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Old 02-19-2015, 09:55 AM   #1
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? for you guys that pull larger than 30ft

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.
Sorry for my rambling.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:17 AM   #2
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You are a brave person.

I considered a jump from a pop up to a Roo this past year but decided that the Roo was too big and would have been too scary to tow.

I know there are plenty of people that tow TT's but ultimately it is the driver that must feel comfortable. It is a personal decision.

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Old 02-19-2015, 10:18 AM   #3
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Pulled a 33' Flagstaff 831RLSS over 40,000 miles with my Silverado 1500. Just make sure you get rid of the P rated tires and put on LR D or LR E and get a good sway control package. I used 2 friction sway controls and had no problems.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:22 AM   #4
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Well, I have yet to purchase a TT that's 30' or over (current one is 26'), but I DO have a 32' enclosed trailer. I think it's nothing more than practice to get used to the change in behavior with the axles further from the ball. You also need to acclimate yourself to the additional length with passing, turning, and negotiating CGs, but again it's practice.

I had a 21SS for 7 seasons - great hybrid! Have a RAM 5.7 crew/mid bed/4x4/HD tow package as my daily driver and will suggest you may not find a TT in those lengths to fit your truck happily.

Good luck and happy camping!
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:23 AM   #5
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We started with a popup, moved to a hybrid, then a 35' TT and now have a 35' fifth wheel. DH and I both pull them, according to who is tired and I am as comfortable pulling the fifth wheel as I was the popup.

With that being said, I do all the "backing in" of the fifth wheel. DH was much more comfortable backing the TT and I prefer the fifth wheel. We just make it work.

I have found that the larger vehicles pull much easier than the small single axle trailers, back in much easier, but do catch some "tail wind" from larger passing vehicles. You just have to be prepared for it.

We really enjoyed our bunkhouse TT, but we were spending 100+ days in it each year, and the bunk room got pretty small for our girls, so we are now in a front bunkhouse fifth wheel. This will suffice until we upgrade to an A.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:38 AM   #6
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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.
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My first TT, a 26" scared me at first. The move up to a 29" 5er concerned me but turned out an easy change. Now my 32" 5er is nothing at all to pull. I think it's easier to move up than to start big.
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Our first tt was 28 feet overall, then we bought our Windjammer, which is right at 35 feet overall. I didn't notice any difference in towing, but backing up is easier with a longer trailer. I have a short (about 12 foot) utility trauler that I sometimes use to haul stuff around home, and it is far more difficult to back up. Just spend a little time to get comfortable with your longer trailer and you won't have any problems.
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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.
Thats a fair bit of great advice right there. I second everything Platokidd said for your TT. I haul a 34' total length TT with my 1500 just fine. WDH and Sway control with a really good brake controller are a must. You will be fine.
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we have a c38 FL C C and it's 42 ' np at all tows very nice
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