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Old 03-29-2008, 05:32 PM   #253
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I THINK I'm gonna make it, but will need help :-)

Hi Ladies!

We are supposed to pick up the TV on Monday, and hoping to pick up the AS on Friday (!). We are booked the two weekends prior to the Rally, so I may show up with virtually NO experience towing (except from CT to OH!), backing, hooking up and unhooking, running the AS works, etc.

This might be just too much to ask, but I will anyway, 'cause I really want to come! Will you be able to help me, orient me, etc.? I will devour the manual and have one small trip and one overnight under my belt, but really this will all be new. I will bring wine, food and margarita stuff

What do you think? Be honest, please. I have never towed anything before, or owned a trailer, and have only driven a truck on test drives in the last week. Too optimistic, too much to ask, or go for it?!

Please let me know, I really do not want to be a burden to you all.

Thanks!
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ps Laura, I sent an email, but system is still having trouble and not sure when it will actually send.
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There will be lots of experienced folks there! You will have lots of fun and there is a wealth of information to tap! Come on!!!
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Old 03-29-2008, 08:53 PM   #255
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Hey Lynda how exciting! Congrats on the new Airstream and we would LOVE to have you at the rally.

You probably will receive the RV Safety training video and booklets with your owner's manuals. There is a lot of great information for towing. I'd say avoid congested traffic and narrow places and take it as slow as your comfort level allows, don't let anyone rush you and don't be hesitant to stop and get out and survey any clearances in question. I've gotten stuck in a few tight places and slowly worked out of them. Have your towing mirrors adjusted to see what's what around you in relation to the AS. Check your brakes with the new contoller and work that manual trailer brake on the controller and feel what it does. Don't follow too close, you will need lots of room to stop the combination. Remember to make wide turns and keep an eye where the AS wheels and rear end are. Pull throughs were designed for easy no fuss parking. When you pull off the main roads and enter gas stations and parking lots always have a view to your path to reentry. I like the end pump if the building is straight ahead and requires turning out from the pump...you never know when someone will pull in and park in the space you may have thought you'd be using in your turn. Parallell pumps are the best. Backing out is always an option but I save that for special occassions like campgrounds if possible. Drive the TV on it's way home and the same with the AS or in the lot to become comfortable. If you can do a few short runs or practices you will get a real boost in confidence and experience. Distance won't matter it's just more of the same. YOU CAN TOW IT!!!!!!

As far as showing you where the what's its and thingies go, you'll have plenty of help as Lou mentioned. Don't worry, last rally all the ladies got out their ladders and helped me unroll my awning since I let the awning tab get rolled up. There's always something no matter how many times you go out. The thing is to just go and have fun with the adventure come what may.

Traveling with margarita mix is always savvy and appreciated!
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Crafting is my thing. What did you have in mind? I can always bring rubberstamps and card stuff. Banners are a little harder to do and takes lots more planning and materials, and fabric, and a sewing machine. Hope we will have good weather for outside time. Pray for no rain and snow!
Could you bring your Airstream stamp Lou? If we could make a personalized note card and get some techniques down that would be primo! Your cards are works of art. I will have to bring mine to show. Thanks.
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Lynda, I wrote back to you, but yes, you need to come! There is no way out of it now! Your are signed up, and there is no getting out of it! You are going to have to try it at some point, why not it be at the ladies rally where no one really cares about their image, Right Sharon ???

Come out, have a good time, and take home the experience of a lifetime.
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Lynda,
How lucky you are to be able to go to this rally. I've been reading this thread as I contemplate whether or not to buy an Airstream. You ladies sound like you have a lot of fun and I'm hoping you do this kind of thing every year. I would love to own an Airstream and be able to join you. I admire the self confidence you all seem to have. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for next year.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #259
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Thank you!

Thank you for the encouragement, Ladies!

And thanks, Carol, for the great towing suggestions - very helpful I am going to take a couple of short, local trips in the next few weeks to get some experience, as you suggested, that is a terrific idea!

I am very lucky and feel very blessed, to be going to the Rally, to have a wonderful new AS and TV to play with and adventure in, and to have found you all. What a great bunch of people! Very much looking forward to meeting you in person

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Linda;

This time last year - my stomach was turning circles at the prospect of not only traveling for the first time on my own, but add in the towing, crossing the border, meeting a whole bunch of new people and the small detail of getting a very old broken down Airstream roadworthy - so that parts would not fall off on my trip....

We all have had challenges.

If you are thinking of doing it - then you have it in you to do it YOU CAN TOW IT!

Getting her hooked up and setting yourself behind that wheel and putting her in drive and rolling off your driveway for the first time is the hardest part of it all. If you can do that Linda then you are on your way - as you will have all the confidence you need to get yourself through to the "gaining experience" level.

