Originally Posted by Sportman
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!!!
Patrick - aka sportman
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.