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Old 08-02-2003, 08:50 PM   #1
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Is Haulin' Air a Guy Thing?

I want to know how many women haul A ...irstreams!

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Old 08-02-2003, 10:24 PM   #2
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I do...but mostly with my husband. Although I have by myself several times, no problem.


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Old 08-02-2003, 11:28 PM   #3
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Is Haulin' Air a Guy Thing?

Greetings Gwen!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreaming!

There isn't anything unusual about a woman towing an Airstream in my experience, but that is from the standpoint of a Free Wheeler. Within the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI), there is an Intra-Club, The Free Wheelers; and all of the members are single owner's of Airstreams about 50% of whom are women. With modern towing equipment, there really isn't anything to keep ANY interested person from towing an Airstream. The one thing that I find indispensible as a Free Wheeler is my hitch view mirror for hitching my trailer solo. You can see one of these mirrors at:

The Hitch Spotter Mirror (Magnetic Mount) - - This is the unit that I use so that I can easily use it with either my '64 Overlander or the '78 Minuet.

One-Shot Trailer Hitch Viewing Mirror (Clamp-On Mounting Bracket) - - I really like this design, but it is better suited for use on just one trailer - - the people that I know who use this setup are thrilled with its operation.

Enjoy your adventures!

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Old 08-03-2003, 06:30 AM   #4
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There might be fewer women than men towing Airstreams and other trailers. But I would predict that women Baby Boomers who have led independent lives, or at least maybe not older-style conventional roles, will get into the groove in the future. Also, those of us (mostly women) who are accustomed to pulling loaded horse trailers all over have no trouble with the relatively simple mechanics of travel trailers.

In my case, I'm the Airstreamer. My husband comes along occasionally. My sisters are more frequent companions.
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Old 08-03-2003, 07:03 AM   #5
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My wife has driven and hauled all of our Airstreams but our latest, and that's just 'cause she hasn't yet had the opportunity.

If you're not intimidated by the thought (and if you were, you wouldn't be here...) then all it takes is a little practice and the right equipment, and you're on the road.

The skills aren't difficult. It just takes a knack for 'tuning in' to your tow vehicle and trailer combo.

Welcome to the world of Airstreams! Have a ball!!

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Old 08-03-2003, 10:03 AM   #6
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I plan to make sure my wife can handle it. Till we got married she was only driving little cars. Ended up getting myself a Full size Blazer that she promptly stole from me and never gave back (Her and the Ford were not getting along.) After she got use to the extra width she could toss that thing around with the best of them. Sold the Blazer in spring and now she's drinving a honda.

I bought a Suburban to move the Airstream and she still hasn't driven it. I don't think she will have a problem with it. All the Bazer she had before was a Suburban minus two doors and 5ft. Just got to get her use to an extra 23 or so feet behind her and using the passengerside mirror.
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Old 08-03-2003, 10:56 AM   #7
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Brandi drove Bambi home from one of our weekend trips. She felt very comfortable with it.
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Old 08-03-2003, 08:08 PM   #8
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Sometimes being in a minority in a "manís world" place can be fun. Today was a good example.

Scene: A slender, mild-mannered, middle-aged lady wearing wire-rim glasses, dark T-shirt and shorts and a UM tennis visor over her ponytailed graying hair walks into a national chain auto parts store. A young male clerk (late teens/early 20s) comes up to her.

Clerk: (with a somewhat condescending air) Can I help you find something, maíam?

Me: Yes, I need a gauge.

Clerk: You mean a tire gauge?

Me: No, sorry. An auto gauge.

Clerk: What kind? Like a speedometer or something?

Me: Well, actually, itís an exhaust gas temperature gauge.

Clerk: (looking confused and slightly nervous) Ummm. Whatís it used for?

Me: (nastily sensing a fish) I have an aftermarket wastegated Banks turbo on my F-350 and the EGT isnít giving accurate readings. So I want to replace it, but I thought I would look at a full cluster of EGT, boost and tranny temp gauges mounted in an A-pillar frame. Do you have those?

Clerk: (backing hastily away) Um, um, um. No. I think you have to get those at a dealer, if you even can.

Me: Ok. Thanks.

Clerk: No prob!

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Old 08-03-2003, 08:21 PM   #9
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I've always towed solo (if you don't count the dogs) as long as I've had something to tow. First it was a 12' tent trailer, then a 15' SOB, and now a 20' Globetrotter.

I've never had a problem hitching...just open the back door of the SUV. I can see the ball and line it up just right. Backing into a spot can be a challenge, but in time that works out too.
I'm planning a cross country trip from San Diego to South Padre Island, Texas this winter solo.

If I waited for friends to be able to go with me, I'd never leave town!!!!
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Our husbands are homebodys so Michelle and I bought the Airstream, restored it ourselves and can be seen towing it all over the place (the Dakota badlands in October) no it is most definately not a guy thing, we can handle anything that comes up and enjoy the challenge.

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Old 08-04-2003, 07:39 AM   #11
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I'm not a female but, main concern would be jack-knifing when trying to back up. A concern that anyone new to towing probably has.

Did any of you take your trailer to an empty parking lot or anything like that to practice backing up and so forth?
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:19 AM   #12
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One option to consider until you get comfortable backing it up is to humbly ask for a pull thru site when making reservations or checking in. You many not get the most secluded site in the place, but you will not have the stress that backing in can create.

And yes, I did take it to a parking lot and "play" with it. The white lines made it easy.
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Old 09-08-2004, 07:44 PM   #13
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Last year I purchased my first travel trailer, a twenty-two foot International. My husband doesnít like camping, and as my camping companion is my six-year-old child. I am the exclusive camper hauler! Even if my husband were to accompany us on an outing with the camper, I would still do all of the driving (itís a self preservation issue).

I have never had any problems towing, but have had some uncomfortable experiences backing into difficult campsites (sharp angles to the road, up forty-five degree angle hills, the previously mentioned combined) or backing into a site during pitch blackness of night. To make it easier to back my truck up to the trailer in order to connect the hitch, I purchased some back-up aids, so even that chore is usually pretty uncomplicated.

Due to my work and school schedules we usually just take trips over long weekends to destinations within a five hour drive. This summer I towed the Airstream from Northeastern Pennsylvania to Disney World where we camped for ten days before we got chased home by Charlie.

In the three years that I have been RV camping (had a Pop-up for two years), I havenít met or seen any other women who were camping unaccompanied by some type of human male companion. As a matter of fact, most people we meet while camping are incredulous that it is just me camping alone with my child. Most of the women comment that if their husbands didnít go camping neither would they even though their children love camping. Most also tell me that their husbands do all of the driving when they haul their RVs. I have met a few men camping with their children and for some reason or another without their spouses (wives donít like camping or they are divorced), but even this phenomenon is a rarity.
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Old 09-08-2004, 07:55 PM   #14
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There are 3 women that I know of in our N. Texas unit that tow. 1-100%, 1-90%, & 1 50-50. You are not as alone as you might have thought.

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