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    Almost Time for our New Landmark!

    Hello all! Wanted to share our exciting news! In a little over a week, on the 18th, my DH Harry and I will head to TN to pick up our new 2011 Landmark Rushmore! This will be Harry's first time towing a fiver, and we are both nervous and definitely very excited!! Any advice that all you experienced rvers out there would like to offer will be much appreciated!
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    Just take your time and make wide turns, Its all about gaining experience. Watch your mirrors all the time and when backing up have a guide that you can see in your mirrors. Above all take your time and don't be afraid to pull ahead to get straight.
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    Re: Almost Time for our New Landmark!

    Quote Originally Posted by jjriker View Post
    Hello all! Wanted to share our exciting news! In a little over a week, on the 18th, my DH Harry and I will head to TN to pick up our new 2011 Landmark Rushmore! This will be Harry's first time towing a fiver, and we are both nervous and definitely very excited!! Any advice that all you experienced rvers out there would like to offer will be much appreciated!
    Check, check, and double-check to make sure your hitch is locked before you start pulling the trailer. Haven't been a lot of cases of trailers being dropped out of hitches, but it is bad when it does happen. A good practice is to do a "test" pull. Hook up, lift the front legs just off the ground (a couple of inches at most), and pull forward a little to make sure the hitch jaws are locked in place. If they aren't locked, the trailer can't fall far and no damage can occur.

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    Welcome to the Heartland family. If you are wary of your new coach and how to handle the driving aspect. You might want to inroll in a truck driving course. Lots of newbies have done this with great success. As said in a previous post....be looking in your mirrors at all times. Make sure that your hitch is locked in place before you move. Everytime before you leave on a trip do a walk around...check all the lites and tires. Make wide turns as the big rigs do and remember that there is a long overhang behind the trailer wheels. In a tight turn , it can come around and hit things. So always in a tight turn make sure you have the room to make the turn. Practice....practice...practice....find a school parking lot and practice backing up between some plastic cones. Use your mirrors to backup...dont stick your head out the window to do it. You will always turn the wheels the wrong way. Turn the steering wheel slowly...not jerky and lock to lock. Get the back of the trailer headed where you want it and follow it moving slowly. Your not in a drag race to park.

    Jessica, if you are going to be the one that stands outside to help DH backup and park. This is my best advice before you and DH come to blows. Make sure at all times you stay on the drivers side of the coach..at the rear. MAKE SURE THAT DH CAN SEE YOUR FACE AND YOU CAN SEE HIS IN THE LEFT MIRROR. Use hand signals or yell loud to direct him. Some people use hand held radio's. You will have to set up a routine that you use everytime. Something else to remember....no matter where you are standing by any vehicle... the drivers side is always the LEFT side.... passenger side is always the RIGHT side. It will take some trial and error but it will come with practice. This is the best advise I can give you as an x-trucker.
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    Bob and Patty have given you some good advice. I am also an X trucker and just turning someone loose with no experience is a recipe for big problems. Unless you have someone that has a trl and will take you out and give you experience, the truck driving school is a good idea. You will find some of the public to be courteous and watchful with the majority ignoring signal lights and generally not watching out for you or where you are trying to go so sometimes you have to get a little forceful and pushy. Look way ahead and if you do get into a bad spot STOP before you do damage and figure out how to get out of it. I have personally stopped and helped less experience people out of jams and in a few occasions backed their rigs out and got them out of trouble. Just ask for help and you will receive.
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    Pug, the OL' trailer whip has always worked for me. Works better with a Pete and a 48' trailer. Hate those pesky little jap cans that think the drive wheels are a place to hide. Ever seen what an 11.24.5 tire can do??? Removes outside mirrors without much effort. LOL

    I guess these YO-YO's in cars don't have any idea of how much damage a 22-23k TV and trailer will do at 60 MPH. It just might flatten your jap can with you in it.
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    Re: Almost Time for our New Landmark!

    Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I appreciate hearing your insights. The driving school is on our to-do list, but unfortunately can't be done until next year due to time constraints since we both w#%k. We will be doing the practice in the big parking lot option at this point. We definitely plan to take it slow and easy.
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    Another suggestion, BOTH of you learn to pull it and back it, and don't make the driving legs of a trip longer than your patience or stamina. Been there, done that, paid the repair-bills.

    I still need the find the courage to learn myself.

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    Always fuel up at truck stops, do not take chance at small island service stations>
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    Jessica, have you looked into a cushioned pinbox yet??? Trust me...you need it. There are several one's on the market. If and when you look into it..the frame model # is a "1621HD" Lippert frame. They range in price from $600.00 to several K's. Make sure that your dealer gets you the correct size hitch. With a Landmark I would not go below a 18K rating. Again, JMHO
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