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Old 02-08-2012, 11:16 AM   #1
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Simple Word for 'Towing' Mode?

I've often tried to find a simple, well-understood, or less cumbersome word, to clearly define whether I'm talking about a "towing" situation or a "non-towing" situation, when discussing tow vehicles. I've heard words such as "solo," "bobtail", "bare", "empty", "light", etc., to describe the non-towing situation, as well as "hitched", "while towing", "hooked up", "pulling", etc. to describe the towing situation. Although "while/when towing" seems to cover that situation reasonably well, to say "while/when not towing" seems to be a bit wordy. Just for the fun of it, does anyone have any other suggestions??? I realize that I'm demonstrating "cabin fever" symptoms but, what the heck, the sun is out and there's hardly any snow on the ground - even if it was 0 deg last night!
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:49 AM   #2
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Rolling "bareback"....opp's rong thread.

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Allow me to offer a term you didn't already use: coupled/uncoupled, referring to whether the trailer is connected to the towing vehicle. Can also be used to refer to a class A and its "dinghy" or "toad." Not to be confused with married/divorced, which is a completely different way of being coupled or uncoupled.
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""...a simple, well-understood, or less cumbersome word, to clearly define
..a "towing" situation or a "non-towing" situation, when discussing tow vehicles. ""


HAPPY = towing AS

UNHAPPY = not towing AS
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:08 PM   #5
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Cracker, that's a good point. Empty and light can easily mean towing with empty tanks, no firewood or beer... Solo is common for singles airstreaming alone... Bare might be the Burners (Burning Man 2012 )

Bobtail is really popular with the Truckers, but might not catch on with us RV folks though. Unhitched is succinct and rarely mistaken. Can't wait to see the other suggestions.
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HAPPY = towing AS

UNHAPPY = not towing AS
Really? You're happier when towing your Airstream than when you're CAMPING in your Airstream?
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Really? You're happier when towing your Airstream than when you're CAMPING in your Airstream?
i'm happy because i'm going TO be camping in my AS!

also - as long as i'm towin' i know that any time i want, i can be campin'
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How about "towing" & "driving"...seems simple enough to me ~

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #10
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"While Towing" usually gets the message accross. Example: While towing, my truck overheated.

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"While Towing" usually gets the message accross. Example: While towing, my truck overheated.

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Agreed - but when you're trying to describe something that doesn't involve towing - i.e. "gas mileage discussion," "overheating," "engine noises," etc., you have to preface the comment with something like "While I was not towing------." This only happens on the Airstream Forum because we feel obligated to point out that - horror of horrors - we were actually going someplace without our Airstream in tow!
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In the world of commercial trucking to haul an empty trailer is known as "dead-heading" or "hauling [a load of] postholes." "bobtail" is used to describe so many things that the word has become useless.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:49 AM   #13
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While Driving Empty, will take care of the not towing, nominal load situations. Most big vehicles get about the same miliage with a full payload as empty. My Excursion gets crappy miliage all the time.

If you want to get fancy you can say while driving , sans trailer, I got 12MPG.

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Agreed - but when you're trying to describe something that doesn't involve towing - i.e. "gas mileage discussion," "overheating," "engine noises," etc., you have to preface the comment with something like "While I was not towing------." This only happens on the Airstream Forum because we feel obligated to point out that - horror of horrors - we were actually going someplace without our Airstream in tow!
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Maybe it's time for someone to come up with a good acronym - i.e., like "SOB" to indicate the non-towing mode??? I'll start - "WNT" ---As in, WNT my gas mileage is around 18 mpg - or "ST," as implied by Perry in Post #13 above.
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