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davisenvy

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Posted: 12/23/17 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am trying to see if my FW will fit a campsite I have booked. My FW is 36 ft overall and my dads TT is 30 ft. The CG says the TT will fit in the site, but the FW will not fit because of site access (too sharp of turn), not because the site is too small for my FW. I'm thinking they would be very similar in maneuverability because of my FW being over the axle. What say you?


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Posted: 12/23/17 09:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Someone who is skilled can back either into spots most would consider too tight. I would suspect they are remembering problems some folks have had with getting into a spot and are playing it safe. I doubt they would turn down a potential paying customer without have a legitimate concern.

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Since a FW is slower to react to truck movement, you often times have to pull farther past your site, before backing. If there is an obstruction in the way by pulling farther ahead, this may be their reason. IMO, if you can get that length TT in there, your FW will fit also, but may require a little more back/forth, and patience.

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Posted: 12/23/17 09:38am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

95% chance if the 30' TT fits, so will the 36' 5th wheel.

They back slightly different but if you know what you are doing, you can get them into roughly the same positions.


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Posted: 12/23/17 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even though you said sharp turn was the issue, I'd also be aware of the height difference from most TT and 5th wheels [emoticon]

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I agree with the other posters. The trailers back differently, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages over the other. Barring obstacles such as trees, posts, signs, culverts, etc., next to the campground road and/or adjacent to the campsite driveway, I think I could put either one into the spot with a little time and patience. We have a 35' conventional travel trailer towed by a crew cab truck, and run into such problems when we decide to go camping with little notice, and the campgrounds are too full to be able to choose the best spots for our rig (mainly in nearby U.S. Army C.O.E parks at local lakes). Only occasionally are we not able to get the trailer in due to its length and the maneuverability of the combination, usually in spots which are really too short for the truck/trailer combination to park in when hitched together anyway. Most Corps gatekeepers are willing to let you try, but if you are dealing with a privately owned campground that's had bad experiences with that site in the past, they may not.


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Posted: 12/23/17 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Backing of a trailer is as much about the wheel base of the tow vehicle as it is the length of the trailer from the pin/ball to the center of the trailer wheels.

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I've been backing fivers for near 30 yrs and while I've never had a site I couldn't get into, I disagree with most. Maybe I'm just not proficient as everyone else. But I would say the opposite, I could put a 36 ft TT into the space as a 30 ft fiver. With a TT you have to be careful because it reacts so fast. But with the slowness of a fiver, it is ez to run out of maneuvering room for the tow vehicle. Now if there is plenty of room in front of the site and the only issue is how sharp the trailer needs to be jack-knifed, then the fiver might be better. But since the CG is saying the fiver won't work, I would go with their judgement as the only knowledge and eyes on the site rather than inputs here. My $0.02.


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I've only been 5th wheeling for 5 seasons. I still embarrassed myself. [emoticon] Sometimes it's the mirrors, other times I miss the mark 2-3 times. Sometimes I nail it on the 1st try. If the site is on my left when backing in and visibility's good I can usually nail it. On the curb side it's harder.
A backup camera is on the spring to do list.
Part of my problem is the DW. She still doesn't understand that the 5er reacts slower than our TT did. By the time I get the "Go that way" message, I'm too far into the procedure. If the sight is gravel I drag a line with my foot and say this is where I want the 5er tires to go. The other thing I found is to go SLOW when backing up. If you go too fast you'll overshoot your correction point.
I'd much rather back up a TT any day.

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Posted: 12/23/17 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 36 foot fiver would go anywhere a 30 foot tag would go.


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