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- February 14, 2019 at 7:42 am #161244
Just a thought…. you could always rent a trailer from u-haul and drive around with it for a day. Do it on a day that a factory has a big open parking lot and try parking between the lines. Also know that your Oliver will probably have the back camera system so it will be even easier. Even with the camera and some experience, I still get out and look. Sometimes many times. You can do this…February 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm #161336
Mike and CarolModerator@mike-and-carol
Nan, you can do this. I had done no serious towing before picking up our Ollie. Hooking up with and Andersen hitch is not difficult once you know how to do it. Jason or one of the Oliver folks can give detailed instructions when you pick up. Backing is a learned skill, but the hand on the bottom of the steering wheel and going SLOW is the best advice. We just had a tight back in site at a state park near Phoenix this week and with the help of my neighbor across we got in on the first attempt. Mike
Mike and Carol Thompson | Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
The Lone Star Oliver #135 | 2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab 4X4 5.7L HemiFebruary 14, 2019 at 8:35 pm #161342
Nan, Check out http://supersizelife.com
Debbie writes an insightful and soul-bearing blog about selling her home & fulfilling her dream of traveling fulltime in her Oliver. She is a sweetheart. Reach out to her. Make that dream happen!
Also, I would love to see a photo of your dogs! 🙂
Chris & Duke Chadwell
Maddie & Baxter
Elite II Hull 292
2017 F-150 Lariat 3.5 EB 4x4
Lakeland, FLFebruary 15, 2019 at 9:59 pm #161409
Nan, going to put my two cents in. I am a woman in my mid 60’s. The past two years I towed a 1200 pound modified tear drop. About three weeks ago I took possession of my Elite. I have towed the Elite to the DMV for inspection, parked it in an RV lot after 6 inches of snow has fallen, and most recently moved it into indoor storage. The first week I had it I took it over to a church parking lot (during the day mid-week ) and practiced backing it up, pulling it around, parking it between parking lines, and took if off the Anderson Sway bar for about an hour. Once you get the confidence it is not that hard! Just be patient, take it slow, and don’t be intimidated! If you have a friend that has some time and can go with you to help you during this learning curve, that will also help you get used to towing.February 16, 2019 at 7:54 am #161420
The Oliver camper family is so proud of you! You asked questions, you listened, you practiced, apparently you are learning and you are gaining confidence. It appears to me that you are a virtual guidebook as to how to attack so many “issues” concerning RV’s. Thanks for being here>
p.s. Keep your guard up – it is when we get rushed and/or complacent that bad things happen.
2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"March 19, 2019 at 9:34 am #164058
I think for you the best thing you can do is find someone who is pulling travels today and can help you with instruction on how to do things the correct and proper way. I do find that at the Casita Rallies that there are always people there to help new owners on backing, setups, and just things you need to know. I would never suggest that you just start off down the road form the dealer and learn as you go, too many factors involved here. I myself have been towing trailers of all types for over 55 years and even today things arise that need to be given some thought before going on, that is making the wrong decision can be very costly and even dangerous to you and others. I don’t know if there are classes on RV towing, but there should be from what I’ve seen some people doing with there trailers. I feel you can do it, just get the proper training from someone who knows.
Elite II, Twin Bed, Hull #489, 2019 RAM 1500, 5.7 Hemi, 4X4, Crew Cab, 5'7" bed, Towing Package, 3.92 Gears.
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