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Old 10-07-2008, 12:06 PM   #61
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Hey, come to Colorado, that will brake you in on hills, 10% grades with 10 mph switchbacks.... You better hope your truck downshifts!!!!!!!!!!!!

May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 10-07-2008, 03:51 PM   #62

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Took some time, but not really afraid anymore.

More like.. very, very aware.
I’m done with ‘adulting’…Let’s go find Bigfoot.
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:15 PM   #63
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Have to agree with Robert Cross: don't be afraid if you have the right set-up, but be very, very aware! I am always a little stressed when in traffic or in towns, but I figure that's natures way of making sure I'm tuned in to what I'm doing. Also- when on a narrow street with cars parked on your right, be VERY cautious when making a left turn, like into a parking lot! I ALMOST sideswiped a car with the rear end of my coach when it swung out to the right, while turning left. I was lucky, lesson learned!
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Old 10-07-2008, 05:43 PM   #64
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If I can, you can

Maybe this story will help. I picked up my 28' Safari at the dealer's in Burlington Vt and towed her home more than 200 miles alone. I'd never towed anything as big and heavy as the AS and she was my brand new (expensive) baby. And I'd never towed anything with this truck. All my research told me that the truck could handle her - but I wasn't sure because theory can be very different from reality.

I had the whitest knuckles I'd ever had when I left the dealer's and got into traffic and by some shopping malls and several traffic lights and turns before I got on the interstate. I really wondered if I was going to live to tell about the trip. I stuck to the right hand lane and took it slow and easy until I got a feel for how she handled. There are some pretty good hills in northern Vermont on I-89 and I was worried that she'd get out of hand. From driving in 6" of snow on steep hills earlier I'd learned how to drop her down a gear or two (automatic trans with tow package) to use the engine as a break. I slowed down just before I reached the crest of a hill so that I was in total control, I geared down and felt comfortable going down, and didn't use the brakes. That's the key - feeling comfortable and in control. I didn't care how fast the rest of the world was going and I still don't. I set my own standards. If I need two lanes to make a turn I take them. If other people get upset about me and what I'm doing I figure they will get over it and if they don't we'll know what they died of. (I try to be courteous and pull over to let a string of cars go by on a two lane road and in other situations) but I don't let anybody crowd me or push me or force me to do something I don't want to. If I need to change lanes and I can't get into the other lane in slow traffic I stop and wait and eventually I'll get the opportunity I need. It's all a matter of attitude - I wanted this trailer and I wanted to be able to handle her alone and I was probably as scared as I've ever been when I picked her up- but I just thought it through - used my experience and what I took to be good advice I'd been given and I had a great trip. Now I've even learned how to back her into my very narrow driveway on my very narrow street and I'm ready to go most anywhere reasonable.

As the song goes "Take it easy - don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy" If this 110 lb female can do it - you can too - maybe even better! Best wishes.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:06 AM   #65
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I find no matter how many miles one tows these things, if you do cross country runs like I do, something will challenge you big time. In a nutshell concentration is the issue, and it can happen in a heartbeat. From lanes that no trailer can fit in around Reno, to switchback turns between angel fire and Taos with rock outcroppings ready to peel your castle like a sardine can, or semis in Chicago that just want to see if they can dent your baby with nanometers to spare and everything in the middle. As a rule, I turn on my classical music, zone in, get through the tough spots like major city traffic and have no distractions. I guess from my perspective I see it as a miracle when the day is done nothing has gone wrong. The one single biggest thing any of us can do is not tailgate however. It is a rule that will always help make the day a good one.
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