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Old 01-31-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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How to teach DW to tow TT?

Hello All,

I am contemplating having my DW learn to drive towing the TT. She recently took the TV to work and said it was "big a** and made her nervous". I figure some more time in it will alleviate that fear but she has never towed a trailer before, not even when we had our popup. We don't have a big TT (Rockwood 2109S) but I do think it would be good for her to learn, just in case I can't.

Any suggestions on teaching a newbie to drive and especially given our close relationship?
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:45 PM   #2
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My dw wanted to go camping quite a few years ago several days before me .
She has been around little trailers and backing somewhat but nothing 32' long.

I told her when she gets to camp ground pull through instead of backing and shed be fine.
She chocked
She leveled
She ran down the stabs
She put out the slides
All I had to do when I got there two days later was drink a silver bullet !


All on her own she did everything I coached her on !
slow and wide
slow
take your time
slow
slow and wide.

she's pulled it several times since .

I think on our way to goshen this summer I am finally going to give her the reins on our 5th wheel since she's never towed it yet so I can post on FRF and text ttrost about our arrival ! Best of all IM going to text and tease dnd that Im napping !


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Old 01-31-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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There is only one way she is going to learn. Take your time and be patient. Let her learn at her own speed. Don't tell her how to do something just tell here what you would do and why you would do it that way. Give her time and you will be able to post on FRF every time you travel. My DW pulls our double tow and always backs the boat in and out at the ramp. Be patient and it will happen when she's ready. Encourage her don't force her.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 PM   #4
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Any suggestions on teaching a newbie to drive and especially given our close relationship?
Hook up and take her to the local mall and do some driving around there first to get a comfort level.

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On the next trip, fake a heart attack and make her drive.

Nah, the advice from everyone else above is spot on. For us, my wife wanted to drive. She hasn't backed it up yet, but that'll come.
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We were out camping at Carlyle Lake in Illinois... was a great weekend... Until DH woke up so sick ...... but we had to get home. We were camping with friends.... they helped me get all loaded and hitched. DH drove to the highway and I took over. I had never pulled before. Had to go through St Louis. Took a wrong turn. In the end I drove it all the way back to the house (with a few stops) Poor DH had to back it in. By then I was shaking like a leaf. But I did it!!! I took my time. Let people pass me. Took turns wide (probably wider than needed). He was proud of me ... I was proud of me!!! Teamwork!!
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We were out camping at Carlyle Lake in Illinois... was a great weekend... Until DH woke up so sick ...... but we had to get home. We were camping with friends.... they helped me get all loaded and hitched. DH drove to the highway and I took over. I had never pulled before. Had to go through St Louis. Took a wrong turn. In the end I drove it all the way back to the house (with a few stops) Poor DH had to back it in. By then I was shaking like a leaf. But I did it!!! I took my time. Let people pass me. Took turns wide (probably wider than needed). He was proud of me ... I was proud of me!!! Teamwork!!
GREAT job !

MY dw would High five ya for sure !

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We were out camping at Carlyle Lake in Illinois... was a great weekend... Until DH woke up so sick ...... but we had to get home. We were camping with friends.... they helped me get all loaded and hitched. DH drove to the highway and I took over. I had never pulled before. Had to go through St Louis. Took a wrong turn. In the end I drove it all the way back to the house (with a few stops) Poor DH had to back it in. By then I was shaking like a leaf. But I did it!!! I took my time. Let people pass me. Took turns wide (probably wider than needed). He was proud of me ... I was proud of me!!! Teamwork!!
Great job! My wife would be proud, too!
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did I mention it was about 200 miles?
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Baby steps! I (the DW) first started hauling my small horse trailer with a station wagon, so I got familiar with hooking up and backing and could do it all myself. Then we got the F-150. First time I drove it I felt like I was driving a house, and I have to sit on a cushion to see over the steering wheel, LOL. At that time we also had a wee Trillium fiberglass trailer, which actually looked pretty funny behind the Ford, it was so small. I really wanted something bigger, but was nervous about towing it. However, if it was gonna happen, it would be me, since I am the designated driver due to DH vision limitations. We bought our 24' and it has been fine, although not without nerves! Actually easier to back than the 12', less tendency to jackknife if you blink! I can manage the WD hitch, and all the setup, etc. I am still crap at backing toward the blind side, but I found practicing at home with cones as a reference where I wanted the TT wheels to end up was a big help. Getting to the point where I don't have to constantly think about which way to turn the wheel to make the back end go where I want it to! I still try to reserve pull-thru sites, though . Brave to do a long drive the first time. Kudos to you!
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