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Old 10-16-2015, 08:58 AM   #15
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I bet 99% of all RV owners never get any formal training. Most of it is common sense but I applaud your request for this information. I have to admit the first time pulling out of Vogt RV in Fort Worth with my 25fb and having to navigate the mix master to get back home I was extremely nervous having only towed a 17' Casita previously. At least you've towed something before.


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Old 10-16-2015, 11:06 AM   #16
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One more note

Some of the state DOT websites have information on towing or general RV driving. Also, as I had a moho greater than 26,000 lbs GVW, I was required to pass the same test as a Class B CDL, obtaining an endorsement on my driver's license. The result was I learned a huge amount about towing trailers as well, one of the most important secrets is in pulling in to an intersection enough so as to prevent cutting the corner, having your trailer either go up onto the curb, or worse, catching a vehicle, creating huge expense not to mention the embarrassment and moving violation.

So, I might recommend studying for a CDL, a lot can be gained. Oh, yes, one more fact....trucks pulling trailers do not stop....lotsa room needed when following traffic.

Hope you do well....

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Old 10-16-2015, 11:32 AM   #17
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Longer trailers are easier to pull in some ways. Much easier to back. You do have to allow more for the trailer to track inside the tow vehicle's path in turns, and also more lead time to stop the additional weight.

You might try renting a trailer from U-Haul or someone like that for a few hours, then pull it to the nearest big, empty parking lot and practice. Just don't get used to looking over the trailer through the back window for reference while backing. The Airstream will block that view completely. Oh, and be sure to leave your ego at home. This learning curve can embarrass the best of us.

While I most definitely agree that getting formal towing instruction is the best way to go, the fact is that most of us who tow trailers are self-taught. Tow an imaginary Airstream behind you every time you drive, if the traffic isn't too bad. Start practicing the mindset. How would I make this turn? How far ahead should I plan a lane change? Where can I park this thing while I get groceries? Why can't I go through the drive-thru? Which mirror will tell me when I've cleared the vehicle I'm passing?

Have you asked the dealer where you ordered your Airstream if they know of a towing school or instructor?

Anyhow, best of luck.

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