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skipnchar

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Posted: 08/11/12 11:34am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My first trailer towing experience was when I was 15 years old (parents travel trailer) and have been doing it MOSTLY ever since. got my first motor home when I was 30 (it was just a mini motorhome then but would be a class B now)


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Just 2 days ago a 15 year old driving a camper van got T boned by a train in saskachewan 3 kids died , very sad.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/albert........+Broadview+Sask+blame/7071559/story.html

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OK, the OP is back.

Here's the story. Son is 16, started racing karts at age 8 and went from that to a Skip Barber Racing School in a Mazda MX-5, then got his SCCA competition license at age 15. To make trips to the track easier, he has been taking the car in and out of the trailer for several years, and has been doing the backing up and parking of the trailer at home for the past year.

He now has his driver's permit now, and want's on occasion take the car to the track early, before I can leave work. His momma would have to ride along as his "supervisor", and Momma ain't happy on the idea, and despite me allowing him a pretty long leash so far I'm surprisingly "meh".

I'm sure he could quite capably tow the trailer with the F250; the MH I'm not sure I'd be comfortable with. Keep opinions coming.


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Posted: 08/11/12 03:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towing a trailer? Let's see, about 12 I think, but may have been earlier. Have to reach the pedals to tow a hay wagon.


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I think it varies quite a bit, I was taught how to tow and back a double trailer when I was about 12, taught myself to drive my first Big Rig yard dog around the property at work when I was 25 pulling 48'+ trailers, and when I bought my RV had no additional training.

For someone who hasn't had life experiance with those areas it would be whatever age they either aquire those skills or get properly trained.


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Clicky for story
eend wrote:

Just 2 days ago a 15 year old driving a camper van got T boned by a train in saskachewan 3 kids died , very sad.



http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/alberta/Parents+girl+killed+train+crash+near+Broadview+Sask+blame/7071559/story.html


The question I would have about this would be was it because it was a camper van or was it his driving ability?

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I grew up around construction equipment so I was running a hi-lift at 13 or so, and also drove a truck for wheat harvesting in the field.
Mom, dad & I tag-teamed towing a pop-up from NY to Florida when I was 16.


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Chuck&Gail wrote:

Towing a trailer? Let's see, about 12 I think, but may have been earlier. Have to reach the pedals to tow a hay wagon.


At the same age I was doing the same thing with a Farmall "H" and two or three hay rack wagons.

For fun, my cousin and I would have contests to see who could put the third wagon 'on target' while backing around a corner.




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"His momma would have to ride along as his "supervisor", and Momma ain't happy on the idea, and despite me allowing him a pretty long leash so far I'm surprisingly "meh"."

I think the "supervisor's" vote is trump. Looks like a no-go.


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Started pulling a trailer on our own property before I had a permit or license.

We owned an 85-site campground, and I actually was not allowed to drive "forward" much. Everywhere I went, my Dad made me back up - not a long rig, just a pickup and a 16' flatbed trailer, but it taught me a lot of lessons about backing. When I finally had a permit and hit the roads (driving forward! ) with him in the passenger seat, he would hang his hat or his handkerchief on the rearview mirror. His reason was that the mirror is useless when you are hooked to a camper, enclosed trailer, or horsetrailer. He wanted me to learn to use the side mirrors only. I still to this day do not use the rear view mirror....

And, when pulling a trailer on the road with a learners permit, he would hold a fairly full cup of water or tea. I was not allowed to make it splash over the edge starting, stopping, or turning. Great visual tool to teach me how to ease into those 3 manuevers... We hauled our horses often, and he used the water to explain how standing in a moving trailer is hard on horses, and that I needed to be gentle for their safety and sanity. A horse that's had a bad trailer ride can refuse to get back on the trailer.

I am already coaching my kids in the same driving methods, though they are all still several years away from permits...


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