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Old 02-24-2016, 04:24 PM   #15
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Even though you have some towing experience you might want to call a local truck driving school and see if they offer RV towing classes. Sure is simpler and cheaper to learn to tow a 30 footer by starting with a utility trailer that would normally carry landscaping equipment and can be fixed with a can of black spray paint!


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Old 02-24-2016, 04:30 PM   #16
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Old 02-24-2016, 04:36 PM   #17
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We have a 30' trailer and don't have many issues. I have had on more then one occasion the situation where a dive isle designed for RVs was blocked for some reason. Or the RV parking area at the travel plaza was full of cars too lazy to park in their area. So we have had to back out. But typically you develop an eye for problem areas very quickly.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:32 PM   #18
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All good advice here. I always scout the gas stations first and never enter until I can see a way out. Remember, though, the turns in those places can be tight so make sure you leave plenty of turning room.

I haven't had too many issues other than those caused by unthinking drivers. Gas stations, for instance, where I've plotted my way out only for some idiot to park where they shouldn't and take up my turning zone; that's happened more than once. Similarly, at a waffle place in Mississippi, I parked considerately in the corner of a large and mostly empty parking lot, facing out so that I could drive away easily, and someone parked almost directly in front of me. I wouldn't have minded if it had been busy but there weren't many others in there. I managed to get out OK but made sure I went perilously close to the offending (gleaming white) pickup truck, hoping that its owner was having palpitations watching me from the restaurant.
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Old 02-24-2016, 05:55 PM   #19
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We try not to end up boxed in but I've always been convinced that if I can pull into it, I can back out of it. Along with a good sense of humor, that has gotten us by.
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Old 02-24-2016, 06:16 PM   #20
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I second the front hitch. It is amazing how much more maneuverability it provides. We have an impossibly tight approach into our backyard parking place and the front hitch makes it effortless. Even if you will rarely need it, it's a nice option to have.

Another big lesson for me is patience. Approach an unknown path slowly and don't be afraid to stop where you are if uncertain. That's what emergency flashers are for. Of course, common sense has to apply but in an urban setting with tight clearances and a safe traffic situation, I'm not afraid to stop in the middle of the road, turn on the flashers, and get out and take a look.

Finally, don't sweat it. I've pulled a lot of different things and nothing tows better than an Airstream. As long as you remember it's back there (which can be easy to forget) you'll be fine.

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Old 02-24-2016, 06:28 PM   #21
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It's all about experience, if you can drive in you can get out, you learn to be attentive, knowing what you are going to do once you turn into that street or parking lot, after a while it will come natural..
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Old 02-24-2016, 11:32 PM   #22
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If you are getting your AS from Can-Am, they will give you advice and backing practice.

Even with a small rig we've gotten trapped a few times. Sometimes even a beautiful and well-visited national park will have weird old gas stations in the gateway community that weren't designed for today's bigger RVs. Or the first gas station you see for miles around will be crammed with vehicles trying to pull up to the pumps from both directions.

One idea is just not to let your gas get so low that you have to take your chances, but keep your tank moderately full from those stations that you can see are easy to get in and out of.

Now that you have an AS you may be ready to skip restaurant meals and fix lunch in rest areas with easy pull-throughs for trucks and RVs. Or look for a truck stop with big pull through parking spaces.

We once got hemmed-in in a parking lot by a real jerk who obviously had no idea what is involved in moving a rig in a tight space. Fortunately he came back fairly soon, questioned our dismay, moved his vehicle slightly, and then gaped while we had to mount the curb to get around him. Moral of the story is, when you are parking parallel to a curb, leave sufficient space between you and the curb, and try to get the space just behind the cross street or parking lot exit, so that no one can park directly in front of you. I've even thought of bringing some official-looking traffic cones to place right in front of us.

And it's OK to ask someone more experienced for assistance. He'll feel like a hero, so you will have done your good deed for the day.
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Old 02-25-2016, 04:42 AM   #23
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We have towed something for about 45 years. One time in 2013 to be exact while on a long trip and having just had our beloved seven year old dog pass on our trip I was not thinking and started to pull into a fuel station that I could not even get into much less drive out of. I was blocking one lane of traffic on a four lane, the fuel station as well as the gas station. My wife got out of the truck, went to the back to block traffic and make sure I did not back into cars parked on the other side of the road. Two other people who were stopped got out to help as well. All went smoothly and we proceeded on.

Lesson, I had a 26 gallon tank on our F250 Diesel. We now have an F350 Diesel and I installed a replacement aftermarket 50 gallon tank. Now I can select where we stop for fuel, I don't let us get into situations were we must stop. Never had an issue in parking lots as we only pull into big ones, ie Walmarts, grocery stores etc and always just swing around and park a long way from the stores entrance.

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Old 02-25-2016, 10:42 AM   #24
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It's gonna happen - it's inevitable. You don't always have time to pull over, check google maps, check it out in advance, or make a cup of coffee and think it over - or something isn't as it seemed. That's when you have the DW or DH, or amused bystanders, stop traffic for you or give you direction. Don't ask how I know. It's part of the adventure.
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Old 02-25-2016, 10:55 AM   #25
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Welcome, Brawny...and congrats in getting your new baby. Think you will find the above comments highly useful.. I would add just one thought: I've luckily not yet misjudged a pull-thru fuel or food stop...but one time I did forget to do the mandatory wide swing when pulling in to align with the fuel pump. And once is all it takes! I pulled in at an angle that made it extremely dicey to back up and a guaranteed accident if I pulled forward. Happily, other vehicles were nice, and one sainted man really knew how to inch me with extreme care away from catastrophe. Moral: always swing out so you can pull through on the straight...and the longer your trailer, the more important. Safe streaming!
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Old 02-25-2016, 12:41 PM   #26
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2 european style gas cans with fuel just in case.
Never tow without them. Ask how i learned that lesson!
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:47 PM   #27
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Never had a problem wit gas stations……YET

Think about how gas stations get gas. A big tractor trailer tanker drives in.
Yeah, they have hoses and don't need to get next to the pumps, but there is usually room.

I have more of a problem with other drivers that are in a hurry at gas stations, even when I am not towing. Lots of drivers don't relate to difficulties that people who are towing, have.

I can't count the times that a driver traveling from the other direction, cuts in front of me, so they don't have to wait for me to drive by. They don't seem to know that I need more real estate to stop.
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Old 02-25-2016, 01:58 PM   #28
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Like others have said, if you can't see it, don't go there. We have been fortunate to not get in a no-win, no-luck, no turn-around situation, but it's only because we really scope the terrain before heading in. Starbucks is simple, park next door if there IS a next door. And, while I know your focus is the added length you will be towing, also remember to look up. It's 9'2" to the top of my A/C...know what yours is. And enjoy.

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