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Old 09-28-2003, 12:18 AM   #29
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Canada Revisited (trailer width)

This thread had given me the impression that Canada travel could restrict wider trailers. I did run across a good website that gives solid information. It looks like 8' 5" is okay.

Let's add a few 'wish book' ideas for 2004 now that the first full frosts are in the air:
Camping in Canada
Parks Canada

Dreams -- they're not only for Floridians!
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Old 09-28-2003, 09:11 AM   #30
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Well, back at the end of June, my last post, I said I wished I could have a wider body. Well, I will by December. The width and the law is not a real concern for me as we are only talking about what, 5.5 inches wider for the exterior? First thing I'll tell you is that the rear bed on the 25' Safari SS is 4 inches wider than the Bambi Not huge I'll admit, but an improvement.

If 8.5' is OK, straight out the Airstream will be a half inch wider than that based on the '04 specs I've read.

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Old 09-28-2003, 08:59 PM   #31
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I'm happy with my 8' wide Bambi

When we take the trailer out, it never fails -- there is road construction with jersey barriers. I'm white-knuckled, as it is, trying to keep my 8' wide Bambi from side swiping the barriers, I think I would have a heart attack with a wide-body!
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Old 04-30-2004, 04:58 PM   #32
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I'm glad to know others have worries about jersey wall attacks. Our maiden voyage included about 6 miles of two lanes, jersey walls on both sides. It also included ducking into the Hampton Roads tunnel (VA Beach, VA) and stop/go backup behind an accident. (Honestly officer, I didn't do it!) And now after reading this thread, I'm going home to see just how WIDE my trailer is. I know the length, and generally the height. Then I'm going to see just how hard it's going to be to replace the plumbing in the curb side wall.

Oh happy trails ... !
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Old 04-30-2004, 05:09 PM   #33
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Yep I white knuckle it also. Its not always the width that's the issue. Sometimes the pavement below is pretty nasty with pavement separations and other things just waiting to grab those trailer tires and cause a little rear end sway. Then to make it more fun you get stuck in a double lanes, barriers on the side of each lane, you slow down to keep things stable and an 18 wheeler attempts to squeeze by on your left. Oh lord I just love towing like this.

I think I did 6 or 7 miles of this one time on I-80 eastbound up by Chicago. I think I was drenched with sweat by the time the lanes opened up....as a matter of fact I don't believe I have ever traveled I-80 in my towing lifetime without having to deal with some sort of construction.

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Old 04-30-2004, 06:53 PM   #34
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Canoe Stream, thanks for the wish book sites. I've book marked them. One of these days we're going to have the time to take a long wonderful trip through Canada!
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Old 05-01-2004, 01:28 PM   #35
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Some states have a law that requires mirrors to be fitted to the tow vehicle, so that the road ,perhaps 200 feet behind the trailer, is visible. The distance, which varies, is listed by state in some map books. I set up my rig in a field, and my wife stood 200 feet behind the centre of the trailer. I could only just see her. This was with an 8 foot wide trailer, and McKesh mirrors strapped on the sides of my Dodge Ram 2500 Quad cab. An extra 3 inches on each side of the trailer would have prevented me seeing her. My particular concern would be a police or insurance company investigation after a collision with the rear of the trailer, if the mirrors were not legal. Has anyone tried this test with a wide-bodied trailer? Nick.Nick
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Old 05-01-2004, 07:58 PM   #36
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If wide bodies were against the law my wife would be in prison.
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Old 05-01-2004, 09:44 PM   #37
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Tin Hut, If wide bodies were against the law I would be in prison!
Hummmm...gives me cause to think.
Oh well, I'm like the Cadillac of people...I'm built for comfort, not for speed.
I'm enjoying this thread as I am considering a newer trailer and, having never pulled a wide body, question if I would feel comfortable doing so. My present trailer is wider than the tow vehicle and seems pretty wide when encountering road construction or narrow bridges along with oncoming traffic. Now I'll shut up and get back to reading.
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Old 05-01-2004, 10:20 PM   #38
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Not a big thing

I started towing with a 6 1/2' wide Scamp, went to an 8' wide TrailManor and then an 8' wide Airstream. That was a noticeable difference. I could easily see past the Scamp with stock mirrors and I could see a lot over top of the TrailManor, especially trucks.

When I went from 8' wide to 8 1/2' wide, I hardly noticed the difference. With my old slip-on mirrors and now the TTT extended mirrors, I can see down the sides of the trailer, just.

BTW, there isn't an 18-wheeler on the road that can see something in the center of the lane 250' behind. Try a couple of hundred yards, maybe. That's why there are the signs "If you can't see my mirrors, I can't see you" on trucks. Not totally accurate, maybe, but seeing his mirrors does insure that he can see you.

Nothing bugs me worse than the car that slips up right behind the trailer in the center of the lane and expects me to see them and pull on the shoulder to let them pass (legal in texas). A lot of times, all I see is their shadow on the road.
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Keep in mind that the widebody Airstream trailers are not unique to the industry. Most SOB units built today are also widebodies.

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Motorhomes, yes, but many 5ers and most TTs are still 8'.
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Old 05-02-2004, 07:17 PM   #41
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I've been living in my 31' footer for over 3 months now. I can fully understand why someone would want a 34. Heck, now I want a 34. Having a dinette is a BIG plus. The fold out table is my computer desk, now. I have nowhere to eat, but at the computer desk, or outside at the picnic table.

A 34 with a slideout would be awesome!
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Motorhomes, yes, but many 5ers and most TTs are still 8'.
You probably haven't been out looking lately. I was at the local RV show here in STL this spring and there were lots of travel trailers over 8'. Especially once you exceed 25'. My SOB I had 6 years ago was over 8'. I don't think its the exception it used to be. You would be surprised.

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