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Old 03-14-2014, 08:14 PM   #11
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Don't forget about your tailgate!

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Old 03-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #12
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Don't forget about your tailgate!
YES!! great suggestion I learned the hard way. Its an unforgettable noise that you will only do once.


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Old 03-14-2014, 08:22 PM   #13
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All great advice...I would add to be mindful about the added weight. It takes longer to slow down....keep the distance!
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:15 PM   #14
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It won't track as close to your truck tracks when turning so allow plenty of room when making those right turns. It'll want to climb the curb.

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I agree with this- my dealer took me for a test drive (me driving, tech in shotgun giving tips). During it, the tech told me to watch the trailer wheels; drive straight forward until they pass the obstruction (sign, curb, etc), you're then safe to cut the wheel as sharp as you need. It's worked well for me.

As for backing, just remember that the pivot point is over the rear axle and takes longer to move sideways than a TT.
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Old 03-14-2014, 11:45 PM   #15
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You have been given great advice. Most of us have been in exactly the same frame of mind as you are in. You'll get through it. Breathe...

The biggest thing is trust your own judgement. If you are unsure, check for yourself. If you don't feel comfortable, STOP. Get out and look.

In just a few trips you'll have your own routine and it will all work out just fine.

Oh ya, remember that tailgate! I know from personal experience!
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:37 AM   #16
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Good advise here.
On the tailgate - I just leave it at home. I dont need it when camping anyway, plus it's 60 lbs of useless weight.

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Old 03-16-2014, 09:36 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone. Safely make it home yesterday. Didnt feel much different than the TT. Had to back it down my road tho to be able to back herte in left handed. Tried is blind side a few times but wasnt going to well. Driveway is very thin and have to get it right on. Not to bad tho. Definatlly fell the weight a little more too but all was well.

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Old 03-16-2014, 09:42 AM   #18
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The weight as you know is now right over your drive axle not a few feet behind it so a little "felt" difference is normal.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:40 PM   #19
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I think a 5th wheel is a lot better then a tt I have had both I think when you get your new rig you will never go back to a tt. The only thing I like about the tt over the 5th is you keep all the box room in your truck
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:31 PM   #20
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You will get used to it after a few trips. Just remember when backing up to start sooner on your turns and If possible keep the truck and 5'r in line. You'll get it.

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