Originally Posted by GreenImp
It is generally considered that the longer a trailer is, the easier it is to back. This is referring to aiming it to where you want it though....and doesn't account for backing into a 90 degree campsite when the guy on the opposing side of the road has left his truck sticking 2 feet out of his site.
I'm still relatively new to this and I recall the first time we took our rig out (around 30' travel trailer, hitch to bumper) there was a pretty tight hairpin turn at the end of the loop for us to get around to the other side of the loop where our site was... and some clown had their boat trailer parked about 3-4 feed out onto the (narrow) road on the outside of the turn while there was a wood fence on the inside.
Then when I got to my site, someone had parked their TV exactly as you mention, with the front end hanging out a few feet over the road. It was a good test of nerves and maneuvering. For the record I squeezed it through and got it parked, all the while the offending parties watched and snickered at me as I tried to get my trailer through.
I'm always a little astonished at how inconsiderate people are with their vehicles and toys on campgrounds. There was no reason for that boat to be on the road besides that they didn't want it taking up space on their site (there was plenty of room). And I always see at least two or three people every trip who have their tow vehicle sticking well out into the road. Shows a lack of consideration for others but I guess that's everywhere so why not at campgrounds too.
Anyway, that little personal anecdote doesn't add a lot to the thread but I think if you're already towing 35 feet you can learn to tow 40. Just might have to be selective of the types of campgrounds you go to if you're uncomfortable backing... ones with plenty of room to maneuver your rig and preferably pull through sites.