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Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

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I'm looking at buying a travel trailer and don't have any solid towing experience. I'd like to buy a 22-24 footer, and even though the trailers are within the towing capacity weight limits of the WK2 I'm concerned whether my 2015 is a big enough vehicle to tow such a long trailer.

If you've towed a travel trailer over 20' with your WK2 I'd like to hear your experience? Also, did you have to use any stabilizer bars?

If there's a thread already answering this please just post a link

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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

There are a couple other threads and they can be found with searches. That said, I tow a 27' ultralite travel trailer; 24' living space with 3' tongue. I haven't towed for long distances yet on the interstate, but my towing around town and on 5 miles of interstate has been favorable when compared to the same trailer with a '99 GMC Yukon. I do have a very good WDH by Equalizer, that helps with sway.

My camper weighs about 3,800lbs dry with a tongue weight just below 500lbs.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

WDH is NOT optional when your towed load exceeds 3500 lbs...as well as just for peace of mind having that big "sail" back there blowing in the breeze. So you're going to want the the WDH regardless. Opting for a trailer design that's got design accommodations for towing with a less robust vehicle are also a consideration so that wind resistance is lower is also important. You may or may not be able to accomplish that with something that large.

When you get to longer loads like that, even with things all balanced via the WDH, you begin to have risk because of the shorter wheelbase of the JGC, IMHO.

As much as I love my JGC, if I were going to "go large" with a trailer, I'd personally be more comfortable with "more tow vehicle", such as a 3/4 ton crew cab pickup with the comfort features desired and the heavier duty towing capability and longer wheelbase.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

Pulled a 24 foot Dutchman with a Chevy Astro van. Under powered but towed well. No trailer sway. They were built on a truck frame.
Pulled a 26 ft Ultra Lite with a Lexus GX470. Scary. As in don't talk to me I'm trying not roll this thing. But it pulled my 21 ft boat no problem.
Pulled that same trailer with a Chev 2500 Dura Max. Wow! Didn't even know that it was back there. Unreal.
Pulled the same trailer again with a Yukon XL. Better but not great.
Not really helping you much but as a rule. If it’s over 20 ft and your going to be traveling long distances, get a truck.

Small SUVs just aren't cut out for it.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

Tow a 22' centurion. Have had zero issues. Give it hell. Weighs 6000 lbs fully loaded.
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I tow a '11 Jayco Eagle 256 rks with my '11 hemi. The trailer's dry weight is 6000lbs. The Jayco is about the largest weight and length trailer I would put behind the WK2. If you have a good WDH and sway control setup you shouldn't have too many problems. You will need the tow package other wise you will rip the guts out if you dont. The temperatures would get too high. My largest issue is vision. But you can get mirror extensions that work well.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

My 22' Airstream tows great.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

I recently picked up a 23ft Dutchmen and just took it on our first longer trip. The trailer did want to sway a little bit under crosswind conditions and when traveling at 65mph but with less wind or slower speeds things were more stable (where I stayed ). The UVW is 4200lbs.

I have a WDH with a single sway bar - would a more elaborate anti sway system like a four point or dual cam setup help keep things moving straight, or am I always going to have some instability in those conditions given the wheelbase?
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

Used to have a 24-foot travel trailer and didn't have any problems with sway outside of crazy-strong winds and no worse than our older 20-foot trailer.

Just be sure you have tow mirrors that stick out farther than the trailer walls so you can see behind you which is the same for any travel trailer.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

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Used to have a 24-foot travel trailer and didn't have any problems with sway outside of crazy-strong winds and no worse than our older 20-foot trailer.

Just be sure you have tow mirrors that stick out farther than the trailer walls so you can see behind you which is the same for any travel trailer.
Thanks for the response. May I ask what anti sway system you have? We just have a single friction bar so I'm wondering if I should upgrade to a more advanced system. Also, do you try to stay under any particular speeds for stability?

I did pick up some mirror extensions (Aero 3) and agree they make a big difference! Might look into adding a backup camera to the camper down the road.
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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

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Hi
I'm looking at buying a travel trailer and don't have any solid towing experience. I'd like to buy a 22-24 footer, and even though the trailers are within the towing capacity weight limits of the WK2 I'm concerned whether my 2015 is a big enough vehicle to tow such a long trailer.

If you've towed a travel trailer over 20' with your WK2 I'd like to hear your experience? Also, did you have to use any stabilizer bars?

If there's a thread already answering this please just post a link

Thanks!
1st question to my mind is - 4X4 or 4X2, and OEM tow package or add on ?

Yes, to stabilizers, but there are a # of very good Tow Hitches with stabilizers - get one with solid bars not the chains - I know, I had both (chains 1st, ugh). Wish I could remember the brand, this was back when I was towing with my 2003 Ram 1500 4X2 - 2004 thru 2007. Towing at near capacity, a 28 Ft. travel trailer (Alpenlite Aspen) and with the newer solid bar stabilizer hitch, Much better ! Don't scrimp on "cost savings (?)" - get the best you can afford !
"Words of Wisdom" - When towing, keep your "damn eyes on the road" ! This is NO place for "Distracted Driving Techniques" ! Way to easy to find yourself in a swerving situation, even with the best of stabilizers; next thing you know your off the road in a ditch with both vehicles on their sides ! No, I was the lucky one, but had seen that scenario one time ! Oh, and buy a very good brake controller - Prodigy Brand comes to mind, mine was very good and always worked, but be sure the installer helps you set it properly ! Take the time and do it correctly - it will be your lives and others that you could be saving !
Not trying to scare you . . . just my nature to be overly cautious and some say, "meticulous to a fault !" ALWAYS FOLLOW WHAT THE SPECS ARE FOR THE VEHICLE YOU DRIVE and being new, I suggest backing off 500 pounds of total weight AND perhaps about 100 pounds of tongue weight ! ? DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK BY TALKING TO THOSE RV MECHANICS AND BLOGGERS ELSEWHERE ON RV SITES !


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Re: Towing 20+ foot travel trailer - feedback?

It is just the single friction-bar setup from Draw-tite that the dealer provided with our first hard-sided trailer back in 2002. I haven't had any experience with others, but some RVers with big trailers think they are much better.

I generally didn't go faster than 60 MPH since speed limits on freeways in Oregon are 65 and I just hang out in the slow lane to save a little fuel. Sold the trailer when we moved back to North Dakota where speed limits are higher.

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Thanks for the response. May I ask what anti sway system you have? We just have a single friction bar so I'm wondering if I should upgrade to a more advanced system. Also, do you try to stay under any particular speeds for stability?

I did pick up some mirror extensions (Aero 3) and agree they make a big difference! Might look into adding a backup camera to the camper down the road.
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