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Old 06-09-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
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Handling 23' FC?

We've settled pretty much on a 2016 23' flying cloud. We are both retired and have the time to travel but our problem is my wife has to do all the driving and setting up. She has grave concerns whether she could do it. So I would like some opinions from people who are doing it. I want to relieve her of her fears.


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Old 06-09-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums.

I think your question is impossible to really answer with any accuracy with out knowing more about your wife.

As a general statement, there is nothing about being female that would preclude her from towing an airstream or setting one up.

The question is, what kind of female is she?. If she doesn't like to get her hands dirty. She will. Has she ever towed anything before? Is she a good driver? Is she mechanical, does she like a challenge, do either of you have any experience with this sort of thing?

Bottom line, people of all ages and genders can learn anything they set their mind to, all things being equal. Nothing about rocket science really going on here, but I would say a smidge of mechanical aptitude, at times a wee bit of muscle, and a damn good driving acumen are handy.

My advice would be to rent an RV ( any type) first,
and see how you like it, and determine if it is something that is manageable before buying one. Good luck.

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Old 06-09-2016, 08:53 PM   #3
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I am 62 year old female who does it all, which isn't that much. The rewards of seeing our beautiful country is worth it. Perhaps take an rv driving class to get comfie behind the wheel. She will be fine.
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:59 PM   #4
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I would second the idea of renting any similarly sized trailer to check out if it works for you before spending the money for an Airstream. The 23' size is a good choice on one basis - it is the longest size that is still a narrow body. It made a difference to us when we first started.
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