Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-08-2014, 09:58 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
white laker's Avatar
 
2002 31' Classic
lanark , Ontario
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 160
Images: 5
Women drivers?

sorry about the title , but I need some input here.
over the past four months I have been dealing with a Pituitary Tumour which after going through a sergury to remove it, has left me visually impared. my vision does not meet the minimum standards for our licence folks so my driving days are behind me. my mife has no problem pulling a utillity trailer with my bike on top. I still do the backing up into the driveway. She thinks that she wants to try pulling the AS so that we can carry on. My questions are....
how many women do the driving or share the driving now. Please this is not a sexist question but one that I hope will reassure my wife that this is normal.
Secondly, other that getting the training from me, do we know of any trailer training courses than we can look into.
this has been a sudden change or bump in the road, but we are trying to get beyond this and not allow it to define our future years.
I appreciate any input and hope to be on the road this summer. you may want to cut me a wide berth when I do the final parking!
thanks
Pete
__________________

__________________
white laker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
I do the driving & the backing all the time. My hubby stays home & farms while I go with my extended family camping! My mother pulled their SOB white box when they went on extended trips. She didn't begin towing until the age of 55 or so. I'm sure MANY women will chime in here. It's just a matter of overcoming fear!
__________________

__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 10:21 AM   #3
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
1976 Argosy 28
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,401
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Lots of women drive tow vehicle-trailer combinations. Two friends in my unit are women who travel solo all the time, and one of them has 2 pickups and 4 Airstreams.

Men aren't born knowing how to tow a trailer, it's a learned skill for everyone. I know guys who couldn't parallel park a Miata and I've met women who drive semi trucks.
__________________
David

Zero Gravitas 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | Il Progetto 1976 Argosy 28 Center Bath | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 10:34 AM   #4
Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
 
kposey's Avatar

 
1975 27' Overlander
Chattanooga , Tennessee
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,004
Images: 56
Blog Entries: 1
I tow my trailer more than the hubby. Just have to get used to pulling a longer vehicle-trailer combo and wide turns. One suggestion is to go to a large store parking lot to practice. That has helped a lot of folks.

Glad to know that this setback is not going to stop you from enjoying life. Get out there and have fun!
__________________
Kathy, Tommy, & Crew, Chattanooga, TN
Air #2757
1989 SquareStream (Annie #8)
kposey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 10:41 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
m.hony's Avatar
 
2013 30' Classic
Greenwood , Mississippi
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 11,828
My wife's cousin takes the trailer to the campground while her husband is at work. She also pulls horse trailers.
We know another couple with the wife doing all the driving. They have a 34' motor home. The husband has been blind for 10-12 years due to mini strokes on the optic nerves.
My wife often asks if I want her to drive. I would just rather drive. She does tow our utility trailer.
There are many widows at the RV rallies who drive their own rigs or couples with the wife driving due to some disability the husband has.
I have even seen women at the dump station. I wish I could get my wife to do that part.
__________________
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
TAC #MS-10
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56
Airforums #70955
m.hony is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 10:48 AM   #6
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 DKB_SATX View Post
Men aren't born knowing how to tow a trailer, it's a learned skill for everyone.
That sums it up, really. It's just practice and confidence, and confidence comes with practice.

My wife tows the Airstream sometimes and it's no big deal for either of us.
__________________
Steve; also known as Mr UK Toad

"You can't tow that with that!"

http://toadsoftowedhaul.com
MrUKToad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 11:16 AM   #7
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,190
My wife occasionally tows our trailer, and it is roughly the same as yours.
The biggest thing will be to make sure your tow vehicle is something your wife feels comfortable driving by itself, as well as letting her practice towing.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 11:32 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
SteveSueMac's Avatar

 
2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 5,409
Sorry to hear about the effect of the surgery, Pete.

With training and practice, anyone can drive a rig like this. I HIGHLY recommend calling your nearest CDL (commercial driving license) center a seeing if they offer a safe RV drier training school. My wife and I did that the first weekend we had the trailer and it was a great investment.

And seriously - one of the tasks was to parallel park the rig which my wife nailed on the first try. Me? Not so much.

She left wondering - can men drive these things or what? :-)

Seriously - it's a learned skill that takes practice. That's all there is to it. Good luck!!
__________________
SteveSueMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 11:37 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,883
I've been fulltiming as a solo for several years now. If I had a man, I'd share the towing responsibilities - but I'd never leave myself totally dependent on him.

Your wife sounds like she's 95% ready and trained to do the job right now.

If it's a confidence thing, look to a truck driver training school. Here in the States we have a CDL (commercial driver's license) that is required for over the road truckers. Many trucking schools offer a recreational vehicle course. I don't know what the Canadian equivalent is, but I'm betting there is one. Perhaps your local licensing office can point you in the right direction.


Paula
__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 11:41 AM   #10
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,190
If the problem is backing, I cleared a couple of acres at our farm, drove the truck and trailer there, and told her to back in figure 8's. After about an hour, she was doing pretty good.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 11:57 AM   #11
Birdie Momma
 
NJtoNC's Avatar
 
1957 26' Overlander
1956 22' Flying Cloud
Vintage Kin Owner
Rutherford Co. , North Carolina
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 904
I and my husband share driving responsibilities fairly evenly. I prefer not to drive at night. In the beginning, i had the better knack for backing in. Now he is better and gets into position 1st try.

Here in the south, i often see female drivers pulling horse trailers solo at least 1/2, if not more than 1/2 of the time. At first i wanted to tell them "Hey i'm proud of you"!!!! but now i realize its just the norm.

It can be scary for anyone new learning to tow, especially a big trailer. i agree with the suggestion of a training course and/or practice at a shopping center.

Hope you'll update us.
__________________
'57 Overlander | '56 Flying Cloud | '51 Spartanette
NJtoNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 12:25 PM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
Jim Lee's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Springfield , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 318
Images: 125
My wife and I equally share driving also. We used to work on the road and have pulled trailers all our married life....since 1973 . I'm a better baker, even if I say so myself. I'm a better navigator, using the iPad. I am a better baker but I'm also a better backer. Lol
__________________
Jim Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 12:26 PM   #13
4 Rivet Member
 
Jim Lee's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Springfield , Missouri
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 318
Images: 125
Our daughter pulls a gooseneck horse trailer to shows by herself. I just make sure she has a good, dependable vehicle, a spare and a cell phone. In ten years I only had to rescue her once.
__________________
Jim Lee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #14
Moderator
 
Stefrobrts's Avatar

 
1968 17' Caravel
Battle Ground , Washington
Join Date: Dec 2002
Posts: 11,906
Images: 50
Blog Entries: 1
I'd say women far outnumber men in the horse trailer contingency! At least around here!

I don't mind driving our rig, but I'm rubbish at backing it up, even though it's a tiny little thing! Maybe I'll look into one of these driving schools! My husband seemed to instinctively know right off how to back it up, and can back it into any tiny little spot we're given. That has made me lazy, and I just hand the wheel over to him when backing time comes. I guess I really should learn how, but when we're parking at a rally with people watching never seems like the right time!
__________________

__________________
Stephanie




Stefrobrts 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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Women Drivers StreamRollin On The Road... 88 07-12-2012 09:40 AM
Women Boondocking Drivers? Ray Eklund Boondocking 32 01-16-2012 10:44 PM
Women with Power Tools!! jordandvm General Interior Topics 1 11-07-2005 11:18 PM
women buying A/S... alt Our Community 33 09-12-2004 08:28 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:48 AM.


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.