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Old 08-26-2016, 12:42 PM   #11
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I have yet to face this as the husband. My wife has only travelled shorter distances with me. One of my friends gets his wife used to it by getting her to drive on the freeway from one Rest Area to another. Gets you used to handling the rig on straight forward driving.
Yep, that's where I'm at too, and first I look to make sure there's no construction going on, lol! Now that we're in a fifth wheel, I feel like I'm starting over again But it's all good!
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:43 PM   #12
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Hmmm. Deserted parking lot. Camper. Spouse!
Hahaha! Too funny!
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If you get into narrow roads, such as construction barriers, just keep your eyes down the center of road and your truck and trailer will be centered in the lane. Don't look to right or you will start drifting to right.
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:48 PM   #14
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New tower, nervous about towing, tips?

No Mrs Evans, you are not starting all over again. Remember a fifth wheeler tows better than a TT and eg a 35ft fifth wheel is probably no longer than my 26RR TT which is 31 feet to ball plus the hitch sticks out a good foot from the TV.


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Old 08-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #15
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No Mrs Evans, you are not starting all over again. Remember a fifth wheeler tows better than a TT and eg a 35ft fifth wheel is probably no longer than my 26RR TT which is 31 feet to ball plus the hitch sticks out a good foot from the TV.


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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind, will have my opportunity soon as we have a trip planned at the end of October
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:56 PM   #16
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Hmmm. Deserted parking lot. Camper. Spouse!
But I like it. No way to stop trailer sway then.
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Old 08-26-2016, 01:06 PM   #17
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No Mrs Evans, you are not starting all over again. Remember a fifth wheeler tows better than a TT and eg a 35ft fifth wheel is probably no longer than my 26RR TT which is 31 feet to ball plus the hitch sticks out a good foot from the TV.


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5th wheels and TT trail a little different in corners and behave a little different when backing up.
Jump some things to keep in mind. Not bad, just different.


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When I have the 30' TT on back I like to think I bring my A game. Part of that is looking and thinking ahead to what I need to do or where I need to be. Things do not happen as fast when towing (if you do it right otherwise they happen even faster ;-) ) so sometimes you need to start sooner.

Of course starting and stopping take more time and distance so I add buffer space to compensate.

The trailer will take a different line through corners than the truck. On straighter corners the difference is so small that you can forget about it. But as the turn gets sharper the difference gets bigger and you have to compensate by turning in later and taking a wider line through the corner in the truck. On city street type corners remember that your vehicle is not past the curb/pole/whatever until your trailer wheels pass that point. So you will feel W-A-Y past it in the truck. You cannot really start turning in these situations until you get to that point though.

This displaced turn point also comes into play for backing up and I am still learning to pull a lot further forward than I think/thought I needed to before beginning to back up.

For backing up I find it much easier to back to the left as I can see everything back there looking back out the window or mirror. This is why better/newer RV parks always have their back in spaces angled to this side.

Avoid driving at night until you have it all mastered. It sucks to not be able to see the trailer wheels on corners at night when you are still figuring out how much to compensate for length and tracking.

Take your time and do not be in a rush, drive slower than you would without the tow. Watch the trucks and take cues from them as to speeds and spaces.
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If you get into narrow roads, such as construction barriers, just keep your eyes down the center of road and your truck and trailer will be centered in the lane. Don't look to right or you will start drifting to right.
This construction tip is valuable as is FordHaulers " hand on bottom of wheel when backing". Use your mirrors keeping track of passing vehicles- some trucks and semis will push or nudge more than others based on there design. Keeping track allows you to anticipate. Good truckers will widen out when passing. Road signs - pay attention to road signs- narrowing bridge, Lane ending. Get in right lane let others go around travel at speed where you "feel in control of vehicle"
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If you get into narrow roads, such as construction barriers, just keep your eyes down the center of road and your truck and trailer will be centered in the lane. Don't look to right or you will start drifting to right.
Hmm. I disagree by about 3 feet. I think I was taught years ago the you look at the part of the road you want to go right under your backside (that's Aussie for 'between your eyes'); or alternately the part of the lane you focus on will go under your backside. In motorcycle terms you go where you look - you in a truck means you not so much the centre of the truck.
I use my bonnet (sorry 'hood') and its architectural features as things to line up with parts of the lane, especially in tight spots.
But do whatever works for you.
If necessary ask a kindly friend to follow you and tell you where in the lane you are travelling.
It's worth remembering that the left hand side of the truck & rig is the side you can best judge as to how close to cement barriers etc you are. Many people make sure they avoid the LH side barriers but fail to realize how close they are consequently to the RH side barriers!
The adjustment of mirrors helps greatly in all this. Don't point all the mirrors at what's behind you, just one will do for that or a reverse camera.
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