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Old 07-09-2012, 09:35 PM   #41
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Ok, I picked up my 32bhds today.

And towed it home no problem. I was amazed at how calm I was. In five days we go out on a six week trip. I will keep you all posted, thanks for all the great tips.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:06 AM   #42
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I have never towed anything before and we are taking our first outing this weekend. Its only 18ft long, but it feel huge to me. All your tips have been helpful.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:56 AM   #43
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And towed it home no problem. I was amazed at how calm I was.
You must not have been paying attention! :hihi:
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Go to an empty parking lot and practice backing and making turns. Don't be apprehensive, you will intimidate other drivers with the rig. Use your mirrors on turns and practice until you feel competent.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #45
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Well, I gotta admit it too....in two weeks, we are going to take delivery of our 2012 26RLS. Our TV is a 2010 F-150 Supercrew with a towing package and 9600 towing capaity. The dry weight of the unit is 6300 and with only the wife and I, we don't ever anticipate having more than 8000# behind us.

But for the first day and having never towed anything...ever....and also having the dealer up in the mountains of Prescott, the drive to the flatlands of Phoenix has got me nervous. Thanks for all the advice on this forum, I'll be taking it slow, wide and defensively. Getting ourselves educated beforehand thus far has been crucial in calming the nerves. Once we get it home, it will stay out front so I can take it out daily to practice, practice, practice. Won't go camping until I am confident in my backing abilities.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:24 PM   #46
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Well, I gotta admit it too....in two weeks, we are going to take delivery of our 2012 26RLS. Our TV is a 2010 F-150 Supercrew with a towing package and 9600 towing capaity. The dry weight of the unit is 6300 and with only the wife and I, we don't ever anticipate having more than 8000# behind us.

But for the first day and having never towed anything...ever....and also having the dealer up in the mountains of Prescott, the drive to the flatlands of Phoenix has got me nervous. Thanks for all the advice on this forum, I'll be taking it slow, wide and defensively. Getting ourselves educated beforehand thus far has been crucial in calming the nerves. Once we get it home, it will stay out front so I can take it out daily to practice, practice, practice. Won't go camping until I am confident in my backing abilities.
Welcome to the forum, Rocky! Relax and enjoy the new trailer!
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Old 07-16-2012, 05:50 PM   #47
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One safety consideration that I didn't think of until it happened - keep the kids/wife well clear of the trailer while hooking/unhooking. When we were already fairly seasoned at setting up our trailer, I had the tongue jacked up and started to pull the truck out from the trailer. The truck must have hit a rock or small ledge and it brought the ball up just enough to pull the tongue back onto the ball and pull the trailer off of the blocks under the tongue jack. It's pretty scarry when you don't expect it and you know your kids are out playing around the campsite....

Our kids have always stayed in the truck until the trailer is in place and leveled. Just be careful!


As far as towing goes, you get used to it quick. We moved up from a Jay Feather 29' to a Jay Flight. The Jay Flight is just a bit longer, but it feels HUGE due to being so much higher up and "bulky." I like my mirrors to just barely show the sides of the trailer for a point of reference. This really helps me guage when I have a big enough opening to change lanes!

Have a blast with that trailer! You'll get used to it and maybe you'll avoid the 'buy a bigger trailer in a year' trap that so many of us get sucked into!
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KachFam, don't mean to hijack the thread, but did you notice a drop in MPG going from the Feather to the taller Flight?
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Welcome to the forum, Rocky! Relax and enjoy the new trailer!
Thanks Crabman! Will be on here plenty...there is much to learn from the lessons of others!
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One safety consideration that I didn't think of until it happened - keep the kids/wife well clear of the trailer while hooking/unhooking. When we were already fairly seasoned at setting up our trailer, I had the tongue jacked up and started to pull the truck out from the trailer. The truck must have hit a rock or small ledge and it brought the ball up just enough to pull the tongue back onto the ball and pull the trailer off of the blocks under the tongue jack. It's pretty scarry when you don't expect it and you know your kids are out playing around the campsite....

Our kids have always stayed in the truck until the trailer is in place and leveled. Just be careful!


As far as towing goes, you get used to it quick. We moved up from a Jay Feather 29' to a Jay Flight. The Jay Flight is just a bit longer, but it feels HUGE due to being so much higher up and "bulky." I like my mirrors to just barely show the sides of the trailer for a point of reference. This really helps me guage when I have a big enough opening to change lanes!

Have a blast with that trailer! You'll get used to it and maybe you'll avoid the 'buy a bigger trailer in a year' trap that so many of us get sucked into!
Thanks Kach....appreciate the advice. We have no kids, other than the Golden Retriever and she will be in the truck until we're free from the hitch.
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