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Old 06-17-2012, 08:44 AM   #11
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If you come to something in the road, (deer, animal, car spin out in front of you), do not try to swerve around the obstacle. That trailer will put you upside down in the ditch every time. It happened to my brother trying to avoid a deer. Totaled everything and nearly lost his son.
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Old 06-17-2012, 10:59 AM   #12
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The biggest things I can think of (all already mentioned here):

Don't get in a hurry

Plan ahead - the easiest tough spot to get out of is the one you don't get into.

Towing mirrors are a must.

Also, use a checklist while hooking / unhooking if this is your first camper. Don't rely on memory. Do a "final check" the same way every time. Before we leave, I make sure everyone is in the car, and follow the same sequence of checks every time. If interrupted, I start over. To quote a phrase we used when jumping out of airplanes in the Army - the first day you take it for granted should be the last day you jump.
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:10 PM   #13
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Thanks to everyone for your advice/encouragement

My wife will be my co-pilot, and I will take it slow and easy

When on the highway I will always look for those Flying J's to fill up. If the 18 wheelers can fill up there, so can I.

I will post some pics on my first trip out.
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:03 PM   #14
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I have driven tractor trailer for 15 years, and the best advice I can give is trust your mirrors. Most people in cars don't use their mirrors like they should. When towing a TT you have to. What you see is true. Trust what you see in the mirror. And take your time. Good luck!
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Old 06-17-2012, 05:46 PM   #15
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Good advice given here! Relax, have fun, and good luck!
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:01 PM   #16
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I have driven tractor trailer for 15 years, and the best advice I can give is trust your mirrors. Most people in cars don't use their mirrors like they should. When towing a TT you have to. What you see is true. Trust what you see in the mirror. And take your time. Good luck!



THAT is great advice!!!

also, one thing i notice... and mrs. squidmo used to do this... most people like to have the mirrors aimed right down the side of the vehicle.... ie: the side of the TV or rig taking up much of the field of view...

yep, that's a good view of your rig, but your trailer or TV isn't gonna sneak up on you!!! that dude in your blind spot will!

i always aim my side mirrors out to my known blind spots, or at least run out a bit further..... much more effective (more so when you aren't towing!)...


i drive in massive traffic every day (commute into Houston)... i can't imagine having the side mirrors aimed straight back... useless....lights in your eyes the entire trip, and with 6 lanes, a car can move into the lane next to you, and you won't even know it.


some might think this hinders being able to locate where you are in reference to other vehicles, but it really doesn't... in fact, this gives the person in the shotgun seat a perfect view of the side of the TV, trailer... they can keep an easy eye on your tires, without having to lean over into your view out of the mirror..


EDIT: another thing i've noticed in some of the newer designed vehicles... the rear view mirrors are too low on the windshield, especially for a tall guy like me, that big rear view can block a car you could pull out in front of..... i put them as close to the roof as i can... i've even removed them, and re-located them on some cars i've owned.

same issue with some of the A-pillars of the newer vehicles, they are HUGE...! i've had cars completely blocked by the A-pillar... scared the #*&#$ of me first time it happened. look twice!
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Old 06-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #17
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one other thing that came to mind - when you are on the interstate or other non-residential road that is faster, be sure to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead in which to get stopped or slowed in an emergency, and look out for the idiot who has no idea that a TV and trailer cannot stop on a dime, who will dart in front of you and step on his brakes. In other words, drive extra defensively. Last comment - every last one of us was scared or at least nervous on our first trip out, but we got through it and you will, too. Good luck and we hope to meet you sometime down the road.

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Old 06-17-2012, 07:49 PM   #18
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so much for starting small!

Ive learned to take your time and let those in a hurry pass. Good tow mirrors with blind spot mirrors are a must. You will be fine after you get the feel of things going down the road. LOL a 16' er is enough for me right now to drag around. post up some pics when you can.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:34 PM   #19
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There is a lot of good knowledge here. As everyone said take your time. I rarely go over 60 when pulling. I like to find a slower trucker and hangout behind him.

When you are going to back into your campsite or driveway, pull up and stop. GET OUT and discuss your plan with your copilot. Most campgrounds I go to have gravel roads, and I use my heel to scribe a short line to tell my DW where the bumper needs to be past before I start backing up. Backing up is almost like a good game of Chess, you need to think at least 3 moves ahead. One thing my DW has troubles with is understanding how long it takes to swing the rear end around with backing in. Take your time.

One additional thing I told my DW and Kid, when I am backing up, “If you cannot see me in my mirrors I cannot see you.” I have been known to just stop, and wait or get out to see what’s going on.

One last thing. Don’ criticize your help. Offer helpful tips and careful explain the issues. Your co pilot probably has never driven with a TT ether and doesn’t fully understand the issues.

Good luck and congratulations!
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #20
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by the way, and i feel like a moron... but what is a 'DW.'


dish washer?
divorced widow? (after above comment?)
delightful wench....err woman?
driver waker?
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