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Old 08-08-2015, 07:50 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by RangerJay View Post
Watch the "Long, Long, Trailer" ......

.... what a great movie.

I've worked hard (read this as jest) to try and get my wife to go back to the trailer and get supper ready while we are on the road .....

..... hasn't worked .....

...... never understood why ......

..... she's had a few choice words for me .....

..... can't be repeated here ......

Indeed -- really funny movie and a must see for any one who pulls a trailer. Wasn't aware there was a book -- will download it.

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Old 08-09-2015, 09:25 AM   #16
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Some years ago, Bud Cooper, the first president of the Vintage Airstream Club, recommended that someone ride in the trailer for a short distance once in a while just to see if anything is moving or loose. When you are parked, potential problems may not show themselves.
Probably would be a good idea to use small radios for communication.
With today's technology could be done with a wireless rear view camera placed in the trailer.

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Old 08-09-2015, 11:17 AM   #17
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For a visual reference watch the movie with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, The Long, Long, Long, Long Trailer!
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Old 08-09-2015, 12:38 PM   #18
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I have read that you can ride in trailer if there is communication available between person in trailer and the driver of tow vehicle. I think it was in Federal Motor Carriers hand book, but this may only for tractor trailers.
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Old 08-09-2015, 12:53 PM   #19
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Since there are no seat belts, air bags or any other safety devices for passengers I wouldn't let anyone ride in mine, regardless of the laws. Some states allow passengers in pickup truck beds, doesn't mean it's safe or even a good idea.

Some allow passengers in 5th wheels and campers. Here's a link to towing laws by state or Canadian province

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Old 08-09-2015, 01:03 PM   #20
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According to AAA, these states prohibit riding in a house trailer. Don't know if the laws in those states make a distinction between travel trailers and mobile homes when defining "house trailers," though:
Connecticut, Delaware, Florida.

These states specifically prohibit riding in some category of trailer that includes travel trailers:
Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Ohio, Vermont.

If your state is not listed above, then riding in a travel trailer is not specifically legislated at the state level— at least according to AAA. No state specifically allows it, they just don't forbid it. But other restrictions, such as seat belt laws, may also apply to people riding in a travel trailer.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:27 PM   #21
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When I had my first Airstream less than two weeks, the manager of my campground wanted to introduce me to a nice gentleman who needed help getting over a tragedy...
His first wife died after a valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer, and he simply could not stay in their house, so he let his grown children rent it for a very reasonable rate, and bought himself a motor home. He stayed at my campground and took short trips to nearby places but still remaine depressed. Then one day he met a widow with a small trailer at the campground and it was instant attraction. Next thing you know they decided to take a nice long trip in his motor home. One day she remarked "would you like some coffee?" and he assented.... So WHILE driving down the interstate she hopped up and brewed a pot, then carried two cups up to the front and just as she was going to sit down he hit a pothole. She lost her balance, fell backwards and hit the entry door on the curb side - and the door gave way. He ran over her with the drive and tag axles before he could stop.

I declined the invite... poor man had a real bad streak going.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:36 PM   #22
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I rode in my trailer one time when I was very, very ill. I wasn't even able to stand erect. We were in a primitive campground only a few miles from home. I knew it wasn't legal, but my wife hitched the trailer and drove us home. I laid on the goucho and things jiggled some but she drove very carefully to give me the best ride possible. Fortunately, we made it home without problems. I haven't ridden in the trailer since and that was many years ago.

I would have gladly paid the fine should we have been stopped.
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:45 PM   #23
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I have been in our Airstream while my husband towed our trailer out of the way at a dump station in a campground. It was a very bumpy, uncomfortable ride - going very slowly and for a very short distance (less than 1/2 mile). Based on that experience, I would never want to ride in our trailer for any distance. Considering the things that have come out of our cabinets while driving, I do not think it would be terribly safe inside (not considering the other dangers from other drivers mentioned above).
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Old 08-09-2015, 06:48 PM   #24
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Have you seen the movie the Long long trailer? You will get the picture
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Old 08-09-2015, 07:22 PM   #25
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My wife broke her leg at Joshua Tree NP hiking into Twenty-nine palms. Due to nature of the break, the hospital wasn't able to operate on her leg. It was next to impossible for her to get in or out of our Jeep. As for keeping her leg comfortable without swelling in the Jeep, not possible. The trailer was a little easier to enter or exit. She rode in the trailer to Desert Palms where they declined to operate due to the swelling. Her comment was it was noisy but not too bumpy. Lots of creaks and groans, trailer that is.

For the reasons above, we felt it was okay for her to ride in the trailer. She also had to endure the trailer ride from Desert Palms to Phoenix where a plane flew her back to Ontario.

That, to me, was okay to do under the circumstances, otherwise no!

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Old 08-09-2015, 11:34 PM   #26
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Ah, a flashback from the era before seatbelts,doublecabs and SUVs, Dad had three teenagers in folding metal lawnchairs (with webbing), riding in the camper shell from Seattle to Minnesota. Now that was a bumpy trip! Those chairs collapsed so many times! No air, no radio, no walkie talkies, no opening the truck cab window, no complaining - we begged to ride in the trailer but to no avail! He wanted us to 'be safe'!
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:16 AM   #27
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Please watch Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball in "The Long, Long Trailer" AND read the book by Clinton Twiss.
It's good for a laugh or 2.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:17 AM   #28
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I couldn't find the book either, so I read it for free from a website.
Impossible on an iPhone and difficult on an iPad- one situation where the iMac was used-

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