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Old 09-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #1
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It Worked - Amazing

Yeah, I can be a little skeptical. But a good installation by Blue Ox, some instructions, and an overly cautious driver and we made it all the way home over 800 miles without a mishap. A few observations:

1) Learned to be very careful about how big of an area you get in to. Wound up having to disconnect once just so that we could back up the motorhome. Note to self: Learn turning radius with car attached.
2) The Cadillac SRX (current model) is remarkably easy to tow, if you can deal with the weight. Press a button under the shift boot, put it in neutral, and go. No fuses, no battery drain, so special setup. Note to self: Make sure it is neutral, not drive or reverse. Double and triple checked each time, but still...
3) Not having a brake system is a little nerve racking but manageable. Thank you, exhaust brake! But I still want one (Blue Ox was out of stock). We were OK across the flatlands, but we live in the mountains!!! Note to self: Lots of idiots out there that don't know how to merge onto an interstate.
4) Near catastrophe when one bolt on the stupidly attached MH mudflap broke. If the other had broken or the person that alerted us to it hadn't flagged us down, it would have hit the car and caused who knows what. Note to self: Completely rework mudflap hanger system.
5) I can already see that the added weight on the front of the car and the towing is going to eat front tire tread. Wound up buying new tires in Coralville, IA. Note to self: Rotate tires more often.
6) Darn nice to have a car when you stop! Makes planning much easier. But adds complication to setup/teardown. Note to self: Time to build a checklist or two.

So thanks to everyone that provided help and encouragement. On to the next adventure (putting in and testing a braking system).

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Old 09-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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Hey, we were camping in Coraville just a couple weeks ago !
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I highly recommend the Costco in Coralville. That's about as far as we got into town, but they had the tires, the price was amazing, and the service very, very good. We were at the IRV2 rally in Amana.
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Cool.. We were at a COE campground there over Labor Day weekend
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