I'm from the other coast, and it's dead flat for 50 miles inland, so though I have gone camping up in the Allegheny mountains I'm sure I'm unprepared for the awesome Rockies. I'd like to gain as much knowledge beforehand as possible.
Now I'm going to admit to what may be a massive dumb thing, or maybe I'm doing it right. I honestly DON'T know. I always readjust my Prodigy brake control every time I go on a trip - six times so far this year. I do it as I'm pulling out of the campground where I normally stay. I brake hard and I tighten up the trailer brakes until they start to grab just BEFORE the truck brakes do. When I'm parking it, I loosen up the controller so that the tow vehicle does all of the braking.
My thinking is that on the road I want the trailer to drag the truck, not push it in a panic stop. (That actually happend on my very first trip towing. A dump truck cut right in front of me, and braked hard to make an exit ramp on the Baltimore beltway. Other than scrubbing the upholstery afterwards
I was fine. The trailer stayed dead straight behind the tow vehicle. Don't ask what I was doing on the Baltimore beltway... I knew it was dumb, but I figured that it wouldn't be busy early Sunday morning. - Wrong! )
I've presume that tire wear and brake wear on both the tow vehicle and the Airstream will require making these adjustments - and since I drive the Big Dawg when I'm not towing, the brake controller setting could change.
A few months ago I blew the roadside rear tire on the tow vehicle going up a steep grade in West Virginia - and I think the Reese Dual Cam and Airstream actually saved me from what could have been a lot of drama!!!! Going 65 mph on a 7% uphill grade in a Suburban 2500 with big tires without the added stability of 4 trailer tires?.... Coulda rolled it. Easily.
Anyway Folks, am I right or wrong on the brake controller?
(Oh last chuckle. I just found that Airstream is now including video tape on trailer towing safety. It was in my overhead bin, but I'm too short to see the bottom of the bin. Got on a stool looking for something else and found it. The irony? The new Airstream has a TV, and a DVD player included, but NO VCR! Uh d'oh!
Why not put it on DVD and have it playing when I picked up the unit?