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Old 11-15-2012, 07:57 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
You guys have been great. ........ 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!
Excellent, Megan.

I may just be being overly sensitive but I often get a kind of old fashioned feel of "men drive, wifey does the cooking" in the RV world, and it's absolute nonsense in the twenty-first century, of course.

There's no black art to towing a trailer, or driving anything for that matter, it can all be learned and then improved with practice. It's the same for a man as it is for a woman.

So come on girls, get behind that wheel and show the boys just how easy it is, given the training and requisite practice, naturally.

Mrs Toad doesn't often tow but she can and has done, and every bit as well as anyone else I know that tows. Backing up the trailer isn't her greatest strength, but neither is backing up the car, it just needs a tad more practice I think

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Old 11-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #30
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I agree. Learn to pull, turn and back in an empty parking lot and then take some shorter trips to get the feel of it. The mountains are not as bad as Atlanta, and once you get off the freeway going to Jellystone, it really is only a curvy road. Take your time, learn how to do it, and then go for it!

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:04 AM   #31
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My wife takes her friends out in our rig all the time... yeah, sometimes it is worrisome, but life is for living, not worrying about a dent in a piece of metal...
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #32
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #33
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You can do it, but this is not necessarily the right time.

I've towed our 25' trailer solo, along a winding, hilly road with steep sides on the right and the ocean crashing on rocks far below on my left. It took concentration and care, but wasn't technically difficult.

Backing trailers into place just takes practice and more practice. I came from a lifetime of occasionally pulling various things behind trucks, so pulling the Airstream solo wasn't that much of a stretch. It does take time, though, to learn where the wheels go when taking corners or backing, and those aren't things best learned under pressure.

It is important for all adults on a trip to be able to manage the rudiments of the job. That's a safety issue. It also boosts your empathy and communication when someone else is driving.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:10 PM   #34
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I feel your pain

of not being able to make the trip because hubby can't......I did hook up our rig and took it by myself--once---it is a lot of work on your own.....but I am glad I did it and feel much more comfortable about driving.....backing up is still not mastered but on rallies, there are always folks to help with that.

Now, I have purchased a 1982 24' Motorhome to use when my husband is not available...still fixing it up so will let you know how that works out in the future.....paula
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:43 PM   #35
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Well, did you wind up going?
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Old 12-21-2012, 07:57 PM   #36
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Megan, I did not read all the threads. We just bought a 27' AS in NJ and we live in Denver. We had never towed a thing in our lives. After our walk thru my husband handed me the keys. I was so scared you could't imagine. I took the keys and away I went. 5 hours later, 4 toll booths, 2 major bridges, 3 states and mostly at night-I did it!!! I got over the fear in about 2 hrs. Go for it!! I love towing it now. We drove 1839 miles home. No fear now!!! Would love to hear about your adventure!!
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:48 AM   #37
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It's an old thread, but it reminded me how important is was for my wife to be an equal partner in the "hook and tow." I trained her right from the start to know every aspect of the operation. She only drives about 25% of the miles, but she is a great driver, and confident about towing. She can do a full hook/unhook, and as my spotter she can back me into a sliver of a spot. I am generally surprised by how few couples we meet who have a woman that shares towing.
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Old 12-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #38
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No, we didn't go. Adam was worried about the breaks and my friends all said the mountains were way to steep to try it. We are going someplace close on Tuesday, so I'm going to practice pulling her then. I don't know that Rosie will ever see the mountains, it scares the hooey out of both of us!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:01 AM   #39
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Phoenix, thanks for the info!
Wondered when to use low gear. good explanation.
I will be towing for the first time with a new truck for Picacho peak rally.
Only 50 miles away and I am 3 miles from highway.
Going to practice turns and backing up on Christmas day in local business parking lot.
Talking to people about towing is interesting, some will freak you out and others will be encouraging. Tells you more about them than towing!
I am more concerned about getting the airstream attached to truck properly!
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:22 AM   #40
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It is a good thing to be careful

There are enough scary stories about misses and non misses of accidents to know it is prudent to be knowledgeable about hooking up and towing. There are so many other crazy drivers that feel it is smart to dart in front of you when your stopping distance is huge....That said, towing is not rocket science and anyone who wants to do it can, IMHO. I have done it all by myself and while I can do it, I prefer to have a partner.....there are so many things to remember that it takes a lot of remember everything. It does get easier with practice.

I encourage everyone to get comfortable with never know when you are going to need to have that skill. paula
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:25 AM   #41
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One of the tricks for backing up a trailer, I think, is pull up a little farther. A lot of times if you pull forward another 10'-20' before you start back you can straighten her out and have a better chance of getting those wheels where you want them. And lately, when I don't have a clear reference point, I'll put a stick or broom handle on ground where I want the trailer wheels and aim for that, it seems to help.
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Old 12-22-2012, 11:19 AM   #42
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There is an important lesson here for couples who travel. Both partners should know how to hook up the rig, tow, unhook, etc. even if one normally does all this.

What if one person gets sick or injured or some other emergency pops up? The time to learn is before something happens. You could start off slowly with a few lessons, practice sessions in a big deserted parking lot on a weekend, and learn the whole process painlessly.

The same goes the other way too. Hubby should know his way around the kitchen enough to prepare simple meals, clean up, do laundry, etc etc. Mommy doesn't need to get up out of a sick bed to see the place looking like the town dump after a tornado hit it.

Living in the trailer park of sense, looking out the window at a tornado of stupidity.
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