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I've had a couple motorhomes over the years and have always thought about going the gooseneck route with lq. I generally race by myself and seldom have someone stay with me, and absolutely hate camping.

Figure i'll need 26' garage which makes a 42' min?

How's backing up a gooseneck compared to a tag? My road and driveway is pretty narrow but i can back my current setup into it with pretty easy, just takes a few minutes of backing up and pulling forward a few times.

For those that have had both...which do you prefer?
 
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I hate them. I could back my 32ft bumper pull trailer behind a 40ft DP into my driveway from the road in one hit every time but couldn't get a goose neck in there on a dare. plus I ran them over every curb and in every ditch I could find. Have a 36ft DP now, makes it real easy. Plus nothing like the comfort of the motor home.
 
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Motorhomes are more comfortable/convenient at the track, but then you are kinda stuck at the track. With a pickup and goose you have the freedom to run into town or whatever.

Motorhomes seem to be more troublesome too.

Pick your poison............


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Benders points are also mine.
I don’t run the NHRA event circuit anymore, but once after running the points meet in Bowling Green then going straight to Indy…and living 12 straight days in the motor home because the rig is set up and stuck in the pits, is when I went to the goose neck route. For that reason, I would vote LQ.
Backing up and long haul towing….LQ over bumper tag any day – if you see where I live and realizing mine is 53’, you would lose all fear of backing. I have also driven an OTR Tractor/Trailer and will say it’s not exactly the same due to axle location on the LQ trailer and the swing during turns, but I’m sure you would adapt quick - your wheel skills demonstrate ability Big Grin .

X2 on pick your poison.

(btw - I could package that 53'LQ and a very nice pipe rack if your in the market Wink )


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The getting onto my street and backing into the driveway are my biggest concerns. The neighbor has a tree right in the wrong spot, about 18" off the street. The idea of having one less vehicle to maintain is absolutely favorable.

Jerry - think we could incorporate doors into the pipe rack? Big Grin
 
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Bender I tuck my Smart car right up in there where a lot of you stick the golf cart. So much for being stuck at the track. and my 40ft had a washer & dryer. But, to each his own.
 
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MOTORHOME FTW….
 
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I never did get any good backing up my 38' g/n. But it was sure a lot easier to tow and also easier on the race car and everything inside. Mine was a triple and we made 1 600 mile trip and a water bottle never moved off the fenderwell where we left it.
 
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I kinda hate my older DP motorhome dependability wise. But it's hard to beat AT THE TRACK. We have thought about LQ, but we will end up with two dragsters, and something to buzz around in likely. If I get a trailer garage long enough for all that, there isn't any room for a nice LQ it seems. I shudder at the weight and expense of a stacker. But it sure would be nice to have a place for everything....better than we have now.


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had both and the motor home is the way to go. More space, cost is probably less, plenty of others at the track have a vehicle if you HAD to go to the store or leave. backing up or pulling into a driveway is the same for both, although the gooseneck will be longer and longer turning radius, would need at least a 48 if you want a real bathroom and any kind of space, with 24 feet of floor space in the back. Comfort of driving is the same and everything is running from the time you start loading the motor home until the time you pull in to shut everything off when you get back home. You can use the motor home without pulling a trailer and can go on vacation, yes we do it often.

Diesel pusher you can get a nice one from 50-70K, a nice 48 trailer will run you anywhere from 30-45k used, a dually diesel will run you anywhere from 40-60K now. gas mileage is the same on both regardless of what anyone says.


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Bucky - Everything i have was used up a decade or two ago so i know exactly where you're coming from on dependability. Pretty sure i work on the DP more than i do the car.

IF i went g/n i figured on building the living quarters myself.
 
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I've had both. 40'DP and now a 48' LQ trailer. The motorhome was obviously more comfortable, but the LQ trailer saves me on maintenance and insurance. Plus, I have a lot of other reasons I pull a trailer, so I need a HD pickup anyway. I have a 26' garage and my bathroom is about as large as the lounge. Fridge and microwave only for a kitchen.



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Bucky - Everything i have was used up a decade or two ago so i know exactly where you're coming from on dependability. Pretty sure i work on the DP more than i do the car.

IF i went g/n i figured on building the living quarters myself.


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I have thought at times that perhaps a LQ trailer with no hard wall could be a solution for needing a lot of floor space. If car security isn't a huge issue, park the two dragsters and golf cart (if that all fits) under the awning with covers on. Divide the space with a clear flap curtain for cooling. Now you have room to set up a table for eating etc. It could really be a more flexible space. If you have a second AC, others could stay in the back half. Just have to figure out air matresses or whatever.


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I haul mine in a 45 toy hauler. Haul dragster and golf cart in with room to walk around. When at track car stays outside with cover on and I have 45ft of living space. 2 slide outs, private master bedroom. 3 queen beds and a couch conversion too if more need to sleep. 3 ac units full size fridge. We use our for racing, camping, and hauling Atvs for other than racing fun. While yes the DP and trailer is easier having just a truck to maintain is much easier IMO. Always seems like something is broke on MH.


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I haul mine in a 45 toy hauler. Haul dragster and golf cart in with room to walk around. When at track car stays outside with cover on and I have 45ft of living space. 2 slide outs, private master bedroom. 3 queen beds and a couch conversion too if more need to sleep. 3 ac units full size fridge. We use our for racing, camping, and hauling Atvs for other than racing fun. While yes the DP and trailer is easier having just a truck to maintain is much easier IMO. Always seems like something is broke on MH.


That’s gotta be some trailer!


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I have thought at times that perhaps a LQ trailer with no hard wall could be a solution for needing a lot of floor space. If car security isn't a huge issue, park the two dragsters and golf cart (if that all fits) under the awning with covers on. Divide the space with a clear flap curtain for cooling. Now you have room to set up a table for eating etc. It could really be a more flexible space. If you have a second AC, others could stay in the back half. Just have to figure out air matresses or whatever.


A good friend of mine does something similar, but has a powered retractable wall rather than vinyl flaps, and each side wall has a fold down couch/bed for the kids.

It’s all cargo space when hauling, but a nice dedicated living space at the track.


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I have a 50’ LQ , only used one-time so far at Sonoma Nats but I love it! Wife loves it too! That’s a biggie. Before -I heard from her; it’s to big, you are an idiot , your trucks too small... now it’s; that's really nice! Relaxing


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a retractable wall of some sort is a good idea.
 
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a retractable wall of some sort is a good idea.


I used a insulated cloth curtain in mine to close-off the rear half of the trailer (bathroom package trailer)


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