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Old 10-05-2012, 07:05 PM   #15
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Great Posts, Thanks, I will be doing my practice Run on Sunday for our trip on Wednesday

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:09 PM   #16
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One other small tip. Don't drive too far forward when you're pulling in for fuel. If you do, you have a small amount of room to back up, very carefully.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:20 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by dlovitt View Post
Don't forget to release the parking brake.

Let me amend this good tip - Make sure the parking brake is released FULLY.

With a system like Brake Buddy (which I use), it is a little crowded in the driver's foot area. I partially released the foot brake, and it dragged for many miles. Since it was not fully on, it didn't smoke the P. Brake, it just wore the shoes a bit until they ran free.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:23 PM   #18
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Just thought of something else. When you put the coach in gear, most of the time it will move without giving it any throttle. If it doesn't, get out and make sure the toad is in neutral! Shouldn't take much imagination to figure out how I learned that one....

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Make sure the transfer case is in netural

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Old 10-11-2012, 10:16 PM   #19
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Check your set up every time you stop! I pulled into a Wal Mart after driving for 1000 miles and left with my brother Inlaw and wife for supper. 6 guys standing around at the edge of the parking lot. My brother inlaw asked if I was nervous about leaving. I only thought about our security and I had my gun on my. When we got back we were going to move to the back of a SAMs club and have him and his wife in for a night cap. As I moved all hell broke loose and my Enclave crashed into my Navigator and ended up on top of my Sterling Roadmaster hitch with its wheels of the ground. I walked back and found my hitch pins laying on the parking lot. Should have shot um when I had the chance!
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You could use locking pins........I do and never had a problem......yet
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Old 10-12-2012, 09:53 AM   #21
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Having a check list that you follow at each hookup is helpful even after the 999th time.
It is a good idea to stop after the first 50 miles and do a walk around. After that do a walk around every time you stop. Check the MH tires for flats and hot hubs and loose lugs at the same time. Make it a routine and it will soon become normal. Never stop for a break and return to the drivers seat without that walk around, you do not know what some nice person may have decided to yank on while walking by. Always make sure there is a way out before turning that wheel. Needing fuel and finding there is not a clear path afterwards will find you unhooking in the middle of a busy drive or street with a line of impatient drivers waiting for you! Seeing the dead end sign on the streetside "after" you make the turn is not fun!
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:40 PM   #22
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Check and double check is the key. Especially the parking brake off, key in position to unlock stearing wheel, shift in neutral, radio and ac off. I always check the toad connections etc @ every stop. Never had any problems w/over 30K towing my 04 Odyssey.
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Turn off Jeep and pump brakes several times to release the vacuum. Don't forget to pump brakes on tow bus to get some pressure. I found several time the air fitting would disconnect. One even blew apart at the installer. Use the locking pin on the brake pads foot, watch the brake light in the bus to make sure it's working.
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All good advice.

Me? Wrangler. 4 down. Xfer case in N, trans in P, lock and go. And then go off-road to see what regular tourists do not.
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