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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Sixty footer?

There's no photo here because 60 foot fivers don't exist. In fact the largest fifth wheel models that I'm aware of are 40 feet, nominally anyway. In actual size they go up to about 44 feet.

But I ran across a story that the Recreation Vehicle Industry Assocation board of directors "will pursue federal legislation allowing fifth-wheel trailers to exceed the current 400-square-foot-limit" (and trailers to exceed their present 320 square foot limit). At 400 square feet, an eight-foot-wide trailer would have to be 50 feet long. And they want to go bigger! I don't know if the 400-square-foot limit takes slides into consideration. Why would the feds care how many square feet a trailer with its slides extended has? Well, maybe they do care and this is really about just making trailers more spacious. What do you think? Are present fifth wheel trailers big enough? Please leave a comment.

80 Comments:

  • If you build it, they will buy. I shudder to think of what will happen when the driver backs it up or makes the turn into an RV park. A 60-foot fifth wheel should require a CDL and driving test. Just my opinion.

    By Blogger Adrienne Kristine, at 11:48 PM  

  • The length of RV's will ultimately be determined and limited by the camping spaces available, no matter how large the feds. say they can be. But if they build it someone will probably buy it, even if they cannot pull it or park it. KR

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 AM  

  • The Federal Government and 60 ft RV's!!! A great probability; especially if enough money is paid to the proper elected officials; they don't give a "expletive deleted" about safety issues; it's how much money is contributed to their campaigns.
    Also, about RV's being made in Mexico. Current owners of RV's made by those Mfr's considering Mexico should be informed that they, the current owners, will not purchase RV products made in Mexico and urge others to do the same.

    By Anonymous baronat1@aol.com, at 4:57 AM  

  • I don't think they will ever get that big. The trucking companys tryed 57ft trailers but found they where to big to take into the citys

    By Anonymous packrat, at 5:02 AM  

  • Our 21ft 5th wheeler has a spacious bathroom, queen sized bed, a lovely big kitchen, leather reclining chairs, and a fully equipped office for video and photographic editing, publishing, tv, dvd, audio system, is fully pressurised to exclude dust during travel, is air conditioned and comfortable.

    Why waste precious fuel carting a monster around? We designed it carefully to be fairly light but strong and had it built by excellent craftsmen. Travelling long distances exploring our great country (Australia) and being outdoors are our reasons for owning our rv. Save oil - and the planet - we can go 3 times as far this way!!
    cheers!

    By Blogger Bron, at 5:02 AM  

  • 60' Why?Braggin rights at the camp fire,When I started 5th wheeling,I met an old timer who had done lots of 5th wheeling,& his advice was if your going to park it in a park get any length,If you are going to travel or be a road runner get nothing longer then 29'.I took his advice'1st trailer 27'total truck & trailer 43'6",I then traded & got a 24'-29' Titanium with bed over the cab,new length 39'9" same diesel club cab,tows like a dream good milage.On the longer trips we been to Alaska 5mths,,New foundland 2 mths,,Yellowknife & Fort Mcmurray 2mths + several short trips to Northen Ont.& Vermont .We are based near Peterbourgh Ont

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:03 AM  

  • I've been a full-timer for over 3 years in a 42' coach; I've just purchased a 40' 5th wheel and there is MORE than enough room. I have three slides and it weighs 20k pounds. I can't imagine a 60'er. We better think about making turns, fitting into rv park spaces and what the heck are we going to tow this monster with?
    My question.... when is enough enough?
    Sandy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:10 AM  

  • I have a 36' fifth wheel. I have a time finding a campground that will accomodate my unit and need of 50 amp service. Where would a 50' or 60' rv be used? The rv areas would be very very limited.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:16 AM  

  • We see much larger semi's on the road; doubles and even triples. The difference is, they are driven by experienced professional drivers with CDL's. If larger RV's are developed, a CDL should be required to drive one.

    KDS

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:31 AM  

  • Jerry, I am Teton John and I sell them. I'm on the web at tetonfolks.com. You were absolutely on with your 44' comment. We make the "Reliance" measured at 44'7" and we sell quite a few of them and folks do travel with them, mostly pulled with medium duty trucks. The RVIA will not "sticker" anything that large. Also they are not legal in California because of the length. It's a very roomy and beautiful coach on the inside. Personally, I'm very happy with my "Frontier" model at 39'4"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:31 AM  

  • My first thought is no way. Itis hard for me to visualize a weekend warrior trying to put a 60 footer into a campground or even into a station to fill the tow vehicle.

