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Old 05-15-2016, 11:32 PM   #1
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I Earned My "Woman" Camping Badge

This past Friday, I woke up and really wanted to go camping. Yet Maury just could't get away. I, having never driven a trailer, said, "Hey, if I don't go to far I can drive that trailer by myself."
My 18 y/o daughter was game.
Looking online, the nearby campground didn't have any openings. My daughter and husband suggested that I call to see if by any chance they had any. So I called and they did have one spot left. It was a pull-in site, Perfect! I won't have to back up! (Now mind you, I didn't know that a pull-in site is NOT the same as a pull-thru site!)
Maury hooked up the trailer and away we went!
Driving our 21' Escape was a breeze!
Well, I did end up having to back the trailer in, because our cords and hoses were not long enough to reach the hook ups. After many tries and lot of laughter, I gave up backing and let a very nice man back the trailer in for me. I'll get it next time!
This weekend was full of many firsts for me. Pulling a trailer, hooking up everything, building a fire, making the television and the DVD player work together, sticking my gloved hand down the toilet because the TP was piling up (I guess we weren't adding enough water while flushing) packing up to leaving and hooking up the trailer again and emptying the tanks!
Phew! It was a great weekend and I can't wait to go out again.
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Way to go Julie. No better way to learn than just doing it.
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Congratulations! Just get out there and do it--your confidence will grow by leaps and bounds!
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:09 AM   #4
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Julie, I'm so proud! Your sense of adventure and 'just do it' attitude is praiseworthy. What a weekend!
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:16 AM   #5
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Way to go for it! Very empowering!
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Old 05-16-2016, 07:42 AM   #6
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..... After many tries and lot of laughter,

Phew! It was a great weekend and I can't wait to go out again.
Good for you Julie... you GO girl! You have the right attitude
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:02 AM   #7
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Awesome Julie; you rock!!!!! Next time you want to get away, it will be even easier. Try backing up camper and parking practice in large parking lot. You will feel soooooo empowered knowing you can "do it all".
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Old 05-16-2016, 01:17 PM   #9
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We helped a new friend get comfortable backing up in her class C. Took about an hour or so for her to be comfortable and we used cones.

Just remember Donna's mantra ... GOAL (get out and look)
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Good for you for having an adventurous spirit, and the strength to do what needs to be done!

Like many of us I provided 30 minutes of entertainment to nearby campers the first time I used a back in spot. Trust me, if you do it a few times you will soon be proficient at hooking, unhooking, backing, etc. If you and Maury can both do things, you will find it it is much easier to get hooked up, etc.
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