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Old 10-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Question for Cyclone 4200 owners

So I've narrowed down our next FW to the 2015 Cyclone 4200, the one with the two balconies. I have a friend who has one and he did mention the one drawback is how much clearance the tail-end needs when making turns, due to where the axles are placed.

Have any of your Cyclone owners had any problems with respect to getting into campgrounds?

I have a modded '99 F350 now (mods: engine, suspension, brakes), towing a 34' FW but obviously I will need to upgrade to a newer diesel to pull a 2015 Cyclone. Is a 2015 Ford F350 enough to stop the heavier THs? I know they have a 31,200 lb tow rating but my colleague that is running this setup says even his 2015 F350 has trouble stopping his Cyclone.

We are fulltimers and homsechool our kids while on traveling, so the idea of more space in a TH is less about hauling toys and more about hauling all the trappings that comes with raising kids. A TH, IMO, is a better choice than a bunkhouse FW. That said, we'll probably get a Yamaha ATV or side-by-side UTV to haul along.

So biggest issue for me is whether I'll be able to squeeze a 44' into a back-in spot at CGs. Or will I have to stick to "Big Rig" friendly CGs that have pull-thru spot only? Will I still be able to get in to at least some SPs and NPs?

How do y'all fair with such a long rig?

Thanks for any input and advice.
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:51 PM   #2
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To answer some of your questions, I will give you some of my experience, we currently are pulling a 4100 king cyclone w/ a 2013 f350 dwr cc. We upgraded from a 40 ft. Raptor and I don,t notice much difference accessing backin spots. Just be selective w/ your campgrounds. If they have spots that are long enough (70 ft minimum) you will probably be able to get in their spots with relative ease, but it does take a little practice. For some helpful hints, go to Rv travel.com and download the file How to tow your 5th wheel like a pro.
I do heavily recommend a dwr w/ all terrain tires. Once had a scary experience in sw Dallas, down hill in rain w/ our 2011 350 SWR. Traffic stopped suddenly, hit the brakes hard and lost traction w/ rear wheels and almost jackknifed. Moral of the story, upgrade truck to dwr. Upgrade the brake wiring on the trailer to larger gauge and use as much brake gain as possible and remain comfortable in normal driving. Keep in mind, a 10,000 truck can't stop a 20,000 trailer, the trailer brakes have to stop the trailer.
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Thx for that info.

Do you ever have a problem finding spots at CGs for that size setup?

How about at SPs and NPs?
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Old 10-16-2014, 10:23 PM   #4
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No not yet, but I guess I'm a big preplanner. I've just got to know ahead of time where I'm going and what to expect when I get there. Sometimes I will even look at Goggle map street view to see what to expect. Guess that's just my experience talking after being on a sales route with a 40 foot truck for the last 35 years. But is quite a different story when we unload the Harley's.
Next year the new challenges will begin as it will be fulltime rving. Trying to prepare myself by reading any forums I can and learn as much as possible about FT RVing, boondocking etc.
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