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Old 08-27-2014, 01:37 PM   #31
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Thanks, Glenn. Fortunately there was a tractor trailer ahead of me that told me I could get past. I switched both mirrors - one side down to watch the jersey wall and the other side up to watch the awnings to the tractor trailer and took it slow.

OH yeah, we got caught up in the "cattle shutes" going from PF on up to OC's place in NC.

Jeepers CREEPERS! One of them was on a LONG/HIGH bridge. Sneak was doin' fine, but I kept my eye on those awning poles on my side. Gotta keep those in mind for SURE, as the front one extends down to just above the wheels.

I'm a "chatty cathy" (hey it's my job to keep him awake, right?) co-pilot and during that one I noticed he wasn't responding....then heard a quiet "honey I'm kinda tunnel focused at the moment".

/snark nice way of saying "would you please ZIP it 'til I'm outta this"? (I zipped it.)
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:41 PM   #32
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You need to buy low clearances and bridges then set your height, mine is 13' or I don't go under it period. It will load in your garmin and also streets and trips if you use that, for about $15.00 bucks or so, and they are always sending you updates that people tell them about, covers the whole USA.....
Don't mean to hijack the thread but...

What is the Best RV GPS out there? When we got the King Ranch, it came with a Integrated GPS system and, like typical Microsoft Software is a POS

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Old 08-27-2014, 01:48 PM   #33
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I use my garmin quite a bit but this last year I've really been pleased with the Rand McNally unit I got from CW. I'm not a fan even in the slightest, but it was priced well and is specifically designed in cooperation with GS for RV'rs. You can input your rigs dimensions, etc, and it will route you past low bridges and the what not.

It's come in handy a time or two.
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:56 PM   #34
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First time I ever pulled our first 5th wheel I was in a very dangerous spot. We were going to or lot in eastern washington and I had never towed anything that big before. Its a 1986 27 foot alumalite, and the running lites werent working. Due to the lights not working and we were running out of daylight, we took the shortcut. Well we had driven up this road many times with the camper on the truck with out any problems. After 18 miles you get to a steep gravel hill with turns on it. Well I made it up the first part, but the second part gets steeper and I lost traction. I couldnt go forward, and I sure couldnt go back. one side of the hill is a couple hundred feet up and I didnt want to fall off of the edge. The DW was following me in our little ranger pick up and when I stopped I had to keep my foot on the brake so it wouldnt slide of the cliff. I had her take the dogs out of the truck with me, and go get help. The road goes right by a farmers house on the bottom of the hill. She went down and explained to the farmer what was going on. Luckily he drove up in an older (70's) dodge ex forest servive truck with 4 wheel drive. I had our f350 dually with only rear wheel drive and that trailer. He hooked up a big rope, and he was able to get me the rest of the way up. he went and followed us to the next big hill but I was able to keep momentum and made it up that hill with out trouble. He has helped numerous people throught out the years, but he said most people had been drinking and get into trouble, was glad to help since I was sober. (not after I got to my property). I have pulled my little utility trailer and even flat towed our jeep up that hill, but I wont pull a 5th wheel up that ever again. I am a chicken, I see the farmer pulling live stock trailers up that hill alot but they have been doing that for years.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:16 PM   #35
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We (ex and I) had one of these. We just used it around the farm, and our sons learned to drive using it. During the winter, when we had ice storms, this was used a LOT to help out neighbors. I think top speed on it was 40MPH, but dang that thing would DIG and PULL like an ox!

He may still have it. Several people tried to buy it from him...newp. Too much fun. The fenders on that thing could take a whack from a baseball bat and show no damage.
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:21 PM   #36
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I looked out the back window once and saw it bobbing across the terraces on the back 40....no one in it, both doors open....it doodled on across the pasture and plopped nose down into a ravine.

Boys came running to the house...LOL...red wasps boiled out from under the dash on 'em and they bailed.

They were worried 'bout being in trouble with Dad when he got home so I took the tractor down and pulled it out. Not a dent on it anywhere. Money can't buy a vehicle made like that anywhere.

Ya started that ox by pushing a button/pedal on the floor.

We lived on a lake and that was only one of many times those boys got that thing "high centered" on something....cypress knee, etc., ran it off in the edge of the lake, etc.
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:59 PM   #37
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Ya literally made me chuckle out loud Doodler. Oh yeah, good old red clay! Slicker than...owl......stuff!

If Sneak and I lived at the end of a driveway like that, there's not a chance in hades I'll ever drive Biff/Buffy all the way home, or leave out driving....even during the dry season!

Newp, I'll leave that to "the one who has the ability".

Yep, UPS and FedEx will not even come down my drive. They leave my packages at neighbor's house . That red clay is real pain to wash off too!
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asquared, there's a reason my signature line includes "give me 40 acres and I'll turn this rig around".

I am NO good at backing a trailer. My brain just doesn't work that way; turn opposite of the way you want to go.

I decided to mow our 3 acre yard once (married to ex at the time) and he'd parked a van with a short flat bed utility trailer still hitched to it in the back yard. I simply wanted to back it up enough to mow where it was sitting.

YEP, jackknifed it!

My ex MIL (may she RIP) was the same way. If she was towing, she'd always ask before pulling in somewhere: "can I circle here"? So I am in good company. That woman was the *best* MIL/Grandmother a person could ever have.

You just haven't found the right teacher yet. You need another woman to teach ya. I took my DH from not being able to back an SUV (silly city boy) to being able to drive, park and back the old 30' tt. Haven't let him drive the new fiver yet.
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