    By Anonymous Pete, at 5:42 AM  

  • Where would you park it?!!

    By Blogger Robert, at 5:46 AM  

  • I don't see anything wrong with 60 foot units. Some people would like more space. That's what is neat about RVing, freedom of choice! There is no, one size fits all, each RVer can choose what they want, Motorhome- class A or C, 5th wheel, Travel Trailer, popup, van camper, and so on. For some, bigger is better.....It's all about your freedom to choose what RV you want, and where you want to travel. I vote for the 60 footer.
    Mike

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:46 AM  

  • I as a RV Tech don't think that the camping world is ready for something that big as alot of owners can't handle their big ClassA's and fifth wheels now,, I have been in the service end of it for over forty years, and have seen some real bad drivers,, sorry

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:50 AM  

  • If you can’t get everything you “need” into 400 sq. ft., you might give serious thought to another pass time.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:55 AM  

  • Yes, If semis can be double and tripple 5ers. should be able to be longer, the amount of slides should not matter or width after slides are out. We love our 35" with 3 slides more length would be great!!

    By Blogger rsjackson, at 6:02 AM  

  • I think current fifth wheel trailers
    are big enough. With all the slide outs a 3o foot would be big enough for me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:18 AM  

  • Well, presently we own a 37 ft. motorhome. This is great for our purpose, but if we decided to go somewhere and stay several months at a time, without moving, we would prefer a fifth wheel, a large fifth wheel. A 40 ft., with 3 or 4 slides, is what we always talked about. If they come out with a larger one, and our circumstances change, then that is what we would go for.

    But like I said, 'it depends on what you are planning to do'. Moving ever few days or once a week, a motorhome. Staying in one place for several months at a time, a 'spacious 5th wheel'.

    Bruce Jorgensen
    Fairhope, Al.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:20 AM  

  • I personally would not like to be passing a sixty footer on a country road. Nor would I like to be passed if I were driving one!

    Susan (N.J.)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 AM  

  • I believe 40'trailes are
    ample enough for an rv,especially with the slides involved. if they get any bigger they had better make the drivers have a cdl license and it wouldn't hurt to have the trailer and power unit inspected once a year. I pull a 40' triple axel trailer. I have also driven tractor trailers, so i've seen both sides.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • Sure why not. But the driver should have to have a CDL and attend schooling on how to tow and park the RV. I worked at a campground for two years and so many people could not even park a 20 footer. Also before the dealer sells one they would have to verify that the towing vehicle could handle that much weight.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:44 AM  

  • I do not understand why anyone placed a limit in square feet on the industry in the first place. Seems like protectionism.

    If the "limits" on travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and any other type of RV, then the industry will be free to build what people are willing to buy.

    Until then, we're being regulated by some agency and no one can give us a good reason why.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:48 AM  

  • Yes they could be bigger. I vote for a "slide-up" second floor!

    Jim

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:52 AM  

  • NO WAY! The traffic is bad enough as is with all the big rigs on the road. It would be a big mistake to enlarge the 5er's more than 40 ft. Besides, how many of the RV drivers on the road today have any professional driving training for their rig. I would imagine, not many, and you want to put something bigger on the road. I really think that would not be a very wise deceision.

    By Blogger Maverick, at 6:56 AM  

  • I can remember back in the 1950's visiting an outdoor show at the NY Coliseum & seeing a tractor/trailer type of motor home that had a railroad car type of passageway between the tractor & the trailer. It also had a collapsible swimming pool with a diving platform atop the trailer. I imagine that the total length was over 55-60 feet.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 AM  

  • I believe that the length law on all vehicles is sufficient at time. I think that with the 18 wheelers at their length and many times exceeding length laws with valid O/L permit would not fit in very good with the fifth wheelers at the added length. Afraid it would be a mess. If we were allowed the extra length, then I believe that a driver training class would be in order.

