This topic has induced a LOT of soul searching. THANK YOU!
I remember our vacation of 2005: "The Long, Long Trailer Trip."
While the Fiber Stream
has all of the features mentioned here, they were not the reason I was driving so fast.
I planned to squeeze in a Family Reunion near Syracuse, and our 1st Oregon Gathering in Bandon into the same 2-1/2 week vacation.
I had made "1/2 cross country" trips many times in my life. When I was a kid, my family often drove from the Syracuse area to just west of Oklahoma City during our summer vacations. Then, when I grew up and settled in San Diego, I would make the pilgrimage from the other coast.
In the 70's, I used to fly (In airplanes!
) to get from San Diego to Syracuse, and enjoyed it. In the 80's, after the de-regulation of the airline industry, air travel became onerous to me.
Long before 9-11, I came to prefer driving to flying.
At first, we did the motel thing. Then, my partner and I switched to tenting at KOAs. Then, we got the Compact Jr.
Being such a simple trailer, It did not need any extra equipment. It behaved well, and I never experienced sway with it. When we moved up to the Odyssey
as a tow vehicle, it became the proverbial "We hardly knew it was back there." The minivan and trailer were a close profile match, and I never noticed enough of a decrease in mileage to be concerned.
During that trip in 2005 with the Fiber Stream
, I made several mistakes.
The 1st noticeable one was using the last trip segment west
to plan for this trip east
The time zone changes work against you going east, and help you going west. When I realized that I had under estimated the amount of time required by almost a full day, I sped up to try to make up for lost time. Was it the Weight
Distributing Hitch and Anti-Sway Bar that convinced me I could speed so?
It was the familiarity with the drive and the route... as well as having already done it with a trailer, albeit a smaller one.
The bite the higher speed took out of the gas mileage, as well as the damage that bouncing along at 75 mph did to the trailer has caused me to rethink the whole concept.
I am now a convert to more sedate driving habits.