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I tried searching and did not find anything. We are looking at 30 foot front sleeper toyhaulers. One of the models we are looking at is the Raptor 30fs linkey Does anyone have experience pulling the v-nose trailers. I would think it would make it easier to see around and would pull nicer. I also park my trailer at home using a Power Caster Link. I think that would make that easier to see down the side as well. Just looking for any experiences with the v-nose.


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I would think it would make it easier to see around and would pull nicer. I also park my trailer at home using a Power Caster Link. I think that would make that easier to see down the side as well. Just looking for any experiences with the v-nose.


If the trailer is full width, v-nose does very little to help visibility. The real advantage to using a v-nose is the increased aero dynamics and better clearance between tow vehicle and trailer in tight jack-knife situations (depending on tongue length).

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I towed a vee nose trailer for 8 years. Contrary to intuition, they really aren't lower drag than a slant front or flat front trailer - much of a trailer's drag comes from the flat rear section in any case, and the front cross section is just as big. I didn't find that the vee nose helped much in the fuel economy war. What I did find is that it was a lot more prone to sway, and in particular sway from a truck passing along side. I researched that a lot, and decided that the nose funneled the air along the side faster, and when along side a truck the effect was an increased "suck" towards the truck. Gusty side winds were a problem too. I decreased both problems a lot when I installed Air-Tabs, fwiw.

The main advantage of a vee nose is a really useful increase in interior space, and your floor-plan looks like it uses that well.

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You're going to need the big PC-3 Power Caster for that trailer.

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MadMav wrote:

You're going to need the big PC-3 Power Caster for that trailer.

Mav


Yep, that is the one I have. Works great on my KZ, hope it works with the extra tongue weight.

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It should as it's rated at 1800lbs tongue weight.

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Vintage, thanks for the aerodynamic info. Something else to think about..

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Keystone had the VR1 line out for short while that was all V nose fronts. As said the big advantage is the extra bit of space you can get out it. However you loose the nose for LP & Batteries, but you gain about 3' of triangular and nearly 60' of volume.


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They will cut the wind better when wind is directly from the nose. When 45 degrees OFF the nose they will push MORE wind than a traditional flat front trialer (which would then be presenting a pointed nose at the wind). The width of the trailer is the same so it's going to effect your vision almost none at all.
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I tow a 24 foot v-nose car trailer that was ordered as a vending trailer. The v-nose does not help visibility because the trailer is still over 8 feet wide. It does help in maneuvering as you won't jack knife as easy.


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