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Old 11-12-2019, 03:51 PM   #1
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Question 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

Been towing a Crossroads 222RB for a few years, it is 27 feet long, 5K UVW. Looking at 32 foot TT's, wondering if there's much difference in towing/handling/managing the extra 5 feet and 1500 pounds?

Tow vehicle not an issue, just looking for experience of moving up in length/weight, and if there's any additional hassles...
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Old 11-12-2019, 04:37 PM   #2
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I had a Sunnybrook 26CKS about 28 ft and 6400 pounds,, now have a Outdoors RV 25 RDSW, 31 ft and 7000 dry. Towed with Ram Diesels. Feel the weight some and side wind some. When backing up I hit things sooner. It holds a lot more stuff and is much nicer on longer stays. I have not had any place I can't get into that I could before. Just going down the highway there isn't much difference. MPG fell about 1 MPG. I would not go any bigger. I really think that 28-29 ft is the ideal size for me. But,,, the one I have is paid for and modded the way I like so not going to go smaller. I travel alone with two big dogs so the trailer size is nice. I am used to it now and like it. backing is really no issue. I have to watch the tires on sharp turns a little more.
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It will take you a few tows to get used to it, but that applies to anything really. Before you know it, it will be just as easy as the old one. Might even be easier depending on the specifics. Looks like your current one is a tandem axle. Assuming your new one will also be tandem axle and the axles are positioned in roughly the same proportions as the old one, it will tow the same if not easier. Longer is easier to tow IMO.

I went from a 30ish footer to a 37 footer. Only real difference was backing up. I had to relearn exactly how to do that, but it didn't take long. Now I can back the 37 footer just about anywhere.

I wouldn't worry about adding a few more feet.
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Old 11-12-2019, 06:06 PM   #4
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Agree with the others who say 5 feet is not much difference. I went from 30' to 25' and about the same weight. I can barely tell the difference.
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Old 11-14-2019, 07:49 AM   #5
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Only tine you would tell a diff is if you add 10ft or morr or a 3rd axle.
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Old 11-14-2019, 10:43 AM   #6
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If anything itll be easier to tow, you just have to pay attention to the extra few feet. Longer always tows better if you can do the weight.
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Old 11-15-2019, 01:15 PM   #7
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Be aware that the wide stance axles resist sway better but are much harder on suspension and tires in sharp turns. Something to think about if the one you are looking at has them.

Ideally the trailer should have enough tongue weight that sway is not an issue but some makers try to keep it to 10% and wide stance axle placement helps them do that. Myself I am not a fan.
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:07 AM   #8
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I moved up to a 35' and as others have said it is much better on the highway. Residential neighborhoods and gas stations it is terrible. I have a toyhauler and the axles may sit further back. I didn't notice much difference in backing other than it being longer.
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Old 11-21-2019, 01:46 PM   #9
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Hey I have a 39í travel trailer I have no problems but Iíve drove a truck for 34 years but in campgrounds I see a lot of other people having problems so itís really what your comfortable with good luck
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You get used to it. I asked the same question when upgrading. I got used to it. Don't regret it.
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Old 12-03-2019, 02:08 PM   #11
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I went from 30' to 36' TT and it was a big difference for me. Mainly when backing up, the trailer reacts a lot slower. It just takes some getting use to no mater the size. It will take a different turn radius and relearn where you can and cannot fit. Gas mileage will change as well, something I did not really consider until we went on a long haul outside of our normal 2 hour weekend trips. One last thing I did not consider at the time was camping spot availability. A lot of spots we camp at have an abundance of 30' spots and then anything over that is a premium or fewer spots available. I would not go back to our 30' though I enjoy the extra room vs comforts of driving a smaller trailer.
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I have been towing a 31í TT gvw 7500 with a quality sway bar/wd hitch. As with any TT the longer it is the more potential sail it can become. It will collect some air at times so you just have to be aware of that and keep your speed in check. You probably already know this but be aware of other vehicles, big trucks etc as their wind will affect your truck and TT.

A good sway bar will help.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:26 PM   #13
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In some of the tighter campsuites backing in on a narrow road can be a challenge with a 30ft+ compared to a 25-17ft. Mine is 32 and I would not want anything longer.
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