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 8/1/2008 4:44 AM
 
Sue, sorry to hear you put your hip out. That has to be painful for sure. I'm just getting over a frozen shoulder so I can relate somewhat. Glad your dog is also on the mend. Lenora & Choco

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 9/23/2008 3:47 PM
 
Hi Sue,
You can do it! I bought a 28' trailer and brought her home more than 200 miles all alone. She was bigger and heavier than anything I'd ever towed and I'd never towed with this truck and I wondered when I pulled out of the dealer's if I'd live to tell about the trip. I mean I was really, really scared - this rig was bigger, heavier and more expensive (!) than anything I'd ever towed, but I knew that I could do it if I just went slowly and carefully and used my head. I also knew that I had to do it - there's wasn't any alternative! I took it slow and easy to start and after I a while I got a feel for how the whole rig handled and I was rolling down the interstate with no problem. My next trick was getting gas and I didn't wait until it was low, but picked a place with plenty of room to pull in, make a wide turn and get to the pumps with the trailer lined up nice and straight behind me. It was a piece of cake - after I'd done it! Pulling out into traffic isn't hard - just wait until you've got plenty of room - patience is a virtue. When I needed to change lanes in slow traffic and couldn't get cars to let me in I just stopped and waited until it was clear - yeah you may find that somebody gets miffed at you - but they'll get over it (or you'll know what they died of! LOL). Backing up a trailer is a matter of practise - you start by turning the wheel in the opposite direction than you would if you would just backing a vehicle. I learned what I call the pivot point - just where is the trailer going to start it's turn when you turn the wheel and move backward. Once you figure that out and you learn to judge the distances you'll be fine. Like anything else new it just takes practice and don't be afraid to stop and get out and look and pull forward and try again - and don't listen to other people giving directions - they aren't driving! - figure it out yourself - go slowly and pretty soon it will be a piece of cake. You can do it just fine - because you want to - yeah, you'll make mistakes - we all do - just make 'em slowly! LOL Good Luck,
Louisa

Louisa & Jasper Joy 28'2007 Airstream 2002 GMC 4x4 5.3 liter shortbed pickup
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