My name is Carl, and I have a question for experienced RVers. My wife and I just bought our first motorhome. We have RVed for 15 years in a fifth wheel, and decided to upgrade to a Class A. We are about to embark on our first extended trip. We will be towing our Chevy Malibu. Our coach is a new Bounder 35K. I bought all the towing equipment from Blue Ox, and have read the manuals. The receiver on the Bounder is 24 inches above ground and the attachment points for the tow vehicle are 12 inches above ground. We bought and installed the maximum 10 inch drop receiver adapter. This will bring us within the safe \zone of =/- 3 inches to level. The two bar will be about 12 inches above the ground. Blue Ox says we must avoid hitting ground with the receiver adapter and/or tow bar, as it will compromise the integrity of the equipment and possibly lead to safety problem.
Here's the question. Given the usual ups and downs of RVing across country, are we going to be able to keep from bottoming out in most roads, railroad tracks, gas station entryways, etc.? Is 12 inches sufficient for most travel? I calculated that with the wheel span of the Bounder, if the front wheels go up 18 inches with the back wheels staying level, the low point will bottom out. It comes to 7 degrees.
What do you think?
Should we get another tow vehicle that would have a higher attachment point? I hope not, but we want to do the right thing.
Thanks very much for any advice or comments?