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Old 06-17-2014, 11:07 AM   #11
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Reese is good. There is WD (distributes weight to the front axle of the TV) and anti-sway (so the tail isn't wagging the dog in winds, uneven pavement, when big trucks pass, etc).

Have you ever towed/backed up with any trailer in the past? (boat, garden, etc?) I had a lot of experience with that and a big TT had a few differences - it was much easier to backup due to length than say, a trailer on a garden tractor or a cargo trailer.
The big 'scary' thing for me was with boats and such you can see a lot more back there than with a big huge box of a TT.

Learning to swing wide is key to avoiding 'issues'..I got a nice mark down the side of my TT from a fence in my own driveway. My 'secret' is to set the TV mirrors so I can see teh TT tires - works well for backup and turns too.

As for backing up there is a lot of advice out there - you'll have to find what works for you. What worked for me, especially for backing up straight, was someone on here told me to hold the TOP of the steering wheel and and look in the side mirrors. The TT will move to one side and you move your hand on the wheel to the SAME SIDE to straighten out.

I can now put my TT and cargo trailer back in their parking places withing 6" every time. I can also back down my 100' driveway no problem. To back into a spot I pull up and watch the inside tire trailer on the driveway/road (or camp spot/road) junction and can get into a camp spot now on the first try right where I want.

BTW, we had ours delivered (didn't have a TV yet) and our first trip was a friday night in rush hour in the rain through a construction zone. After that everything was easy!

Enjoy!
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:08 AM   #12
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walmart carries the rhinoflex too.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:14 PM   #13
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since you've only been a tent camper and most hybrid owners are former popup owners, i'll suggest some things since you skipped popups.

get Popup Gizmos or the generic 5x7 solar/all-weather/sportsmen blankets for the tops of the canvas ends. #1 Hybrid mod!
check PUG's website for info on them and why they're important.

get some tandem wheel chocks to help the stabilizers with trailer movement.
NOT just the cheap plastic wedge wheel chocks.

since you are tent campers, do you plan to dry camp or boondock? or will you always camp with hookups?
if you plan on dry camping or boondocking, there are a number of things to suggest.

be prepared for your gas mileage to drop to 9-11mpg when towing.
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Old 06-17-2014, 02:12 PM   #14
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We are definitely interested in boondocking, and have seen a suggestion about solar panels, but didn't go much deeper than that, so any advice is welcome -

Question - just had a guy call me about the brake controller package and he suggested that we install the prodigy 2 and it runs about $550 - any feedback on this option?
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$550 sounds like a lot. you can pick the controller up for around $100. What vehicle is it going in. most trucks and some SUV's are just getting the correct adapter and it's just plugs in.
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We are definitely interested in boondocking, and have seen a suggestion about solar panels, but didn't go much deeper than that, so any advice is welcome -

Question - just had a guy call me about the brake controller package and he suggested that we install the prodigy 2 and it runs about $550 - any feedback on this option?
I just bought a Prodigy P3 from this guy on ebay for $119. He is close to you in Kissimmee. Depending on your tow vehicle you may need to purchase a ready to plug in connector which you can find on Amazon for about ten bucks.

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Old 06-17-2014, 04:44 PM   #17
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So far this thread has proved it's weight in gold - that $550 was through a local RV place (La Mesa) and after i got a few of those replies about cost, i searched around and found someone to install it tomorrow for less than half, and then another place, same price - less than half. So no idea why they were so outrageous on the cost -but i do appreciate the heads up that we were getting jammed a little. Every little bit helps.
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Question - just had a guy call me about the brake controller package and he suggested that we install the prodigy 2 and it runs about $550 - any feedback on this option?
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are you kidding me! do you not have the factory tow package on your tow vehicle?
a Prodigy P2 costs less than $100 and a plug-n-play harness cost about $15.

but even if you don't have the factory tow package, $550 would be too much for even installing the full tow package.

not sure if you know the difference between boondocking and dry camping.
don't think that there's many areas in Fla, for true boondocking.
dry camping is camping in developed campsites with no hookups.
boondocking is camping in areas that don't have any amenities or numbered campsites. places like beaches, Nat. Forests, deserts and so on.
to do either, you'll need two deep cycle batteries, either 12v or 6v.
you'll need an inverter generator if you will want to run the a/c or microwave or hair dryers.
solar will only recharge the batteries.
you'll need a tote tank for gray or black water disposal.
and you might to install a small inverter to run a tv and dvd and to recharge electronic devices.
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the Roo! There's a wealth of info on the forum and it's helped us tremendously in getting settled into our Roo. Can't thank these folks enough for their help.

We're camping in Indiana right now, it's 92 outside and 72 inside since we added the PUGs and reflectix panels, what a difference! Its that kind of info on the forum that makes it so valuable.
You're going to love the 23ss. Just be patient and take your time. Big learning curve!

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So far this thread has proved it's weight in gold - that $550 was through a local RV place (La Mesa) and after i got a few of those replies about cost, i searched around and found someone to install it tomorrow for less than half, and then another place, same price - less than half. So no idea why they were so outrageous on the cost -but i do appreciate the heads up that we were getting jammed a little. Every little bit helps.
if your vehicle has the factory tow package, the brake controller install will take 15 minutes since it should have a plug already for the controller's harness.

why pay even half for such an easy job and parts for less than $150!
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