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Old 07-19-2013, 01:38 PM   #31
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As a practical matter both should be able to hitch up, tow and park. A few years ago we were camping with another couple and he did all the driving. During our camping trip, he broke his ankle rather badly and after we hauled him to the hospital and he was a surgical repaired, there was the problem of how to get their camper home - over 800 miles.

He was on pain meds and she was a nervous mess. We put him in the back seat of our truck and my husband took him and our trailer home - a two day trip. I went with her and over those two days she learned to hitch, tow, dump, and park. We spent two days on the road and she did well.

She thanked me over and over for showing her the ropes and then giving her space and time to learn. Some things she had to do several times... backing into a camping space that was at a right angle to the loop road took a while but she figured it out. She also told me that her husband was always breathing down her neck when she had tried in the past and it bothered her, she didn't want to appear to be incompetent in front of him. He apparently had forgotten that he had to learn once as well.....

In my household I tow as often as my husband - and often alone. There are some things I'd rather NOT do, like go to the dump station, but I do them if I must. Another important factor is the physical strength needed to hitch up. The WD hitch we have on the truck is heavy and while I can lift it, it's challenging. We have different hitch setups on our vehicles now, and I've moved to an Anderson to cut down on weight.

Take home lesson: Make sure your partner can hitch and tow - you never know when you may need an assist.
Excellent post, Janet..............and a lesson for all.
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:48 PM   #32
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I just want to say all of these posts are awesome!! I have enjoyed everyone. We have taken our trailer out only once for a week and only 18 miles down the road to the state park. Monday we are heading out on a 2 hour trip to another state park. (we have only owned the trailer for 2 months). He does very we'll with pulling and backing it in and I am anxious to learn because My grandchildren and I usually go on vacations without him when he can't get off work...he works at a state park and they don't normally like the employees to take off in the summer.... when my grand kids are out of school. I am just really nervous about the backing up part! Thank you all for your posts..It gives me a lil more confidence in myself
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Old 07-19-2013, 02:09 PM   #33
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When we owned our 31 ft Class C, I drove it on the highway with a car towed behind. I know how and love to drive our Chevy 3500 dully and I can tow a trailer with a small tractor with it.....now we own a 40ft 5er and I have no desire to even try to drive it. I am nervous enough just riding in the truck! I admire so much, when I see a girl driving a big rig! You girls ROCK!! I know I should be able to do so in case anything happens.....but I know my limits, and this rig is too much for me! And....I am not ashamed to say so!
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #34
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I brought a set of those hitching rods. In my case the rods just didn't work out as well as hoped. Then I brought a truck with a good back-up camera so hitching is much easier.

I also like seeing ladies towing and setting up camp. My cousin Laurie tows and has more experience with road conditions that I do so she grins if I cancel plans due to wind or heavy rain. However, other than driving she cannot do any of the setting up or breaking camp tasks. She really needs to learn because her husband memory isn't what it used to be.

In the beginning I had many challenges but have overcome them one at a time. I actually regretted buying my TT because it was too much work for my medical limits. Learning tricks of the trade & seeking out other ways to get the task done within my means was the key for me. So glad I didn't sell the trailer.
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #35
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Wow sounds like some lucky men out there. My wife pulled the truck up about 30 feet one time, driving straight so I could close the storage gate. She just started driving the dually period, but I'm determine to teach her. Like someone mentioned above, in case of emergency be good to know she could get us home without leaving the 5er behind.
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:35 PM   #36
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Wow sounds like some lucky men out there. My wife pulled the truck up about 30 feet one time, driving straight so I could close the storage gate. She just started driving the dually period, but I'm determine to teach her. Like someone mentioned above, in case of emergency be good to know she could get us home without leaving the 5er behind.
Good point.

It can also open up a new world of camping freedom if the wife wants to take advantage. If nothing else, in case of an emergency there will be another option than leaving it behind.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:18 AM   #37
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i would have no issue with wife driving, she drives a school bus for a living. she has a little issue backing up the tv/tt
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Wife took trailer to get tires installed before trip. She did a great job.was able to leave right after work. Big help.I have enjoyed reading the post I going to let my wife drive more.thanks for the posts
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Old 07-20-2013, 11:38 AM   #39
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As a kid back in the 70's/80's I remember my Mom always sking my Dad to let her drive some when we were on vacation (we were gone for weeks at a time in the summer). At the time we had a 454 Chevy Suburban and a Starcraft pop-up. The Burb was my Mon's daily driver, and she could handle it with no problem. My Dad always told her no. Back then, most trucks had a bench seat. My Mon was much shorter than Dad, and he said he did not want to sit with his knees in his face since she pulled the seat up so far!

It took my wife a bit of time to get used to the size of our Trailblazer EXT, and it is her daily driver. I have incouraged her to drive with the trailer some, and she has a couple of times, but really does not want to do it. I would love to have someone else take the wheel for a while on longer trips, and I keep telling her she needs to know, just incase something happens.

I think I will try and get her behind the wheel again on our next weekend trip!
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My wife not only tows, but...

Shortly after we were married (1980), I had changed the oil and filter in our Toyota Corrolla on a Thursday night. Friday she was to pick me up at work and leave for Fla. Friday morning she was driving around and the oil light came on. She added a quart of oil, drove home and found oil all over the filter. She called me at work and told me she'd crawled under and saw oil coming out between the filter and the engine. I told her I'd get a ride home and figure out then. She was anxious to go to Fla, so she crawled under again and changed the filter herself (never did it before, just watched me.) Then she came a picked me up and we left for Fla as planned. She told me the gasket was "split." I'd never heard of that before. Two weeks later when we got home from Fla, I inspected the old gasket. I turned out the filter gasket of the old filter had stuck to the engine and I didn't notice, so the new filter had had TWO gaskets (no actual "split"). The oil leaked out between them. In my 40 years of changing filters, I've never seen this occur before or since (although you can bet I look for it now!).
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