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Old 07-16-2011, 07:06 AM   #11
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We discovered very early in our camping lives that my wife gives lousy backing
in directions. She would say things like "watch out" or "get over" when she was
directing me and I would get hot under the collar because I had no idea what
she wanted me to do.
Driving all day to reach a campground and being happy to be there was clouded by
us being angry at each other over trying to get parked.

So we switched roles. I drive us to the campground and maybe start to back
in and then she hops behind the wheel and I walk along outside and tell her
which way to turn the wheel and how far and she does it perfectly!
She's better than a remote control driver!!
Now we get parked quickly and no one is upset and we ARE glad to be there!!

She also drives when we're hitching or parking at home.
Parking or hitching is now very non-stressful for us both!
Try it!

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Old 07-16-2011, 07:47 AM   #12
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The first rule we laid down about backing was to forget about "left" and "right". We have a set of radios and she stands at the back of the campsite. She will use the terms "driver" and "passenger" and so far it has worked well. When we return home we are lucky enough to have the room so I can just loop around one tree and pull the trailer into a spare driveway where it is set for the next trip out.


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Old 07-16-2011, 08:29 AM   #13
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We share all aspects of towing evenly. I can hook up, back, drive and set up just like my husband. He does most of the driving but that is by choice. When he's ready for a break, I take over. Its nice for me to be able to drive too!
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:15 AM   #14
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You said your wife wasn't afraid of nothing ???? Well, we can understand that, Bernadette is married to you, right ?????
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:32 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by DAISY BOYKIN View Post
You said your wife wasn't afraid of nothing ???? Well, we can understand that, Bernadette is married to you, right ?????

I'm actually afraid of her. . You'll have to look us up when you reach our neck of the woods.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:54 PM   #16
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My DGF will not even drive the TV unloaded let alone with the TT! She also has a very hard time guiding me in to hitch up or park the I have been teaching my 15 year old boys to help me with the parking and hitching aspects of it all. Still got a ways to go but they are getting there!
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:50 PM   #17
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When we got really into deciding on a TT I told my wife there were two things she HAD to agree to or the deal was off: 1) We would go camping at least once a month and 2) She had to learn to drive, set-up and break-down the unit.

On our first trip out, made her drive to the dump station .... don't know who was more worried, me or her. Now we have to compete to see who drives home.
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:06 PM   #18
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Pulling in Mexico

My wife is the one who pulled the 30 ft 5th wheel from Idaho to Baja California Sur Mexico with the Dodge. I pulled the 22 ft boat.
Road work in Mexico, Get in to mud 2-2 1/2 ft deep she did great. The mud was so deep I could fill the boat flow under it on the trailer.

But the she said the 5th wheel is never coming out of Mexico.
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