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Old 03-07-2015, 10:11 AM   #1
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Trailer tongue length

I am new to this site and new to owning a motor home. I have a 38 foot diesel pusher and want to pull an 18' car trailer rather than 4 down. My question to anyone pulling a trailer behind their coach is "How long should the tongue be to safely corner". I know I will have to replace the tongue but I am unsure as to the length I need to manufacture the replacement.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:24 AM   #2
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60" is the number most mfg's use for an "extended tongue" for enclosed trailers. It should work for most open tlrs as well depending on how the trailer is designed regarding the loaded vehicle's front overhang, etc.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:39 AM   #3
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The tongue is at 48" now so an additional foot should make backing easier and hopefully turning safer. I am hauling a Toyota Landcruiser and it can only be trailered.
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The coach is a Monaco Diplomat.
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:55 AM   #5
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I am new to this site and new to owning a motor home. I have a 38 foot diesel pusher and want to pull an 18' car trailer rather than 4 down. My question to anyone pulling a trailer behind their coach is "How long should the tongue be to safely corner". I know I will have to replace the tongue but I am unsure as to the length I need to manufacture the replacement.
Hello, I am going to say it depends on if the trailer is a v-nose or a straight front.......the longer tongue for the straight front(4-5')......I had a 3' extended tongue added/built when I had my enclosed v-nose built. Works well.
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I agree with 5 feet - any shorter and the trailer front corners will come in contact with the RV on tight turns. I had the local muffler shop add an tongue extension to the 24 foot I trailer had and resolved that problem.
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[QUOTE=milepost50;2455142]The tongue is at 48" now so an additional foot should make backing easier and hopefully turning safer. I am hauling a Toyota Landcruiser and it can only be trailered.[/QUOTE


Are you asking about an open or enclosed trailer? The 60" tongue used on enclosed trailers is measured from the front of the tongue to the front edge of the trailer "box" (unless it's a V-nose) giving you the full 60" inches of clearance. In an open trailer configuration, the maximum clearance available will be measured from the front of the tongue to the nearest point of the loaded vehicle. If this measurement is 60" you should be good to go. Be sure to allow enough clearance should you decide to change toads. Good luck with your project and safe travels!
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Hello, I am going to say it depends on if the trailer is a v-nose or a straight front.......the longer tongue for the straight front(4-5')......I had a 3' extended tongue added/built when I had my enclosed v-nose built. Works well.
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v nose is better but 5' of tongue ensures no trailer coach collisions, v nose tend to have very short tongues outside the enclosed part of trailer, my 24' enclosed square front will hit tongue on hitch long before trailer will hit coach.

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I think it depends on how far the hitch is from the axels, not the tongue length pertaining to how easy it is to back up. The longer the trailer the easier it is.
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I think it depends on how far the hitch is from the axels, not the tongue length pertaining to how easy it is to back up. The longer the trailer the easier it is.

the longer the distance between the ball and the axle the slower the trailer reacts, longer tongue slower to turn, short tongue faster to turn

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