Originally Posted by CrawfordGene
Changing lanes can be a challenge with any large vehicle including one with a trailer. Most people let me in, some don't. The "don'ts" either don't care, are in a big hurry, or don't look. Most of the time, changing lanes is a preference, but when that exit is on the left side, it can be dicey. I have always made it (learning to drive in NYC is a definite help), but sometime someone will make it impossible.
When I know I'm going through a large city, I try to check maps thoroughly for what is ahead the night before and be ready for left exits, strange ramps and such.
On wide highways—3 or more lanes—I stay away from the right lane. That's where the most accidents happen because of entrances and exits and sometimes the lane ends with little warning and you may find yourself in an exit lane with traffic slowing while the next lane is whizzing by.
Having driven a large vehicle many years ago I found night driving to be much harder. Visibility can be poor and mastery of the mirrors is even more important, but sometimes you just can't tell if there is anyone alongside.
The brake pedal would worry me too. Is the master cylinder reservoir to the full line? Bleeding would be a good thing to do to check if it was done right—it is easy to not do a thorough job bleeding brakes. Is it a Chevy? I inherited an '85 Toronado years ago and the master cylinder was undersized for the car and had to be replaced periodically because it wore out fast. It is possible GM did that on other vehicles. In my opinion, a vehicle of that size should have air brakes, but apparently it doesn't.
And, it sure looks pretty and I can see how you are smiling so much.
Gene, have towed more campers than I care to admit to, albeit, none were of this length. Still, I do know what you're speaking of when it comes to other drivers and if they will be courteous or not.
Was told the brake work included new rotors, new pads, new drums, new shoes, as well as complete replacement of all components on tag axle, including a new brake controller on the dash. Oh, and new master cylinder as well. First thing I'll check is to see if there's enough brake fluid, but others speak that the brake pedal travel is normal. Want to check out everything and then I'll be more comfortable when I take it out on the road.
Smiling so much as this is a dream of mine for many, many years now. Still grin ear-to-ear when I walk outside and see it!