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Old 08-25-2016, 09:11 PM   #1
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New tower, nervous about towing, tips?

My husband has been towing various vehicles basically his entire life. All I've towed is our 8ft popup once, and a 14ft v-hull boat less than a dozen times.

This 24ft Surveyor is making me a bit nervous. Not only am I very inexperienced at driving a rear-wheel vehicle (we've only had our truck since May), but towing something this long is a totally new experience for me.

So, do you have any tips for a new tower?

Most of the time, my husband will be doing the driving but we want to take longer trips that he won't be able to drive the entire way. I need to be comfortable doing it.

Are there any tips or tricks in trying to relax or be more comfortable with towing?
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:15 PM   #2
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My wife had never towed anything in her life.
When we got our first popup, I'd let her drive it on the highway so she could get used to it.
Did the same thing when we got our HTT.
Now she has no fears towing it and pulling in and out of gas stations.

She still prefers me to do the backing up.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:27 PM   #3
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Go to a local school parking lot on the weekend and drive around.
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Find a big open parking lot that's unused and practice turning and stuff tree to get a feel of it before getting on the road. When contorble get on the highway before going down two lane roads
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Those are all very awesome tips. I think next week my husband and I will find a deserted parking lot to practice in. We luckily live in a very rural area so finding an empty lot should be easy.
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Take it slow, leave extra distance between you and the vehicles in front of you. Remember the trailer will track narrower than your tow vehicle on turns so cut wider. I always stay to the outside lane if 2 turning lanes are available. On highways I try to stay in the middle lane to avoid people entering/exiting the highway but if you are below speed then stay in the right lane.

As stated above, practice driving forward and around turns in a empty school or shopping center parking lot. Practice backing straight lines and into spots on your right and left too. Then go out on the roads. Practice in back roads and main roads during off traffic times. Also once your mirrors are set have your dh walk around the trailer to help you learn your blind spots. I taught my dh how to drive a 30' tt and then our 40' fiver. I'm the primary driver. He is the backup driver. You can do it.
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When backing, go slowly. Very slowly. Until you "get it".
Also, by placing your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and pushing it in the direction you want the trailer to go, you will soon be comfortable with guiding the unit backwards. Best wishes
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Just remember your braking distance is much greater with a load behind you so watch the traffic several vehicles in front and anticipate any slowdowns or stopping in traffic.
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Those are all very awesome tips. I think next week my husband and I will find a deserted parking lot to practice in. We luckily live in a very rural area so finding an empty lot should be easy.
Hmmm. Deserted parking lot. Camper. Spouse!
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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.
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