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Old 08-02-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Maneuvering a TT with a long bed TV

I currently have a TV with a 5 1/2' bed. If I switched to a RV with an 8' bed, is having that longer wheelbase going to make it allot more challenging to maneuver a TT into its spot (larger turning radius, etc)? I have to believe it will be more challenging to a certain extent, but I just don't want to regret going with something too long. The benefit of having the longer wheelbase, of course, is more pulling stability.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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I have pulled with both and have a long bed now. It is different than a short bed but I wouldn't say it's challenging. It is just different and you will adjust to it very quickly. I like the long bed much better due to the stability as you mentioned and more importantly for me, it increased the tow load maximum.
BTW- after 4 trailers and many years of towing, I still stink at backing up into a spot, unless I get lucky. LOL
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I pulled with both i do like the short best
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:08 PM   #4
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I haven't driven a long bed in a while, but I have a 6.5' bed in my F350. It's the short bed of the super duty line up. I have no interest in having a long bed. This truck drives and turns fine and I tow a fiver no problem. I'm not really limited from anything.
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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I just sold our F350, crew, dually, long bed. The secret to any backing maneuver is to know where your pivot point is and go SLOOOOOOOOOW. Adjust your mirrors, not for forward driving but tilted so you can see your pivot point ie, your trailer axle. Turn your steering wheel enough to give the trailer the opportunity to begin changing directions. ALWAYS, have a spotter that knows good signals and uses them. If in doubt even with a spotter GOAL=Get Out And Look.
It's not difficult, it's different.
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Old 08-02-2014, 07:45 PM   #6
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We have an F350 crew SRW long bed, and tow a 33 foot 5er with ease. As Darrell pointed out, you have to know your pivot point, and when to start turning. This is our first 5er, and it took a couple of camping trips to get used to the way a 5er manuvers differently from a TT, but it wasn't a problem, and I learned quickly. I would not be without a long bed, both for stability and the fact that the long wheelbase makes for a much smoother ride.
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:09 AM   #7
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D&M has it right both on watching your pivot point and having a spotter. DW and I share that job, although my turn always seems to come when it's raining. Our TT is about 37' long, ball to bumper. The only time we have trouble is when someone jumps in to "help." As for the short bed, I've never had one. Either way, practice is important.
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Find a big parking lot, set up cones and practice. Make sure there are not any cars in the lot. Watch your pivot points and have fun, this will also give you and your spotter time to get the signals down. What I would also do is take your weight dist bars off so that if you get crossed up you won't hurt anything on the truck or trailer. I don't think that the longer wheelbase will make that much of a difference.
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i carry 8 small orange cones & mark the site, you can see the cones, makes backing easier. For night, put a small flashlight in the cones, and your know where your site boarder is located. I tow a 34ft Eagle trailer with a Ram 2500 Mega Cab, 6.5 bed no problem. I also adjust my mirrors for backing. As everyone as said, practice makes perfect. Have fun!!
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That is a great way to mark your perimeter buckeyejim. That way you know where you want to aim your pivot point. It also gives you the opportunity to survey the site for space for slides, utility hookups, fire ring, picnic table, low hanging branches etc. We'll have 5arnolds backing like a pro.
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