First Time Out Towing My Camper “Gracie”

Dec 5, 2021 | 0 comments

My first-time towing Gracie, my 1969 Lakeland was all by myself. It was a white-knuckle event and took four hours through heavy rain. There were mudslides and road diversions in Oklahoma. I eventually and safely was able to make it to the campground. I have towed a U-Haul in the past, but this was my first experience towing a camper.

There are a few things that I have found help me when I tow:
Take it slow and staying to the very right side of the road or edge of a lane gave me room between trucks and cars passing me.
Slow down when you see a big truck coming up to pass you, so you don’t get blown around.
Be aware of your surrounding and what’s head and in back of you. When you stop for gas always walk around trailer checking your chains, hitch, tires, and double check your door!
I’ve never had the door open, but I’ve heard stories of towing and the door opens! I suspect it is from the door not being fully closed and the bouncing on the road helps the door unlatch.
You’ll do just fine and take it slow, as Janine says, “it’s a skill set”, so take the time to build those skills.
Lucky for me, I have had wonderful experiences with my Girl Campers caravanning with me just after I bought Gracie five years ago. Two of these gracious women shared advice with me. I am still friends with, when I think of them, I am full of wonderful warm memories of my first trip caravanning with Girl Campers.

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