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Old 05-28-2009, 02:26 PM   #15
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G - great minds think alike. When I hit the post reply button your reply was there!
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:42 PM   #16
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I still can't back up after 6 years with my trailer! Well, I CAN, I just don't LIKE to! I'd rather let the hubby do it. If I have to do it it will be slow and tedious and gather a crowd.

Towing I don't mind at all.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:48 PM   #17
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One more idea for you... a nose hitch. If you have a heavy (3/4+) truck, you can put a hitch receiver on the front. You can unhitch your trailer, turn around, slide a hitch into the hitch receiver, lower the trailer onto the ball and "push" the trailer into a tight spot. It's not cheating... really.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:51 PM   #18
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After 3+ years of owning and loving this Airstream of mine, I have come to the realization that I've got to learn how to tow the bloody thing. I simply can't believe that I haven't done so as of yet - there's something that's keeping me from learning - I'm pretty intimidated by the thought of turning tight corners or backing it into a campsite with people potentially watching...

My husband has been the driver up to now, but he's currently in Las Vegas. The trailer has been in the dealership to get some issues fixed, and of course it's ready to go, and my hubby isn't here! I just can't drive the bloody thing and it's really ticking me off (at myself of course).

Is it just me or are there other husband/wife teams where it's the guy who does all the driving?

I'm not a timid driver by any means - I've got a Kawasaki Ninja for pete's sakes and boot fearlessly around town. It's just the thought of towing that makes me nervous.

I think I'm going to march down to the dealership tomorrow morning and drive it home myself. After all, isn't there a wise proverb that says to do something that scares you every day?



Hopefully I won't have a post tomorrow on how to fix dents...

I'm sure it is just a mental block you have about it. Push yourself to do it and after the first few minutes you will be wondering what held you back!

A few very simple tips......

-swing wide when turning ninety degree corners to avoid having teh trailer wheels bump over curbs.

-when overtaking and pulling back into lane, don't forget the added length of the trailer behind you! If you are unsure if you have gone far enough then go further! Very often, when you signal your intent to resume the slower lane, the person yoi have passed will flash headlights to indicate that you are clear to swing back in line. Truck drivers especially will do this for you.

- when backing the trailer, take it slow, and remember to grasp the bottom of the steering wheel and just move it in the direction that you want the trailer to go.

- when braking, remember to leave yourself more distance due to the trailer weight, even though it has brakes.



Enjoy, I'll bet you will do just fine!


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Old 05-28-2009, 02:58 PM   #19
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You can do it for sure! My grandparents were fulltime airstreamers in the 70's and early 80's and my grandma did ALL the driving. I think I saw my grandpa drive once. They had an 1972 international 31' (or so). I can't wait to get an airstream and I'm sure there will be a learning curve, but if grandma can do it, so can I.


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Old 05-28-2009, 03:46 PM   #20
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So this year I decided it was time for my 17 y.o. son to become a man. After we dumped and filled up at the 'Flying J', I threw him the keys and told him to have at it.

Next thing you know I was enjoying the freeway at 70mph almost relaxed. 4 hours later, his "trailer lesson" was done and we were home safe.

Just got to be confident. or act like you are!

Or do what I do: pretend it's not behind you. Works good, except for drive thru's!
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:15 PM   #21
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My heart still pounds for the first few minutes that I pull the trailer. I've been pulling a trailer for 20 years! I'm happy to say that I've never been in an accident (except when I hit the apron overhang at a gas station one time!) When my sister, sister-in-law & I started pulling trailers (pop-ups) years ago, we would just lift them the front ends & roll them around to where we wanted them. It was hilarious. I'm happy to say, I know how to back up anywhere now & the only way you will do it is by doing it! Like everyone else said, think about where you're pulling in to make sure you can pull it out! My husband rarely pulls the trailer!
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #22
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Two words: Check lists.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:06 PM   #23
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Why not ask the dealer to check you out? Have a mechanic or salesperson with towing experience go out with you for an hour. A little coaching and some practice will disperse most of your fears. Fear is mostly based on the unknown.

Give them a call and explain what you need. They should be happy to help.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:12 PM   #24
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Two words: Check lists.
I'll second that! Before we made a check list we would forget important stuff, like once we forgot the sway control! Luckily our small trailer - big truck combo had no problem, but still, I want everything hooked up right to be safe. I feel much safer when we've gone over the check list and you KNOW everything is done.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:25 PM   #25
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Two words: Check lists.
Does anyone have a good check list for newbies?
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I agree with MaxandGeorgia that it's important to know how to hitch up and tow the rig comfortably for ALL partners. My dad taught me trailer towing when I was 16, and I've always done my half of the driving on trips. I'm not near as good at backing as my hubby as he does most of it (he can put that sucker anywhere he wants it) but I am capable of doing it - just takes me longer. My mom drove too right through retirement with their AS. Try driving your rig through Chicago in rush hour traffic through road work areas. You'll never be worried again about what you can do!

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Old 05-28-2009, 09:07 PM   #27
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There's something about those gas stations......
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I think you should watch "The Long, Long Trailer." Just remember, trailer brake first!
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