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Old 05-29-2016, 10:43 AM   #11
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Yeah it is a bit of a challenge but we should be fine with our f150 and 253rks. I am going to take my kids to grundy this summer if possible.
Your F150 have that new trailer backing option? I have two friends in Borden who just bought that truck and they will let me know if it is as slick as the Ford website says.

Grundy has to have the warmest lake water I have ever been in, this time of year though bring a very good insect repellent.

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Old 05-29-2016, 10:49 AM   #12
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Our first trip will be to awanda next weekend. Backing in the trailer today went a lot better than I was expecting so I will still practice lots around base borden this week.
I did the same thing, went on Sat/Sun when traffic and students were gone, drove around to get the cornering and picked a parking lot with some 90 degree turns to simulate a campsite. Wife and I also took this time to get some hand signals down, saves on the yelling.

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Old 05-29-2016, 11:07 AM   #13
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We bought walkie talkies. Lots of practice picking it up, driving, backing, and setting it down. Easier to make mistakes when I don't have a line up of rigs behind us because they can't pass us.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:08 AM   #14
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The 2016 brought in the backup function. After backing the rig in at home for the first time EVER PULLING A TRAILER I don't think I will need it. It is pretty easy as long as you can walk and chew gum at the same time. Lol.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:23 AM   #15
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The 2016 brought in the backup function. After backing the rig in at home for the first time EVER PULLING A TRAILER I don't think I will need it. It is pretty easy as long as you can walk and chew gum at the same time. Lol.
Hang onto that thought....try backing at night when you loose your visual ques! Best advise I ever got from an old seasoned RVer when he saw I was in a bind one day, comes over and says "always make small corrections...when you turn to hard the trailer will develop a mind of its own"

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Old 05-29-2016, 09:30 PM   #16
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I actually intend to practice entire hook up, drive, back-up into narrow spot and setup trailer all in the dark. Multiple times and maybe even in the rain. Like they say in the army if it ain't raining then it ain't training.
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I actually intend to practice entire hook up, drive, back-up into narrow spot and setup trailer all in the dark. Multiple times and maybe even in the rain. Like they say in the army if it ain't raining then it ain't training.
That is why we bought our TT, did not care for "Army camping" anymore, we did the tenting thing for a number of years, nice to turn the AC on when it gets to hot out though and sleeping on a mattres, not worrying if it is going to rain.

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Old 05-30-2016, 12:33 PM   #18
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Hooked up this morning. No kids no dogs no wife. Just me my truck and patience. Made a list of each and everything I did as I went along. Will post it later.

Took the rig for a 100 km drive. Found some very big hills for it to climb. Also some backing up. Backed into my driveway 3 times just for the practice. All 3 were a success.

Going to make a new list as I unhook and set things up.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:41 PM   #19
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Here is the list for setting up.

1. Put trailer in position
2. Identify levels side to side.
3. 0.5 degrees equals 1.5"
4. Move trailer to be on level blocks.
5. Disconnect safety chains
6. Disconnect kill switch
7. Disconnect electrical
8. Install blocks
9. Install chocks
10. Extend hitch jack to snug
11. Remove WDHS
12. Lower hitch jack to release trailer
13. Extend jack to level front to back
14. Extend stabilizers.
15. Extend slide out
16. Recheck levels
17. Hookup electricity
18. Hookup water if applicable
19. Stow WDHS and hitch
20. Secure all compartments
21. Verify fridge running on electricity.
22. Remove cold beverage from fridge.
23. Extend recliner under awning
24. Open beverage
25. Enjoy.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:42 PM   #20
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Here is the list for hooking up

1. Install hitch
2. Back up truck
3. Disconnect electrical.
4. Plug in truck
5. Retract slide
6. Remove all stabilizers raised
7. Stow all wood
8. Set out WDHS bars
9. Unhook all chains
10. Remove and Stow power jack cover
11. Remove pin from hitch
12. Lower hitch onto truck.
13. Adjust truck until good connection
14. Install pin
15. Attach safety chains
16. Attach breakaway cable
17. Install bars in slots and over cams
18. Extend the hitch to raise the rig
19. Hook up chains on WDHS
20. Retract hitch to take weight off.
21. Measure for 19.5 to 20
22. Fully retract
23. Store wood and chocks
24. Final checks on trailer
25. Pull off levelling blocks
26. Store levelling blocks
27. Check electrical on trailer
28. Lock storage compartments
29. Complete walk around of site and rig.
30. Dogs and passengers?
31. Install and adjust mirrors.
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