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Old 03-05-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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21 ss towing

I will be making my first trip to the mountains in my 2011 Shamrock 21ss this weekend.I will be traveling from South Carolina up to Pigeon Forge TN.I have a 2010 Nissan Titan CC and wanted to know if ya'll have any towing tips for me.I have a WD hitch and Tekonsha p3 brake controller on the truck.I was also wondering if I should use my sway control bar on the hitch.Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:56 PM   #2
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More experienced members will be able to chime in to answer your questions but I always use the anti sway bar when towing. It just feels safer to me even if all is going well.

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Old 03-06-2013, 01:36 AM   #3
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Yes use the sway bar!
If you've got one, why are you even asking?
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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No reason not to use your sway bar...I'd only be disconnecting it to back into your camping spot.

When descending a grade, use the same gear that you ascended in. Use your brakes sparingly, apply to reduce speed, release and allow speed to increase then reapply. If you're not careful it is very easy to overheat the brakes on long descents.


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Old 03-06-2013, 07:32 AM   #5
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You got some good advice here. I second that you use your sway bar.

Just keep things steady up and down the hills and take your time. Don't let the transmission hunt between gears such as 3rd and 4th gears but put it in the lower one and lock out the overdrive.

Going downhill, use a combination of your engine and brakes. Dave's point about using the brakes too much is important. You want to avoid overheating them so don't ride them.

So, you'll figure out the best combination of gearing and torque to get up the hills and the best combo of gearing and brakes to get down safely.

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