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Old 03-19-2019, 06:12 PM   #1
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First tow tomorrow!

Ok any tips? Doing our PDI tomorrow! Will be towing an AS for the first time. Our TV is a F-350 6.7 SRW CC short bed. Trailer is a 2018 FC27FB.



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Old 03-19-2019, 06:44 PM   #2
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Old 03-19-2019, 06:48 PM   #3
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Great trailer as we have one! Take it easy, make sure it is set nice and level with weight dist hitch by dealer. Enjoy it!
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for the reassurance! I’ve been “lurking” for months. Learned a TON from everyone here! Thanks to all!!!
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:07 AM   #7
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Take it slow
Take it easy

Plan ahead for gas stations!

You NEVER get the same mpg as when you’re not towing.

And remember - an Airstream in the rear view mirror is a pretty sight.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:17 AM   #8
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The first tow is exciting. What is even more fun is after a few miles, you kind of forget you are towing anything, it is just that smooth and easy. Congrats, see you on the road.
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Congratulations! She is a beauty!

I think most of these have been mentioned..

1. Make sure you fill the truck with gas/diesel before you get there.
2. Video everything during the orientation if at all possible, take a friend to film so you can pay attention.
3. Make sure you are set up with the right size hitch ball and any anti-sway/weight distribution. Plenty of info on this forum on that.
4. keep a set of the airstream keys in the truck at all times.
5. Take lots of pictures!
6. Take your turns nice and wide. some hitches clunk a lot, don't worry.
7. Take your time!
8. Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy!
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My recommendation, in addition to those above, would be to use your mirrors to determine your position on the road. When I get into a narrow spot, such as a narrow road, bridge, or road construction, I spend more time looking in the mirrors to keep the right side of the Airstream on the white line and expect others to stay in their lanes.

There have been times when I cringed while doing this. I figure that all I can do is give them the most room possible without running off the road and then its up to them to miss me. Went three wide on a two lane road in Wyoming using this method. Some knucklehead started passing me with a car coming at us at about 100 feet ahead. I wasn't sure how this one was going to turn out. I gave all the room I could, we passed three wide, and all turned out well.

Just take it slow like others have said and you will be just fine.
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One last tip - don't forget to pair the rear view camera and have the screen powered on - in our excitement we forgot and our first tow was rear-view blind most of the way!

I have found the best angle for the rear view camera is to have it so you can just (only just) see the trailing edge of the trailer's rear bumper in the extreme bottom left and right of the screen. This gives me another warning of someone doing something silly behind like driving to close and also complements the view from the side mirrors to minimize blind spots.
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Old 03-20-2019, 05:47 PM   #13
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Well everything went great! Took a little over an hour to get it home. Mostly highway driving averaged 14.4 mpg. My wife and I are extremely pleased with the way it towed. Thanks everyone for all the tips, they really helped!

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Congratulations! It looks like it was really well set up with everything level. That's what makes them tow nicely.
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