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Longest heaviest trailer you'd tow through Mountain

Discussion in 'Towing' started by subnate, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:44 AM
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    Hey I'm sure this is asked somewhere on here, but I'm looking for advice from people who tow in hilly, mountainous areas, I won't be there all the time but I will be there sometimes. I want to know whats the max size and weight you would want to tow, I'm trying to find a trailer I can full time in, so bigger is better, the biggest I have looked at is a 24.6 fun finder and the rest are around 21-22. everyone in the RV forums says the truck can't handle it but I would like to hear first hand experience and what I truly can expect.
     
  2. Apr 13, 2011 at 11:59 AM
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    I saw everything about trailer weight nothing on length. I'm just interested in real world travel trailer towing. I'll look again maybe I missed it.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM
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    If you are in the hils alot I would stick around the 5000lb +-500 mark.
     
  4. Apr 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    as for length as long as you stick to paved roads and make sure camp grounds are approved for 5th wheel size length doesent matter. I say that because i was at a campground last summer with the road into the camp site was insanely steep and had a 180 degree hairpin turn that defanitly limited the vehicles able to get there. Length all depends on your skill level. Weight is what you need to be concerned with
     
  5. Apr 14, 2011 at 5:17 AM
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    This can be a big deal depending on how comfortable you are with a trailer and how windy the mountain range you're traveling through is. If I was going to tow through a lot of mountain roads, I agree with borderbrat, 5,000 lbs. Also depends on the mountains you're talking about, Rockies or something like the Berkshires...
     
  6. Apr 15, 2011 at 7:29 AM
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    Hey thanks for the replies, the whole tale wagging thing is what I'm worried about and the rontal surface area compaired to mileage.
     
  7. May 6, 2011 at 1:40 AM
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  8. May 6, 2011 at 1:42 AM
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    Yes we encountered the dreaded "wagging". Usually only experienced at freeway speeds. We have an inexpensive friction tool to limit it. Works well too.
     
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