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Old 07-01-2013, 05:38 PM   #11
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I pray for your sake she doesn't EVER read this forum!
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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Another helpful hint on spotting: Forget trying to see the wife in the mirrors or hear her from 25-30 feet back. I call my wife's cell phone with my cell phone, put my cell on speaker-phone and we can both talk normally. Just make sure you both understand what words you're going to use for "left" and "right." (When you're lookiing backwards, your left is her right!)
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Use my mirrors? Heck, I've been closing my eyes most of the time and hoping for the best!

We use a combination of her in the mirror and cell to cell phone calls. Part of the problem is that I didn't call her until after I'd made the first big mistake thinking that I could get it almost into position and then I'd just call her for fine tuning.

She's a great spotter and we work really well as a team. She generally understands the truck and trailer dynamic - likely even better than I. She's just never been in the driver's seat.

I'm usually not this bad...
I believe BOTH should be able to hook everything up by theirselves, and drive/park whatever your rig is. What if one of you got hurt, or was sick? Most women are more capable than many men give them credit for.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:51 PM   #14
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I believe BOTH should be able to hook everything up by theirselves, and drive/park whatever your rig is. What if one of you got hurt, or was sick? Most women are more capable than many men give them credit for.
My DW has always learned how hook up, park and take down everything when we owned a pop up, she is doing the same with our TT, does an excellent job of parking it and will be doing the full haul when we go to Pokagon in august [first trip for her towing it] cuts set up and take sown time in half.
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:00 PM   #15
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Have you considered taking some cones and going to a large parking lot and practicing backing into tight spaces from both directions using your mirrors. Try parallel parking with the trailer. Use some duct tape on the asphalt as a line and practice parking along the line. BTW, do it by yourself without a spotter.

As for TOWTA hooking up in case something happens to me, we have insurance that will fly either one of our boys to wherever she is and bring her and the trailer home.
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Oh, hey- after yesterday's mess, I left my truck keys in the ignition after unhitching until tonight when we went for a grocery run. Helpful neighbor hooked me up even after I had to admit that I apparently don't have jumper cables in the truck. Argh!
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Old 07-01-2013, 07:55 PM   #17
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Sounds like you are having one of those trips. We all have done our oopsies.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #18
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Wow, definitely sounds like one of those trips you will never forget. Now, forget about what has happened and spend some quality time with the wife and kids and try to make this a trip they won't forget filled with fun and enjoyment!

As far as the 50 amp vs. 30 amp goes, I spent last weekend on 30 amp by choice. Suprisingly enough the 15k in the main kept everything pretty cool.
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it sounds like an adult beverage or 3 or 4 are mandatory on this trip for you. I feel for you, I've had trips full of oh sh*# moments. it gets better and eventually pride and pain give way to laughter and good campfire stories. You will always have that "remember when" memory to share.
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Another helpful hint on spotting: Forget trying to see the wife in the mirrors or hear her from 25-30 feet back. I call my wife's cell phone with my cell phone, put my cell on speaker-phone and we can both talk normally. Just make sure you both understand what words you're going to use for "left" and "right." (When you're lookiing backwards, your left is her right!)
use passenger side/drivers side instead of left/right. it will avoid confusion until one of you suffers from a common condition known as a brain fart and the trailer winds up in the bushes as a result of or getting where passenger side really is.
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