    By Blogger Marvin, at 7:00 AM  

  • We were told at a RV show by a man from Doubletree that the 400 does include when the slides are out. 5th wheels are large enough now and do not need to be increased.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:00 AM  

  • I think a 60 ft long RV is ridiculous. We have to have to stop this thing somewhere. If you cannot be comfortable in a 40 ft. RV, stay home.

    Scott

    By Blogger Scott, at 7:25 AM  

  • I think this will only provoke legislature into forcing mandatory driving tests & special licencing for RV drivers. Other than that, I don't believe in a maximum sguare footage rule. For safety, there is a need for a maximum length. The RV industry should not push for changes that could jeopardize the ability of the average Joe to own & operate an RV. They might just legislate themselves out of business!

    By Anonymous Dave B., at 7:27 AM  

  • I must admit I have not read All of the post. But, As a past owener/Operator, I for one don't see that happening. As far as I know, the ONLY state that allow's anything more then 53 feet (single) is Tex. That said, There a "bunch" of states that do NOT permit 53 footers more then 2 to 5 miles off the interstate. That alone will put a cabosh on RV'ing. Plus..I doubt VERY much that they will get it passed the Fed's. Because if they would that would mean larger commercial units. And that would sent the local Law makers right up a wall.
    My 2 cents.
    Mac

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:56 AM  

  • Long ago, people got into RVing because they liked camping but not tenting. Now we just say, "We like to travel". BUT-if you need to carry 60 ft of house with you, then it might be best to stay home. Personally, I am a minimalist and only want to carry what I absolutely need in as small a rig as is practical.
    vBreezo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:18 AM  

  • What, can you imagine them trying to get into some RV parks. I would hate to be the vehicle parked next to these monsters, or even better try passing them on the highway in traffic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:19 AM  

  • My, my! 60' is far too much for most of the people I have seen pulling trailers. They'd wipe out every stop sign, the corners of buildings, and anything else close to a corner they were trying to turn. Then, when they got home, they would be unable to get the thing in the yard to park it. More cities would then ban parking units at homes. BAD IDEA!

    By Anonymous Paul Evans, at 8:23 AM  

  • It is probably a dumb idea, but then you have to think that this is being offered to the American public. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. In any case, ANY driver of a vehicle 30 feet in length or longer should have a CDL. I drove a school bus in a small city for two years just to prepare for driving a 40' motorhome. The experience was invaluable.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:50 AM  

  • NO WAY OUR HIGHWAYS ARE ALREADY
    OVER CROWED WITH 18 WHEELERS AND OTHER LARGE VEHICLES! BESIDES WHERE
    ON EARTH WOULD YOU PARK A 50+ FIFTH
    WHEELE MUCH LESS FIND A RV PARK
    THAT COULD ACCOMMADATE IF?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:52 AM  

  • Most states have total length restrictions on towing vehicle/trailers. It would seem to make sense to limit the length/width of RVs and their towed/towing vehicles to the shortest length and width allowed. That would allow them to be legal in any state. Put as many slides on them as the GVWR and GCWR will allow, but regulations are necessary, as manufacturers will build whatever the public wants...safe or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:15 AM  

  • NO way should we allow 60feet of trailer on the road. The problems of turning & parking become a whole different problem when you exceed 40ft. Weight becomes another issue & the need for larger tow trucks come into play. The average experienced rver would have problems much less someone with less experience. I shudder to think of me crusing down the highway when I'm 70 pulling my 60ft. 5th wheel with my cab over Detroit. If someone truly needs more room than a 40ft. 5th wheel with 4 slides they need to buy a double wide mobile home & park it! LOL! I do not believe that most rvers would even consider pulling such a setup once they really saw the enormous size & length. You would most likely exceed 85-90ft. in length with your tow vehicle. That is almost the width of 2 city building lots of 50ft. widths!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:28 AM  

  • Yes, I would love to have one.....However not to pull would like to park it in one of those own your own land parks and live in it.....So bring it on.....I'll buy it......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:29 AM  

  • Holey, Moley!!! When that happens I am staying home! We have enough problems with the 40'Rv's that some people cannot maneuver on the road and in the campground. We watched someone take 1/2 hour to back a 39' fifth wheeler into a spot at a campground.
    but, you bet if the make it, someone will buy it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:05 AM  

