Originally Posted by uluwene
I don't know - I have never towed solo - sure I have driven but with H in the other seat. I would probably be more confident on a short haul too, at least for the first time. And I am not at all sure he would trust me with his baby to back it in somewhere. . . . .
I am finding some really nice looking places in the thumb of Michigan either close to or on Lake Huron. And even some nice little local parks on small lakes.
Hey that is okay - no worries....
- I remember my first trip - Picking up our 69 21' down in Louisianna - a long long way from home. I had pulled our boat once and while but never a trailer. Peter took the helm and it was just bucketing with rain. I knew he was getting tired and new that I was going to have to take the wheel - I was so very dang nervous sitting in the passenger seat no matter thinking about taking the wheel.
Then those words came...Hun - can you take her for a while? "Oh um are you sure"...ahhh absolutely sure you can't keep driving...oh come on please keep your eyes open a little longer!!!" Problem was we had no time to stop - we had to make that trip in 1.5 days to get him back to work on time.
Stopped for a real strong coffee and took a deep breath and off we went. When it was time to pull out there was a huge parade coming into town OMG so I had to wait for an age to turn onto the road. With that big silver thing in the back staring at me wonder why I was not moving!!! I had to put her in park as not to ride the brakes for so long. It stopped raining the whole time the parade went by - I thought great at least I don't have to drive in the rain.
Pulled out finally and hit the I whatever north...Just as I was saying hey this is not so bad - the skies opened up and it was then torrential rain, with semis everywhere and him sound asleep beside me. Lot of help he is tee hee.
But all of a sudden - the confidence just flooded over me - and I said hey I'm doing this and it is not so bad - okay everyone was passing me but I did not care I was towing solo - in a sense. But the big thing was - all my fears as a passenger were washed away (pun intended) the reason was because I could now both FEEL how the vehicle was reacting and could FEEL and know the response of the truck and trailer together. I had CONTROL - it is hard to explain. But when you are a passenger and the control is with someone else you just did not know and were unprepared for any response.
Now as a passenger I can feel the wind and vibrations although slight to actually tell him the speed he is going and can give him a gentle reminder of this and that - Men are not as sensitive to the feelings of the rig - or maybe they are just completely oblivious to them who knows.
I then took the half duty with Peter for the next three years.
We had to laugh - in boating - he would not feel comfortable taking the boat up on plane - so I took the helm - me I was not confident in docking and he was great at it. With the trailer - he hated backing in - so I would do it - he is more concerned about people judging him - me well I could not care what people think of me - I am me and what you see is what you get so bring it on.
My very first solo trip was a 10 hour drive down to the corn field in Ohio...in a trailer that was barely road ready - brand new everything in the running gear - but nothing inside but a few pieces of furniture rigged to the floor and house hold appliances to plug in the walls with no counters tee hee.
I was on the phone with him a 1000 times about this and that. I was burning rubber, loosing power cords out the side of the trailer, lost all my lights both in the trailer and TV at one point - gave the connections a kick and a few swear words and all was well for the rest of the trip. OMG but what a laugh.
And even on the way back It was such a relief to have Carol ahead of me - but even then I had to stop on the side of the high way cause my flippin battery was jumping out of the side compartment. - Popped that back in and duck tapped. But then could not find my keys - had left them in the trailer door eeekk so I had to pull right off again on the off ramp and grab them...
Oh my the trials and tribulations I have had on the road by myself since - have been fun - but I am still here - and it has been a huge boost for life survival of late.....
Okay so bring the hubster - that is quite all right!!! (I was just pullin your leg - we have all been there at some point) You will not be the first - but see if you might try to do a little bit with his help when you arrive - even just the first part and that is line up the rig for it to be put back into her spot - then he can take over. Or just try as far as you can - and when you are no longer comfortable then you have done marvellous - GETTING there!! and having the COURAGE to TRY!!!
Then WE DRINK!!!! Coolaid