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Old 10-08-2015, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hitting bottom

Hi there,
We'll be receiving our 2016 Classic in early December so we're doing as much pre-flight homework as we can before the real adventure begins.
I've towed a 4500 lb PUP which rode pretty high ... but the AS is much lower to the ground. I haven't seen any posts about hitting bottom, so that's a good sign, but coming up to a steep hill or driveway, any words of wisdom or caution other than be careful? Just need a reality check on everyone's experience. How many out there have hit bottom?
Thanks everyone.

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Old 10-08-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
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Always expect to bottom out, just go slow, have a spotter, and be prepared to become a bridge builder!

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Old 10-08-2015, 12:20 PM   #3
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Most of the time its not a problem. Getting into or out of some gas stations is where you will see this issue the most. I try to approach the entrance at an angle keeping the truck and trailer inline with each other or I just find another station. Worse case is to unhitch and drive in solo to refuel. It must not be too much of a problem because I have seen any posts about owners ripping off their bumpers.

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Old 10-08-2015, 10:09 PM   #4
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I'm new to forums and posting, so if I repeat myself here, so sorry ... but just wanted to thank you both again for your feedback KJRitchie and AtomicNo13. Slow it is!
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Old 10-09-2015, 06:42 AM   #5

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Once in a BluMoon we will scrape our rear end....

Do NOT add casters....the frame has provisions for the occasional butt drag.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 10-09-2015, 07:55 AM   #6
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As far as I am aware my trailer has not bottomed out. If I do not raise the Jeep GC to off road height my drop bar will make contact backing into my yard or pulling out. Annoying but no harm done.
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:21 AM   #7
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I have dragged the rear end of our 30' Classic a couple of times at steep entrance to gas stations - contacts the frame not the bumper. Not a whole lot you can do other than try to avoid these locations and if you must use them, go slowly and at as much of an angle as you can.

In any event it has not caused us any problem - at least that I am aware of!

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Old 10-09-2015, 08:33 AM   #8
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I have a Flying Cloud 30 and have had a few problems with this. In fact pulling out of a site at the beach we actually ripped off our sewer storage tube. I didn't have any trouble backing into the site, so I didn't think too much about it when pulling out. Now I am always careful about dragging my tail. Oh, and I decided to just leave the tube off. There is plenty of storage in the back bumper.
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Old 10-09-2015, 10:08 PM   #9
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Thank you for your replies. Thank you!!
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:20 AM   #10
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Just a note of caution. Our 23fb is in for repair to the dump valve assembly and black water tank. The problem was my stupidity in transitioning a driveway with too much drop.

Robert Cross - you say to not add casters. What is the logic for that direction? Seems like a way to achieve less intrusion behind the rear axle.

Going slow is always a good plan, but does not protect the plumbing if you are dropping in a hole or rolling off a curb. So, instead of go slow, don't go there.

We are learning. Your help is appreciated. Pat
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:32 AM   #11
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Here in the PNW we worry about ferries. We haven't taken Rocinante (27FB) on one yet because we fear the potential to drag her butt when entering or leaving the ferry, on the assumption that the potentially sharp angle between deck and ramp might be problematic, and by the time we realize there's a problem it would be too late to back out.

To be fair, we've no actual experience with this to date - just a concern that makes us avoid them though we'd love to go for it one day. So, this is officially a mostly fact-free opinion that led us to make an uniformed decision.
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Old 11-09-2015, 09:46 AM   #12
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I have scrapped the drag rails on our 31' Classic twice, once entering at a gas station and the other at a small mall coming even though I was coming out at an angle. Slow is the word to minimize any damage. The small stub frames under the main frame rails below the rear sewer hose storage compartment needed some touchup paint on the bottom edge afterwards.
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Old 11-09-2015, 10:45 AM   #13
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When we switch from our MH to a towable the plan will be to begin a travel day with a full tank of fuel in the truck before hooking up. Once we get to the next campsite we'll unhook and then go get fuel. The coach will never see a gas station.

That said, one of our neighbors here at the campground nearly lost his spare tire when he drove all the way through the loop looking for an available site. There is a steep hill with a sharp left turn at the bottom of it, and his trailer was a bit too long to make it without contact.
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:09 AM   #14
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last year, while traveling to Eaton Rapids, our friend tried to pull into a gas station that had a very steep driveway. The back end gouged into the pavement and they became stuck. Couldn't back up and tires spinning when trying to go forward. I advised he try 4 wheel drive and it worked. Left two nice marks in the pavement and PO's some drivers. Some minor marks on the frame rail but no other damage, ( other then pride)

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