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Old 02-09-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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length measurement

I tried to search the forum for this, and kept getting cable ads instead (!), so I'll just ask. Does the length of the trailer include the hitch, or is it just the box?
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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Depends if you want into the campground of your choice. Seriously! The model will dictate the inner size of your RV, and the campground will want to know how much space you will need. The normal turn point is in the 35 foot area. My flagstaff is a 8528BHSS The 28 is the length. The CG call it a 30 footer. Maybe it's the tong/king post.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:46 PM   #3
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The length measurement in the specs, is tongue to bumper.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:21 PM   #4
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My 29QBSS is about 34' from tongue to bumper. When booking sites, I'll look for available sites for trailers "up to 35'". If I don't find any then I next try for sites for trailers "up to 30'". I've had only 2 sites I can think of where I had any kind of issue. And in both cases I fit the trailer in fine, but I didn't have the swing room for the front end of my truck so it became tight. Nothing like getting that perfect angle and then realizing there's a power pole across the road preventing you from straightening out.




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Old 02-09-2015, 01:28 PM   #5
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Like bikendan said, the length in the specs is bumper to hitch. The length in you model number is inside living space. Eg. I have a 2905ss. It's total length is 34 1/2' inside living front to back is 29'.


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I agree that it has always been bumper to hitch but my Work & Play is an 18EC. The box is over 19 ft. then I have an 18 in rack on front and then over 3 feet to the hitch. This makes me have a 24 footer by what I have always learned.
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Interesting conversation...We have the 8325SS (tongue to bumper is 34.9) and my inside living area is 32.5....

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Depends if you want into the campground of your choice. Seriously! The model will dictate the inner size of your RV, and the campground will want to know how much space you will need. The normal turn point is in the 35 foot area. My flagstaff is a 8528BHSS The 28 is the length. The CG call it a 30 footer. Maybe it's the tong/king post.
And btw the 85 normally means 8' 5" wide
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Old 02-10-2015, 02:21 PM   #9
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I did not know that the 85 prefix meant 8.5' wide! I learn something new every time I come to these forums! :-)

We were asking about the length not only for campgrounds, but for the space we're preparing on our driveway. The tongues are usually about 3' long, so knowing that's part of the 23' 9" measurement the FR website gives for the 2304 KS is helpful.
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:03 AM   #10
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This is an interesting question and I too was seeking the answer. Oddly enough it seems that the answer you get is based on who you ask. We even asked non specifically is it bumper to tongue, or is it the box. We were given both answers. Some dealers said if the list length is 25' (for example) then the box is 25'. Others said 25' means tongue to bumper. I would say about 70% said that the length was strictly measuring the box. We decided to measure our trailer (mini lite 2504s). Documentation says it is a 25' 10" trailer. Our dealer told us that you add bumper and tongue to that measurement and the trailer is really about 29'. Our measurement gave us (about) 26' from tongue to bumper. And the box was about 22'8". It is shocking, and to be quite honest, a bit terrifying that the people who sell these things to you don't know the answer to this pretty simple question. I am supposed to believe that these people can teach me everything I need to know about my trailer, when they don't know which of the two measurements is the actual length??? I can understand if 1 or 2 people get mixed up and mistakenly give you misinformation, but the vast majority were wrong. For most people the difference of 3'-4' is no big deal, but some people may have a size restriction where they intend to park it (short driveway, storage unit, etc). As I said, it is an interesting topic. I have a tendency to believe the fine folks on this forum before I believe the guy who would tell me it has a flux capacitor if he thinks that is what will seal the deal. Lol
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