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Old 05-22-2014, 08:25 AM   #21
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Don't take this the wrong way, but I would also take into account your safety record. Have you had any accidents previously that were your fault? How confident do you feel on the road without a TT? If you have any major doubts I would choose smaller. If no major concerns then basically go with more safety options to make you feel more at ease with a larger TT. Like an upgraded WD hitch setup, better TV tires, better brakes, upgraded brake controller (although you said you have the factory Ford controller, lucky you.) Even consider upgraded RV TP. HAHA. Do whatever you need to make you feel safe and confident because it will help you enjoy your new TT more. If you feel intimidated, you are more likely to just let it sit in storage. Something I am developing now is a pre-flight safety checklist. I'm sure many people have them here. I know that will personally put my mind at ease for the adventures. Do whatever you need to maximize your enjoyment.

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Old 05-22-2014, 08:34 AM   #22
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Like everybody aready said, Go for it!
Practice in a big empty lot, practice backing, and just remember when you're passing someone on the superslab, you're 30 ft longer than you think! Get good mirrors.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:25 AM   #23
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Thanks everyone.

@CLT - No worries. I'm a very safe driver. I've never been in an accident (knock on wood) period, and I was a volunteer firefighter for a few years. MV accidents were common so I always drive defensively. Thanks though!

@ox - I plan on taking the trailer to a lowe's/walmart parking lot after we pick one up to practice. It should be a blast!
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:44 AM   #24
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Sounds like your driving skills are without question. But I would still go with the upgraded RV TP. Best of luck with whatever you choose. Regardless, you have a good amount of wheelbase as to not limit your choices as much as mine were.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:38 PM   #25
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Pull the trigger.

I have been pulling a 32' TT that weighs 1200# more than yours for the last 3 years. I have the same truck but with a 5.4. I have a 14,000 Equalizer hitch. It tows great. Although a 2014 with a6.2L is on order!
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:55 PM   #26
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You will be ok. I went from a small sports car to a F350 dually and 26 ft TT. I took it slow initially until I felt comfortable. I'll be trading the TT in for 40 ft 5er in 2 yrs. The learning curve wasn't as long as I expected but I was nervous as hell on my maiden voyage!

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Old 05-22-2014, 10:57 PM   #27
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The nerves will come when your pulling into the campground and have to back it in to your spot in front of a bunch of other people that tow TT's. Do yourself a favor and always get out and go check out the site before you back into it (and a couple of times in the middle of backing in if you need to). Make sure you aren't going to hit anything in the way like glass, the last goofball's wheel chocks, the sewer pipe, tree's etc..

No one will ever care that you have to pull forward and re position your rig a couple of times. We were all there at one point. Just give yourself a few feet away from trees on the backside if you have slides.

Have a blast camping. Towing it is easier than you think.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:59 PM   #28
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No. My first was 26'. Just make sure your TV can handle it.

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Old 05-22-2014, 11:45 PM   #29
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I started out with a 26' TT, pulling with a Nissan Titan, and it really was a good match. Didn't take to long to get the hang of it either. The first day we were hungry and decided to try my rusty towing skills and ended up in the back lot of a big Burger king. I was so proud of myself, but then I realized I had to get out, and there were a couple of very sharp turns. Just keep a close eye out on the trailer and take corners wide.

Look ahead, way ahead and plan your move. Slow down and don't let the uptight motorists behind you get under your skin.

Buy your second trailer first. We made 6 trips in that brand new 26' TT, then we trade it for a 34' TT, and also got a new Tow vehicle.

For me the towing part to our destination is my favorite part. I really like towing, and I really love a good challenge. Practice in places that you know you can get out of. I have been in some Hum dingers of tight situation's, (you will find yourself in plenty also) and I have always managed to get out of it. You'll be fine.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:02 PM   #30
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7652GVWR - 2451CCC sounds like about 5200 lbs dry.
Expect up to 6200lbs loaded, and maybe 750 lbs TW (?). It sounds like you have the truck for it.

Just plan for your first trip or 2 very close to home, and close to a Walmart!

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