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Old 03-15-2012, 08:57 AM   #15

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Originally Posted by Kin to the Wind View Post
Bumper hitch was the wrong term, sorry. My larger rig experience is with hitches over the rear axle or wagon style trailers.

The AS includes a weight distributing hitch. And looking for a F150 with the extra 10% capacity.


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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #16
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After the first 10 miles, stop your rig and get out and feel the sidewalls of your trailer tires. Any one which feels hot or warmer than the rest needs more air in it.

Compare the sides of your trailer with the lane marker lines in your rear view mirrors. When the gaps are equal you're centered in your lane.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #17
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Where in Virginia? I am in Va Beach - S.E. Corner of Va. I have a great relationship with our local Ford dealer... perhaps because my last name is FORD. If it's in our neighborhood I'll be happy to put him to work looking for a good deal on a newish F150 or 250 for you. (If I were doing the tow vehicle again, a backup camera would pay for itself in dings avoided!).
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:34 PM   #18
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We use to travel from crystal river florida to Portland,Or and three years ago Hiway 10 was still not fully recovered from hurricane.Check out the so.rte that sets higher up.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #19
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Welcome! You're going to have so much fun!

Who is setting up the F150 for towing for you? A dealer? Do not leave the area until the rig feels good to you on the highway. Most reputable dealerships are happy to have you stay in the area until you're happy with how the rig feels.

If you've had little experience towing a rig (that's me too) and if whoever is doing the setup is not a known quantity, I might suggest asking for one of the VA members to take a look at the rig after setup and go along on a short test drive with you to see how it feels and whether it's set up properly. That way, if it's not set up properly, you can go right back to the set-up place and get it fixed until it's right.

Barring that, I'd call someone like Andy Thomson at CanAm in Canada and ask for advice on how the thing should be set up. (I know 100% that he'd be glad to help you even if you're not buying from his dealership.)
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:31 PM   #20
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And I'd suggest tow mirrors. If they don't come with the unit or don't fit the F150, the slide-on Cipa's have been great on our F150. Don't waste $ on the ones with rubber straps that wrap around the factory mirrors - they vibrate and lose adjustment. Take it easy, enjoy some back roads, at least at first. I've actually found towing to be more relaxed and enjoyable that just driving cross-country; you're not trying to cover miles fast and you can stop for a break anytime. And by the way, RV World has a publication that ID's "RV friendly" gas stops (easy to get in and out of) at each interstate highway exit.

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