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Old 04-11-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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Measuring a Travel Trailer

The title to my 1969 Jet states that it is 2,200 lbs, but does not indicate the length. My question is how to measure the length of the unit. The box is 16 ft, but I do not know if I should count the hitch frame. I just hope my 2000 Pathfinder is up to pulling it from Lost Wages, Nevada to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this June.
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I know when I had an older TT it stated a 26', but when I measured the box it was about 2.5' under that. As for the weight and your Pathfinder, look at the sticker on the drivers door for GVWR. You should be able to, but it might not be a pleasant trip through the mnts.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:14 AM   #3
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In most cases a travel trailer is measured from hitch to bumper. In other words, the box and hitch are both included. Utility trailers are measured as the cargo carrying area only. Toy Haulers are measured and registered (at least in NYS) as cargo trailers. So the living quarters on a 24 ft. camper is around 20 ft. A 24 ft. toy hauler living quarters will be 24 ft.
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Agreed with tompen. Usually a 28 is around 32 feet overall. Names on units (ex 28 BH) is living area but for towing add 3-4 feet.
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The tape measure does not lie, it is 19.5 feet long. I am sure there will be a point were that six inches will give me savings of some sort. The GVWR is 5150 lbs, so I hope to have enough capacity for the trailer, provisions, two dogs, one cat, and one wife.
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Campsite length is the only time I use total camper length from ball hitch to rear bumper. I use that measurement when deciding upon which site to take. To use the box length can occasionally put you in a site that is too short for room to park your tow vehicle.
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