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Old 04-30-2015, 12:25 PM   #31
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My DW towed our TT once when my back was giving me fits...although then she only pulled out on the highway. Once we got near town, she wasn't too willing to tow the TT the rest of the way home so I got back in the driver's seat.

With our 5'ver, my wife usually tows to & from our storage lot which is about 4-5 miles each way (she's only curb kissed once so far. ). She also does a lot of the backing when we reach our destinations while I guide from beside the driver/passenger's window. I'm sure she can tow our 5'ver out on any highway too...but she doesn't have very much experience yet.

This past winter, we developed checklists for hitching & unhitching but still have yet to shake them down to be sure we covered all the steps.

We both think it important that she can hitch up & tow if the need arises.

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Old 04-30-2015, 12:28 PM   #32
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I made, what I thought was a mistake, getting in the driver's seat while getting instructions on the 24' Class C we rented in Alaska. Well, I ended up doing all the driving for that trip as well as two others. Since I felt so confident I told my husband we should buy a trailer and I would do the driving. He agreed and hasn't towed the trailer yet, we've only had it 2 seasons. I need to work on hooking and unhooking in case I go with a friend.

My only problem is we have a 23IKSS and I need to teach my friend, who is really short, how to lower and raise the bunk ends. Anyone have any suggestions for short people? Has anyone raised and lowered the ends on their own?


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Old 04-30-2015, 12:35 PM   #33
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I took my wife to a big open mall parking lot to practice wit the trailer behind the truck and she was very excited to try! I have a 2005 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with a crew cab and 8ft bed. She jumped in the drivers seat looked at the side mirror jumped back out and said FORGET IT! LOL! :-D She said there's NO WAY she was even going to try! I pull a cherokee 28a+ and she said she'll never tow something bigger than the truck. LOL! :-D
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #34
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Very interesting posts, my wife drives my truck and can tow a trailer. She towed our last fifth as it was less than 10000 lbs. GW. Now this trailer is a little longer and GW is around 13300 lbs gross? The problem for us now is that were we live our driver licensing authority requires us to have a class 3 license for anything over 10000 lbs. towed, meaning more driver tests, examinations and medical for authorization. My wife is not interested in the tests and examinations. If push came to shove she could and would drive the rig to the nearest help.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:18 PM   #35
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My DW decided when we got the new 5er to learn how to drive it. First she learned how to hook and setup after we got them. Then towing with me and now is towing without me in the setup. She has been mastering it well. We have a 4500 mile trip in Aug and want to drive halfway. She is a trooper and k is tens and asks a lot of very good questions. I don't know if she wants learn or prepare to through me away.LOL It is a 42 foot trailer.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:24 PM   #36
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She can tow the trailer but the problem is she can't seem to get me into the truck when she does it!! She knows how to set it up though and sometimes has to remind me what to do.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:33 PM   #37
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Can your spouse/partner drive your rig?

DW has no issues pulling the trailer, but she refuses to back it up. Don't really know why either, considering she backs up the shop trailers, which are almost the same length, without an issue.

I think she just hates my truck. I hear it every time she drives that she can't see over the hump and I that I should have gotten a different brand. (Not going to go into brand details...)
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:40 PM   #38
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If I am alive I am pulling the camper, besides the DW is blind in one eye from a rock when she was a kid and her depth perecption is a little off as my camper mirrors on my truck show the scares from the mail box
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:44 PM   #39
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My wife will not go near the drivers wheel. I tried tough love and left her on the side of the road telling her to drive it 3 miles down the road and she sat on the road side for 2 hours before I gave in and got her. never happen.
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Old 04-30-2015, 01:44 PM   #40
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Nope. My wife is not able to tow our pop up. I would like her to learn so we could share some of the duties but it is man's work to her. It just limits us to how far we can go each day as I do not feel safe when I sleep while driving. I stay within 6 hours of home and since we have the Atlantic to the east, that whole potential range is not available.



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