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Old 08-05-2015, 10:07 AM   #11
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I've towed lots of different trailers, some for many many miles, and I have to say I never get used to it, especially in high traffic areas. I think some of it has to do with your disposition. I'm generally pretty laid back, but it's just me and nobody to look to if I have a flat tire, etc., even though I have roadside service. After 8 years of pretty much fulltiming in a trailer and pulling all over the country, I'm thinking of getting a Sprinter or something I can just drive, even though I know I won't get Escape quality. I've had 13 footers on up and I always feel the same way. I think some of us just aren;t cut out for towing.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:09 AM   #12
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As a suggestion by this forum, my husband and I scheduled a driving class from Valley Driving School in Chilliwack. Our first night we will be staying at a KOA and the next day have scheduled a class to ensure we understand aspects of driving our new trailer. It's a big investment and I was the one who wanted lessons. I am sure my husband will benefit just as much as me.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:13 AM   #13
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I would reinterate that you will need to have mirror extensions on your tow vehicle before you pick up the trailer. I took a useful one hour lesson at the Valley Driving school right after picking the trailer up in the US Ask them to make driving into and out of a gas station as part of your lesson! (Of course I had to return from Sumas to Canada to GET TO the lesson but it all worked out)
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:20 AM   #14
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Another thought with the driving school, is that even if one of you has some experience, usually the hubby but not always, going to the school for the one to learn while the other brushes up, opposed to the spousal instruction which does not always go well, can be beneficial too.
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Old 08-05-2015, 10:39 AM   #15
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Losing the newbie nerves has been incremental over each of the four weeks. Backing in confidence was (newbie) medium-high because of some excellent youtube vids that prepared me. Increased again when I chose to back up a country lane that dead ended on me. I could have taken the easy way and turned around in the surrounding field, but glad I didn't. Towing confidence has likewise been about just getting some easy miles under the belt.

In fairness, I didn't put as many miles on as some do while a newbie.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:54 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by GRINGOandTICA View Post
At which point did you feel a bit comfortable towing your Escape after picking it up?
About 30 seconds after I got out of the confined yard area at ETI.

Seriously, first, as Karen said, that area couldn't be more perfect for towing. No major cities to drive through.

Secondly, if you'e used to driving a 47' rig, I can't imagine how you would have any difficulty with a shorter rig. Different I know, but before the first day is over I'm sure you'll be smiling.

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Old 08-05-2015, 10:56 AM   #17
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Vinny. I don't think you're alone in being a little nervous about towing the new trailer. I have wondered a little bit about it myself and I have a lot of experience in towing construction and farm trailers and backing them. Just something new to get used to. Karen, that looks like a good route to take south as we will be spending our first night in Bay View State Park. We will be right next door to Charlie and Lucy on the night of Sept. 10th as they are picking up their new trailer 2 days earlier. It would really be neat if any of the locals came by for a visit. Loren
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Old 08-05-2015, 11:10 AM   #18
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After we picked up our 19' at the factory, we immediately headed west towards Vancouver during rush hour traffic to pick up a BBQ at Dickinson Marine. Had to play with the brake controller a bit to get the feel of the brakes right. We had no problems with actually towing the trailer, but found out rather quickly that the stock mirrors on my FJ were not up to the job of spotting traffic to the sides and behind our Escape. Was a bit nerve racking driving somewhat blind through heavy traffic, but we tried to minimize lane changes and eventually ended up on less busy roads where driving was more pleasurable. For me, the learning curve for towing the Escape was pretty short and relatively painless. It sounds as if the OP has experience driving fairly big vehicles under stressful situations. You should have little difficulty adapting to your new trailer.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:27 PM   #19
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Here's the Highway 9 suggested route...
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:35 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by KarenH View Post
Here's the Highway 9 suggested route...

Hey Karen...

Would that route be OK in January? We're picking up our trailer in early January, then heading towards Los Angeles. Should we head west to I5 instead?

Thanks for your thoughts.


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