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Old 05-21-2020, 12:28 PM   #1
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Who tows a trailer??

I am still ~10 months from retirement. I keep thinking about traveling for half the year. We currently flat tow a Jeep. I want to bring my Road King but don't care for a motorcycle lift. I was actually thinking about a larger trailer that could accommodate the bike and a small car. I would welcome all opinions on this. Also, are any of you pulling a trailer today.

I keep thinking that pulling a trailer with enough size would severely limit the parks I would be able to stay in. Thanks in advance! Bill.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:20 PM   #2
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We tow a 20foot enclosed trailer behind our 40 ft intrigue. I carry my Goldwing and my Smart Car inside. When I do make a reservation I reserve a site capable of holding 65 feet.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:42 AM   #3
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I put my car on a 20' open auto transport trailer. I request pull through sites that are 60' +/- and have never had an issue getting into a park when I've needed one.

I have backed into shorter sites and kicked the trailer to right side, across the back of the site to fit. The tongue of my trailer is 5' long, so it can approach 90 degrees without hitting the rear of the motorhome.
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Apatz and Sherpa, thanks for the reply. I do like the idea of towing my "garage". I think the possibilities are greater for a longer trip. Do either of you have trailer recommendations?
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I pull a 30-foot bravo trailer on the back of my 32' 2002 Allure. Wherever we go we make sure that we only do pull through sites. If some of the campgrounds have overflow areas we're allowed to take our trailer off. I pull with 2 motorcycles and a small Honda Civic. The trailer gives me a great ride. The only place I become worried pulling the trailer is when I have to climb up two passes going over the Rockies into Denver. I very carefully watch my exhaust temperatures and my water temperatures. On a positive note it's great having your garage with you and being able to take your toys. Allure has a 350 ISC Cummins motor with the bank's system for the extra power. Total HP is about 425.
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Wow. The spread on the axels must make it pretty stable. If I did 30’ I am not sure 75’ would work in some state. I like the idea though. Do you bikes sit north south with the front tire in a cleat?
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Both motorcycles up front close to the V nose and Civic over the axles.
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I have a tow bar, a dolly, a flatbed and an enclosed trailer and the 27 V nose enclosed is by far my favorite. Yes it may limit your choice of campsites but its never been a show stopper for us. Its great being able to have whatever you want along with you.

Sometimes pulling the F150 with the tow bar with something in the bed of the pickup is sufficient. Its really nice to have options.

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Thanks Fred! Any issue with length?
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Bill - no issues with length. Roll in and out of truck stops like the big rigs; don't mess around trying to stop at gas stations. Its a private vehicle so the DOT will leave you alone.
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We're in the same situation. Currently have a Deck over Dolly trailer, but that wouldn't work with your Jeep. We have a new Motor home coming that will tow more so our plan is to tow a full size truck with a Rampage lift in the bed for the Road Glide. I feel this is the easiest and we don't want to deal with a trailer and those issues. The trailer does keep everything nice and clean though.
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Unbelievable difference between your Jayco and the new Ventana from a towing perspective! You will LOVE it. These Diesel Pushers are amazing towing machines.
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Thanks GC. I agree with Fred, my C13 eats up the road.


Still, I am leaning towards a trailer.
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Thanks GC. I agree with Fred, my C13 eats up the road.


Still, I am leaning towards a trailer.
No doubt a trailer has a lot of benefits, we just don't want to deal with some of the issues a trailer presents. With the m/c in the back of the truck, it opens up sites such as back ins that wouldnt work with a trailer attached. Also easier to disconnect to go to dinner, etc. There's probably at least 5 ways to haul a motorcycle and a vehicle so it's not an easy choice, and one that can get expensive. Good luck !
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