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Old 11-13-2012, 07:34 PM   #15
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If you're that freaked, don't do it. If you have the funds, contact a local RV club or dealership; they will know someone who could tow it for you.

Do a bit of towing when you are not so stressed. We are pulling for you - pardon the pun!

You can do it too (in time). I am happiest when cruising down the highway - the Airstream bobbing merrily behind.

I also Airstream alone and have found the wind and the vortex from passing tractor trailers to be worse than any mountain driving.....even Jackass Mountain, a.k.a. "The RV Killer."

Jackass Mountain summit in the Fraser Canyon - YouTube

It was fun doing the climb.....with this blasting on the CD player. Make it your theme song.

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Old 11-13-2012, 07:38 PM   #16
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Megan,

There's enough good advice here to see you, your kids and your Airstream safely to Gatlinburg. Take it slowly, use the Interstates, split the trip up, try some practice miles with someone experienced if you can. Phoenix (above) has the best line... "Within an 20-30 minutes, you'll start to relax a little; and in an hour or two, you'll wonder why you ever worried about towing your Airstream."

Good luck and have a great time in Gatlinburg.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:39 PM   #17
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Great contribution to the thread. Thanks
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #18
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I also Airstream alone and have found wind and the vortex from passing tractor trailers worse than any mountain driving...
Ain't that right! You get used to it eventually but it's a bit off putting when you're new to towing.
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:01 PM   #19
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You guys have been great. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the comprehensive advice! I've asked my father in law if he can drive us-over the road truck driver-but if he can't, I'm going to stay home. I should keep my family together for the holiday anyway. I will, however, seek out some training and start practicing on my own here at home. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time before Sunday to get any hours in. But, I do not want to ever be stuck and I don't want to be at the mercy of my husband if I want to go go go. Which is all the time. Thanks for all the great advice!
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Old 11-13-2012, 08:18 PM   #20
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You obviously have it.
And good judgement to boot.
I have an idea that before a year has passed, you will be doing most of the towing in your family.
Every spouse and/or partner should be able to tow the rig as well as the other.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:40 PM   #21
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You guys have been great. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the comprehensive advice! I've asked my father in law if he can drive us-over the road truck driver-but if he can't, I'm going to stay home. I should keep my family together for the holiday anyway. I will, however, seek out some training and start practicing on my own here at home. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time before Sunday to get any hours in. But, I do not want to ever be stuck and I don't want to be at the mercy of my husband if I want to go go go. Which is all the time. Thanks for all the great advice!
the safety of yourself, your family, your trailer and others on the road is most important. practice, learn and enjoy.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:11 PM   #22
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Mountain driving

Having just made this trip, the 20 or so miles off I-40 to Gatlinburg really cannot qualify as mountain driving. It is a mildly curvy 2 lane road with only gentle elevation changes that should not be difficult. Caveat... make very sure you approach via I-77 to I-40; going over through Smoky Mtn. Natl. Park from I-85 will put you on true mountain roads that will make the highest point in Florida look like the highway overpass it probably is, and not the place to learn. And... that tempting little road out of Robbinsville is the Tail of the Dragon, never recommended for trailers.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:35 AM   #23
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I will, however, seek out some training and start practicing on my own here at home. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time before Sunday to get any hours in. But, I do not want to ever be stuck and I don't want to be at the mercy of my husband if I want to go go go. Which is all the time.
If I may be so presumptuous…

A great way to get in some practice, but probably not until AFTER Christmas, is to go to the local shopping mall, before any of the stores open, and just tool around in the parking lot. Plenty of room to practice left and right turns, backing up straight, backing around a turn, all the maneuvers you need to know, and not much harm to be done if you cross the painted lines by accident. Your first time, get an experienced person (your mister?) to take you over there, so that you also have someone to give you directions for backing.

You'll even have a chance to practice hitching up and unhitching, if you like. If the mall parking lot isn't perfectly flat, you can even practice putting the trailer up on leveling blocks. In any event, try to keep your training sessions down to two hours or less per day. Any more than that and fatigue will detract from your learning ability.

By practicing in the mall parking lot, you also avoid heckling audiences, except possibly a security guard who should leave you alone after you explain what you're doing and why.

When you've gained enough confidence in the shopping mall parking lot, then you'll be ready to tow the trailer home in traffic and park it on your home turf. When you reach that point, you should be ready to try towing for a trip.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:50 AM   #24
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We stayed at that Jellystone a couple years ago and absolutely loved it. If you decide to make the trip, I wouldn't worry the least about setting up camp when you get there. The park is owned by a family who came back to the area (he's a retired police officer if I remember correctly) and they are quite possibly some of the nicest and most helpful we've run into in our travels. I'm sure they will go out of their way to assist you once you get there.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:55 AM   #25
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If I may be so presumptuous…

A great way to get in some practice, but probably not until AFTER Christmas, is to go to the local shopping mall, before any of the stores open, and just tool around in the parking lot. Plenty of room to practice left and right turns, backing up straight, backing around a turn, all the maneuvers you need to know, and not much harm to be done if you cross the painted lines by accident. Your first time, get an experienced person (your mister?) to take you over there, so that you also have someone to give you directions for backing.

You'll even have a chance to practice hitching up and unhitching, if you like. If the mall parking lot isn't perfectly flat, you can even practice putting the trailer up on leveling blocks. In any event, try to keep your training sessions down to two hours or less per day. Any more than that and fatigue will detract from your learning ability.

By practicing in the mall parking lot, you also avoid heckling audiences, except possibly a security guard who should leave you alone after you explain what you're doing and why.

When you've gained enough confidence in the shopping mall parking lot, then you'll be ready to tow the trailer home in traffic and park it on your home turf. When you reach that point, you should be ready to try towing for a trip.
Excellent suggestion. Taking some orange traffic cones would be useful as well. You can simulate lanes and turns. Important to learn how wide to take turns, how to keep the rig centered in lanes, etc.

Orange cones are cheap at the Dollar Store.

Good Luck!
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:42 AM   #26
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OP: Maybe I missed it, but - Is there some reason why your Husband can not teach you to drive and maintain the rig?
I spent many years single handling on cruising blue water sail boats and used to come across couples on boats all the time. It absolutely amazed me how many of the wife’s were basically nothing but passengers and cooks. In an emergency they were helpless, not knowing even the basics of ship handling and maintaining all the onboard systems. The stress level on those boats was terrible for all involved. On the other hand there were other boats where all onboard could take over at any time. The attitudes and stress levels were 180 degrees out from those other boats. Emergencies can happen at any time and all onboard need to be able to step up and do what needs to be done for the safety of everyone involved. This applies to travel trailers as well as boats. Preaching over.
Good Luck and I hope you can still find it in yourself to do what needs to be done and safely make your planned trip.
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