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1. Posted by alyons9032 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I've always been the traveling type. My parents divorced when I was 6. After that my dad has moved at least once every year. Since I only saw my dad maybe twice a year, I spent my summers with him, exploring his new "temporary" home. Now that he's older his moving around has pretty much stopped and turned into taking vacations now and then.

I currently live with my mom in Phoenix. It has been a desire of mine to move to Florida for years. Now that my dad has settled there it seems like the right time to move there and spead a little time getting to know him better!

I am renting a small Uhaul to carry my things in and taking the car carrier my mom purchased from Uhaul earlier this year. I have never drove anything bigger then my 2007 honda Civic. So I'm really worried about driving all the way there with a ten foot truck pulling my car..... I can just see it now.... "Girl takes 7 mail boxes, 3 trash cans and a light post driving Uhaul truck".... Any advice or expert driving tips? lol

2. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, whatever you do...don't back up!

3. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 985 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The Lady is right....Also, stay in the outskirts, try not to go onto surface streets, right up until you hit your Dad's town....If you think your Dad is better at driving the thing, have him meet you outside his town and take it in while you drive his car in. Even better, if he can get somewhere without a car, have him do that and then separate the two in a gas station and drive the two in separately....It's the least Dad can do since you went all that way.

Take it slow. Plan your moves well before you do them. If somebody is bound and determined to beat you to a turn, let them beat you....Men are worse at this than women so you'll do fine.

Stay loose.

Keep an eye on the mirror...Especially watch for motor bikes that can tend to disappear behind you. You don't want to smack one off the road. They shouldn't be following too close, but there are those Weekend Captain America's out there.

All the best of luck

[ Edit: Edited on 27-May-2009, at 19:46 by Piecar ]

4. Posted by Derestanne (Budding Member 36 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I have had to do this several times and long distance (over 500 miles). The biggest problems I encountered were (1) sharp turns that can lock up the tow dolly or trailer. In extreme cases this might possibly damage your car's front end. Always make wide turns and watch for pot holes and speed bumps that could put stress on the trailer, dolly hitch or the car's front end. Small town gas stations can be a problem. We became trapped once between the fuel pump isle and a concrete barrier. Whenever possible, use big truck stops to re-fuel.

The second caution is to frequently inspect tie down straps and temporary brake lights on your trailer or dolly.

I would point out that being a Florida resident myself, each season we see large numbers of out of state visitors, many of them senior citizens who drive large rigs from as far away as Canada! And almost all arrive here safely and without incident. If "grandma and grandpa" can do it, you can too!

5. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

As long as you take care - and perhaps do a little practicing without anything on tow, for a day or two, you'll be just fine. You'll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to drive a large vehicle.
I have a GB licence to drive up to 44 tons. Daunting at first, but it soon comes naturally.
Good luck.

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

A tip from my father who learned how to drive a truck before he got his licence to drive a car: When you turn right with the truck haul over to the left as if you were turning left with a car - you need the extra space on small roads. It is what Derestanne calls "make wide turns".

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Post#6#.... Good point made. Also, if you're articulated, when reversing - always turn the wheel to the opposite lock first off - than you would with a rigid.
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