When life gives you lemons… you move on placing an order for a new horse trailer.
I currently have a Hawk bumper pull with dressing room that has served me well the past 10 years. It’s 16 ft on the floor (11ft in the horse area, 5 ft at the longest point of the dressing room). I want to move up to a gooseneck as I plan on expanding my trailering distance next year, but majority of my trips are usually local and I have a tough driveway. I am looking at designing something that is about 18.5 ft on the floor - kind of a 2 + 1/2 with a side ramp and a smaller dressing room. It’s been a solid 10 years since I pulled a gooseneck and my experience was with one about 30ft on the floor. My friends all have larger 2+1s (24-26ft on the floor) which are not really comparable to the size I want.
I feel like the extra 2.5 ft on the floor won’t be terrible in general, but the backing of the gooseneck is my primary concern. How does turning while backing compare to that of a bumper pull? I’m not worried about backing up on relatively straight lines, but on a curve: I have to back my trailer around a circular driveway feature to park. My truck bed is 6’4" for reference. Also open to hearing any other things I should be considering in this switch.