dually. A big difference from the original Jayco but with some thought and careful driving it isn't insurmountable. Good luck.
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