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Old 07-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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2012 Forest River V-Cross

I have been reading about the Forest River V-Cross travel trailers. Just how aerodynamic are these units. I have a Wildcat fifth wheel, but, because of a hip replacement I am worried about the Wildcat steps to the bedroom and bathroom.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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First off, I'm not into travel trailers, but from what I have gleaned from the trailer crowed over the years that have owned a tag a long first, not a one that I know personally ever wanted to go back to them after getting a fifth wheel. For the most part, new hip or not, you have to climb the steps to get into the unit. I think I'd wait and give the hip a chance to completely heal before giving a tag-a-long a serious thought. The V shape will giver you better areodynamics, but I don't think you will see a huge difenence in mileage.
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Agree with Mustang. The V-nose (and similar) designs may help a bit, but don't expect any great difference in mpg for that reason. However, a travel trailer is likely to be more fuel efficient simply because it is lower in height than a 5W. Frontal area is the major factor in fuel economy.

A friend here at the campground in Maine had a hip replacement about three weeks ago - he is still doing the therapy. He climbs in and out of his motorhome without undue difficulty and is getting stronger every day. I suspect that you too will do fine too.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:39 AM   #4
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Thank you Mustang 652 & Gary RVRoamer. I will heed your advice & continue to use my Wildcat. lwbones
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:31 AM   #5
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My V-Cross

I have a 2012 V-Cross, 30 foot bunkhouse. I can make a direct comparison to flat nose trailers, as I have (and still do) tow a friends 27 footer. I tow with a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, diesel, 4x4, longbed, extended cab, automatic, with 4.10 gears. I just finished a 9,000 trip out west. I got 12.5 MPG avg. that in the mountains, flatlands, headwinds etc. When towing the flat nose in similar conditions I get 10.5-11.0 ..I HAVE NOT HAD A single problem with the FOREST RIVER trailer. One reason we choose the V - Cross, the v- nose adds about 75 Square foot of space which is nice. Checkout my tread, 9,000 mile trip.....Good Luck
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Thanks for the comparison, longarrow. Good to have real data once in awhile!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:49 PM   #7
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Thank you for your information longarrow. It is very helpful.
Would you tell what kind of a hitch you use to pull this unit?
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lwbones, I have a class V mount and the hitch is a E-Z rated 10,000 lbs. The sway bars really made different in cross winds.
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longarrow: 1st of all thank you for your service! Thank you for the information concering your hitch. Wish you the very best. lwbones
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