  • 40' is a large RV. 60' is a mobile home. To move a mobile home, one must have permits, CDL license and make sure it's legal to pull it in certain states, and big rig driving school. Years ago, anything over 40' had to be put on a low boy trailer to cross certain state lines. 60' RVs would only be feasible if the back 20' were a slide out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:20 AM  

  • It is obvious that there are some who are never satisfied and feel that they must outdo the Jones's so they always want a bigger and more fancy unit. I have a suggestion for the "Industry". Why don't you lobby for an exception of the highway laws that would allow anyone to tripple tow. That way they can get their 60 footers and also get two 40 foot trailers to tow behind. That should satisfy them temporarily. Now if this sounds rediculous it is no more so then letting these people out on the road with a combined length rig around 80+ feet when so many have trouble with 55 feet.

    William

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:27 AM  

  • I operate a 36 foot fifth wheel with three slides and it is more than adequate for our needs. Previous to that I had a 30 ft fifth wheel with one slide. The one thing that I have found is one, very few governmental camping areas will accomidate anything that big, and two, many of the private campgrounds have posted RV length limits, some as short as 30 ft. I have to pre-plan when I travel to ensure where I go I can be accomidated. Another thing to consider, to accomidate all of these proposed RVs of this lenght is going to lessen the total number of available sites to for use, therefore each daily camping site fee will have to increase to generate adequate levels of revenue to keep camp grounds operating. Another thought, are we now looking at 100 amp electrical service to accomidate/power all the new toys that could be potentially installed with this extra room within? Finally, safety and damage prevention should be a huge concern. I have observed that many current RV owners haven't a clue on how to manover what they are currently operating regadless ifit is travel trailer, fifth wheel or motor home with auto dolly or cargo trailer. Unless it is a drive through site, many of these operators are looking for someone else to do the "backing" for them since they can not find their campsite without jeopartizing everything around them until safely parked. Sometimes the eys are bigger than their brains or ablities. It goes both ways.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 AM  

  • This is not only a size issue, but a safty issue. To find a permanent home and stay put is one thing, but to tow around on the highways is nuts! Not only should a special license be required but an age requirement also. Some are already to big for some to tow.
    Anonymous

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:01 AM  

  • Only if it is restricted to to the same requirements at a triple trailer tractor rig.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:07 AM  

  • I concur with many of the comments about having a CDL. I have hauled lo-o-o-ong (up to 100ft+) loads and it isn't the driver and the long load so much as it is the impatient ones who do foolish things that get you in trouble. Besides that, how do you ever think you could get around in an eastern city with their narrow streets and tight corners? Sure, park in the nearest campground and drive your tow rig. A lot of driving with still a rather big rig. A 60 footer would only be really useful in the western states.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:22 AM  

  • I've never seen so many people get so worked up about something that will never happen. The limit in most states is 45' for a single trailer - commercial or otherwise. But the current 400 square foot max. is arbitrary and senseless. Motorhomes are made now with the entire sides that slide out. There is no reason to limit the square footage on any length of RV up to the current and safe max. length. A 38 5th with slides on both sides would give you approx. 530 sq. ft. It might not be for everybody, but thats what freedom is all about - toleration for others activities that aren't harming you. These RVs are going to be heavier, and thus testing and qualification should be more stringent to ensure safety for all. BTF

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:25 PM  

  • Reminds me of a comical episode I witnessed in Algonquin Park, Ontario, some years ago.
    An American couple arrived at the camp site in their humongous and spanking new fifth wheel trailer pulled by an equally shiny 350 diesel Ford with crew cab and all.
    We had our old 8 foot camper atop an old pick up in the next door site.
    The scene goes like this.The driver pulls up and surveys the spot. His wife, who seemed to be in a foul mood jumps out and occupies the picnic table with a full bottle of Gin and tonic.
    The old fellow tries to ease the rig into the spot several times but is too inexperienced to manouvre it into the slot.Frustrated, he jumps out and asks his beloved and well fed wife to please help and direct him.
    Reply at the top of her voice...

    "You wanted the f.....g thing, now you deal with it yourself"
    Never forgot that spectacle. I am pretty sure, that rig was sold on the way back to someone for peanuts.
    And so, 60 foot 5th wheel???
    I will stick to my 26 foot A class any day. I choose to leave my home at home when I am travelling.

