Pardon my hijack please
Originally Posted by Victorialhq
I would to go to a Rally. As for selling her I could never do that. If I end up living in it I would want it's size. I just bought some Pergo to re-do the flooring so will find someone to put it in
then I am thinking of getting a new A/C even though it does work just want it all new .... I can pull it but I doubt I could back it or park it...funny I used to drive a Semi and I did back it once
Victoria - PLEASE don't beat yourself up
(It's one of the few things Other People are good for!
Self Doubt is a good thing if it makes you take on new tasks cautiously and in manageable stages, but it's poison if it STOPS you cold before you even start.
A rally or even your own driveway would be a great place to start building your skills. I'm sure you'll have more than one person in your neck of the woods offer to give you a hitching/unhitching check list, show you the ins and outs of the whole process, and then observe you until you're comfortable doing it yourself. After that, it's just a matter of finding a vacant parking lot or abandoned airfield to practice stress free towing, braking, and mirror management. Once you start getting delusions of adequacy in those areas, you can try backing. I assure you as someone who has now backed several sizes of trailers... the big ones are LESS squirrelly than the little ones.
I still do have a bit of hesitation about knowing that I've pulled far enough forward to begin a back and turn, but just this weekend I scooted into a pie shaped space (narrow in front!) with a flipping telephone pole and garbage cans on the blind side and a car parked uncomfortably close on the driver's side. I just got out and checked to make sure I was doing it well once in the "wiggle it in between two obstructions" phase.
PS: If it is NOT raining a really EASY way to back in predictably is to keep an empty dishwashing detergent bottle, fill it, then squirt a line from your back left trailer tire to the place you want that tire to stop when you're successfully finished backing. It's much easier to recognize when your truck & Airstream are in the right place to start backing if you draw the line you want to follow. It also allows you to take picnic tables, etc. into consideration. (idiot children on bikes or skateboards - not so much - just ASK for someone to play traffic cop if there are a lot of those creatures running loose!)
If you irritate someone who is in a hurry getting in or out - that's their problem - but I regularly carry a small box of Pecan Sandies - one is tossed under the trailer as a sacrifical offering to keep the ants happily OUTSIDE of my trailer - others can be given to people tapping their thumbs on the wheel of a golf cart or tow vehicle while I'm backing. EVERYONE smiles when they get a Pecan Sandy!
Also - I haven't yet gone to a campground where there isn't someone who is really good at backing in who will volunteer to do it for me - and every now and then if I'm tired or just feeling inordinately inept... I LET THEM!
Men and towing. They either have some natural ability that's a bit more acute than women or they're just too goal driven to focus on "smaller" details in the process. (A friend of mine has a delicate cross stitched sign in her bath that totally explains the male attitude to the finer details. It says, "Stand a bit closer dear, it's not as long as you think."
Now go outside, and get in the tow vehicle and back it up TO the Airstream several times. (step 1) and say "I think I can... I think I can"
......and we'll all see you down the road, Paula