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Old 04-16-2019, 08:13 AM   #1
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We have a 2019 Tommy Bahama and are using a 2016 Toyota Sequoia to tow it. Any thoughts or suggestions on driving on the highways and biways. We're picking it up on the 24th. So excited.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:28 AM   #2
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Take your time, let everything sink in.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:40 AM   #3
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Airstreams tow beautifully, so after about 5 miles, you'll enjoy it.
I try to keep right, it seems semi's would rather pass you on the left. For a while I let then pass on the right, but they would give me a toot of the horn. I thought I was doing them a favor, but maybe not.
It's always difficult to judge cars merging from an on ramp. I move over for them, and often they don't return the courtesy, they just drive alongside me for miles like they don't know I'm there. My pet peeve.

Swing wide into gas stations, and go slow, keep glancing at your mirrors to be sure you clear the pipes guarding the pumps. I much prefer pump islands that parallel the store over the one's having you face the store. Someone will park in front of the store and make your exit different than what you planned. Sometimes you just have to wait on people to move. (then I don't feel bad when I block two pumps.)

Overhead clearance is usually not a problem, but double check before pulling into strange places. (Like when I took that shortcut and found myself in a MacDonald's drive through with 8' clearance, and had to back up 100'!)

Know your limits. When you're in a big empty parking lot, turn tightly, stop midway and look at how close the propane tanks come to your bumper. (I stop an put it in reverse so I can look at the BU camera.) You can turn tighter than you think, but there's a limit before things crunch.

Making a U-turn is tough. I've driven out of my way to find a safe place to turn around.

Arrive early. (One tip I can't seem to do myself)

When backing into your campsite, and a neighbor offers to help, say "YES!". Fellow campers like to help, and it might just save you from backing into that tree limb.
First, get out and plan your parking.
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:43 AM   #4
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On my first trip out I thought I would take expressways slow in the right lane. But then I realized I’d have to scoot over every time there were vehicles on an on-ramp, because slowing down or speeding up is not always practical or possible. This led to the realization that many people don’t like letting you change lanes in front of them.

So when I’m in an area where there are a lot of on ramps (generally near cities) and there are more than two lanes I drive in the middle lane. A lot less lane changing for me and cars and trucks can get on the expressway unimpeded.

If there are only two lanes I watch the on ramps pretty vigilantly ahead of time and adjust my speed or change lanes accordingly so folks (and I) have plenty of time and space. Nothing worse than having to do something at the last second. It will happen, of course, but I try to keep it to a minimum.

Also helps to know where in the reverse driving camera a car or truck needs to be in order to scoot in front of them safely.

I found towing the Airstream a lot easier than I had expected it to be and I’m sure you will too. So in general, relax and take your time. Don’t arrive at your destination a nervous wreck!
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Old 04-16-2019, 08:53 AM   #5
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Hopefully, your dealer will get you set-up properly , and ready to roll. Remember that you are towing a trailer that weighs more than your tow vehicle. Conduct yourself accordingly. Your acceleration and braking responses will be different than you are used to. You will need to be more aware than ever before. There should be no multi-tasking. If there is something else that you need to do, pull off the road and do it.

Best wishes on your maiden voyage. Enjoy the ride and please keep us posted on your progress.

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Old 04-16-2019, 09:13 AM   #6
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Overhead clearance is usually not a problem, but double check before pulling into strange places. (Like when I took that shortcut and found myself in a MacDonald's drive through with 8' clearance, and had to back up 100'!)
Who takes their 26' Airstream thru the McDonalds drive thru!!! (I know, it was a mistake)

Don't do that Docbutch!!!
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:30 AM   #7
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The best advice is not to be in a hurry. Anything bad* that has happened to us was when we were in a hurry. Fueling can be stressful. If it looks a little tight and you are not confident, move on to the next place. I've started using the Flying J stops when I can. I really like the RV lanes.

*I have Mollysdad beat. 27ft through the McDonalds drivethru....the wrong way! Still can see the Wife waving to a rather startled cashier.
Never thought I would admit to it.
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:02 AM   #8
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Respectfully, my advice would be not to tow a 27' AS with a Toyota Sequoia. You will very easily surpass the limits of that vehicle. I tow a 25' with a 2017 Tundra and easily max it out.
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:29 PM   #9
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“It tows like it’s not even there!” It is. Wide turns, mirrors (and shadows if they’re available) when changing lanes, and as said above take it easy. I’ve found towing can actually be more relaxing than trying to make time.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:13 PM   #10
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wow! you got a nice AS! Congrats!

I once towed a 3500 pound Skamper camper to Glacier NP and back with a Ford Ranger. It pulled it, but .. what a trip! In a head wind we were lucky to hit 55mph. I would get a running start going down one grade to make it up another.. Young and crazy I guess. But i digress....
Now.. never towed an AS with a vehicle smaller than current setup (Ram 2500), so I cannot help you there. But I remember having a death grip on the steering wheel for that trip! LOL

But I am sure you are gonna have a blast! Try it for a short trip and then decide what's best.
Good luck!

PS @Robert Cross - we need a like or LOL button on this site; thanks for the laugh about your note on the back of your AS.
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Just a reminder, if you're in the right lane, you have the right off way. Merging traffic from on ramps are to yield (except Ohio, no one seems to know that rule)
Changing lanes is a courtesy, especially to trucks, but cars can speed up or slow down and change lanes easier than a truck or RV. If your in front of a merging car, let them slow or speed up accordingly rather than a hurried lane change on your part.
Middle lane is usually best bet in cities.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:23 PM   #12
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Overhead clearance is usually not a problem, but double check before pulling into strange places. (Like when I took that shortcut and found myself in a MacDonald's drive through with 8' clearance, and had to back up 100'!)

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that's great! you should post that in the 'non-rookie mistakes' thread. I mean, we all look back and laugh at our past mistakes... i think.
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Just a reminder, if you're in the right lane, you have the right off way. Merging traffic from on ramps are to yield (except Ohio, no one seems to know that rule)
Changing lanes is a courtesy, especially to trucks, but cars can speed up or slow down and change lanes easier than a truck or RV. If your in front of a merging car, let them slow or speed up accordingly rather than a hurried lane change on your part.
Middle lane is usually best bet in cities.
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Law is no different in Ohio. They encourage “zipper” merging but merging traffic on a ramp must yield. Move over and you’ll get stuck in the fast lane with your RV.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:32 PM   #14
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My advice would be to consider tow mirrors and make sure you have the right ones.
We have a Tundra, and use the McKesh tow mirrors. (You buy them on the Hensley Hitch website).

We have the mirrors, and the convex spot mirrors on both sides.

THIS is what allows you to see the merging vehicles in the on-ramp, or next to you changing lanes.

Once you figure them out it takes less than 2 minutes to attach them.
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