    By Blogger Mashoud, at 1:39 PM  

  • 60 feet no no there would be some person trying to tow the thing with a 1/2 ton pickup there are enough un safe people on the road now we can see a person trying to pass a 18 wheeler and cause more accidents

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:50 PM  

  • the additional area could be with additional slideouts, front, rear, slideouts in sildeouts. etc. good luck could get quite heavy

    By Blogger popstoy, at 2:15 PM  

  • I think 60 ft rv's would be a hazzard on the road for everyone. there is no need for them. if you need that much space get a house and stay put.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:25 PM  

  • No way. The majority of RV drivers can't handle something that big safely. (Lots of drivers with CDL can't either, look and see how many rigs have banged up right front fenders/bumper).

    As far as the square footage rule - it's stupid. A length rule and max weight rule makes more sense.

    If you want a 50 -53 foot 5th wheel, get a CDL and buy a Mack or Peterbuilt with a custom trailer. Then try to find a place to park the monster.

    Jeff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:49 PM  

  • I have to agree with Adrienne. If they drive a 60', a CDL should --no-- MUST be required. I have a CDL, and I have seen many RV's into a pole, pipe, car, fence and even one into a low overhang. None of these had a "CDL" and you can see what happens when they drive with the 40's or shorter. Experience is necessary if you are going to share the road with others, with such a long vehicle. YOU must know what you are doing. (I have to wonder if some would make it to the RV park?)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:54 PM  

  • well......last fall I pulled out of Utah with a 32 ft 5er. The giant mistake the manufacturer made was putting a hitch on it....I hooked a toy trailer onto it....and when all was said and measured....it was 65 ft.....from front bumper to tail light...I thought I'd be well under 60ft....well 4 1/2 days later I pulled into my winter nesting place in mid-Texas......driving wasn't bad, had great mirrors and electric brakes all the way through...had one campground in flagstaff that got my attention, but it tracked great....would I do it again...have to to get home....but will adjust to smaller trailer.....I know if I get in trouble I will take a hit for length.....but it was do-able, got gas went shopping, and dinners with long tail....just not as many options as before........CDL a must.....to include a road test with the rig you are dragging....
    non-related web site.....
    www.pamperingcampers.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 PM  

  • To bad they don't make the ones that they have now better and smaller!! 26 ft big enough put slides and build it better!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 PM  

  • Actually, I have seen a 55 foot fifth wheel. It was built by Travel Units of Elkhart, Indiana and it had six slides. The tow vehicle was a full size Volvo tractor. It belonged to a traveling preacher with a wife and four children.

    All I can say is,IT WAS HUGE!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:29 PM  

  • Fivers are large enough now. There is no need for a 60-foot fifth wheel. And if there were, the current infastructure could not support them. Bill

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 PM  

  • Why does anyone need one that long? If you require it, there should be connections for the helicopter to attach loading straps. 60' is too long for any road I am driving on with my 40 footer.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:47 AM  

  • We live in the UK and own a 37 foot Open Road which is kept in the U.S. and in which we tour your beautiful country for four months a year. By our standards this is huge!! Certainly, if that was in the UK you would need an HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) licence, equivalent I think to your CDL. It certainly has more than enough room for two people and occasional visits from family/friends. Most people that we meet on our travels who are fulltimers use fifth wheels around this size and they consider them more than adequate.

    By Anonymous Ian Campbell, at 6:30 AM  

  • At 60ty ft you will need a oversize load permit

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 AM  

  • 60' Give me a break. For sure someone would buy the thing. If all their going to do is park the thing permanently? Fine. But sure as heck some idiot will want to tow it down the road and 'use' it for traveling!
    The thought of that makes me ill. Just what campgrounds do they think will handle a rig that long?
    I drive truck over the road and pull 53' trailers. I watch some of the so called truck drivers on the road have a miserable time turning and parking. I don't even want to think of 'Joe Schmoo' from down the street trying to get around with a 60' trailer and his tow unit!
    It would be scary enough to see one trying to go down the road but to be parked and see someone trying to back into a spot next to me would be my worst nightmare!
    A CDL license, a truck powerful enough to tow with, yearly inspections, a DOT physical, training and permits for over lenth would only be a start.

    Echo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:20 AM  

  • I think it is a TERRIFIC IDEA way past time. But why stop at 60 feet, why not 75 feet or even 100 feet? The RV industry is totally out of control and so are 80% of all the people buying them.

