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 7/28/2008 10:34 PM
 
Hello,
I just found this site and looks like its what I've been looking for. Wanted to find some women who tow RV's around. I've been wanting to buy a small travel trailer for a couple of years and finally found one that fits the bill. But I'm chicken when it comes to doing the actual thing. Wondering if I can handle it alone with the towing, backing up, hitching etc, and all he other things that go along with the thing. But the thought of just being able to take off and go "when I have the time" is very appealing. I have dogs so it would be so much easier although my one dog has hip issues and I doubtI would get her in the thing. I found a neat 21ft Salem LE that would be perfect for me. Can tow in easy with my Silverado truck. Any advice would be most welcome. :) Sue

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 7/28/2008 11:05 PM
 
Welcome Sue ! I'm sure you can do this by yourself !!! I have a 37' fifth wheel that I'm attempting to tow by myself. It was a rocky, stressful, tear filled beginning but it's getting easier. I still can't back up and I don't know that I'll ever be good at it but hopefully I'll be OK someday. I can now pack up, hitch up and drive away without too much stress, I can also set up and un-hitch without too much stress too. It's not easy but I'm doing it because I really want to be able to go ! The desire to go is bigger then the fear. Do you know anyone with a trailer so you can see what's really involved in setting up and then breaking it all back down again ? Is there a driving class you can take ? You can do it !!! Ask questions here - go to a campground and talk to people there, most all RV'er love to talk and would be happy to help. Good luck !!! Trudy, Molly & Murphy "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 7/29/2008 12:02 AM
 
Welcome Sue!
I'm single & travel with a 70# Lab in my 19' Shamrock hybrid. LOVE going camping!
Depending on where you're located I bet it wouldn't be hard to find a group to go along with. I have & it's great. I can be as connected -- or not -- as I want.
A 21' trailer will be easy to manage. Just take the backing up part slowly & check ALL possible problems before you begin, even if it means stopping 10 times to check things out.
There's nothing that requires brute strength when towing. It's all a matter of finesse -- a quality not familiar to men. :)
Again, welcome! Glad you've found us. When you've got time, come chat with us too. We get together each evening around 8:00 EST & have a great time. There's a section on the main page of the Women's RV Forum that talks about the chat room. Come check us out! Laura -- and Jed

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 7/29/2008 12:10 AM
 
Hi Sue! So glad to have you join us. You have come to the right place. The girls here are so friendly,caring and helpful.
Funny you should post this subject, as tonight on Chat a member came on who had been encouraged by all of us to "Go For It" on her wish to begin RVing alone. She took off and how has put 2800 miles on her RV, and is thoroughly enjoying her new lifestyle!!
You can do this. Keep coming back and ask any specific questions you have and our Forum Sisters will be happy to help.
Good Luck in following your dream!
Joella

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 7/29/2008 12:53 PM
 
Hello Sue, and welcome!
Most of us would say, "take your time". About everything. There does seem to be an awful lot of steps to remember and a lot of things that need doing. Just learn one thing at a time. Hooking and unhooking, for instance. Have someone show you; write each step down; then you do it while they watch; and then do it again and again. If you apply that method to every chore you will become very good at everything.
Trudy - that goes for backing up, too! If you practice in a large empty parking lot with lines, you will be able to see how far off your judgement might be! And there won't be anything to hit! The more you do it, the better your judgement will get! I need to do that, too, because it has been quite awhile since I've had to back up (although the last weekend outing with my camping club 4 of us had to make a u-turn on a narrow 2-lane canyon road - because the leader took a wrong turn! Wasn't easy!)
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 7/30/2008 11:21 AM
 
Hey Sue, greetings from another Sue. Welcome to the forum!
Something I used to see a lot, People would put receivers on both ends of their pickups. Would pull the trailer to destination then unhook from the rear, hook it up to the front and push it into position. I always thought that was kind of smart. Of course the "Trailer backers" would sigh and shake their heads.
Wouldn't work for Trudy... mess up the front of her nice pickup.... HAH! Again welcome, hope we can help. Sue "no matter where you go, there you are!"
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 7/31/2008 8:39 PM
 
Thanks for the words of encouragement ladies. I haven'treally given much thouoght to that trailer this week. Threw my hip out an it's been kind of painful so my chiropractor is working on it. And I've had a sick dog the which of I was afraid I was going to have to put down twice this past week but she seems to have turned a corner and hopefully is on the road to recovery. So my mind has been elsewhere. I am enjoying reading the different posts and have to learn how to post pictures etc. Where do some of you get those cute state maps and such you have on your signatures? Sue

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 7/31/2008 9:12 PM
 
Wow Sue you've had a tough week ! I'm glad your dog is feeling better and I hope the chiropractor can fix you up !! If you look under the "Help" section on the forum there's info on the state maps. Hope things are looking up for you ! Trudy, Molly & Murphy "Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 7/31/2008 9:32 PM
 
When I pulled a boat, two of my Class C motorhomes had hitches on the front and back. When I got to the boat launch I would unhitch, turn around, hitch the boat to the front and drive it to the launch. Men have no patience with women trying to launch a boat and I couldn't even see it behind the motorhome. You would be suprised how easy it is to maneuver a trailer going forward.
Martha
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 7/31/2008 11:48 PM
 
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