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Easy question that I have searched for answers but seem to be unable to find - is a travel trailer length determined by the length from the bumber to the hitch or from the bumper to the end of the trailer box/cabin?

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My wife says trailer length is determined by the length of the box she lives in. For me, the trailer length is determined by the total length I have to pull, so it includes the entire hitch.

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Most commonly its the length of the box. But if you are looking at campsites or parking spots, you want the overall length, tip to tip.

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Like so many thing in the RV/Mobile Home game, the answer is "maybe". Some manufacturers will sell a 25' model that is anything from 22 to 29 feet long. Fortunately, in the RV world the trend is toward stating box length for travel trailers. Allow another 3-4 feet if you are trying to calculate a parking space. Best bet is to measure it. Do NOT rely on somebody telling you that they had one about like it and it was XX feet long.

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TomG2 wrote:

Like so many thing in the RV/Mobile Home game, the answer is "maybe". Some manufacturers will sell a 25' model that is anything from 22 to 29 feet long. Fortunately, in the RV world the trend is toward stating box length for travel trailers. Allow another 3-4 feet if you are trying to calculate a parking space. Best bet is to measure it. Do NOT rely on somebody telling you that they had one about like it and it was XX feet long.


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Length is determined by a tape measure, not advertised numbers.





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Lynnmor wrote:

Length is determined by a tape measure, not advertised numbers.


Yep yep. The model number on the side of the TT is just that. A model number. Means nothing other than the model number. Measure it to know how long it is.


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You cant go by the number in the model description to mean much of anything. A trailer is always going to be longer (and heavier) than it's designation suggests.
Years ago we were looking for a standard rear bunkhouse model and most had a "26~27" in the model. We found one at a RV show that was really roomy. It was roomy because it was 34 feet long!


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Terryallan wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Length is determined by a tape measure, not advertised numbers.


Yep yep. The model number on the side of the TT is just that. A model number. Means nothing other than the model number. Measure it to know how long it is.


^^^^^^ On the money! Kind of like how big is a 2x4? Don't EVEN get me started on that one!


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The true length is coupler to bumper but many manufacturers use the box length as the model number.


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