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Old 04-12-2012, 03:07 PM   #1
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Haven't posted for while but since we brought her home i thought i'd share our first day with you. The inspection and walk through went fine. It tows well but I was a little green on backing into our driveway when realized I would have to use my mirrors only. Since I towed a boat most of my life i thought it would be second nature but that was because I could see how my trailer was turning while looking out my back window. Today I put in a max air vent so we don't have to worry about rain when the fan cover is open. Its all knew to us and I'm certainly glad we have these forums to search. Has anyone purchased a bbq that works off the quick disconnect and are you happy with it.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:21 PM   #3
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It's funny... as a new TT owner, I think one of the most intimidating things was "how the heck am I going to squeeze this big old thing in that little space when I can't see anything?". It does get easier with time and practice. For me, if I approach from the driver's side, I can see the rear of my TT and I use that as a guide. Coming in from the blind side is much harder IMHO. One other thing I might mention is to overshoot the space so you can get a better feel for where the back end is. Anyway, that seems to work for me.

Here's a neat little video I found when I was first trying to learn how to back up. And like you, I had trailers before but the TT just seemed soooo much bigger. Enjoy

http://longlonghoneymoon.com/2010/03...king-up-an-rv/
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for video as I have been doing that all along and didn't know it had a name. I also like you said back in on the drivers side which in my case happens to be an added benifit since its less of an angle because our driveway is not on a 90 degree to the street. Yes taking it slow is good advise so i can think about which way i have to turn my wheel.
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Put your hand at the 6 o'clock position and move it in the direction you want the rear end to go. It's easier than trying to fight what your brain is telling you to do.
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:22 PM   #7
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I'll definetly will try the 6 olclock' position. I was also thinking about putting a small marking on my my driveway and put something visible there when backing in so nobody has to see if i'm to far off the edge which is a blind spot in my case.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:50 AM   #8
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Haven't posted for while but since we brought her home i thought i'd share our first day with you. The inspection and walk through went fine. It tows well but I was a little green on backing into our driveway when realized I would have to use my mirrors only. Since I towed a boat most of my life i thought it would be second nature but that was because I could see how my trailer was turning while looking out my back window. Today I put in a max air vent so we don't have to worry about rain when the fan cover is open. Its all knew to us and I'm certainly glad we have these forums to search. Has anyone purchased a bbq that works off the quick disconnect and are you happy with it.
Hey bigbird, we are still waiting to take delivery of our 228. Hopefully in another two weeks the custom window for the bottom bunk will be in and installed. Up here in northern Alberta we are just getting out of the snow. Hopefully we will be ready to go out in early May. As for a BBQ, I found the camp chef expedition 90 on sale at Costco. To describe it in one word - AWSOME! I have used it twice at the house to test it out and it works just like a regular BBQ. we bought the grill box as well and I just ordered the 8' hose from a camping supply store in Louisiana (only ones I could find who had it in stock) that will plug into the quick connector gas fitting at the back of the TT. Only down side is that it works so well you need to be mindful of the amount of propane it can use. 90,000 BTU's can use up a 30 lbs tank pretty quick when you use the stove to cook breakfast lunch and supper. I may look at converting to TT to a two tank setup to ensure we have enough gas.

As for backing up, one thing I found useful a long time ago when learning was to find an empty parking lot (we had a local grocery store that was closed o. Sunday's) setup a couple of pylons and practice practice practice. After two or three hours of trying out straight backups, and 90 degree backup turns I felt pretty comfortable backing into the tight areas.
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thanks ry-guy. 90,000 btu's does seen like quite a big volume of gas. I am considering one from the dealer that runs on 12,000 btu.s that comes with the male disconnect and then a short hose with regulator for 1 pound tank. If i want to i can buy a ten foot hose to plug into my trailer disconnect without the use of the bbq regulator. The ten foot hose is half the price of the barbeque but i want to keep my barbeque away from my trailer. It's a small barbeque (camco) but it's just the two of us and after what your saying i don't want to go through to much gas with only one tank. By the way I found that two bicycles fit side by side in the large dinnette area. This was my project today. I purchased fork mounts at the bicycle store. I place them lengh wise to the wall with the dinette seats removed. They fit perfect and competely out of the aisle.
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How about some pictures of that mod, Bigbird?
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