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Old 11-05-2013, 06:38 PM   #21
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Good point... I supposed I'm accustomed to people having four wheel drive in tow vehicles (or front wheel drive) like our van. Pickup trucks are all over the place here, but it seems hard to find one that's only two wheel drive.
I remember my last rear wheel drive only pickup, it used be able to get stuck on flat level ground if there was any snow or ice at all.....
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #22
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DonnaD, I'm not following post #17. Who is the "someone"?

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Old 11-05-2013, 07:52 PM   #23
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I'll just reiterate/paraphrase what other people have said. Yeah, backing up is tough. It doesn't come naturally. But anybody can learn if you take the time. Don't rush it. Be patient. Take the time necessary to do it right. Get out and check your progress regularly.

And, maybe depending on how you and your spouse communicate, do it yourself rather than have your spouse try to guide you.

But you'll learn if you try.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:01 PM   #24
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Use two way radios to communicate. Use agreed upon terms.
drivers side or passenger side
Not your left or my right.
Pull forward and straighten out
Buy some orange plastic cones and learn/practice in a large parking lot.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:31 PM   #25
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My wife does not want to tow right now, so I do the driving, she does the navigating and we take it slow, take breaks, and don't plan super long marathon drives.

although we have a 21 on order.....she has her eyes on that new 5.0 as she said "I think I would be more comfortable towing that" given the setup and she just thinks it is a better more secure hitch. Can't argue with that. We are seriously looking at upgrading to that after the 21.

Turning and things is a different ball game there as your pivot point is over your wheels, not behind your bumper and things are very very stable. Heck my 70+ mom wants the 5'er as well and would be comfortable with that and she used to tow a camper as a single mom with us kids and did all the driving and backing. Just something else to consider.

But in all the wise words, you learn in your own way, take your time, go slow, and enjoy the mistakes. Laughing helps
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #26
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We are seriously looking at upgrading to that after the 21.
Where are you in the production lineup? Maybe you could make the change now, if you wanted.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:42 AM   #27
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My wife does not want to tow right now, so I do the driving, she does the navigating and we take it slow, take breaks, and don't plan super long marathon drives.

although we have a 21 on order.....she has her eyes on that new 5.0 as she said "I think I would be more comfortable towing that" given the setup and she just thinks it is a better more secure hitch. Can't argue with that. We are seriously looking at upgrading to that after the 21.

Turning and things is a different ball game there as your pivot point is over your wheels, not behind your bumper and things are very very stable. Heck my 70+ mom wants the 5'er as well and would be comfortable with that and she used to tow a camper as a single mom with us kids and did all the driving and backing. Just something else to consider.

But in all the wise words, you learn in your own way, take your time, go slow, and enjoy the mistakes. Laughing helps
Hi: Don W... Once you've hooked up a 5.0 and towed away...you'd be laughing!!! Alf
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:04 PM   #28
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We have a 5.0 and I do the driving and backing. It's a doddle..... We figured out very early on that Leslie gives good directions and I'm good at following them. When he backs up, I give directions and he says "no that's not right" does the exact opposite and we edge closer to divorce........ :-) You just have to find out what works.
I haven't driven or backed up a trailer so I can't compare, but I really like the 5.0. I can hook up on my own without help and it's so easy to tow.
Have fun whatever you buy!
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:34 PM   #29
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First night in my new 21! More about it tomorrow. But backing is apparently like riding a bike. Once you learn you don't forget. It's been over 20 years since I last towed a (horse) trailer but I got this, solo, into it's space at the campground without a problem.

And it was towed by my highlander without any worries.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:42 PM   #30
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Doin' tge Happy Dance for you Sally! Can't wait to see more pictures too (hint, hint, hint).
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