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Old 05-13-2022, 02:44 PM   #1
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Odd towing question

Hi all,

Been off the forum for quite some time due to health reasons. We ended up selling our 5er and truck.
Well things are better now and we have the bug again, but not near as "glamping" as our last rig.
I am thinking about a bumper pull.

My question is, I have a steep driveway I will want back down for parking it at home. It is level at the bottom.

There will be a point, where my truck will be level on the street and the trailer will be on the slope. I am worried about the angle of the trailer hitch in relation to the ball on the truck being to much?

When I had the 5er, I would "lose" 5.5" clearance when the truck was level on the road and the camper was on the down slope. I know this because I measured it the first time as I thought I might hit. LOL
Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-13-2022, 03:04 PM   #2
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I too have a steep driveway. When I had a bumper pull and later a fifth wheel, I backed my trailers up the driveway. My travel trailer was a 29 ft and the fifth wheel was 39 ft. Both had the axle under the leaf springs so I had decent ground clearance. You will need to take into consideration how much "over hang" you have past the trailers rear wheels.

I hope that you find something that works for you.
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Old 05-14-2022, 07:34 AM   #3
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unless your drive way is at an extreme angle you have no worries of the coupler angle to the ball. You could make a couple of ramps from 2x8 to lift the rear of the truck slightly when parked if you think the angle is to great.
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Old 05-14-2022, 08:57 AM   #4
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Probably depends a lot on the length as well. I have a 38' TT and it'll drag on a steep driveway. If it's shorter, you'll have a better approach angle.

Some TT's also appear to have some adjustments that can be made. My current TT appears to.. there is an extra set of holes on the hangar about an inch down from the top set. I would suppose I could probably move the leaf springs to the bottom set of holes and gain another inch that way.
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