Just bought my first trailer and.....
can't wait to trailer my 2014 Cayman S to NJMP Lightning this weekend. (Especially after watching all the Lightning videos you awesome folks posted for me in the other thread).
I bought a 2005 Trailex CT 7451 SB. It's an open trailer that fits my 981S perfectly.
I am very nervous about trailering it for the first time.
That being said:
I had a racing buddy come over today and help me with the ins and outs of getting the car onto the trailer, the tie down straps, the locks, the ramps, etc.
I put the car on the trailer then took it off the trailer and then put it back on the trailer. It's gonna take a bit more practice, but I did finally understand how to get the car on and off the trailer and secure it tightly once on the trailer for good.
Then, I just spent 2 hours in the Home Depot parking lot with the car on the trailer practicing.
Practiced reversing into a parking spot, slaloming the light posts (slowly), more reversing and figuring out which way the trailer turns when in reverse, some more slaloming, some braking (both gradually and a bit harder), and more reversing and then was told by Home Depot manager to leave the parking lot. (Not sure why because it was pretty empty). I did get in 2 hours there first though.
Anyway, I've figured out that I want to be in reverse as little as possible. I did finally get it into a tight parking spot in reverse, but it took a few tries. I guess the more I do it, the better I will get at it. Still not something I want to be doing too much. (Reversing that is).
When I get to the track Thursday night to unload, I will pretty much just pull straight into a spot and make sure I have room to get out straight at the end of the weekend without being in reverse too much (if at all). I am going to need a lot more practice at reversing, that's for sure.
Since you folks have been so helpful before with my previous newbie type questions, I was thinking maybe you all could give me some trailering advice, ya know, the little things, and anything else that might help a first timer with his "new to him" trailer. (Highway speeds, distance between other cars, top speed to tow at, how much additional braking room needed at any speed, trailer maintenance, the emergency brake on the car while it is being towed, etc.)
Again, it is an open Trailex CT 7451 SB (surge brakes) and I have never trailered a car before.
My tow vehicle (for now) is an Acura MDX that can tow up to 5000 lbs with the new trans cooler I just put on it.
Thanks in advance for any help and advice for this trailering newbie...
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