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Old 09-23-2016, 03:41 PM   #21
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In addition to Glenn's "check list" (mine is on my IPhone) I always wear my Lucky Back-up Hat. It's a Tilly Hat and makes all the difference in the world. Plus it's cool.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:45 PM   #22
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Hi Glenn,
Your list looks very similar to ours with one exception. I had to put Wife: on board , after I left her in a gas station in Quebec years ago. And that's the troof.
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That reminds me of a great Garison Keillor story.
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I would just add to the list that many of us use awning straps to keep the awning from coming down, which a number of Escape owners and countless others have had happen.

We do a walk-around when we think we are hooked up, and look up and down. That is to see that all stabilizers are up, bath vent down, windows closed and many other items are in place that you can see, such as steps up, if you just walk around the trailer. Also door locked even if only going to the dump --- people change their minds! We check the locks and connections on the hitch and WDH and box. When we hook up the trailer brakes, we then check them. Need mirrors, too. So many things! We pull out and then go back and check the campsite for anything left.

Oh, don't forget the dog or spouse which some have done!
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I do not like distractions when I'm in the "hookup zone" either. I usually stand by the hitch for a little bit , just staring at it when I'm done and once in a while I pick up something that's been left undone. This includes stowing my stabilizer boards, chocks, stabilizers and step.
If my controller is not connected, there's only a red dot on the display when brakes are applied.. When I'm connected, the reading shows a voltage ( I think it's voltage anyway). I tow in regular flat interstate or state highway at 1.5 but in the mountains 2.0 and in Chicago traffic at
65 mph, I crank it to 2.5 which will smoke em if I need to lock them up. Works for me the last 30,000 miles. Brake shoes are at over 50,000 and I'll change them this winter. I am an anticipatory driver and still had over 1/3 pads on the Highlander at 124,000 miles this last spring when I had them done.
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Hi: Iowa "edi" Dave... I just found out my brake controller has gone south. Last few trips it's been acting strange. Light pedal pressure gets a response from the trailer and 2.5 on the screen. Heavier pressure the numbers flash lower and lower till trailer brakes release at 0.0 Probably connected with the sizzle that Mary Anne's been hearing from it. Been in use since 2007 and through 2 trailers and 2 trucks. 120 bucks gets me a Tekonsha Primus IQ... down the road. Them's the brakes!!! Alf
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Old 09-23-2016, 04:23 PM   #25
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Hi Alf
Shouldn't be too bad to install a new one, a least you know where it mounts and where the wires hook up. Teresa and Todd did theirs on the new Pathfinder so the Frontier should be similar. Glad we live in the hills and not on the bottom either, had a 6 inch rain last night. A little soaky here today, made the falls look like a Sunday school picnic.. Not that I've been to one recently.
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Hi: Iowa "edi" Dave... I just found out my brake controller has gone south. Last few trips it's been acting strange. Light pedal pressure gets a response from the trailer and 2.5 on the screen. Heavier pressure the numbers flash lower and lower till trailer brakes release at 0.0 Probably connected with the sizzle that Mary Anne's been hearing from it. Been in use since 2007 and through 2 trailers and 2 trucks. 120 bucks gets me a Tekonsha Primus IQ... down the road. Them's the brakes!!! Alf
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If the dead controller is a Tekonsha, at least a P3, it is warranted for life. My 4 year old P3 lost one of the display colors so that it only showed dim red. Called them, described the problem & sent it back & they sent me a new one.
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Re: Hooking up

Someone on the Forum mentioned that when hooking up they make sure they don't get distracted by anything else and that they do everything in the same sequence.
Similarly, someone had a story in one of these forums about something missed because someone else had "helped" with the hookup. Even if they don't distract you, splitting up the tasks risks something being missed - either because each person thought that the other one was doing it, or because the helpful person didn't know how to do something.

If someone wants to help by going around and checking things that's fine with me, but I'm not leaving anything for them to do.
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Some time ago I posted about watching a guy back his twin engine inboard/outboard down the boat ramp. He lightly applied the brakes and the boat kept right on going toward the water, landing on the twin legs.
His buddy had 'helped' by releasing the bow painter from the trailer.
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In addition to Glenn's "check list" (mine is on my IPhone) I always wear my Lucky Back-up Hat. It's a Tilly Hat and makes all the difference in the world. Plus it's cool.
I own a Tilley hat. I wear it for weather protection when needed, mostly in the backcountry. It works great for that and will last forever. However, it is the furthest thing from cool. Nothing screams tacky tourist more than my Tilley Hat.
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Yes, we call them "Silly Tilly" around here. Elderly couples, wearing matching jackets, wear them while walking the seawall in West Vancouver.
My choice is Filson Tin Packer hat.
http://www.filson.com/tin-cloth-packer-hat.html
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