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Old 08-09-2019, 12:17 PM   #21
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If you are used to towing a 25' and then get a 30', when you think you've reached your destination you'll still have 5 feet to go.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:27 PM   #22
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if you are used to towing a 25' and then get a 30', when you think you've reached your destination you'll still have 5 feet to go.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:54 PM   #23
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We have no problem with our Classic 30, even if it's a little longer. Sometimes I wish it was smaller when we get into a tight back-in site. However now that we're full time I would not shorten it. We also pull with a 1 ton Chev diesel
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Old 08-09-2019, 03:20 PM   #24
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We went from a 25’ International Serenity to the 30’ Classic twin beds. Love it! As stated by others, only differences in towing is that you have to get used to the angle of departure (I drag the bumper savers on a hill hairpin turn to get to my house) and making a wider swing when executing a 90 degree turn to allow enough room for the trailer wheels to not cut the corner. I just now backed my 30 into a state campground site that I would have had trouble backing my 25 into. The site is long enough but the approach was miserable so now I know why they said “not recommended for trailers over 24’..... ;-)
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Old 08-09-2019, 04:22 PM   #25
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We live in the NW and prefer state & nat'l campgrounds over private ones. What I can say after 36K miles with our 27 FB is that I believe we've gotten into a whole lot of camp sites where I seriously doubt we could have done so with a 30. The 27 remains "our great compromise, a la les trois ours."
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Old 08-09-2019, 10:50 PM   #26
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We recently went from a 26U to a Classic 30 and feel no difference in terms of length. Both were towed with 2017 F250 6.7l diesel. The rear end does extend beyond the axels more so dragging needs to be monitored. We love the extra space inside and with the twin layout we also have more outside storage.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:38 PM   #27
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We tow a 30 because the 27 was too small.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:51 PM   #28
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Went from a 27' Safari to a 30' Classic Slide Out. Quite a big difference in towing due to the weight difference between the two trailers...., about 2,500 more lbs. Also required a bigger hitch to carry the 1,280 lb hitch weight of the Classic. Accordingly we also stepped up from a 1/2 Chevy van to a 3/4 ton GMC with a 9,990 lb towing capacity.

Nothing negative regarding the towing however. Classic just sits behind that van ignoring most passing vehicles and wind. I did obviously bulk up the hitch and tow vehicle to deal with what at the time was the heaviest trailer that Airstream ever built on a tandem axle.

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Old 08-13-2019, 08:58 PM   #29
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We started with a 25' several years ago and "upgraded" to our current 30' Classic. We were seduced by the features, living space and ample storage in the 30 footer and there's no doubt it tows beautifully with the F250 diesel just going down the road. The simple fact of the matter, however, is that there are places we have wanted to go and things we have tried to do with the 30' that have been just about undoable.

It hasn't been a problem at all in RV parks and the like but we've been doing more boondocking lately. On a trip to Oregon last week our reserved site in a Forest Service campground was advertised to accommodate a 35' trailer. Unfortunately, because of the acute entry angle and numerous obstacles (trees, stumps, 6 foot boulders) it was a nightmare trying to wedge a 30' trailer into the site. By contrast, I would have been able to slide our old 25 footer right in.

It boils down to what you want to do and where you want to go with your RV. Some folks may never run into a problem for that reason and for them a 30' trailer is perfect. But to say that the extra 5 feet of length doesn't make any difference at all can be a bit misleading. We're seriously considering downsizing.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:25 AM   #30
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Hi

There are a number of different 30' models. The Classic's are a bit heavier than some of the others. There are also a couple of different 25' models. You can almost double the amount of weight you are pulling going from 25' to 30'. Find a steep enough hill and a small enough engine ... you will notice the difference. Provided you up the TV a bit, even that isn't a really big deal. Put another way, you can get away with pulling a 25' with some "mid sized" SUV's. I would not want to try to pull my 30' Classic with one.

More important is picking the trailer that actually fits your needs. There are a *lot* of models in the 25 to 30' range. Figure out that part first. Go find a dealer with inventory on the lot and spend some time in all of them. Hours are the right measure here, not minutes. It's going to take a full day to "try on" everything.

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Old 08-14-2019, 09:25 AM   #31
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We went from a 25' to a 30'. Straight line, no problem. Up hill, no problem. Down a curvy mountain road, BIG PROBLEM! I bought a bigger truck.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:08 AM   #32
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30 vs 25 tow.

We did this same upgrade about a year ago. We thought there would be a big difference but quite the contrary. Seems to be a better ride as well. Your turns and backins will need extra care. We love our 30!!!
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Assuming one has the correct tow vehicle, does the extra 5 feet of a 30 versus a 25 make much difference in towing?

Looking to make a decision in the near-term so we would appreciate any inputs.

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Old 09-02-2019, 07:05 PM   #33
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Hi Team,

Assuming one has the correct tow vehicle, does the extra 5 feet of a 30 versus a 25 make much difference in towing?

Looking to make a decision in the near-term so we would appreciate any inputs.

Thanks
Dan

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