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Old 04-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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Hello all!


New to the forums, new to Airstreams, New to tow-vehicles new to all of this! My wife TropicGirl got me into all of this. I have been reading on the forums, and have already learned alot. We have a 25' 2007 Safari, and just got the Reese hitch figured out this morning. Im installing a Prodigy brake controller in the morning, and we are off to the keys Monday! Both my wife and I agree that we never could have gotten this far without Airforums! Thank you all for the posts that you have left behind for newbies like us. We are so excited about our new lifestyle and all the adventure. Today I pulled the trailer for the first time, and it was alot easier than I thought it would be. I can do this! I still need work backing up, but day by day we keep figuring it out.

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:40 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome, we're glad to have you with us, also.

Best of luck on your maiden voyage. You will have a great time. Be sure to report on your trip.

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Old 04-02-2010, 01:49 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by TropicGuy View Post
I still need work backing up, but day by day we keep figuring it out.
Welcome; we've had a couple of AS trailers and I've taught friends how to back up by going to a Wallmart parking lot and putting out paper cups (cone markers are better) and learning without the laughter in campgrounds.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:38 PM   #4
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Yes, backing up is the trick it seems. I practiced some in the front driveway and street until I found out that my neighbor used to drive 18 wheelers. I gave up "practicing" shortly after. Seems like something I need to focus on with little intervention other than "stop before you hit that!" Im sure that I will get it. I had a confidence boosting ride around town with the Safari in tow, and got my hitch straightened out, among other things. I also installed a Prodigy brake controller into the Tundra this afternoon. Im taking it to Key Largo this weekend, so it should be exciting. We have to figure out what to bring, and get it all together quickly. Luckily we have the forums here. As usual, its feet straight into the fire for me. Maybe I wont need to back up much. Thanks for the tip about the cups. I have a large parking lot nearby and will give this a shot.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:17 PM   #5
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...Prodigy brake controller in the morning...I still need work backing up, but day by day we keep figuring it out.
Hardy welcome to the forums from Texas!! Also congrats on the new acquisition.

We went through a few different brake controllers on our TV before finally finding the Prodigy. Easy install, well made and durable. I believe the Prodigy recommendation originated from researching these very forums. Their is a wealth of information here.

As for backing up practice...huge vacant parking lots seem to work well for us. Watch out for the light poles however!! My wife gained her maneuvering "expertise" via that route. I'm sure you'll pick up on it quickly.

**Note: Nothing accelerates the backing up learning curve better than; my spouse and twin 7 y.o. grandson's after a 300 mile ride, then backing up into a site in total darkness. Flashlights you say? Yep, we had them. The twins always seem more concerned about what's in the trees than setting the camper up. Life is good!!


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