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Old 05-04-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Is a 40ft. 5er to long?

Hey y'all loving this forum I have learned so much here and don't even have a fw or truck yet. We are in the process of picking out a truck for the 5er we have chosen. We love the floor plan of the 40 ft.Grand Design front living. We are planning on moving around the country spending a month to 3 months in a location visiting kids and grandkids. We want the flexibility to be able to pick up and go if we want to visit the many wonderful places in our country. Is this size of a trailer ok for that or should we look at something a little smaller. Like I said we are going to plant places for awhile

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:02 PM   #2
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A 40' fifth wheel , will limit your choices of tow vehicles for sure, and a lot of parks , state in particular, may not have big enough sites.
Do you have the weights of the 5er you're looking at ?

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Old 05-04-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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Yea the fw is 16500 gvwr with a 3k pin weight. Pretty well figured on a 3500 drw
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Old 05-04-2015, 02:22 PM   #4
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Ours is 40' and it fits in all the parks we have been in. We are in a rather small park now. Owner stated he had never had a 40' unit in here. Piece of cake. Now I did have to do some back and forth to get it in here due to the closeness of the park. It was built before slide outs.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:44 PM   #5
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The problem you will have if you look at snallef trailers is that you have to get a lot smaller to make a difference. 40' to 37' is not much difference. 40' to 35' again...probably not much difference. Now 40' to 30' is a difference. If you can get over the Front Living Room floorplan your only other option IMHO would be to find a 'much smaller' 3 slide 5th wheel.

Once you look at those 40' trailers you are hooked. But it is a good hooked.
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Old 05-04-2015, 03:56 PM   #6
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Yep we have looked at the smaller trailers but since we are going to full time in it we can't bring ourselves to look at smaller ones. Like you said we're hooked. Just wondering if most parks haven't increased their lot sizes.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:14 PM   #7
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Exactly as Tuffr said, whether it's 35' or 40' doesn't make enough difference to be worried and if you're unsure about a campground just call ahead for peace of mind.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:57 PM   #8
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Mine is 38-1/2 and the only place I've been limited is in state facilities. I'm in the bigger is better crowd for full timers.
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:50 PM   #9
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Our new Gateway is 41' with 5 slides and it's a little tight in the state parks we have been to but it's worth the extra room
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Old 05-04-2015, 07:10 PM   #10
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We have used a 33 ft unit for 13 years and the 40 ft unit for 6 years.
I can remember one park that I refuse to drive in. It was for the best because it was a very badly run park with limbs and falling down trees.
Most of the time I say my unit is 35 ft and fit it everywhere. The long wheel base truck has been more problem then the long trailer.
My shorter GM was so much easier to swing the front and steer the trailer in much tighter spots.
One more advantage is the longer unit will allow you to get better sites for the same price.
I use passport america a lot and I here a lot of RVers complaining of being parked on tiny sites. I just tell them to get a longer RV to get the better service. I also seen a lot of big lots empty while the small lots get loaded faster.
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We have the Trilogy 3850D fiver, which is close to 41 feet total...we have had no problems...mark us down in the "bigger is better" amd "buy the biggest, baddest you can afford" club!
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Our 42'-10" Landmark can be a challenge . First off, it's not easy to find a gas station that it will fit in, unless it's a truck stop. That's OK if you only travel the interstate system. Secondary roads and fuel stations that will have you pull in facing the store with no way to exit is the norm. We've had to unhitch to get fuel. That's a pain. 13'-3" of vertical height is something to consider also with the larger 5ers. Tree branches, bridges, and tunnels come to mind. You will definitely become very aware of these obstacles. Backing a 43 ft 5er into a small cg site will test your backing skills. Driving through small towns and having to make tight right hand turns without going over to many curbs, or hitting a sign or telephone pole on the corner of that turn can also be a challenge. Finding a place to eat, and being able to park within a a few blocks of that restaurant is not something you will be doing often. Better pack a lunch, and eat at the rest stop. We love ours, we love the size, and the room. Wouldn't trade it, but don't think it will all be easy.
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Yes I know the bigger rigs won't be as easy to find places to go and camp. I've been driving a truck and trailer for work so know about a lot of the things that make them challenging to get around in. I wasn't sure what kind of lot sizes were available out there. Thx everyone for the input.
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Funny thing about the Front Living Room models is that you either love them or hate them. My wife loves them and I don't. If you can get over that, the GD Reflection 337 is a nice alternative.

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