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Old 11-25-2014, 12:44 PM   #15
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I appreciate everyone's prompt feedback. Many of these comments I anticipated. I am gearing downward to 30' (including hitch) as 4 models we like are available. I will update the newbie section of the site with rig information once we take delivery.

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Old 11-26-2014, 07:15 AM   #16
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I appreciate everyone's prompt feedback. Many of these comments I anticipated. I am gearing downward to 30' (including hitch) as 4 models we like are available. I will update the newbie section of the site with rig information once we take delivery.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

There is usually a 4 foot difference getween the size of the TT box/modle number and and the trailer length over all (LOA).
A 36' LOA could be a 32' trailer, by most peoples standards. My "2301BH" TT is 27.5' LOA.

Either way, once you get over 30', it gets more difficult to deal with and you will realistically want to opt for pull-throughs, if available. You can certaily back it in to a nice spot, and with a helper and/or rear camera, you can get into some tighter spots too.

Personally, I love being able to whip mine into the smaller spots that most bigger rigs would never consider. And on the big spots, I get tons of room to set it up exactly how I want, not what the trailer/spot dictate.
It all depends on what type of camping you do, what you are comfortable with and finding the right floorplan.

Depending on your tow vehicle, you may want to consider a 5th wheel, but they are usually much more expensive, much taller and have a lot of stairs inside and out. They do give you a shorter hitched length per available interior room but the difference at camp is minimal because you give up interior room at the stairs up to the bedroom. You will also be the one that clears all the low hanging branches as you pull into camp.

As far as the tow vehicle, since you had a truck camper, I assume you have at least a 2500 or 3500, so your options are pretty wide open for travel trailers.

Good luck!
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Old 11-27-2014, 07:56 PM   #17
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I do notice now with the new truck, it is a little harder to back it into sites than when we had the SUV.

When someone says "I'm looking at a 30' trailer" I think most people assume that is measured from the rear bumper to tip of the hitch. That is how manufactures measure. The only tweak to statement is us hybrid users. I might be towing 26', but when I open up both bunk ends, I now have a rig that measures 31'.

In the 30' to 31' range I really like the floorplans like this Winnebago 27RBDS nice slides on both sides, huge bathroom, island kitchen, large pantry. Most tt makes have versions of this floorplan. The only issues is there are no beds for any kids.
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I have a 35'5" TT, I'm glad I didn't get any bigger.
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Old 12-01-2014, 01:48 AM   #19
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Purchased a 2014 Cougar x lite 28RLS .
OAL is 31 ft. Box length is 28 ft.
Pulls Great behind my 2500HD Hemi Ram 4x4 with equalizer 4 Point WD Hitch
Not sure if I would have wanted to purchase anything larger in a bumper pull .
5th wheel was out of the Question due to height & loss of truck bed .
Salesman tried to get me in a 37 ft. Sprinter but I could tell by length & weight I would be pushing the limits of my Hemi Ram .
Just check out the available options ,find a floor plan you like & go for it.
Good luck in your searches .
It took us 2 yrs. of searching .many visits to different RV dealers ,a couple of RV shows before we pulled the trigger on the floor plan we liked .
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The only issues is there are no beds for any kids.
You want the 28DDBH. We almost got that one. Only thing missing is the outside kitchen which the 33BHSL has but it's just too big.
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We pull a 36' Keystone with an F250 6.7 with no problem. I also use the ratings site the other poster mentioned and it does not steer you wrong since the reviewers always mention if the park is tight spaced. You might want to consider a Pro Pride or Hensley hitch. Our Pro Pride is the best money we ever spent next to the awesome TV. With the proper planning and equipment enjoy your 36 footer but just remember your length. Backing a 36 footer is no different just pull up a little further before putting it in reverse.
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