Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-15-2012, 08:57 AM   #29
Rivet Master
 
MrUKToad's Avatar

 
2011 28' International
Chatham , Ontario
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,372
Images: 17
Blog Entries: 13
Quote:
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
__________________

__________________
Steve; also known as Mr UK Toad

"You can't tow that with that!"

http://toadsoftowedhaul.com
MrUKToad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 09:04 AM   #30
Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
 
kposey's Avatar

 
1975 27' Overlander
Chattanooga , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,004
Images: 56
Blog Entries: 1
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!

We are all here pulling for you!
__________________

__________________
Kathy, Tommy, & Crew, Chattanooga, TN
Air #2757
1989 SquareStream (Annie #8)
kposey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 11:04 AM   #31
Rivet Master
 
2006 22' International CCD
2007 Base Camp
Elk Valley , British Columbia
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 657
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...
__________________
Friday is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 12:40 PM   #32
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Whatever you do, don't watch Robin Williams in "RV". Am I too late? Even worse is Lucy and Desi's "The Long Long Trailer".
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 12:56 PM   #33
Rivet Master
 
webspinner's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
Menlo Park , California
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,269
Images: 15
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.
__________________
Barbie
Our travel and renovation blog: http://tinpickle.blogspot.com/
webspinner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #34
Rivet Master
 
SteSpot's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
1982 24' Airstream 240
Ventura , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,641
Images: 17
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
__________________
Paula & Ed
Suite Spot
WBCCI # 8252 Air#13593
1968 28'Ambassador
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
1982 24'Motorhome (82Ste P)
SteSpot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2012, 08:43 PM   #35
4 Rivet Member
 
mgriffrus's Avatar
 
1974 29' Ambassador
Ruston , Louisiana
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 320
Well, did you wind up going?
__________________
mgriffrus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-21-2012, 08:57 PM   #36
4 Rivet Member
 
Travel Bird's Avatar
 
2012 27' FB International
Denver , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 445
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!!
__________________
Anna
Blog: Glamper~An Airstream Diary
www.glamperanairstreamdiary.com
WBCCI #4846, WBCCI DenCO Unit
Air #62992
Travel Bird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 05:48 AM   #37
Rivet Master
 
mstephens's Avatar
 
2013 25' Flying Cloud
Cat City , California
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 854
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.
__________________
mstephens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 09:44 AM   #38
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 26' Overlander
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 41
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!
__________________
megan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 10:01 AM   #39
1 Rivet Member
 
1988 25' Excella
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 13
Blog Entries: 2
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!
(I am a lone gal on the loose too!)
__________________
Compass Rose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 10:22 AM   #40
Rivet Master
 
SteSpot's Avatar
 
1968 28' Ambassador
1982 24' Airstream 240
Ventura , California
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 1,641
Images: 17
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 focus.....to remember everything. It does get easier with practice.

I encourage everyone to get comfortable with towing....you never know when you are going to need to have that skill. paula
__________________
Paula & Ed
Suite Spot
WBCCI # 8252 Air#13593
1968 28'Ambassador
2011 GMC Yukon Denali
1982 24'Motorhome (82Ste P)
SteSpot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 10:25 AM   #41
1 Rivet Member
 
mytehawk's Avatar
 
1970 31' Sovereign
Portland , OR
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 13
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.
__________________
mytehawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2012, 12:19 PM   #42
1972 Travelux Princess 25
 
Cobourg , Ontario
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 1,042
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.
Ganaraska is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:09 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.