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Old 05-01-2015, 09:46 AM   #71
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I do a lot of the driving, and most of the set up\take down on our Class C. I often head out to a campground several hours before my husband gets off work. By the time he gets there, everything is done.

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:01 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by doodler View Post
DW drives our rig all the time.... from the passenger seat.
Know that situation. I dont need the gps to tell me I'm over the limit get a sudden pain in my side from a bony finger

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #73
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Kudos to all the DW, significant others, and to those that own and drive their own rigs! It is very cool that you have stepped up to drive/set up and not decided to ride in the passenger seat. BTW - the rest of us don't like backing up either...just saying. My DW drives and always helps set up and break down the TT by her choice, what a bonus.

I have three daughters and they were all taught that they can do anything anyone else can do; doesn't mean they don't pull the "but I'm a girl" routine when they feel it is needed.

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:32 AM   #74
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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.
That is TOWTA exactly, in fact she is getting to the point she doesn't even want to ride in the car or truck out on the highway, towing or not. She won't even drive the truck empty, "It's too big".
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Old 05-01-2015, 11:48 AM   #75
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40 years ago DW drove a school bus, in Pittsburgh, on the hills, in winter snow and ice.
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Old 05-01-2015, 05:50 PM   #76
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May not be for everyone.

I'm not sure all spouses should be expected to learn how to tow and be able to set-up/tear down. It really depends on the experience, physical abilities, confidence and willingness to learn all of this. One of the first questions is, "Where is the best source for training a willing spouse who wants to learn the many nuances, etc?" Many of us could probably use some expert training and advice on best towing practices and techniques. I am not sure that all are capable of teaching the spouse the best practices in that regard. Finally, if a spouse is reluctant, why pressure them into doing something that creates stress and anxiety for camping that is supposed to be a relaxing and positive experience?
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:08 PM   #77
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She learned to drive in NJ in a town with three traffic circles (death before yielding). Her mom used to drive their rig. First chance we had I asked her to drive the yukon under load. She did great.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:09 PM   #78
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I do all driving and most set up and breaking down. My wife said she would like to learn to tow the wildcat but when asked if she wanted drive on freeway it is always next time. Today I noticed Good Sam has a deal for $78 they will help with medical transport as well as getting wife,puppies and rig safely home. So hope I don't need it but if I do hope it does what it states.
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:38 PM   #79
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I think that everyone should learn to hitch, tow and unhitch. While most couples have some a well worn division of labor regarding towing, you just never know when there will be a need for the other to take up the slack.

A couple of years ago we were camping with another couple along the Oregon coast, 400 miles from home. The guys rented a zodiac for some fishing and were broad sided by a drunk boater. They were both injured. My husband had some stitches and scrapes but the other guy had some broken bones. After they were patched up we had the challenge of getting home. She didn't tow - ever and he was on pain meds and wearing a spanking new plaster cast. To make matters worse they had a vintage truck with a stick shift.

My husband towed our rig home (nice cushy truck and an automatic) and I towed the other trailer home with their truck. My DH just couldn't manage the clutch with his taped up leg. Tough trip home. A few weeks later the wife called me up and asked me to show her how to drive a stick, hitch and tow. She learned and surprisingly quickly. She showed up to "lessons" with a note pad and a camera and wanted lots of step by step instructions but she got it. The clutch even survived.

One of the over arching problems is often the skilled partner being unwilling or unable to teach in a non-judgmental way and the student not wanting to appear to be a dummy; this was her problem as well. She didn't want to fail in front of her husband and he was unable to relax enough to teach her. She still doesn't routinely tow but she knows she can do it if needed and her husband occasionally brags now about his cool wife who can tow with the best of them. This summer I guess we're going to have dump station lessons.... joy.
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Old 05-01-2015, 07:30 PM   #80
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I turned 68 in April and I don't predict that I have enough time left on earth to convince my bride of almost 48 years that she should even ATTEMPT to tow our trailer. She only drives our truck if it's absolutely necessary although she will strike out in her GMC Terrain by herself for a 3+ hour ride to visit our daughter and family. She has said that, if I should croak, she might just trade the truck and trailer for a class C and do some camping with her sister.

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