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Old 04-30-2015, 10:03 AM   #21
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Would love the wife to be able to drive our rig, she did drive the pick up and wood trailer but that's about it, with the Kenworth she plans to be like ET & phone home just hope we are safely off the road.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:15 AM   #22
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My wife can't back a normal vehicle into a parking spot, let alone a camper. BUT, she can tow the trailer on the road and can set it up and break it down by herself. We learned to set it up and break it down by doing it together, and we still do that.

Before I retired, she would sometimes tow the camper to a campground near our home. When I arrived after work, she would have the trailer off the truck (in a pull-through site), everything set up, dinner on the table and a beer (for me) in her hand. With that, I can't complain about the lack of backing skills.

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Old 04-30-2015, 10:24 AM   #23
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My wife can set it up and break it down. She could drive it but I can't get her to get behind the wheel.

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Old 04-30-2015, 10:33 AM   #24
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Are you nuts? :)

She makes me nervous driving her Highlander.
In an emergency?
The dog will have to step up.

P.S. She doesn't mow the yard either....
but that's for another thread.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:44 AM   #25
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I haven't towed any of our trailers since we sold our last pop-up, but my wife would get anxious whenever I towed that.

She has never had her license and has no plans to ever get it either.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:14 AM   #26
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Sorta related, but funny:

Back in 2001 when I bought our first boat, I decided that I am NOT gonna play that game where the family just sits in the boat while Dad backs it into the water, then gets outta the truck, climbs in the boat, backs it off the trailer, ties up to the dock, and then walks back to get the truck and trailer off the ramp.

So I gave Mama-Bear the choice, she can either run the truck or the boat. She chose boat. For the most part she did 'okay'. Getting off the trailer and picking me up is easy, but getting back on the trailer was not. If we put in on a River with a current, then all bets were off.

If she would have just listened to my direction, there would have been no issues, but she is a very strong-willed woman who chafes at me telling her anything. One day, with a particularity swift current, she was having no end of problems and was getting steamed at me "screaming at her" (I was not). She yelled at me to just shut up and she would be OK.

Fine. I leaned back on the tailgate of the truck, adopted my #1 attitude of smug, and let her do it herself. 10 of the longest minutes of my life later, (at the ragged edge of her temper) she finally chops the throttle and yelled at me. "All right Mr. Smarty-Pants... What am I doing wrong?" I replied, very calmly that "Dear, the first rule is the pointy end of the boat goes on first". She had the poor old bayliner sitting dead sideways across the trailer, and actually hung up on the fenders.

I was not aware that my sweet, loving wife was capable of generating that long a stream of high-grade profanity in public.

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Old 04-30-2015, 11:29 AM   #27
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DW does not tow and does not want to. Truthfully I would be a nervous wreck with her towing. She actually is to the point where she doesn't care for driving at all.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:41 AM   #28
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My wife is a great driver (or I live in a state where everyone else is). We commute to work, and on the rare occasions that she drives, I bury my head into my phone or keep my eyes tightly shut. So, no, she's never pulled any of our trailers we've had.
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Old 04-30-2015, 11:46 AM   #29
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Mine can't even park her Chevy aveo between the lines in a parking lot I like having my truck and trailer with no dents in them. My 17 year old daughter knows how to hook and unhook and tow the 5th wheel she hasn't mastered backing in yet
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:21 PM   #30
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Most of these comments deal with backing up or being able to hook or unhook - which is nice to have . But the really important skill is how to handle your rig in an emergency! This needs to be learned because anyone can get behind the wheel and go down a highway. It's when the situation suddenly changes that counts.

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