We somewhat impulsively purchased a 25FB Safari (love the FB floorplan, hope to get it in a 34' someday for fulltiming!) and a Chevy HD diesel truck a couple of months ago - I had dreamed of this for years, but we bought when we just went out to actually look at some in person. I was the one who drove the combo off the dealer's lot, because I was afraid that if I did not tow right away I would never do it (good decision on my part, when DH drove later I was freaked when I turned around and watched!).
It is SO much fun, and much easier that I expected
. The only real difference I notice is that the truck makes a bit more noise in tow/haul mode (and remembering the size of this combo
when changing lanes, etc). The AS just follows us wherever we go!
Not only have I gone to a NEU rally by myself - and learned LOTS there
, especially how to hook up and back up by myself (!), but I am usually the one who takes the rig to and from the campgrounds, with DH joining us from work. We have had several trips like this and it works great!
Oh, as of our trip last week I can now easily get the awning up and down myself, actually my biggest challenge so far
My son and I leave tomorrow for upstate NY for a couple of days to see some friends, then next week we are heading to a rendevous. On both trips I will be doing all the driving, setting up and breaking down, as well as backing the rig up our long, curved, uphill driveway while managing to not hit the trees, lamp posts or rock walls when we return home! Fun! And I do this without a spotter
. And though I find it disgusting, I also do the dumping
since I really like having onboard facilities.
Oh! In an effort to economize with the diesel, this former lifelong leadfoot now drives right around 55 miles per hour, which I find surprisingly relaxing and much more peaceful!
Joyce, I am telling you this not to brag, but to encourage you that if I can do it anyone can! I have depth perception problems and have never before driven a big truck or towed anything. You can definitely do this and enjoy it!
Keep reading, including the links already mentioned, consider finding a local WBCCI group to join, and get out and camp! It's terrific
What I find interesting is how surprised many fellow campers seem to be that I am doing this on my own. Whether male or female, none of us is born instinctively knowing how to do this, it is just something new to be learned. In this particular activity, I do not see that our sex really matters. However, I have noticed that when talking to couples I have also assumed that the man did the towing
I also encounted this when I shopped for, test drove and purchased our truck without DH in tow (with lots of help from forum members again!), as well as when I pull up somewhere or diesel up. We don't live in horse country, but there are lots of boaters and trucks on the road, and seeing a woman behind the wheel of a 3/4 ton truck is unusual.