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Old 07-08-2014, 10:04 PM   #15
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We have a 34' 1999 Excella.. plus the 2500HD with standard bed, I would have to measure.. but, gee, it sure seems like it is near 50' when all hooked up...

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:15 PM   #16
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Going down three feet from 30 to 27 length Airstream is little difference in the overall parking space needed. The greatest factor in maneuverability is truck wheelbase, not trailer length; the longer the wheelbase the more difficult to maneuver.

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Old 07-08-2014, 10:20 PM   #17
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We recently stayed several days at Price Canyon State Park near Helper, UT, a campground I picked out on Google Earth. In the photo below, you can see that the road had length restrictions.

About 1/2 mile up the mountain, we discovered why: The road shrank to one lane, with tight switchbacks and a 6-8% grade. Needless to say, there were no pullouts to turn around.

The satellite view of this road showed that it was paved all the way to the campground, so I knew that our rig wouldn't have any trouble with the switchbacks; but the climb was a little intimidating. However, having previously tackled the 14% grade on the "Devil's Backbone" (on another roadtrip), I knew our Tundra would make it up the mountain.

In any case, we specifically bought a smaller Airstream, so that we could camp in remote places like this. And, Memorial Day weekend, when most other national and state parks were packed, we were one of only three campers in this campground; and we were the largest rig there. One site had a tent, and the other was a van conversion.

For us, our 19' Bambi has everything in it that the big ones do, except extra space. The times we have looked in larger models, it seems like there is just more air inside; and the two of us don't need a longer Airstream, if it prevents us from camping in spots like this.

This road would probably have been a real challenge for a larger travel trailer or motorhome, if it was able to make it up to the campground at all. So, for us, a 51' rig is too long. However, this doesn't sound like your kind of camping.

Just curious, did you purchase a 1-ton pickup without previously towing any kind of trailer? A TV that large seems more suited to a huge fifth-wheel, rather than an Airstream. However, you are certainly prepared to tow about anything.

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Yes I did buy before getting a tow but it is not able to handle the New Horizon 5th wheel. I also bought two horse saddles before buying the horses, and that is the truth. The good news is I love the Airstream just sitting on the dealer lot, and look forward to owning the 30' classic. I was just a bit intimidated about maneuvering it. If all else fails I can use the last horst "Stormy" that is still with us for the rest of our first trip.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:43 AM   #18
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Watch "the Long long Trailer" movie. Freeeeeky!!!
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:23 PM   #19
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The Long, Long Trailer movie is in the trailer.
I like to have people come over and watch it.

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Old 02-22-2015, 07:51 AM   #20
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You should not have any problems. Just take wide turns watching your mirrors. I pulled a 34' TT with a 4 door CC Chevy, 6.5 ' bed for nine years. Truck is 19'6". That made 53'6" TL.
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:49 AM   #21
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Our set up is about 51.5' and we don't have any issues. The thing I usually do is if we don't have a pull thru site when my wife is checking in at the campground office I take the bars off our hitch. They are probably coming off anyway when we stop and it makes maneuvering in and around a tight campground and backing into a spot just that much easier.

We went to 30' for the added space inside, figuring that additional length would not make much difference. This is our second 30' with F350 Crew, standard 6'9" bed.



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Old 02-22-2015, 11:52 AM   #22
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Too long? 30' Serenity 2015 & 21' Truck

Mines at 63' combined. I'm wondering if some of the rest of you have actually measured bumper to bumper length when hitched.

For the OP, the distances that matter are

The truck rear axle to hitch ball

Hitch ball to center of trailer axles

Trailer axle center to rear bumper

Depending on the maneuver one is better off thinking that the combined rig "snakes" rather than "breaks in the middle" as the tail swing of the trailer adds that last dimension.

Backing a tractor trailer is easier as the last dimension essentially doesn't exist. But it sure takes its time coming around a turn as a result of the axles being at the trailer rear.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:45 PM   #23
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I once measured the turning circle with a variety of tow vehicles with both a 25 & 31' trailer. The longest vehicle was an F250 Crew Cab with a 6.5' box with a turning circle of 55'6". The turning circle was the same with the truck solo, the 25' or the 31'.

The quickest turning was a 110" wheel base Impala which was 34' with the 25' and 36'2" with the 31'.

Bottom line the Airstream length does not affect maneuverability much it is the tow vehicle choice that matters.

As was mentioned in an other thread a front hitch makes a huge difference with a long tow vehicle.

I'm sure you will love the 30.

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