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texatDurango

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Posted: 05/08/02 11:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone at once that has offered advice in the past few months.

Having a 26’ motorhome years ago and pulling a 21’ boat around for years equipped me with some basic knowledge. But it was all the good advice, sharing of personal experiences, and knowledge I have learned from you good folks these past few months that made yesterdays driving the fifth wheel home a pleasure rather than a nightmare. This was a totally new and different experience.

The truck handled the trailer just fine, with more power than expected and braking was a lot smoother and “solid” than expected. The 60-mile drive home down I-35 then through busy Ft. Worth traffic was at times a “sweaty palm” experience but at least not a “white knuckle” event.

The checklists I have gleaned from several sources made hooking up and unhooking a breeze. So please keep up the good job of helping newcomers regardless how many times you offer the same advice because you never know when someone is memorizing your every word.

But backing up……now there’s something I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR… I’m just glad it was done in the privacy of my own property because any onlookers would have been rolling in the aisles! But I got the job done…my recent photos include “Hitcher” at home.



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Posted: 05/08/02 11:36am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Real nice rig you have there. Your parking spot is a lot nicer than most RV Parks we have been too.

Enjoy

*This Message was edited on 08-May-02 11:37 AM by 5thwheeler*


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Posted: 05/08/02 11:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Beautiful rig, Tex. I love that big back window. It should be perfect when you park at the lake. Congrats!


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Posted: 05/08/02 01:41pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tex - I have the same truck so you can keep yours, but I sure want your house, grounds and trailer. How much do you want for the package ? Name your price!

*This Message was edited on 08-May-02 01:42 PM by hohiso*



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The truck and trailer aren't for sale but in about 2 1/2 years I'll give you the whole kit and kabootle for a song, I'll even throw in a free tractor, front end loader and brush hog and all the work that goes along with it to keep this place looking halfway decent. By the way, I caught the dickens for posting these photos. We just tilled part of our front yard and my wife doesn't want anyone to see the messy yard! When I told her that campers would be looking at the camper not the grass, she concented (like I needed her permission)

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Hey Tex, to say I'm feeling just a bit envious is an understatement. Looks like you have a pretty neat spot to "practice" backing. Glad you shared your experience on your first pull home. Gives me hope!!

BTW: Took a look at the "other Pics". What cutie pies. All three of them. What's the story on the Red truck with the Tree on it? Couldn't believe what I saw.

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Tex

You have us all very envious. That is one nice looking rig, and I sure do like your special parking space. Why, you could just camp there and save the fuel. Or at least rent it out when you are not using it. Congratulations, and enjoy. Hawk


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BJ, I don't know anything about the red truck, I just get these in emails now and then and share them, same with the cliff hanger photo. How'd you like my favorite "I think I just watered myself"? I finally put Sirik's photo in towards the bottom the RV album.

Hawk, Actually here in Texas, those shade trees are nothing more than humidity trappers.

I just went outside and noticed those STUPID leveling blocks are digging into my asphalt. Or was it me being stupid not putting down plywood first? Well gotta go take care of that before it buries the whole mess in the driveway.


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! Hi texatDurango,

Nice Rig. I have just had my first tow with my big 5vr and my 2002 GMC 2500HD Duramax CC LB. Tows like a dream and boy can the truck climb. I too was hesitant about backing in. My street is not very wide and has cars parked on both side with a pole directly across. Planned ahead and got FRS radios so my wife could help guide me in. This will work as soon as I teach my wife distance and direction (she did try though). It might have been a little easier if some idiot (me) would have remembered to bring his trailer mirrors. What helped me is watching the pro that had delivered my trailer to the RV Park when my truck didn't arrive in time from the factory. Watched him put my trailer in my space with a large dodge parked in the street across from me. This helped me see how you can move you truck different ways and still move the trailer where you want. Maneuvering is much different than my old TT. I got it in my driveway without too much trouble.

Wanted to add some information for you and others with the Duramax engine and Allison transmission. Mine truck gave me a fright going over the Grapevine in CA (long very steep hill). A big rig pulled out in front of me and with a car at my side I had to almost come to a stop. Down shifted and WOW can this truck pull 12000lbs up a steep hill from almost a stop! All of a sudden there was a big noise. I did not know what is was. The engine and tranny temps were perfect so I thought the Allison trans was slipping. Now I know it was the extra heavy-duty fan coming on. A thermal switch near the turbo activates the fan. The surrounding air temp not the engine temp activates it. Boy is it loud though. Just thought I would advise you of the fan situation in case you have it occur too. Drive safe and have fun!



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texatdurango,

Did you get that HH II at Marshalls in Kemp Tx?

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