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msm210

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Posted: 10/27/20 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are considering a new TT and I have a question regarding the lengths I’m seeing advertised. Is the advertised length the living quarters length or the overall length?

We rented a trailer in upper Michigan a couple weeks ago that didn’t turn out too well but we going to give it a couple more outings to confirm this is what we’d like to do.

We currently own a 2017 F150 CC with 5.0L V8 that has 2009lbs payload capacity. Looking for a trailer in the 22-25’ length and gross loaded weight of around 7K lbs. Like the Grand Design Imagine series as from my research, they have a better rating than most but I understand there will be issues with any trailer.

Thanks for any help/thoughts you can share.
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Posted: 10/27/20 04:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Usually box length. Add four feet for total length. Buy the trailer with your favorite floor plan. With a good pre-purchase inspection and running every system before any money changes hands you’ll be fine.


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Posted: 10/27/20 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The overall length is coupling to bumper.
The model length is interior.

Example:
Our trailer is a 252urs with 25ft of interior living space but the the overall length of trailer is 29' 1/2 feet.

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Thanks Keller - that is what I needed confirmed.

Have a great evening!

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msm210 wrote:

Is the advertised length the living quarters length or the overall length?


Define "advertised length".

If you are looking at the specs for a given model, the specs for overall length should be correct, or very close.

kellem wrote:

The model length is interior.


This is very rare to be the case. One manufacturer may consider the number in the model name the interior length, another may consider it the outside length of the "box", another may just pull a number out of a hat and call it good.

If you are trying to gauge the length based on the number in the model name, all bets are off.

One perfect example of this is three models made by Arctic Fox:
25R
25Y
25W

The R is the shortest of the three.


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Hmmm not disputing but on our 4th trailer and all model numbers indicated interior dimension, not overall length.

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All that I have seen are Hitch to bumper. So when it says 35' that is hitch to bumper and you need to dig into the specs to find living space dimensions if it's mentioned at all. Maybe some are different but that has been my experience with anything we have ever looked at

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In many cases the model number comes close to the interior length, but not always, and I'd not count on it. Most manufacturers list the OAL in their brochures, which is not the model number, but is pretty accurate, hitch to bumper.

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kellem wrote:


One perfect example of this is three models made by Arctic Fox:
25R
25Y
25W

The R is the shortest of the three.


I happen to have the '21 Arctic Fox brochure on hand and you are correct.

Arctic fox calls the measurement "Exterior length (approx. w/hitch).

25R 27'3"
25W 29'6"
25y 30'0"

Out of my own ignorance, I assumed the model number was the exterior "body" dimension, not the interior dimension, but interior dimension would make more sense as that is the useable number. The three model 25s could have the same body length but have a different hitch or bumper setup resulting in the 2'9" difference in overall length.


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Posted: 10/27/20 07:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Manufacturer’s practices vary on model names/numbers. You have to do your homework: check the specs.


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