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Old 03-28-2015, 07:49 AM   #15
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Keep in mind, just because there are no mailboxes/light poles/fire hydrants now is no sign there will be none in the future.

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Old 03-28-2015, 10:13 AM   #16
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I love the parking lot idea if I had the rig but we're not there yet. We're in a chicken and egg situation. Need to sell house in California before we can either get the rig or buy new house another state such as OR or ID.

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Old 03-28-2015, 07:27 PM   #17
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Tail swing is the most prevalent when you are transitioning from a straight line to a curve. Once you are fully in the turn the inside tracking of the trailer will offset the swing.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:48 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by drfife View Post
You can't turn 90 degrees going forward. Maybe in reverse.
Yes you can. I have had to do it plenty of times when I had my 5th wheel. Better to have the slider than not. Its like insurance.
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I don't know if I would be much help, because I don't have the diameter of our culdesac but.....

Prior to the MH we now own, my last 5th wheel was 44 foot toy hauler. The tow vehicle was a Ford F350 dually with the 8ft box on it.

I would enter the culdesac and drive around it as wide as possible and start heading back up the street going into the culdesac. At this point I was good for backing straight into the narrow (8ft X 90ft) drive, since the street just about runs into our drive. After that, it was straight back. The problem I had was that the camper pad ran 90-degrees off the drive right at the garage. That, coupled with the previous mentioned narrow drive, made for a tough turn, backing so I didn't hit the garage. Lawn had several ruts until I got the hang of it.
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I think it is doable, especially since there are no obstructions on the edge of the turn--altho it was mentioned there could be at some future point. I believe the Fords (either 450 or 350 w/Max Tow Pkg) have the shortest turning radius of the 3 mfgs.. Those sharp cuts are murder on the tires...
Each time coming back home, I have to go around a nominal 50' diameter cul-de-sac in order to back into my drive on the driver side--there are 3 brick mailboxes that are easy to miss--I just aim for them and miss them as close as possible--no problem with trailer swing.
One thing to watch out for is contact with the pin box and bed rails...I had to notch my MorRyde about 2" to keep if from hitting my bed cover rails.

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