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Old 08-05-2021, 03:30 PM   #1
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Length from rear tire to bumper


We are planning a switch from a 22 Caravel to a 27FB Flying Cloud. Two good summers in we realized that is the right size for our family and are excited to switch over. I do have one random ? and cant see a FC at this time.

What is the distance from the rear tire to the bumper.

We have a incline driveway and the Caravel almost bottoms out (the bumper) when I back in. I am hoping the distance is the same or the two axles help with that.

If there is a place for random specs like that LMK. Otherwise thanks so much for anyone who might have this info!

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Old 08-05-2021, 05:26 PM   #2
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Best guess is that the distance is about 1.2X the same measure on your 22'. ( = it scales with the trailer length ). The longer the trailer, the more likely the back end is to bump on a driveway or exiting a gas station.

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Old 08-05-2021, 05:57 PM   #3
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A Dexter lift kit could solve the bumper scraping problem. My 30' FC used to just scrape my drive without a lift. I have since lifted the trailer about 3" and that eliminated the scraping. You might want to check into it.
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Old 08-05-2021, 06:27 PM   #4
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Talk to your selling dealer about having lift installed before delivery. Should run you around $1k. It is AS approved and does not effect warranty. There are some AS dealers that scoff at the idea of raising your AS. Hope your dealer is not one of them. Mine was so I installed it myself. If your handy with a wrench you can do it. Or contact Ronnie (GMFL) and I understand he does exceptionally fine work. Good luck and Happy Travels.
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Old 08-05-2021, 07:21 PM   #5
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You can also impact the "scrap" by using different height hitches. We used to switch to a higher height (at the ball) hitch to go into and out of our driveway. You would have to experiment. It worked for us until we raised the trailer height by 3 inches. YMMV.
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Old 08-05-2021, 08:37 PM   #6
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I can't get you exactly what you asked for but I can get close. I have a 25' flying cloud, and the distance from the (approx) center line of the rear axle (the center of the wheel), to the rear trailer bumper is about 8' 6" I don't know the 27 but my best guess is that it is 1' longer in the rear, and 1' longer in the front ... so on that basis, it seems like the distance should come in right about 9' 6" for a 27' trailer. Hopefully someone who has a 27' can validate that.
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Old 08-06-2021, 07:36 AM   #7
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Measured the Caravel

Thanks so much for all the advice/replies.

Turns out that the 22 Caravel is 8 foot 11 from the center of the tire to the bumper. Clearly the single axle make a difference here. It will be interesting to see what the 27 is!

25 might be a good option as well.

I also suspect that the dual axle will keep it a bit more level and that could help.

Will be back in a couple of days with a camper and I can see just how close it is to scraping when I put it in the driveway.
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Old 08-06-2021, 09:17 AM   #8
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If the bottoming-out is at the driveway entrance, maybe you can approach the entrance at an angle. Thats what I do. I have the Dexter lift. Releasing weight distribution will drop the tongue and lift the rear.
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Old 08-06-2021, 09:43 AM   #9
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I know that I can fit my 27FB into a 20' pad so I believe that we have 8' from the back wheel edge to the bumper. I found this out quick when I found a spot at Lizard Creek CG in the Tetons that was 20' from the road to the log curb and we just fit. The 27FB is 27'11" from ball to bumper.
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Old 08-06-2021, 11:58 AM   #10
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I'm the other direction, have a 20FC; but the dealer put a 3" lift on for me before I even brought it home, as my driveway has a bit of slope to it, too, and I didn't want to worry about scraping, either.

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