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Old 07-10-2016, 10:21 AM   #1
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Long tow ahead

Hello. I am towing from minnesota to michigan in august. 12 hr drive and the longest i have ever towed is 3. 5 other passengers so we can switch off but the are all rookies to pulling a 30' tt.

Any tips or tricks of what i should look out for on such a long trip?

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Old 07-10-2016, 10:24 AM   #2
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Don't feel rushed. You have a trailer. You can always stop and rest. Maybe consider making it a multi-day trip, maybe two days of six hours, instead of one day of 12? Less hurry always equals less stress.

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Old 07-10-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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I wouldn't allow anyone to drive my truck and trailer.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:27 PM   #4
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We go on vacation every year to a place about 8 hours away. An 8 hour drive (plus stops) is plenty. We drive it in one day on the way home. On the way up we split the driving into 2 days - about 5 hours one day, camp for one night (leaving the TT hitched up) then we take our time driving the final 3 hours on the second day.

I agree with the poster above that splitting it up into 2 days would be preferred.
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:52 PM   #5
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I have to ask, since you state you, and all, are rookies when it comes to pulling a trailer? Have you EVER pulled a trailer before? There is quite a bit to be aware of. Starting, stopping, turning, passing are ALL VERY DIFFERENT from that of wheeling about in a car or a truck. Not to mention road and weather conditions will have a bigger impact then you are used to, when driving without towing.

I highly recommend some practice driving towing OFF the highway/freeway to get a feel for what is happening.

Without more specifics on your setup and experience, I cannot provide more specifics myself.
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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We just the other day did our longest trip... 10 hours from home to campsite. To be honest, I don't think I would have been comfortable with that far with our old TT... the 5er is so much easier.. I would be in the split it up camp if you can... or at least make a tentative plan to stop midway.. u can always cancel if it's going well.
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a trip is NOT the time to train others...

you provide NO information.. your AGE even.

when I was 30.. 12 to 15 hours was nothing. at 63, 8 to 9 hours is MAX. and I am 100 percent fit. no med's for anything. and can still lift 100 pounds, and do.

as others have said. multi-day trip.
even a stay over at walmart or a church lot.
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Tips and tricks. As has been stated already, if the others in the group don't have experience pulling a trailer, don't let them near the steering wheel. Cowboy up and plan on doing it yourself. Make sure you start off well rested and make sure you have plenty of snacks and fluids. I find that 5hr Energy helps me out. However, don't be foolish. If you need to stop and rest, stop and rest. I just got back from a trip with my wife and 3 kids. My wife barely manages when she has to drive my truck, so there's no way I'm letting her pull the trailer. We made the decision to make a big push the first day out. Google maps says we had about 10 hrs of drive time. It took us 14 hours to get there between fuel stops, food stops, and bathroom breaks. Giddy up. Hopefully your friends don't have dietary restrictions and do have bladders that are big enough to get between fuel stops. Then you should be able to make better time. Whatever it takes, it takes. Basically, you just have to manage it and keep pressing on.
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I would also be reluctant to let anyone drive my rig. But, I wouldn't worry about a 10 hour trip.

I picked up my first TT on May 13th of this year and did three weekend trips at about 300 miles each as practice trips before the first big trip:

- 18 days
- 6,500 miles
- 134 hours driving time - that's 7.5 hours "average" per day for 18 days !!
- 5 provinces
- 9 states

I drove all but 3 hours / 200 miles.

In the last four days ...

- Ferry from Naniamo BC to Vancouver, BC
- Drove from Vancouver BC to South Dakota and then back to Toronto Ontario
- 3,000 miles
- ... and we stopped to do the Presidential Trail around Mt. Rushmore !!

Bottom line, I'm a type I diabetic, have two little kids in the backseat, and find fatigue comes quickly. That said, be safe and know when to stop. When I found myself tired, my wife took the kids for some exercise while I went for a 15 minute nap in the TT.

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