Originally Posted by vcarbona
Well I'm going to be upgrading to a 3/4 ton TV and getting a travel trailer as well in the near future. Currently I tow a popup with a 1/2 ton TV. The popup is a rockwood HW276 which is about 19ft long counting the hitch. I have to admit that while I was looking at some of the 30 ft long and 11ft high TTs, I was a bit intimidated if not down right scared. I've never pulled such a monstrosity before!
Has anyone ever been in my shoes? How did you overcome your fears? I welcome any advice. I'm starting to tell myself that I can probably only do 30 ft. Not sure if I can handle 35 footers! Would I now need to be very selective of the campsites I pick?
Thanks in advance!
Has anybody been in your shoes? Just everyone. You will be fine after some 'practice'......
Been 'pulling' since I was 16 years, I have always had a CDL. I am a seasoned citizen (old age is only in the mind).....
1) Get the right equipment for the job
. 1/2 ton will handle a 30 footer alright, but you will know you have a load. 35 footer.... you will almost abuse a 1/2 ton. Diesels are better than gassers for pullin'.
2) Getting that big boy going is the easy part.... stoppen'..... sometimes not so easy. 2 second distance.... I don't think so...... It will not stop when you think it should. Speed and Distance....
. Learn how to use the trailer brakes... not too tight, but not to loose.
3) going straight, that big boy will follow you any where. Going around a corner and he (the unit) wants to cut to your inside. And take out the curb and power pole or drop off in that close ditch. Turning 'right', hug the left side of the road and watch your mirrors (40% of the time look in your mirrors) as you go around the corners. 'Go long', do not 'cut short'...... If you are on the 'wrong track', hit the flashers and stop..
... don't drive yourself into a worse condition. Five minutes of holding up traffic and a short back up is better than ripping off part of you units side or dropping off in a 3 foot ditch.
4) backing up is more hazardous than going forward..... Do not.... Do not 'guess'.... do not 'trust' anyone
. When backing into a spot... get out of the tv and do a walk around..... go slow backing.... get out and do another walk around.... go slow.
5) Speed kills..
.. especially if you have not practiced (and you practice by doing) for years..... I have always found that if I get in a hurry.... bad things happens..... if I 'slow down' I will get there a lot faster.....
6) enjoy the toys
for the big boys.....