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Old 04-30-2015, 09:07 AM   #1
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Can your spouse/partner drive your rig?

My wife has always been reluctant to drive when the 35 foot travel trailer is in tow. She said she could do it if she had too. Recently she had to. I fell and broke my leg while on vacation. She needed to tow the trailer to a safe location, get it unhooked and secured to wait for someone from home to retrieve the trailer. This created a lot of stress for her as she had trouble maneuvering the rig in a small, crowded hospital parking lot. I ended up being in a hospital, 9 hours from home, for 5 days. Needless to say she will be getting "towing lessons" just as soon as the leg is healed!
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:12 AM   #2
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Ms Amy tows our 36' fifth wheel.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:13 AM   #3
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Yep- my wife regularly does it. This is a great reminder why it is good for spouses to know how.

Hope your leg is better!
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:14 AM   #4
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Yes, this is why I went with a FW easy to hook up and way more stable to tow with minimal effort.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:16 AM   #5
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Paul, I hope you have a quick recovery from your injuries.

Getting a spouse comfortable driving the rig is important !! You never know when an injury or illness is going to prevent the main driver from sitting at the wheel. I talked to an RV salesman recently who tore his Achilles tendon in Utah, and his wife had to drive their motor home back to the east coast, while he lay on the bed dopey from pain medications.

My missus has driven our rig for a short distance, but is really not familiar with the handling on the road, or the procedures for hooking up and unhooking. I have bought some pylons, so that we can go to an empty parking lot and do some practicing.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:23 AM   #6
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Drive it? She cant even get up into it! Short wives and tall trucks are not a optimal configuration.

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Ms Amy tows our 36' fifth wheel.
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Sorry to hear about your leg & I hope you're feeling better. I think you mean WILL your spouse drive your rig. Anyone CAN tow. If they're nervous, they just need to be taught safely and/or practice.


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Old 04-30-2015, 09:43 AM   #10
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I made my wife drive just to get the "feel" of it. She lasted about an hour before she had to stop due to getting an anxiety attack. She was obsessed that the other vehicles especially the semi's were gonna hit us. No more driving for her... now that my son can drive, he's going to get lessons.
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