    Just think if the government ever started "regulating" RV'ers like they do Truckers, the rest of us would have the road all to ourselves. Well actually we'd be in those much longer lines at weigh stations!

    Keep those longer and wider rigs coming RVIA, you'll soon find that you have regulated yourselves OUT OF BUSINESS!!!

    By Blogger Gypsy John, at 9:43 AM  

  • As a retired truck driver, I agree fully with Echo's comments. I have seen far too many travel trailers, motor home RVs and 5th wheel trailers being maneuvered around by little old gentlemen who barely had enough ability to drive a 4-wheeler down the road. Anyone pulling a trailer of any dimensions over 30 feet long should be subject to the same laws that a CDL operator must face, including being subject to safety checks at the truck scales.

    By Blogger Don Thomason, at 1:06 PM  

  • The trailer would not have to be 60 ft. long. My fifth wheel has 399 sq. ft. and is only 38' long. I have three slides. If I had a 4th slide I would be over the 400 sq.ft. Length can be curtailed. What about going up with a second floor? These are already under construction.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:16 PM  

  • BlAH!, BLAH, BLAH, Now I am not saying this to be totally rude just a little bit. Let's face the phenom formerly know as the elderly retirement secret is now more main stream and attracting younger and youner participants. The baby boomers no longer corner the market on rving. The manufacutres of rvs recognize this and are now trying to cater to young rvers and their families. I am part of a young rv family who needed the extra room for my family. Yes, I agree that not everyone should be buying these larger rigs, but if you purchase a properly outfitted rig and learn to drive it you would be safe. People, believe it or not a lot of newer RV parks are building their parks to accommodate larger rigs. BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BUY AND YOU WILL MAKE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THEM. Times are truly a changing!

    By Anonymous FLevy, at 2:11 PM  

  • what a waste, just because someone can afford to waste doesn't make it right, I think we all need to be more energy aware and do with less, for the good of our planet and grandkids

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 PM  

  • 60' no way, I'm a retired State Park Ranger, and at least in Washington a very small % of parks have even been remodeled to handle 40' plus tow vehicle. Having a 37' w/4 slides is some times a problem finding sites, plus having an adequate vehicle to tow it. During my years as a ranger I saw more damage done because of the person driving does not know how to handle a large RV - there are CG's that lack sensible designing, but most damage is done by the RV driver. Give that person an additional 20' - oh boy. The driver would need a truck tractor to haul the thing with, then a CDL, interstate permits, etc etc.
    Thank you for allowing me to voice my opinion.
    cpoburdette@hotmail.com

    By Anonymous cpoburdette@techline.com, at 5:14 PM  

  • My advice...DON'T DO IT! Of course there will be people who buy them - those with lots of cash and the need to have the biggest or best, you know the type!! My concern is the potential backlash against the RVing community when these big rigs get hung up, the drivers of same cause accidents, etc. It WILL happen!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:24 AM  

  • 60' !!!!!!! First of all, where would they park it? Second of all how would they get it through most of the towns and cities they would come to. Most campgrounds can barely handle 40' much less one that was 60'. Also, anyone pulling one of these monsters should be required to get a CDL license and special training.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:43 AM  

  • I agree, this is more a safety issue. All the previously posted comments are valid. While I understand the need/desire to have something larger than the 31 foot 5th wheel we tow, I have to wonder regarding the added stress in the attempt to maneuver anything this large on the highway and through most of the campground roads. What happened to RVing being a relaxing, fun was to travel/vacation. Can't help wondering why, if you can afford something this big, you don't just stay in a hotel/condo where you have all the space you require.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:54 AM  

  • I personally think the government has their fingers in waaaay too many things now. If the people want it, companies should be allowed to build it. Let the marketplace decide. If people like it, they will buy it...if they don't like it, they won't buy it. Pretty simple.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:34 PM  

  • I suppose that Wal-Mart parking lots would be the only place to park such a huge trailer. Just think about the kind of truck needed to pull it...Too much of a good thing would somehow spoil it for the others.

    S Plouffe
    Ottawa ON

    By Blogger Serge, at 5:29 PM  

  • This is really ridiculous! No one has said anything about how wide, how long, first or second floor, six slides, etc. etc.

