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Old 11-10-2011, 08:16 PM   #1
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Towing a trailer - trailer nose

We just took delivery of a '99 Gulf Stream Tourmaster 8405 and looking for a cargo trailer to haul 2 Yamaha cruisers. I have got two conflicting opinions from 2 different trailer dealers regarding a V-nose verses a flat-nose trailer; both sell both styles.

One says the turn radius between Class A and the trailer is restricted with a flat-nose trailer and the other says just the opposite!!

What say you with experience with either and a Class A????

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Old 11-10-2011, 08:22 PM   #2
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The v nose vs flat nose makes no difference at all.

what's important is the length from the ball to the front corners of the trailer.
More is better. Most towing a trailer with a motorhome get a trailer with an "extended tonque"

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Old 11-21-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by JimM68 View Post
The v nose vs flat nose makes no difference at all.

what's important is the length from the ball to the front corners of the trailer.
More is better. Most towing a trailer with a motorhome get a trailer with an "extended tonque"
I completely agree with this. I'm sure some V nose designs could limit turning, whereas other trailers may have built this into their design and used a longer tongue.

I would suggest looking into brands of trailers you feel comfortable with and then start looking at what options you have within those brands. You may find from reviews and pricing that you only need to look at two different brands. From there you might just want to take some measurements on the trailer lots.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:52 AM   #4
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Asked myself the same question when I researched this a few years ago and opted for flat nose.

My coach is 101inches wide which means that the distance from the hitch ball to either rear corner of the coach is approx 50 inches. If the trailer tongue is 51inches or more, then no risk of hitting both the trailer box and motorhome corners. We're assuming flat and level terrain. There remains however the tongue structure itself compared to the v nose structure and this is where the flat nose trailer will allow a slightly sharper turning radius. On most trailers, the tongue structure is welded to the trailer frame structure which is in my case 18 inches narrower than the trailer box walls thus allowing an additional 9 inches of turning clearance on each side. Whereas on all of the V nose trailers that I saw, the box walls of the V portion extend from the full width of the trailer towards the coupler thus eliminating that 9inch clearance.

On three occasions, I ended up lightly scratching the corners of my coach because of excessively sharp turns while backing up (all because of my inexperience) which necessitated minor cosmetic repairs to the coach. Had I owned a V nose, there would have been much more damage to the coach and to the trailer also.

Another consideration is the tongue jack. My coach rear cap extends back over the hitch by a few inches which brought the tongue jack motor too close to the coach for my liking. Because of the open space in front , I was able to relocate the jack further back. Couldn't have done that as easily with a V nose.

Good luck with your shopping.
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