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Old 06-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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1st long haul, any tips?

A week from today we are taking out 27hfs from here (western Montana) to the Mt Rushmore area of South Dakota. About a thousand miles one way. This will be my first long haul with a big trailer. Any tips, tricks, suggestions are welcome.
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Check your tire pressures before you leave and keep checking. When you stop feel the tire temperatures and carefully the drum temps with your fingers too have a good trip
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65 mph or less
stop often and stretch the legs
check tires and hubs for high temps at every stop
carry plenty of water and a few snacks in the TV
get roadside assistance from your insurance company or Coach-Net or Good Sam or...
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A week from today we are taking out 27hfs from here (western Montana) to the Mt Rushmore area of South Dakota. About a thousand miles one way. This will be my first long haul with a big trailer. Any tips, tricks, suggestions are welcome.
Thanks!
No more than 5 hours per day. Getting in while there is still plenty of daylight and leaving after rush hour makes for a pleasant first trip. My first one was based on an 8 hour driving day. By the end of the first week the DW was looking at Orbitz for airline tickets home,

Take your time setting up and tearing down.
Nothing will ruin a trip like leaving your spouse or one of the children behind.

Watch I Love Lucy's "The Long Trailer" and Robin William's in "RV" -
DON"T do anything they did.

Watch your speed.

Check tire air pressure before you leave.

Chocks in first thing and out last thing.
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Fuel, try to use big truck stops, nothing worse than getting jammed into a fuel station that was designed for automobiles or navigating through a large busy city! Stay safe have fun!
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Thanks. Not much in the way of rush hours between here and SD. Mostly I90 wide open country with lots of truck stops. Will check the hubs and tires frequently. As far the safety, my wifes nickname for me is "safety officer Bob". We should be good.
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I agree with Herk on the 5 hr days. When we travel across Canada I try to keep our days to 5 hrs of driving. With rest stops and stop for lunch is is usually 7 to 8 hrs. If you have the time just relax and make as many stops as you can. Some days I only drive 100 to 200 miles and stop at a great CG. Setup the chairs and relax. It makes for a drive you can enjoy and keeps the DW happy. Remember happy wife, happy life.
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Check your tire pressures before you leave and keep checking. When you stop feel the tire temperatures and carefully the drum temps with your fingers too have a good trip
Agree with Nigel 100%. Would suggest investment of a few dollars in an infrared temp gun for checking the hubs and tires. I never leave home without mine. Use on motor home as well as travel trailer.
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So what kind of hub and tire temps are you looking for?
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