And there is as many ladies here have offered and said, lots of combined experience to help you. Carol has lots of miles under her rubber and situations to share. Some of us are newer at it than others. Some of us two small others large, some new and some vintage.

Trust in yourself and your own abilities - at the beginning act like a sponge and soak up as much as you can from various resources - then put them all to the test and settle what is comfortable for you.

YOU OWN THE ROAD! those impatient or rude drivers beside or behind you can always go around - so they are the least of your worries.

Oh and don't worry about any backing in or parking - some of what you may read about contests or judging is just us all having fun on the forum...We really don't actually get out with pilons and clip boards.....we all run away and peak out our windows at the latest arrival NAAA just kidding...

If one is having a spot of trouble - we all don't coming running and jibber jabber your ear off - it usually is just one that will help you and give your confidence a bit of a boost - let you have a breather so that you can collect yourself and then basically do it all by yourself anyway.....

I do so much look forward to meeting those I have not and seeing those I have already again for some great times...and new memories...

and what is this about "image" Laura....I have no Image - they broke the mold on that one
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Hi from the western region!

We just had our second successful and really FUN Western Region Women's Rally so I send a little encouragement and good wishes to you all. We had some total newbies who did an outstanding job. I know you'll all have a great time too. Just remember that once you get there, you'll have a whole group of new and old Airstream friends cheering you on.

Believe me EVERYone is a little nervous when they first get behind the wheel of the TV with a trailer behind...even the guys. Keep in mind that no one automatically knows how to tow. Both men and women need to learn and with a little practice we can all do it. The jitters usually vanish after a short time on the road.

Just take it slow, if you are not comfortable pulling into a tight spot-don't, and if you need help just ask. Everyone is willing to help if you need it. Asking for help backing in or out is no different then getting a helping hand when wrestling with tent poles back in the tenting days.

Have loads of fun and I can't wait to see the photos and hear the stories.

Maybe next year we can all meet in the middle for a big rally.
We can tow it!

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(snip) Believe me EVERYone is a little nervous when they first get behind the wheel of the TV with a trailer behind...even the guys. (snip) We can tow it!
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Believe me EVERYone is a little nervous when they first get behind the wheel of the TV with a trailer behind...even the guys. Keep in mind that no one automatically knows how to tow. Both men and women need to learn and with a little practice we can all do it. The jitters usually vanish after a short time on the road.
Hi Lynda!

Laurel knows what she's sayin'! She got me so jazzed to tow for the first time last year, that I re-read those original posts just to get my courage back up for this year! And you're clearly going to be in very caring and capable company once you land at your campground.

Just remember to take it easy--especially going downhill--keep your distance from those in front of you, and (mostly) ignore those behind you.
I had a new TV too, and spent much time getting familiar with all the widgets and controls, so they would be second-nature while towing. Your brake controller and mirrors are very big deals.

And the help is very present but not overwhelming! Michelle (Cats&I) was actually polishing her nails (silver of course) at the picnic table while I was going through the un-hitching routine. Very nonchalantly she'd barely look up and just comment "you missed a step" letting me remember what it was on my own.
Of course Laurel was cracking up on the other side of the trailer.

Great gals, all!
Have a wonderful time.
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Old 03-31-2008, 05:15 PM   #264
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AS p/u set for Friday!!!

Hi again,

OK, we pick up the TV tomorrow night (Tuesday) and are set for Friday afternoon pickup of the AS!!! I am SO psyched!

Will be learning and practicing as much as possible over the next few weeks, to gain confidence to make the trip out to the Rally

Should I try to book a pull-through site for the trip out to OH? Looks like about 12 hours each way for me. I have a doctor at about the half way point who would probably let me boondock one night in her parking lot, especially if I combine with a visit (chiropractor, I could use it!), should I see if I can set this up?

Also, I have not joined any of the AS clubs yet, just this forum. Does that matter?

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I wouldnt book anything, just ask when you get to the campground, ask for a pull threw site, they may not have any, I dont know where we are going to be, but Im going to get there on thursday sometime, and ask them to put us all around each other.

As far as joining any groups, you dont have to! If you wanted to join the WBCCI, we are going to be stoping at the Headquarters before the plant tour, so you can join then!!!
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Lynda if your doctor's lot is fine with you it would seem easy enough to get in and out of otherwise I think the KOAs are nice in that they escort you to your campsite. It never hurts to have several tentative places picked out along the way depending how far along you get. You might give a call in advance, reservations shouldn't be necessary that time of year but you would find that out and if they are open and pull throughs available with the call. Do you have a Woodall's or Trailer Life campground directory? We usually leave that in the truck for reference. You may take longer than the 6 hours estimated depending on traffic and gas and rest stops. It's good to stop frequently and take a break, I find.
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