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Old 11-12-2010, 11:06 PM   #85
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... Some day I'll get her to back the trailer more than 4'. I point out the heart attack potential— how would she get my corpse home if she had to back out of the emergency room parking lot? So far that logic hasn't worked. I have to admit that the first time she backs the trailer into a tight spot I will probably need lots of meds.

When I see some guy who looks like he's got about 5 minutes left and his wife who looks in much better condition, and then I see him get behind the wheel, that makes me nervous about being on the same road. I suppose I'll be there some day and it will be hard to give up the wheel entirely and pay extra for pull throughs all the time...
Gene, I feel your wife's pain. I still swallow hard when backing into a space... but after 5 years am finally getting those "delusions of adequacy". I'm now regularly doing it neatly and perfectly with only one try while being watched like by a crowd . Every once in a while I still get a case of acute cranial-rectal inversion and have to make multiple stabs at getting it done right. Key thing if I'm having a bad time is to slow down, STOP worrying and THINK. I draw a mental picture of where the trailer's tires should go, then back them over that line. If there are trees, garbage cans, marker poles or other obstructions I'll stop, jump out, walk around the back of the trailer and assure myself that I'm good 3-4 times if that's what it takes to make me feel comfortable. (the 7 people behind me waiting to get to their spots... problematic)

The key is practice in a "no sweat" location like an empty parking lot. In this economy there are lots of closed big box stores available. Use kids sidewalk chalk to make a camping spot. Plastic bags filled with leaves would be good "trees" or other obstructions to practice with.

BTW - I always move the picnic table to the edge of the site just to know I have 6 feet to play with if I'm a little off target.

Take her out for a practice session or two (bribery in the form of jewelry is an option).

About getting your corpse home? The funeral director will handle that.

Best always, Paula

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Old 11-13-2010, 09:29 AM   #86
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Originally Posted by Foiled Again View Post

About getting your corpse home? The funeral director will handle that.
But I'm trying to save money.

On another front, driver error is easy to say if you are inclined to believe that. I think there are a lot of variables in any accident and determining the cause(s) can be affected by pre-judgment. There can be a series of influences and perhaps a whole lot of things have to go wrong in a specific situation. I'm with Ken.


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Old 02-04-2011, 09:51 AM   #87
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The one thing I will say, if an airstream trailer is set up properly, hopefully these situations don't occur often.
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If you have seen airstream trailers being towed on an obsticle course ( promoted by airstream ), they seem to handle the road better than most trailers.
However, things do happen!!!
I'm glad every one is okay!!
Do you think setup had anything to do with this???
YouTube - RV Camper Crash on I-40 turned over on it's side - Wreck Poor Guy!

Looks like a straight and level road.
See post #76 ???? but this is a Chev.
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Do you think setup had anything to do with this???

It would be the first question: Hitch type, the rigging, and verified per certified weight scale.

Takes very little to upset a TV. Size & weight of same are almost irrelevant. The tail wags the dog. Have seen much larger pickups upset by much smaller trailers.


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