    If I had a "vote", I would say "No." Reason: If 400 sq ft is exceeded, we will need more towing options, bigger rigs, more gas will be required, and "all this nonsense."

    If you put an idea in front of a politician, that politician will get it passed just to have his/her name on something. Sheeeesh!

    Can't happen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:27 PM  

  • Personally I believe LESS IS MORE; I have just begun a solo adventure in a 24' Komfort 5th Wheel after selling the 31 footer after my husband died. Tows SO much nicer, mileage is better (Duramax) and just a dream to deal with!! Those of us in the RV world are JUST as responsible to make wise decisions with resources as those in the House World..(we won't even start on my opinion of McMansions!!)..My little Komfort has a full Aluminium Frame and is a tough and dependable home with all I could need.

    By Blogger Sarah, at 3:51 PM  

  • Folks, there will never be a 60 foot RV. What the RV Industry Association is suggesting is that manufacturers be allowed to build RVs that are more than 400 square feet in size. The recent development of telescoping slideout rooms and full-wall slideouts makes it possible to greatly expand the interior of an RV. The debate will center around vehicle weight, not the length of the units.

    GREG GERBER, Editor
    RV Trade Digest

    By Anonymous Greg Gerber, at 8:38 AM  

  • goodness why bother get a mobile home and live in a trailer park then, Many rvs are already to big to go in many parks. Maybe someday people will stop thinking that bigger is better

    By Anonymous mmoody, at 11:29 AM  

  • We own an RV Park and seeing the struggles that many RV owners have in manuevering 35' 5th wheels and 40' motorhomes makes us believe that the current restrictions should not be altered.
    How about a 50' Travel Trailer being pulled by a 25' long Truck with a 20' motorcycle trailer behind? It gets pretty ridiculous quickly.

    By Anonymous Bill Turner, at 9:39 AM  

  • We tow a 27' trailer and find it hard to manuver in some parks. I can't imagine something twice that size!
    ia

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:05 PM  

  • I like the thought of a 53 foot trl! Its the industry standard. The longest bus is 45 ft and thats counting the drivers compartment. With a 53 ft trailor, You could have a full 45 ft of living space w/ an additional 8 ft of garage space w/ a permanent floor over the vehicle serving as an attic.When I used to move furniture with Atlas Van Lines and Noth American, we would drive a car in the rear of the trl, then build a floor over the car for more packing. I would love to see a customized 53 ft trl....60 ft is too long. As a truck driver, I pull 53 ft trailors all the time and at one time while working with Dart Transit we would pull 57 footers and believe me I caught hell making turns with it.53 ft. is enough. Plus I recommend that a CDL and driving test be manditory.And until the rv parks can grow to accomodate 53 footers, there are plenty of truck stops in most major cities accoss america....just take the car out of the garage, park the truck and trailor and go where u want to go. Now that's what i would call the goodd life.....lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:23 PM  

  • My RV with my stacker trailer attached measures 71', and I have no problem with it, even in cities....however, remember it pivots and the hang over of the rv allows it to kick out on turns. A single 60' trailer would not.

    FYI: I have seen RV/trailer units down in daytona bike week in excess of 100' combined length (I think the highest I saw was 102', a prevost with a long car trailer).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:13 AM  

  • Well, there is a 48' Teton out there with 4 axles,5 slides and a gross weight of 28,000 #. It is pulled by a full size semi truck=Volvo 660 with autoshift which has been converted to single axle and had the rear frame rails extended so the 5th wheel tracks the truck better than a tractor/trailer combo. It is completely self contained and the couple with their 4 year old son, dog,and cat are 'full timers' and travel 5 months of the year to see the country. It gets 8.1 mpg. Does your gas motorhome or gas pickup or diesel for that matter get that mileage pulling your trailer ? Their transportation is a motorcycle with sidecar. It is carried in a specially built box behind the sleeper cab and has a ramp door with electric winch for loading/unloading the bike. It draws quite a bit of attention wherever it stops. Yes, most campgrounds aren't able to accomadate it, but they stay elsewhere. With the large fresh water and holding tanks they can go for a week without having to service it. A 6500 W Honda QUIET generator supplies the power. If you happen to see it parked, please stop by and say 'hello'.Thanks. The 5 J's.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:08 AM  

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