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Old 06-21-2010, 11:18 AM   #1
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Time to throw my marshmallow on the fire

First a thanks to everyone for the information I have gathered over the past few weeks from this forum. We were in the looking process for a new TT as we are moving up from the pop-up world. The information I read was very helpful in our purchasing decision.
We opted for the Rockwood 2701SS and took delivery of it this past weekend. (Pretty nice Father's day gift in my view!!) We have it loaded and ready for our first trip this coming weekend. The trailer is near the limits of my truck, so I'm a little nervous. But I've done the research; put all the safety measures in place, and I think I feel comfortable about getting it on the road. Most of my uneasy-ness is just getting use to the feel of pulling something much bigger and twice the weight of the pop-up.
Most of our trip through Missouri will be relatively flat until we get to the Ozark 'Mountains'. There are a couple of long stretches of 12% grade that are keeping me up at night thinking about. I'm sure we'll do fine! I'll post updates when I can. Any and all towing pointers would be quite appreciated!

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Old 06-21-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Killman View Post
Any and all towing pointers would be quite appreciated!
Just my bellwether one: Driving any vehicle has some inherent dangers. Add on a trailer, and the package is inherently more dangerous. Show respect and caution, and you will avoid the dangers.

Based on what I have read here, you seem to get it just fine.

Besides, anyone towing any trailer facing a 12% grade would be nervous. Up hill or down hill. Wow! We don't see them that steep out here in snow country.


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Old 06-21-2010, 12:43 PM   #3
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We go to Branson a couple times a year and that is a true test of your tow vehicle, other than going through the mountains that is. Wish you the best of luck and hope you have a great time.
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Old 06-21-2010, 01:02 PM   #4
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Thanks Jim: With the pop-up I never knew it was behind me and I probably wasn't as cautious as I should have been. With this bigger trailer, not am I not able to drive as fast..I don't WANT to drive as fast. From this point forward it is slow and easy, don't worry about the time, and enjoy the trip to the campground!

Donna: Branson is where we go just about all of the time. We enjoy it down there and the drive, for the most part, really isn't that bad.
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