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Old 08-07-2013, 11:42 PM   #1
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Brought home our first Travel Trailer today

Well the day has come and gone. We picked up our new (and first) travel trailer today. Had a great run through at our dealer (Kingston RV in Kingston Ontario, Canada). They have a hill coming from the back of the building where the shop is, to the front and where the parking lot is. It is quite the hill and no room for a run. I figured, that must be the test hill lol. If you can't get up it, your TV is wrong.

First thing I did was drive it the few blocks home and contact a buddy, who has driven everything from a large tour bus with a trailer to his current SUV and travel trailer, to come over and check things and help me safely get it in the driveway at home. First we took it for a short drive with him driving. He felt the truck and trailer were working fine together and just needed to adjusted the brake controller for the trailer brakes.

We will spend the next week loading it up with things and figuring out the best way to pack it so everything stays put during travel, then we go for a weekend camping on August 16th.

Thank you to all on this forum who have offered advice when I was looking at which trailer to get and other things. A fine group of people on this forum. I will try and upload a picture of our new setup at home here.

James.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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Congrats! You have a nice rig and your very fortunate to have an experienced friend to help you through your learning curve. Enjoy and remember - those lucky enough to RV are lucky enough.
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Congrats on you new camper!
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Congrats, but wow! That seems like an awful lot of trailer for a Ford Ranger.

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Congrats on the beautiful Surveyor!
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Thanks all. We have it setup in the driveway at the moment testing out some of the stuff. In fact my son and are sleeping in it tonight. So far everything's checking out great. Real test will be next weekend.
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Congrats, but wow! That seems like an awful lot of trailer for a Ford Ranger.

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Well driving around it seemed perfectly fine. Went up and down some large hills with it. It is well under the weight limit of what the ranger is rated for plus it is setup with the WD hitch and brake controller.

I looked at a number of trailers and for what we wanted and needed, this seemed to be the best match. I will update some day on how it really handles on a road trip when we get out there.
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Well driving around it seemed perfectly fine. Went up and down some large hills with it. It is well under the weight limit of what the ranger is rated for plus it is setup with the WD hitch and brake controller.

I looked at a number of trailers and for what we wanted and needed, this seemed to be the best match. I will update some day on how it really handles on a road trip when we get out there.

Not from a weight standpoint but from a power one. My Father in law has a 2002 ranger V6 and I pulled my PUP with it one time (about 3300# total) and it was horrible. The trans would not stay in any one gear, and hills just killed you speed. It was like I left the parking brake on.

Now, his Ranger might be a dog, but the PUP had waaay less wind resistance than your surveyor. I hope it all is good for you, but when you are 100 miles into a trip with 200 left to go, it sucks when you start dreading each uphill.

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Not from a weight standpoint but from a power one. My Father in law has a 2002 ranger V6 and I pulled my PUP with it one time (about 3300# total) and it was horrible. The trans would not stay in any one gear, and hills just killed you speed. It was like I left the parking brake on.

Now, his Ranger might be a dog, but the PUP had waaay less wind resistance than your surveyor. I hope it all is good for you, but when you are 100 miles into a trip with 200 left to go, it sucks when you start dreading each uphill.

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Thanks Tim, for your comments on your history with a Ranger. I will keep an eye on how the truck handles this weekend. First trip out I will be sticking with the back roads rather than the main highway. We will only be about an hour from home but there are some pretty big and long hills involved. I will update how it goes
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Congrats on the new camper. Enjoy!
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