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Old 11-05-2015, 06:21 AM   #1
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A 36r and I'm scared.

I'm thinking of jumping up to a 36 (bumper to ball) foot travel trailer. I now have a Jayco BH which is only 30 feet over all. My question is do you think I'll notice the extra six feet pulling, parking, maneuvering it?
The thing is beautiful but HUGE so I'm a little nervous to make the move.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:32 AM   #2
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I think you'll notice the difference, but you'll get used to it with time. Another question, do you have favorite destinations? Is a longer TT going to be too big for the sites you like?
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:43 AM   #3
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If you can tow and maneuver a 30 footer, a 36 won't be that tough. When you're traveling down the highway, it won't matter if it's a 30 footer or 36 footer. Just make sure you leave a little extra space..that's all. You'll be fine.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:46 AM   #4
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Tawoo, I've wondered the same. Starting to think about the next trailer... My concern is some spots my wife and I like that are back in that are already tight... Keep us posted.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:52 AM   #5
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SouthCo, that's the main problem. We only camp at one place. A primitive State owened campground. Some sites will be no problem but some are tight. Where we park our camper at home is also tight between trees. I can't decide. We love the lounge feature of the new camper but this baby is long.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:55 AM   #6
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After towing once you wont notice the extra length.. HOWEVER it will limit what campgrounds you can stay at..
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Old 11-05-2015, 08:06 AM   #7
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I moved from an 18 to a 23 this year. The extra length has not been an issue. All the rules for backing a trailer stayed the same.


The additional weight and height were very noticeable when towing. Had to upgrade to a WDH for our 1/4 ton truck.


The extra space and much more useable floor plan has been a godsend! No regrets whatsoever. 2-foot-itis Lives!
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:42 AM   #8
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If they are too big and you are not having fun anymore why do it...

I have always stayed within the max size being around 24-feet long. Sure fits out style of RV CAMPING. We never really got into the RV TRAVELERS side of it...

I think my OFF-ROAD POPUP setup is around 19-feet overall length. I can pull this PUPPY anywhere my 4X4 truck will take it. One of my favorite spots I like to go to playing with my Ham Radio Operations is up on the VA/WVA wooded state line border behind Harrisonburg VA near a place called FLAGPOLE Ridge... One forest road spot is always overrun with water - just grab another gear and keep on going haha...

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Went from 29' to 33' and it has been fine. Considered and 36' unit but it prevented us from using a couple of our favorite CG so we made a couple compromises and went with the 29QBH.
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Old 11-05-2015, 03:27 PM   #10
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Just watch the tail swing when making tight turns. That was the biggest thing I noticed when we moved up to our current 32BHDS
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:29 PM   #11
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I bought a 40 footer as my first trailer, so I've never known any different. Scraped a tree on my second trip out, definitely a learning curve but I'm getting used to it.
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Old 11-05-2015, 07:33 PM   #12
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25ft to 35ft and the only difference is what sites I can get into. One of my favorites SP sites is listed on the net reservation site at 25ft max but the sites been redone and will now handle 50ft? The only difference I noted was the extra weight 5K to 10K.
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A 36r and I'm scared.

Not sure about the OP but my concern was not turning and not if my truck could pull it. No concern about my ability to back it in to a spot. My concern is the spots we like that require backing in to that don't allow a trailer much bigger than what we have now (30'). I wonder if the trade off is worth it or can I find a way to squeeze it in? I wonder should I get a 5th wheel since it's bigger but also easier to swing into tighter spots? I don't always want a pull through and I'm not interested in dragging a camper into the remote woods. OP keep us posted as to what you do. I'm not making a change before next year...
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When we went from a 30 footer to our 36' camper there was no great difference, aside from being a whole lot more comfortable to camp in. It does require a bit more planning before pulling in for gas, but that's not a big deal.

However, we live in a NF, so SP campgrounds aren't in our camping plans. Just today we discussed getting a shorter trailer with more slides. That would give us more models to choose from without giving up too much, if any, square footage.
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Tawoo, what kind of truck you pulling it with. what model camper do you have and what one are you looking at. There is weight differences to be considered from trailer to trailer. Especially tounge weight. If your sure your truck can handle the trailer 6 more feet really is not to bad to pull. Take your time , wider turns and look 6 more times before you change lanes. Best of luck.
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I will stick with the 25.6 that is big enough for me.And the Dog
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SouthCo, that's the main problem. We only camp at one place. A primitive State owened campground. Some sites will be no problem but some are tight. Where we park our camper at home is also tight between trees. I can't decide. We love the lounge feature of the new camper but this baby is long.
I have a 33RLDS and the overall length from bumper to ball is 35.8 ft. I stepped up from a Eagle 312 FKS and the towing differences are minimal. I also camp all through the Adirondacks like yourself and I haven't yet had any issue with finding a site that I can't back my TT on, that also includes camping in the Moose River Plains primitive camping area.
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We went from 25' to 32' this year. Once we are on the road, we hardly notice the difference. Off the highway, especially on mountain roads, we do have to anticipate more. But we did get used to it and the benefit is well worth a little extra attention while driving. Happy Trails!
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