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 7/23/2007 11:15 AM
Hi all....I am now on my own and am "camperless" for the first time in 15 years. My ex took our Sierra and Fleetwood 27 ft trailer. I agreed to all this as he left me for somebody else and the trailer carried way too many painful memeories. Anyway...enough of the pity party! I had originally planned to buy myself a motor home next year. But after calming down and taking a deep breath, I think that the truck/trailer combination would be better for me. Here's the problem: I never towed ours, never backed it up, never hooked/unhooked it. Are there places that will teach me these things??? I'm especially nervous about the backing up part~! I am partial to Fleetwoods and most likely will buy another 27 footer. I assume I'll also need a heavy-duty truck to pull it again. Okay...let me have your suggestions....I am going to make this happen!!! Of course, I have to sell my home and buy another one first, but I am determined. I am going through withdrawal!!!! :) I hope to have a couple of girlfriends tag along with me on my first trip.
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 7/23/2007 11:39 AM
Well, let me be the first to welcome you to our little corner of the RVing world!
Trying to decide what kind of rig you want is a BIG decision. However, it sounds like you've got a great start.
In my opinion, you can go at this 2 ways: get the truck you feel comfortable with & then find a trailer that's "pullable", or pick out the trailer first, then go get a truck with sufficient towing capacity. I'd be inclined to pick out the trailer first.
Another website you might want to visit is RV.net. They have bulletin boards for just about every type of rig out there & can give you great information about truck/trailer combinations.
I pull a trailer all by myself. It was a little intimidating at first, but it's actually kind of fun watching the guys watch me hitch up & head out. Backing up ... well, there's always someone around that will act as a spotter. I just take it very, very slow & tell myself that there are no awards for speed backing. You can do it. No strength required -- just some solid "intestinal fortitude"!
Again, welcome! I think you'll find us to be a pretty nice bunch!
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Laura This message was edited by AzusaTeach on 7-23-07 @ 10:42 AM

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 7/23/2007 1:38 PM
Thanks so much! I'll check out that website. Somebody told me that it's worth it to buy them in Montana where there's no sales tax. I'm going to check that out too.
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 7/24/2007 7:09 AM
Welcome Ketey! I have to tell you your story is pretty familiar to me,... only my x didn't leave for another person,..just left. oh well,... you and I and all the rest of us will be much better off in the long run, because our happily married sisters on this forum are showing us that there ARE some fine men in the world!
Hitching and towing is not difficult,..but you will need to have your common sense firmly in hand. The backing issue,... well, definiely don't try to do the moves quickly. It's a practice, practice, practice thing and I often pull forward to correct my direction. I am getting better all the time and nailed it this past weekend on the second try. YES,..I'm smiling!!!!!
To all of you gals that are with partners,... don't let your partner do it all. You need to be able to hitch, tow, set up camp, back it in,... all of it. Know the systems, etc. Gee.... I think I have said that often!
So Ketey, get yourself into your new house and then slowly get your ducks in a row for your camper. I understand the "withdrawal",... I suffered that feeling too. You'll be back out here again sooner than you think. Good luck and keep posting!
Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 7/24/2007 9:48 AM
Howdy Ketey! Welcome to our Forum. We are so happy to have you join us. I don't know how many new members I've seen "right where you are" in life.. And they have made the leap into RV ownership, travel and all the "goodies" that lifestyle brings into their realm!
Good luck to you, I know you'll enjoy this new life you are building.
Here's a super website all about truck/trailer issues. You can learn a LOT here!
Pay special attention to the truck/trailer guidelines for getting a powerful enough truck for YOUR trailer. This is very important.
We have had several Fleetwoods...and we too are a fan of them. Right now we have a Jayco trailer.. and bought it for the king-sized bed it had, since my husband is 6'6" tall..
I think one most important issue to me is I want an island bed...those against the wall are simply too hard to make up.
Good luck with all your plans. I know this can work out for you and be a wonderful new life!!

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 7/24/2007 3:29 PM
Hi Ketey, I can tell you one thing , your choice of forums to be on is right on the money, you couldn't have found a better one with all the love and caring these ladies have, for you and each other. It's never easy starting over, but you can do it and with a little help from your friends it won't be as bad as you might have thought. Look at it as a clean slate , to do what you want to do for yourself, be a little selfish , we all need that once in awhile. You sound like a very determined young lady and we are all happy for that. Stay tuned in , everyday you will learn something from this forum that will amaze you, I have and it has helped me build my confidence in myself and I know I can do whatever I set my mind to do. Good Luck with all your endeavors and keep us all up to date on your progress , we really do care. Happiness is a Choice...........choose to be happy

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 7/24/2007 7:34 PM
Ketey, check out Dick Reeds rv driving school. They have instructors all over the US, and teach truck and trailer as well as rv. That's where I learned, and the instructor I had was fantastic! He said he would rather teach women than men 'cause women actually listen to him and do it the way he instructs rather than the way they think it should be done! Plus, I got a discount on my insurance for completing the course. I can't say enough good things about this company! Best of luck to you!
http://www.rvschool.com/ Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire
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 7/25/2007 10:06 PM
Ketey, welcome to the forum, these ladies are wonderful, and you will find that out for yourself but congratulations on taking the plunge. I too did this, I was shopping for a TT to pull with my van but a co-worker bought a new 5r and offered me a great deal on his semi used one. So I've got a 5r and no truck to pull it. I'll be shopping for a truck soon. Its just me and the two dogs and since I used to be married to an alcoholic I did ALL the driving for 10 years so driving is not a problem for me and I also do it as a living. I can hardly wait to get on the road and planning on it for next summer. In the meantime I'm learning all the stuff I need to know about taking care of my unit and things like that. I have a couple that are my mentors I am learning from and when they get back from their summer trip my lessons will begin again. They will also take me out when I get my truck and help me learn to back up. I'm accustomed to driving a 45 foot bus but it doesn't "bend" like a truck and trailer will so backing up really is scary for me right now. So I can share your fear with you. I'll think of you when I do my lessons and hope you get to do yours soon also. Ava, Bandit and Gracie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 7/26/2007 1:11 PM
[quote] Somebody told me that it's worth it to buy them in Montana where there's no sales tax. I'm going to check that out too. [/quote] Ketey, First welcome to the site.
If your state of residence has a sales tax you still will have to pay it when you license your rig. Every couple of years there are big scandals and headlines in Oregon when out of staters buy rigs and fake residency (to avoid their state taxes), some of the salesmen were even in on it. :mad: Guess that falls under anything to sell a rig. So at least do some research, you know if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. "Don't believe everything you think"
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 7/28/2007 12:57 PM
Welcome Ketey. I pulled a 27ft 5th wheel Fleetwood with a 3/4 ton truck. I've never hitched a TT, but saw some poles that you attack to the truck and the TT hitch and that helps guide you. Hitching a 5th wheel is easy because you can see where you're aiming. Whatever you buy, remember, you CAN do it! If a man can do it so can you. My husband died and I too couldn't bear the memories of a 5th wheel, (happy ones though) so I bought a Class A, but at the end of the Workamping season I'm going back to a 5th wheel.

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