I was guzzling a little vino with a new acquaintance and some of her friends at my home park when she observed that she "couldn't tow". I met her when she watched in awe as I did a barely adequate job of backing my trailer into it's spot. Her husband has had some health problems and she's afraid their trailering days may be coming to an end.
Well one thing led to another and I volunteered to teach her - starting with a simple utility trailer - to eliminate the fear of wrecking a nice(?) SOB. Another woman in the group has a moho, and they tow a utility trailer with two golf carts everywhere they go, and SHE drives the station wagon (boy they DO take it all with them) so we have the trailer. Next day at the crack of noon we hook up the utility trailer with ball and chains only and towing 101 commences and in half an hour the FOUR ladies who'd never towed knew:
- basic how to hook up
- why ball height was important
- how to USE tow mirrors and why one swings a bit wide on curves.
- what a brake controller IS and how it functions (no the utility trailer didn't have brakes)
- and then it was time....
I love Youtube. We all sat at the picnic table and watched a nice video of backing a trailer, and talked about jackknifing and how to avoid it. AND THEN, I did my favorite trick. Got the dish soap bottle and sprayed a LINE on the road where the driver's side trailer tire needed to be to safely back up into a spot. Everyone made the same mistake OVER steering ... but everyone backed in safely two times.
And then the husbands showed up and started making "jokes" about the situation. Women WILT under that kind of "encouragement".
Guys if you want your wife to get towing... figure out that (A) it takes real encouragement and (B) being very gentle and taking baby steps worked the first time she got into bed with you right? So why use the bulldozer technique NOW?