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Old 04-18-2015, 12:11 PM   #29
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Use the checklist and try to do things in the same order every time.

If you have a helper you may lose track of things, so go over the checklist twice. (The value of the help may be diminished until the orchestration is perfect.)

Take one more look around and under both the truck and the trailer before pulling out.
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:33 PM   #30
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"Build a before you tow pre-flight check list it can save your bacon especially if like me your stuck prepping for a tow at the last minute."

There have been several mentions of checklists. Lest we forget, there is a complete one listed in the Documents Center:

Fiberglass RV - Document Center - arrival and departure checklist

Some of the items may not apply to your rig, but it is a great guide for building your own custom check list.

My basic rules are: keep it simple, choose items that are multi-use and carry spares of critical stuff. Oh, and need I say it; check, check, and check again.

Happy travels.
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Old 04-18-2015, 01:47 PM   #31
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Tilt the interior mirror up so you can't see anything in it!
That way the big white thing behind you won't scare the sh!t out of you
when your half a sleep on the interstate!! lol
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Old 04-18-2015, 02:18 PM   #32
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Tilt the interior mirror up so you can't see anything in it!
That way the big white thing behind you won't scare the sh!t out of you
when your half a sleep on the interstate!! lol
Interesting idea. I like to look at the edge of the gravel guard to make sure the trailer is still level. So far it's always been level.
If I find myself half asleep on the interstate I start looking for a rest area and some sleep. Day time no more than 1/2 hour. Night time 5 to 6 hours. Then I'm good to go for a few more hours.

Speaking rest areas, I find an excuse to stop after driving between 2 and 3 hours. My full day of driving goes about like this, note it cast is stone. Get up and drive for a couple hours, stop for breakfast (truck stops work good), then in an hour or two a rest area, another couple hours or so, lunch where I can park the trailer, again an hour or two a rest area, another couple hours it's dinner time. After dinner a couple hours then a rest area, then sometime later another rest area for 5 to 6 hours sleep in the bed. At any point a short nap at anyplace where I can get out of traffic. One needs to remind yourself that you're doing this for fun and therefore there's no hurry, or must get there on time requirements. That was probably the hardest lesson to learn. No rushing, no excuses for rushing.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:15 AM   #33
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Only back up when there is no-one to watch you - you will do it like an expert.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:55 AM   #34
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Byron, I like your approach to long distance travel. How many miles do you cover on some of those longer trips?
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Old 05-08-2015, 03:48 PM   #35
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Single vs. dual axle

I'm not speaking from experience, but seeking info from those with experience...

In reading through this thread I saw someone mention that the dual axle trailer handled much better. I always thought the single axle meant a lighter weight trailer; therefore I've only *shopped* for single axles.

Am I wrong about this? Is a dual axle more of an upgrade, and would I find one that is lightweight enough for my TV while handling better?

Thanks (apologies if I've posted in the wrong place)!

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Old 05-08-2015, 04:10 PM   #36
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Dual axle is twice as many tires to buy, twice the bearings to repack etc., and more weight and rolling resistance.
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But also they are half as much effort to tow, the dual axles will track truer, less sway and the inside contents are not as in a state of disarray. I vote for 2...
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Old 05-08-2015, 04:58 PM   #38
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Dual axle is twice as many tires to buy, twice the bearings to repack etc., and more weight and rolling resistance.
So, Glenn, are you recommending we stick with a single axle? Hubby is a tire man (he loves the smell of rubber in the morning), and repacks the bearings in our boat trailer, so I don't think this would deter him.

But it is more weight, so I guess the question is would the improved handling make the weight worthwhile?
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:39 PM   #39
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This isn't a Chicken or an Egg question. Dual axle trailers have dual axles usually because they weigh to much for just two tires.


We full-timed for a year in the 70's with a very heavy 25' Airstream that had a single axle and when we had to buy a new set of tires we played havoc finding a set rated high enough and we were still at about 90% of their rated capacity at that.
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I have two trailers, one of each. Neither is difficult to tow and both take me places I want to go. I'd say, it's more about where you go and the memories along the way than if the trailer has two tires or four. YMMV
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Many want dual axles because, if there is a blowout, you can then travel a few miles to a good place to stop. No need to stop right there. That is a safety feature, in effect.
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This isn't a Chicken or an Egg question. Dual axle trailers have dual axles because they usually weigh to much for just two tires.


We full-timed for a year in the 70's with a very heavy 25' Airstream that had a single axle and when we had to buy a new set of tires we played havoc finding a set rated high enough and we were still at about 90% of their rated capacity at that.
Yet Escape installs dual axles on a 6' smaller trailer, for safety I'd rather have the 4 wheels with excess capacity vs 2 at capacity.
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