Some musings from Mr UK Toad, a complete novice to towing but learning quickly
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The Towing

Posted 05-04-2011 at 07:56 PM by MrUKToad

Given my inexperience with towing, I'm not sure how scientific my observations will be, They will, however, be honest.

The First Tow:

Down to the Ford Plant in St Thomas with Ray, our handover guy. He drove it there, I drove it back. All systems were fine and I was very comforted to feel the Sienna pull away comfortably and (more importantly) stop with ease. There was a 65km/h wind blowing across our path but the trailer didn't so much as twitch, even if the the McKesh mirror straps were howling almost as much as the anti-sway bars.

The Second Tow:

Out of the dealer's, pulling onto a busy road I managed to get a bit of front wheel spin; I guess I was just too keen. The Sienna certainly hauled the trailer well enough but as I spun the wheels, the Sienna's control panel squeaked at me and came up with an information message to check my Traction Control system. Hmmmm, not so good I thought, but decided to keep rolling and gauge the problem, after all it hadn't told me to stop. I gave it about half a mile and decided that all was OK so headed out onto the highway and back towards home.

The wind was now at our backs and the trailer as light as it's ever going to be with propane being the only new weight. The Sienna accelerated noisily but attained the 100 km/h speed limit in no time at all. There was no squirming from behind and as trucks passed us (the speed limit is only a suggestion here I think) there was no discernible sway. I used the automatic gearbox but not the cruise control and the engine settled into sixth and cruised comfortably with between 15 to 18 litres per 100 Km showing up on the fuel consumption computer; slightly less than double the unladen figure.

It's pretty flat around here so apart from a deliberate stop at the Service Centre, our trip was uneventful. The off ramp for home is very tight so I took time to get my speed down, discovering that the trailer brakes were stopping the car at slow speeds; perhaps I need a little less power on the setting wheel.

Driving around town was fine, remembering of course to take lefts without cutting and rights as wide as I could. The mirrors were well set so I could see the wheels of the trailer as I turned, keeping them on the pavement, of course.

Backing into the driveway was achieved at the third or fourth attempt, our way being hindered by some construction work right at the end of the drive, a slight up hill slope and some curious angles. Still, we got there OK.

The anti-sway bars will need to be broken in a bit as they howled at every turn but everything else seemed just fine and dandy. Of course this was no real test, but it was a good start.

Just for the record, the Traction Control error was an issue with the yaw sensor versus the position of the wheels; I guess that little spin had confused the Sienna's brain. The system was reset OK and there have been no other such messages so we'll just put it down to my wheel spinning!
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    cna you post the phone number and address for CanAm Rv, I would like to contact them after seeing your set up

    Thank You
    Posted 05-05-2011 at 09:14 PM by geoffg geoffg is offline
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    Can-Am RV :: Home

    Address, phone and a whole lot more. Some of the videos are amazing.
    Posted 05-06-2011 at 07:34 AM by MrUKToad MrUKToad is offline

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