Before we brought “baby” home, we took her past a tires and brakes place (Dipstick's in Mason, TX) and had them do whatever they could to make sure the wheel bearings could make the 100 miles from Mason to RV52.com world headquarters.
We stayed overnight in Mason, had some meals and fun, and then decided to push on to Austin the next morning.
For about 5 days prior to traveling I had been having nightmares about two turns in particular with a very long trailer. The first turn was from Hwy 71 onto Thomas Springs Road which is much less than a 90 degree turn, maybe being as little as 75 degrees. My big worry here was that she would track into the ditch. Not unsurvivable, but certainly a worry.
But the turn I was rehearsing over and over again was the turn off of Thomas Springs Road into the drive going to RV52.com world headquarters. Why this turn seems worrisome is that the gate is a 12 foot gate which was very close to Thomas Springs. I was very concerned that I could not make the turn without hitting one of the gateposts. I had a plan, basically turning wide and swinging as close to the far gate as I possibly could.
When we came home with “baby” here are my notes from the trip:
- Baby seemed to track very nicely.
- When we traveled at about 45mph the truck vibrated. Above or below that speed it smoothed out.
- Light crosswinds that day, but at 55mph or higher the trailer would buffet and any faster without an anti-sway bar would probably put me in the ditch.
- Taking the Hwy 71 corner was no big deal.
- Turning the corner into RV52.com world headquarters was no big deal. I drove into the corner like I mentally rehearsed for the last few days and it seemed like the gate was 50 feet wide.
- She seemed to pull sort of heavy. We never weighed her, but my GMC Sierra growled quite a bit when hitting a hill.
It is great to be home with her, but like any newborn, they are lots of work. Wish us luck!