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Old 11-13-2014, 04:14 PM   #29
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I pick up my AS this Saturday (so excited!!!). Any towing and driving tips f...

I am also a newcomer just have had towed an airstream for the first time.

We installed a propride Hitch and it towed like a dream. We picked up our airstream in Orlando and drove it 1200 miles.

I am not sure if this is good advice but I do know that this will work for me and I cannot speak from a depth of experience however I can tell you this will be my mantra moving forward:

1. I will not not drive at night under any circumstance.

2. I will not push past the point where I become fatigued.

3. I will have a concrete checklist on hand every time I turn on the ignition.

4. I will give myself about 30% more time than needed for each leg.

5. Bring Tylenol and a celebration beer for when I pull in to my destination

6. I did have a tough time dealing with all the trucks on the road but I am hesitant to give any advice on this because I don't know what's right and what's wrong however I'll be posting up some observations and questions in another post.

7. When in doubt or stressed on the road slow down.

Again this will be my set of rules moving forward and I'm sure I'll be adjusting them slightly this is just my feedback from journey number one on our first airstream. It was an amazing venture but not for the faint of heart. I found the journey tested every skill set that I picked up since I was a little lad. I brought a big Zielian tools and ended up needing every single one of them oddly. All of my neighbors were awesome and amazing and chock full of wisdom - all willing to share and help. Good luck in postop after your initial journey to share your experiences.

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Old 11-13-2014, 04:57 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by SteveSueMac View Post

Best advice I can offer to your question - find a local Commercial Driver License (CDL) training center and see if they offer a safe RV drier course. My wife and I did this the first weekend we had the trailer. So glad we did!

Good luck!

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Oh - and your user name...learn how to slow down :-)

Seriously. It's camping. Relax. And you're driving several tons more than before - keep it slow. You'll get there :-)
I just signed up for a CDL RV Course Thanks for the advice

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Old 11-19-2014, 10:46 PM   #31
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Here's my rig! I wanted to name it "The Burrito" but wifey nixed that. She's such a Star Trek fan and wanted to name it "Voyager". She won.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:00 PM   #32
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Congrats. Nice looking rig!

I totally agree, towing at night is a challenge, but with that setup, its not bad.

Traffic is sometimes less hazardous at night--our main incidents (panic stops in heavy traffic) were in broad daylight in rush hour traffic--a bad time to be in Phoenix, or any other big city, IMHO..

Given the choice, i'd tow at night over heavy traffic, but then again, our whole family is a bunch of night owls...

'The Silver HamShack' (2007 International 22FB CCD 75th Aniversary model)
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