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Old 03-06-2020, 08:49 AM   #1
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Women Airstream Towing: Fact or Fiction?

From my experiences, watching Airstreams being towed by Women, backing up, behind the steering wheel and watching them back up a 3/4 Ton 4x4 aligning the trailer hitch to the trailer... it is Fact.

They do it without excuses... I could not see, the ground is not level, I am avoiding a rare plant, the Earth's gravity is screwed up here... you probably can offer some other comments. I can only make up some off hand. Men have great imaginations.

They put Men to shame. These women are capable of towing Solo, without a critic hanging onto the door handles in fear.

I have no idea where women learned to tow a trailer. Maybe some women will step forward and explain if their mother took the time to give proper instructions... or their father... or their husband.

I have been getting emails from Las Vegas Airstream where they are giving FREE classes in towing an Airstream. Chances are... no men will show up. It will be... Women.

Women WANT to Learn. Men... they believe they were BORN with the innate ability to tow a go cart to a 44 foot cargo trailer at birth... they think. Some should let their wives drive... maybe their Blue Heeler as they have common sense.

What, if your are brave want to make comment. If not, MEN must rule in Airstream towing.
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Old 03-06-2020, 09:40 AM   #2
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Very true...for quite awhile here..👍

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Old 03-06-2020, 01:41 PM   #3
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The Woman's Fallacy to Towing

Robert, a man of no nouns.

The 'Woman's Fallacy to Towing'. I would have to assume many Men fall into this same situation. Especially if you never pulled a utility trailer behind a mower or had a pair of Wave Runners on a short trailer in tow.

Go to the Dock or Beaches at Lake Mead outside Boulder City. Pull out two folding chairs and enjoy...

Men are possibly discovering the 'secret to towing' a trailer just by how they think. You know... I think I can do (fill in the blank). BIG is popular with Men. Nothing is too big... just too... small.

Women who are single believe that the 16 foot Bambi is the way to go. It is the shortest. It is the lightest. It can be towed by most any vehicle. It has a full compliment of interior options and enough room to be comfortable. Easier to heat. Easier to cool. Easier to not overfill the pantry. Lots of EASIER. Lots of Not so Easy when attached to the tow vehicle.

Men figured this out when Chariots were popular. One, two, three or four Horse Power models.

Today, Men mow the lawn and these riding lawn mowers also can pull a 'short utility trailer'. Pulling is easy. Backing one up... is an eye opener. Very difficult. If anyone can back up a utility trailer behind a riding lawn mower... or an ATV... you can tow anything!

I have noticed when 'some' purchase their first trailer... short at first seems to be a great place to start. ...and they are not that inexpensive for shorter. Someone can figure the cost per foot compared to a 23 or a 25 foot.

The shorter the trailer, the more difficult it is to back it up. Pulling forward... easy. There may be a sweet spot for backing up. I liked our 23 foot and it could back into spots that it would take a longer trailer to work out the angles.

Obviously the interest is not much, I offer this as a common mistake believing that the shorter the trailer, the easier it is to back into a tight spot.

Wrong.
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Most people are terrible at backing a trailer because they turn the wheel too far/too much/too fast.

With experience you learn, most of the time, with your hand at 12 on top of the wheel, you rarely need to turn past 3 or past 9 in either direction.
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I have a small motorcycle trailer. 9'.
To make it harder, I can't see it in the mirrors without a bike on it.
It jackknifes just thinking about backing. When I can back under control, I feel like I accomplished something!
At Aluminlina 2018 I watched a lady arrive with her Airstream, She backed like a pro. Women can do it, just takes practice.
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My wife tows a trailer over 100 days a year for her outfitting business. The only problem we’ve encountered is her dad taught her to look over her shoulder to back up. That’s a problem if the trailer is small and you can’t see it, like a raft trailer. I worked with her to increase her confidence using her mirrors and it’s been a good thing.
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Really Ray, you are not even that old.

Is there any reason a woman would not be able to back a trailer.
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Most people are terrible at backing a trailer because they turn the wheel too far/too much/too fast.

With experience you learn, most of the time, with your hand at 12 on top of the wheel, you rarely need to turn past 3 or past 9 in either direction.
Yes...but put your hand at the bottom of the wheel and turn 4 to 8 and the rear of the trailer will go in the same direction as your hand.

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Men: Big Sissies wanting to tow

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Really Ray, you are not even that old.

Is there any reason a woman would not be able to back a trailer.
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Most men are Overgrown Playground Sissies.

If the wife does not let him do some towing... he will cry, pout and just make a big mess of things. Women relent because of their generous nature. Then will go out and do some serious shopping.

Revenge has a cost, you know. My wife has many nice things.

Well... this is how it works for me.

Any Sissy responses to add to mine? We need to compare notes... and costs. Cannot find an Emoji Sissy. I am not experienced at this.
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If I were to even suggest that my wife drive while towing a trailer, the response would be something like, "now where is that phone number to the Hampton Inn?".

