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Old 11-21-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Question for all the women drivers?

Ok,so, I am a little intimidated by pulling our 21 foot camper with our tahoe. There I said it! haha.. I hate to admit it. I can pull it in parking lots and back it up better than hubby but to get it going 60 on the hwy and feel those semi's pushing me.. wellllll thats another thing.
So,, I am really thinking of a motorhome or a fifthwheel. But I need to know from all the women how do you feel about pulling fifthwheel ? I know that would be the most practical thing to have a truck and all but those FR3
s and class c's look so much easier to drive.
Please let me know how you feel driving or not driving .

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Old 11-21-2014, 09:42 PM   #2
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I have had a pop-up, hybrid trailer, travel trailer and now a class A mh for the past 4 years. I have enjoyed driving all of them. You are already doing it. Continue driving will continue to build your confidence. I get nervous when trucks pass but I hold on and look straight down my lane. I have to work on my confidence to eventually tow a car. Keep on driving!

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Old 11-22-2014, 07:20 AM   #3
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I help with driving our 32' Class A and have taken it solo to a couple of campgrounds. I'd be more nervous trying to back up a trailer or 5er. I just prefer to stay in the right lane so I have an out if I need it. I'm always nervous starting out, but confidence comes with practice. Just go for it!

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Old 11-22-2014, 07:41 AM   #4
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My wife isn't on here and is happily snoring beside of me right now... but, she towed our pop-up camper (19' long) and our fifth wheel. The nice part about towing a fifth wheel is that it's easier to hookup (she monitors me and reminds me when I miss things) and there's no push/suck feeling from big rigs. Heck, our fifth wheel is a big rig itself!

She's very good at it. I love that she drives. That said, she's the type of girl who would get behind the wheel of anything - I'm fairly certain it's so she can eventually murder me for the life insurance money, but it's hella fun until then.

As was said, you make the rules as to your top speed on the road. Do what you're comfortable and ignore anyone you may annoy.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:38 AM   #5
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Wish my wife would do at least what you have described just in case something would happen to me while we were on a trip. Our trailer is a little bigger at 30 ft and I was raised by a trucker so I learned from him how to tow a trailer. Advice to you is the more you do it the more comfortable you will be, you've mastered the hardest part the maneuvering around and parking, towing is the easy part. Use common sense and keep a steady speed make sure and scan your mirrors and when you see a semi coming either way relax and don't over think it as it passes, it only lasts a min. and you won't have a problem. I'm sure you will be fine do a few short trips for practice.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:25 AM   #6
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This summer on the way to Goshen I ask my wife if she would to feel how it's like to pull the 5er. Sure she said and hopped into the drivers seat. After driving for while I had to make a reason to stop like I'm hungry so I could get back in for my turn to drive. She loved it!!! But this is the women that drives 90 mph thru traffic with an ambulance and thinks nothing of it.
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:37 AM   #7
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We talked about her driving the truck pulling a 5th wheel to get used to the feel in case she would have to some day. On our way home from the Amanda Rally she drove the last 25-30 miles and did just fine. Then she wanted to back it up the driveway to the house for ease in unloading. This took some time for her to understand the basics of backing the trailer but together we got it accomplished with her behind the wheel. I think like with anything else it only takes more practice.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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I have no doubt my wife would be able to drive and tow our 37 ft fiver. Her biggest concern is fuel and being boxed in at a pump or rest area. She has not desired to take the wheel, but it is simply a matter of practice and judging turn radius. Backing is simply practice, practice.
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:30 PM   #9
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I am a female with a 39 ft 5th wheel. I found it much more stable than a 33 ft travel trailer. Backing takes a little practice to understand pivot points but is not that hard - just take your time and get out and look. I have a good friend who just lost her husband to cancer and she is towing their fifth wheel. Just remember to take turns wide and to position yourself as needed to make it.
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Old 11-23-2014, 04:38 PM   #10
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We had a 34 ft 5th wheel - I usually towed it going to the campground - you should see the looks I got! Towing is much easier than with a travel trailer. You don't get pushed as much by the big rigs. Backing is much different because of the pivot point.

We traded and got a 34 ft travel trailer. I still love towing it, although you do have to hang on a little tighter when you've got trucks passing. I usually back it in the campsites with no problem. It's important to get out & look at the campsite and what obstacles there are around you.

The tricks are to watch your mirrors and make wide turns - no matter which type of RV you end up with.

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