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Old 08-09-2015, 06:09 PM   #15
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Ditto on what Tireman said about ST tires. 65mph is generally TOPS for those. I got a blowout at 70mph when we first got our used Travel Trailer. Then did some research and found out about the speed limitation. About the only thing I might add is you might want to consider an Emergency Roadside Assistance plan. Good Sam has them, as does Coach Net and AAA. Also others out there. They can help you out with trailer specific stuff if you aren't set up to do it yourself. Have a great trip!
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Ditto on what Tireman said about ST tires. 65mph is generally TOPS for those. I got a blowout at 70mph when we first got our used Travel Trailer. Then did some research and found out about the speed limitation. About the only thing I might add is you might want to consider an Emergency Roadside Assistance plan. Good Sam has them, as does Coach Net and AAA. Also others out there. They can help you out with trailer specific stuff if you aren't set up to do it yourself. Have a great trip!
Yep, roadside assistance is great in the event of an emergency. I didn't want to pay the rates of AAA or Good Sam and wound up getting it for about $25 a year through my auto and TT insurance (Progressive). That being said, I had all I needed with me to swap out the bad tire for the spare and be back on the road quicker than if I had to wait for assistance. So, I didn't use it in this case.
If all you require is roadside assistance, consider your insurance company. It doesn't carry all the extras like campground discounts and that kind of thing, but it covers you for the real purpose.
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Yep, roadside assistance is great in the event of an emergency. I didn't want to pay the rates of AAA or Good Sam and wound up getting it for about $25 a year through my auto and TT insurance (Progressive). That being said, I had all I needed with me to swap out the bad tire for the spare and be back on the road quicker than if I had to wait for assistance. So, I didn't use it in this case.
If all you require is roadside assistance, consider your insurance company. It doesn't carry all the extras like campground discounts and that kind of thing, but it covers you for the real purpose.
Yep, going the $25.00 insurance route is a good idea in some cases. That's about what my insurance company charges. Here's the rub. They charge that for EACH vehicle. I have three kids driving, the motor home, the truck, etc. 7 vehicles @ $25.00 a pop = $175.00 every 6 months, or $350.00/year for Roadside assistance. I guess I could gamble and try and figure out which vehicle would need it, but that probably wouldn't work. So, one roadside assistance plan, $99.00/year, all vehicles covered, all drivers covered, anywhere, anytime. Works for me, but may not work for someone else. Everyone needs to do the math and do what works best for them!
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My family and I are into the first leg of our longest trip yet. Going about 750 miles one way, doesn't seem far but we typically stay within 200 miles of home. Below are some notes thus far.

1. Have an air compressor of some sort. Due to added weight of extra supplies, the normal about of air I put in air bags wasn't sufficient, glad I have mine. Hopefully won't need for any other reason.

2. Depending on age of family, have more snacks and such than you think you need. My kids are 6, 3 and <1, and apparently starving

3. Set your own pace. I am just not comfortable going 70-80 towing my 28ft camper, takes longer and people on the road are just pricks, but oh well.

4. It will take much longer than you think. Again probably because of age, but holy bathroom breaks Batman.

Enjoy it, I won't lie I was very nervous about a much longer distance, but also length of time trip (2wks). So far it has gone great, we broke it into two days travel there, is great as I am exhausted after first leg.

Have a safe trip!
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I feel your apprehension, for my wife and I are soon to begin our first long distance (5,000+ miles) trip with our new 23' travel trailer. All we've done since we got it in May are trips under 300 miles, but they all went well. My Grand Cherokee 5.7 L Hemi is in getting a transmission service and transmission cooler installed as part of my prep. We are retired and all our kids are grown, so no little ones to worry about (been there, done that , so enjoy them while they're little and you can). We will just take our time and pull at around 55-60 mph and enjoy getting back to Colorado, then Grand Teton and Yellowstone. We live in Florida. Have fun on your trip and keep us posted.
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parkerbill: You have a great situation and great game plan. Enjoy your trip. One that I intend to make in the next several years is the Grand Teton/Yellowstone area.
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Get yourself a nice little bottle jack, some extra wood and practice a tire change on the trailer. And use that time (in the air) to grease the wheel bearings and adjust the drum brakes.
This would be a "must-do" before a long trip.

Also inspect the tread wear to make sure you don't have an alignment issue.
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Change the gear oil in the rear axle! Should be done every 30k miles when towing. I went with Mobil 1 synthetic 120 weight to deal with the high temps of sustained highway towing.

Also make sure the pinion seal is still good. They tend to start leaking pretty early.
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