I've told her that I want her to learn in case something were to happen to me while we were out. I usually just get a scowl. Same thing with changing a tire on the car. She refuses.
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I think everyone -male or female- if they're honest with themselves know it's a process, not an innate ability.

I was taught as a teenager by my dad who could park anything in his sleep. Later I had boats and had to get them in/out the water. Then some 30 years later came the AS. There was never a question that I would tow and back that trailer.

It's not often pretty nor fast. But don't rush me or make "cute" dumb*ss comments while I'm trying to focus and get my trailer-backing zen on and I'll get it done. And please don't distract the DH while he's providing guidance.

Like so many things in this world, it's intention, attention and practice, practice, practice.
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My daughter can back a trailer much better than I. But she has a F250 and a F350, a horse trailer, two gooseneck flatbed trailers, and a snowmobile trailer.

I suspect the snowmobile trailer is the hardest to back in a straight line.
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My daughter can back a trailer much better than I. But she has a F250 and a F350, a horse trailer, two gooseneck flatbed trailers, and a snowmobile trailer.

I suspect the snowmobile trailer is the hardest to back in a straight line.
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City men need to reread Mark's post. This is a woman who will come after you with an Iron Skillet and whip your arse into shape.

You did good Mark. My relatives left Minnesota in the late 1890's as it was getting too crowded and found lumber on the NW side of Flathead Lake in Montana. Many still spoke Swedish when I was a kid. The women... all had Iron Skillets.

Those days are sadly gone. When men were men and women ran the operation with an iron heating on the wood burning stove, two to four kids running loose outside and a skillet.
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My dad taught me to drive with our 19 ft Concord travel trailer when I was 16. Put me behind the wheel when we were on vacation. that was his way. I drive about 50% of the time when we're traveling. Not the best at backing but I can do it. I'm a FIRM believer that both people of a pair need to be able to hitch, unhitch, travel and set up/take down their camp. If one is ill, the other can do it. I can.

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I'd love to share the driving with my best girl. However, she won't go anywhere near the driver seat of my truck--even when there is no trailer attached. Anyone have advice on how to convince my wife to consider piloting our her rig?

EDIT: The Airstream is registered in her name, so technically it is her toy....
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I'd love to share the driving with my best girl. However, she won't go anywhere near the driver seat of my truck--even when there is no trailer attached. Anyone have advice on how to convince my wife to consider piloting our her rig?

EDIT: The Airstream is registered in her name, so technically it is her toy....
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You be the passenger on the FAR RIGHT. Your YaHoo friend is in the middle and your 'Buddy' is driving. When you cruise the local 'hot spot', you, on the window side on the right... lean over to the left and begin to attract attention by HONKING THE HORN. HONK...HONK. It is an attention getter. Everyone is looking.

You, the sly fox, lean over so NO ONE SEES YOU, but your Buddy and the YaHoo sitting real close to one another.

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City men need to reread Mark's post. This is a woman who will come after you with an Iron Skillet and whip your arse into shape.
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I doubt it. She might grind your arse into shape with an angle grinder though.
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I'd love to share the driving with my best girl. However, she won't go anywhere near the driver seat of my truck--even when there is no trailer attached. Anyone have advice on how to convince my wife to consider piloting our her rig?

EDIT: The Airstream is registered in her name, so technically it is her toy....

Next time you are on the interstate, find a wide open rest-stop to stop where she can drive off with the trailer attached in a simple environment.

Have her drive 30-40 miles to next rest-stop and park in the big-truck parking area where there are pull through parking spots.

Once she does that a couple times and gets used to the 'feel' that might reduce her hesitation to drive more often.
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Next time you are on the interstate, find a wide open rest-stop to stop where she can drive off with the trailer attached in a simple environment.

Have her drive 30-40 miles to next rest-stop and park in the big-truck parking area where there are pull through parking spots.

Once she does that a couple times and gets used to the 'feel' that might reduce her hesitation to drive more often.
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I would be very cautious using the restroom with this scenario in mind.

How would I catch a ride to catch up with her at the next truck stop? If she even does, stop.

Once anyone enjoys towing an Airstream... there is no stopping.
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This is a funny thread. My sister and I are over 60 years old (way over) and we towed trailers when we were kids; tractors with hay wagons graduating to horse and boat trailers. Ken and I retired and have been traveling over the last 15 years with a trailer of some sort (sleeping on the ground got too hard) and both of us need to be able to tow the trailer. This is a safety issue. What happens if one of us becomes ill on the road? What if we need to make a "speed run" from Florida to Maryland to beat an incoming snow storm? Now, my parking is not the greatest; but I can do it. Recognize that I am going to do it slower and very carefully. On the other hand, I pulled a 30' 5th wheel coming through downtown Atlanta at rush hour. That was "white knuckle" towing and we arrived safely at our destination.
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