Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-02-2015, 03:03 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 20
how hard can you turn a TH/ WNP when backing into a drive way

This may sound like a dumb question but I figured I'd ask. Shopping for my first TH and one of my requiremnts is I need to store my unit at home so I must be able to make a relatively sharp turn while backing in off the street - DW is 90 degrees from st. I am currently able to back my 35' boat/trailer in no problem but the tongue is longer than a toy hauler so I am not sure if it's apples to apples here.

TXsurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 07:16 AM   #2
JCMINIS's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 98
Is a FW an option ? I can go past 90 with my 40rls and long bed truck if I have to. Hard on trailer tires (scrub) if on pavement though. Cant comment on bumper pull.

2016, 3500 DRW,CCLB,CTD,G56,3.73
Work and play 40RLS,
JCMINIS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 20
Bumper pull
TXsurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 10:26 AM   #4
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 30
I'm in the same situation as you. I park my 30wrs (36') next to the side of my house and the driveway is 90 degrees to the street. The street isn't wide enough to allow me to back it in in one shot. I usually make one very tight turn getting it started in the driveway, pull forward to the edge of my neighbors yard to straighten it out, then back it in on the side of my house where I have less that a foot of clearance on either side of my gate.
My initial sharp turn may not be 90 degrees but it is close. One thing to consider is your WDH setup. I use a Reese dual cam which deactivates itself in sharp turns to prevent binding. Other systems recommend you disconnect the spring bars or friction bar to prevent binding in sharp turns which can be annoying
2015 Work and Play 30WRS
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 diesel
wildbill79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 01:08 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Fort White, FL
Posts: 120
Lots of variables at play here, but if the boat/trailer combo you have now is comparable in length to the TH you are considering, then I would say, you should be safe. I would think in terms of angles you should get about the same with either. You can help that by having your hitch stick out a little further with a longer draw bar, etc maybe.
foretm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 03:50 PM   #6
Air Force Retiree
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Buffalo, NY
Posts: 47
I had same problem with my TT. Solution was easy, if your using a P/U as TV. Buy a receiver hitch for the front of the truck. It makes putting the trailer in any DW a snap. . Also gives you a place to install a bike rack when traveling.
Retired Air Force is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2015, 03:52 PM   #7
Junior Member
tomfmcs's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 17
I put a receiver on the front of my truck and drive my trailer in the parking spot next to my house I can do more than 90 deg this way. I can get the trailer into the spot even with the car in the way driving it in.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	002.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	456.9 KB
ID:	95493  
tomfmcs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2015, 08:31 AM   #8
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 20
Great info/ideas thanks guys..
TXsurfer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2015, 09:05 AM   #9
Senior Member
Wolverine 1945's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: SouthWest Michigan
Posts: 2,101
If you are going to try to back it in,,, make sure the DW is watching for jack knifing !!!
Wolverine 1945 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2015, 07:07 PM   #10
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 72
I park my 30WLA (36') next to my garage and it's a tight squeeze, but it fits pretty easily. It's hard to explain, but I go in at an angle and then tuck it right in next to the garage. My street is narrow, so that limits the entry angle. One warning, if you park right next to the house/garage, watch the corners of the building. I almost tagged mine but noticed it before impact. The trailer is much wider and taller further out from center than my 24' boat was. When I'm backing in, I unhook the WD chains/bars and I could get it to 90 degrees, but it isn't needed.

2015 Work n Play 30WLA
2015 Ford F-250 Lariat diesel, crew cab 4x4
slapshot12 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:38 AM.