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Old 11-14-2013, 12:20 PM   #85
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Excellent points !!!
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:29 PM   #86
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Wow. Thank you for the exceptional post Slowmover. Good luck tomorrow Pharm. Jim
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:37 PM   #87
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Pedal to the metal tomorrow Pharm!

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Old 11-14-2013, 06:44 PM   #88
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:37 PM   #89
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Don't disappear once you pickup tomorrow so post pictures. Can't wait to see that chuckles on you & your wife's faces tomorrow. Safe travels and may the forces be ahead of you, with you and behind you. By the way, are you camping overnight at the dealership ? Good idea if feasible.
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:20 PM   #90
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Camping overnight at dealer indeed - really really excited!

Will be without kids for this - but family trip planned for thanksgiving 4-day weekend
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:28 PM   #91
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Your going to be excited with your new toy , they make a great trailer and all models are nice
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:50 PM   #92
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I travel 98% of time solo, about 20k a season, it took me forever to wrap my head around backing up, one day it just clicked. I travel for business using the AS for sleeping, it is like Groundhog Day, I wake up in same place everyday, but have to open the door sometimes to remember where the heck I am. When my husband gets to come, he will drive 2k miles, everyrhing n the trip...except last 50', he cant back up. he trys but gets frustrated.

I travel thru major city traffic and live on rhe East Coast...95 and the GWB in NY are a quick lesson in driving, we should all get stars for those roads, nothing like city driving.

I will say to Geek, congrats, we r all excited for you, your posts have be thoughtful and exact, I am very excited foryou and cant wait to see photos hear the stories. You have a ton of support here.. I see you have at least one child...when I travel with grandchildren, and I just did last weekend, there r just a few rules...
- they must be in car seats during backup, unhitch and hitchup, this us so I know where they are!

- not allowed to flush toilet, avoids clogged paper in the clapper part.

- not allowed to touch any buttons inside, especially the pretty red one by the door.
They do a very nice job with the polish! , and Patrick figured out his little rubber darts stick to the walls inside.

I take them 4 times a year and they r now 5 and 7 and know Grammie Sue is just keeping it all safe.

When we went last week, I handed car keys to daughter, she is 36, drove brand new( less than 2000 mile suburban) and Airstream to campground, got gas and lunch stop and backed into campground space with zero experience. I was so proud of her, she rather loved the whole experience and it was good for her! I was perfect.y fine sitting on the other side. She was a natural.
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:08 PM   #93
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Got home with no dents dings etc!!

Well, the tow home went smooth...I went 55-60mph the whole way...kept my distance, had no issues....

I gassed up before hitching up....we left around 1pm - we had a late breakfast, so we stopped an hour up the road...

I carefully pulled off an exit and surveyed ahead of me the mcdonalds parking lot...bingo...an empty bank parking lot next door with clear entrance and exit...perfect...

I was telling my wife that we would only pull in if we could clearly see entrance and exit...say a nearby parking lot...

When we pulled into the bank parking lot, there is a road around the back...the kind you loop around to get to the tellers...wife was like "just loop around there"....oh no, we did not do that ...when she saw the other side, she laughed at the previous suggestion

Next stop a couple of hours later was for a bathroom break...I chose a pilot travel center with truckers accessing....this turned out to be trickier than I anticipated - busier than I expected....I saw a spot in passing buy...but as I pull in behind a trucker, he/she pulls into that spot and this left me to go around as if I was following all the truckers to fill up....(quick side bar question, can I fill up at those same pumps as all those truckers? If so I will likely do just that as It is no brainer access and exit)....just past the pumps is an exit lane...but there was a bunch of trucker parking with easy access....I chose a spot to pull into (not back) as there was a ton of room to maneuver when I needed to back out...went and took care of biz....then wife watched me back out of spot with walkie talkie just in case, then she hopped in and we were off...was a tad more stressful, but just made sure to carefully examine my exit strategy before committing.....otherwise I would have just taken the exit lane and found another spot.

No further stops made till home - total trip was about 5.5 hours.

my electronics on my 2010 ram 2500 diesel read avg mpg for the trip 14.1 mpg...very flat terrain, some rolling hills...rig pulled wonderfully as far as I can tell....more on that later in another post...but I felt very comfortable in tow....

Then we got home...the dreaded "back in"....backing into my spot proved quite tricky...but that was not a big deal...you had to first loop around in the culdesac and this seemed like a tight turn and was worried about exceeding the proper angle for the PP hitch..no problems there...I got out half way and looked at the hitch and make sure I was not going to far....then I set up for backing and got started successfully with my wife directing me....what was ANNOYING was that "help" rolled in as we were over half way to success just the wife and I taking our time, using a system we discussed, practice a bit, and such...(she guided me to hitching (no camera, mirrors, or hitch rods) in about 2 minutes no problems)...in comes yelling and signals "turn wheel clockwise"....my dad rolls in as well to inform me "do you just want to wait till morning to do this Ellery?! seems crazy to do it now!"

We were ready for this, we knew we would take our time and take it one little bit at a time and keep in constant communication...it is not rocket science...and we were sailing through it...then comes the "help"....well, I just took a deep breath and kept in contact with priscilla....my brother did help in the end with a final tweak...he is actually quite good with backing, he has to use a big trailer with his work at times so he is perfectly skilled...he reminded me that when having to pull forward to correct, that cutting the wheels hard initially can swing the TV rear end, and move the AS....this little maneuver proved really helpful in the last little tweak we made to get the AS closer to the wall on the street side of the pad (in order to have adequate space to open the AS door as there is a retaining wall there)...

Overall, pulling the AS was very little stress for me...there was initial moments of anxiety about the width of the AS - but soon realized that staying center and I would be just fine...not bad at all...then I just settled in...the backing went fine too...just would rather have done it with the wife and me really....less stress and confusion about signals...but he did teach me a couple things - just I found it rather annoying to just barrel in there to control the situation...

Oh and wide turns....that is all for now
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:12 PM   #94
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also, stock mirrors for the 2010 ram 2500 diesel were adequate...I can see down past the sides...easier though to see down the drivers side, the passenger side was a bit tighter, but still fine...wish both were a bit wider however...but totally doable..could see everyone coming, approaching, and with the lower parts of the mirror could see folks in the TV blind spot as well...
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:15 PM   #95
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Home Sweet Home

I think I got the photo this time...
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:17 PM   #96
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Congratulations--your are a "Streamer".
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Old 11-17-2013, 11:22 PM   #97
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Just wanted to thank everyone for their tips, perspectives, advice....it really helped...truly...my preparation made the whole ordeal much less nerve shattering or overwhelming...instead we enjoyed the cruise home and executed with relative confidence...

yeah, we are indeed "streamers"
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Old 11-18-2013, 12:20 AM   #98
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I think I got the photo this time...

Stunning rig , nothing like a new AS , I like your parking spot
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