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Old 01-15-2019, 10:06 PM   #1
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Smaller tow/chase vehicle idea - need ideas

So Im thinking of ways to get into more choice spots with our new Sig Intl. 25FB. Together with our 18.7 ft Escalade wed be well over the magic 40 foot combined length number for lots of places like most spots in Yosemite. Since I need an extra car (chase vehicle) anyway for the tenters in our family who follow us, I thought why not get a second smaller chase car with a hitch *just for the back ins*? Id pull with the bigger longer power vehicle all the time, except when I pull in. Unhook and switch cars. Id need small a shorter tow vehicle that can back in a 5500lb 25FB. Whats the best 15 foot tow vehicle for only parking in a 40 foot spot??? Thanks AS world!!
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15' vehicles are pretty dang small. The closest I can come up with are 2 door SUV's or 2 door with a small access door for rear seat.

Are you looking for SUV, sedan, or pickup? New or used?

Something like a 2-door Jeep Wranger or FJ cruiser?

Do they hold you to the strick 40' policy? Or perhaps 43' overhanging the space? Those 3' would be worth their weight in gold for a functional chase vehicle.
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Thats the million $ question, will they let me and can I get into these spaces and risk the 16 hour drive to the spot.
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Trailer Valet RVR

Often the limit on overall length has to do with the twists and turns of the campground roadways, not necessarily the site itself.

However, for manoeuvring into a tight spot you could use a Trailer Valet RVR .

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I love my '06 Jeep Liberty CRD (diesel). And I actually pull my 25' LandYacht with it (many, many trips across the country). It's not huge inside, but it is *tiny* outside (it's two feet shorter than my Prius!).
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So Im thinking of ways to get into more choice spots with our new Sig Intl. 25FB. Together with our 18.7 ft Escalade wed be well over the magic 40 foot combined length number for lots of places like most spots in Yosemite. Since I need an extra car (chase vehicle) anyway for the tenters in our family who follow us, I thought why not get a second smaller chase car with a hitch *just for the back ins*? Id pull with the bigger longer power vehicle all the time, except when I pull in. Unhook and switch cars. Id need small a shorter tow vehicle that can back in a 5500lb 25FB. Whats the best 15 foot tow vehicle for only parking in a 40 foot spot??? Thanks AS world!!
Guess I am wondering what the fuss is? Typically you can find a site that accommodates a 25', and unhook in most campgrounds....We never had a problem with any of our 3 -25' AS's over past 13 years--anywhere, including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier, Banff, etc..-- we always were able to find a site with a little investigating. I know sometimes they list a max-length in some parks, but call the park and talk with one of the "experienced" rangers and ask about trailer max length vs overall vehicle length with trailer attached. I know some on the reservation phones read from a script without ever even having visited the park.
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Don't worry about the total length, once unhitched you can usually park the tow vehicle at a slight diagonal angle and thus save a few feet of space, or park the tow vehicle in an adjacent parking lot. The chase vehicle will likely have to park elsewhere in the parking lot anyway. I have considered adding a hitch to the front of our Ram TV to be able to maneuver into the tighter spots at the older National Parks, the old parks were designed when trailers were smaller, and many lovely trees have grown and shrunk the spots further. Anyone added a front hitch? does it help? We are not RV park types of folks so at 23 feet we sometimes are tight in very wooded campgrounds.
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I have a friend that added a front hitch to a Dodge Ram for moving his boat around at home. Works great. Makes manuevering much easier. I added one to my front end loader to move the trailers and boats around at home. Got tired of the turns I had to make backing the boat into a shelter that wasn't straight in. You wont regret having it.
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What a great community. Great suggestions!
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$5,500++ wow. Expense little droid!
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$5,500++ wow. Expense little droid!


Vs. $200-$300 for a front hitch...
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Vs. $200-$300 for a front hitch...

According to the 2017 Jeep Wrangler owner's manual, Sport model has different max weight capacities depending on the Jeep's axle ratio. For a 3.21 axle ratio, maximum tongue weight is 200 lbs and maximum gross trailer weight is 2,000 lbs. If you have a 3.73 axle ratio, max tongue weight is 350 lbs and max gross trailer weight is 3,500 lbs. this doesnt seem doable for a 25FB. But Id rather put 5k into a Jeep chase vehicle than a cool droid. A bit more usability.
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According to the 2017 Jeep Wrangler owner's manual, Sport model has different max weight capacities depending on the Jeep's axle ratio. For a 3.21 axle ratio, maximum tongue weight is 200 lbs and maximum gross trailer weight is 2,000 lbs. If you have a 3.73 axle ratio, max tongue weight is 350 lbs and max gross trailer weight is 3,500 lbs. this doesnt seem doable for a 25FB. But Id rather put 5k into a Jeep chase vehicle than a cool droid. A bit more usability.
With the 3.73 that doesn't sound too bad if you only tow it in the campground and keep it under 10 MPH.



Even better if it has a 2 speed transfer-case and you use low range. It's been a while since I looked at Jeeps, not sure if any new ones have 2 speed transfer-cases.
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