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Old 08-12-2018, 05:45 PM   #1
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Women driving 5th wheels

I am thinking about getting a 5th wheel solitude by grand design 37-40 foot and become a full timer I would like to hear from all you women out there I have never driven a 5th wheel, and would like to get some feed back on how difficult it is my husband is disabled so I will be doing all the driving. I have been driving our 35.5 foot Winnebago class A thank you!
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Weíll, I canít see how gender could effect your ability to drive a fifth wheel...or anything else for that matter. Maybe Iím not understanding the question.
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If you've been driving your 35' motorhome you will have no problem with a 5th wheel. Many women drive them. I can't think of one reason why a man can and a woman couldn't.
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I am thinking about getting a 5th wheel solitude by grand design 37-40 foot and become a full timer I would like to hear from all you women out there I have never driven a 5th wheel, and would like to get some feed back on how difficult it is my husband is disabled so I will be doing all the driving. I have been driving our 35.5 foot Winnebago class A thank you!
Is it the actual towing that you are concerned about, or the hooking up, etc?
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Old 08-13-2018, 12:55 AM   #5
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Having driven them all, wife too, 5ths are pretty easy

I see many folks beyond 40 footers have issues with positioning and turning in tight campgrounds, especially when cars and trucks are half parked in the road ways

Our 5rv is 35 feet, my wife has no issues handling it in all aspects
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It just takes a period of adjustment. Anyone can handle a 5W, it's a learning curve when backing but certainly gender has nothing to do with it. I see plenty of women driving 18 wheelers.
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Recently look for a video showing how to hook up a 5th wheel so I could see how involved it was, I found a highly rated "how To' video. The people demonstrating the hook up process were two older women.

I think the concern might be more trying to do it solo than what gender you are.
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Find a parking lot. Set up the orange cones. Practice turning and parking. You'll most likely find it not so troublesome. Just like the MH, time and experience will make it easier. Hopefully you will always be able to have a ground guide.

I've had 35Ft TT, 5'er and now 43' MH and the transition has been relatively easy. The biggest learning curve for a trailer is how to turn the steering wheel to make the trailer go where you want it to go. With the hand on the top of the steering wheel it is an opposite direction. To go left you turn the wheel to the right and vice versa. The easy way until you are used to it is to use the bottom of the steering wheel. To go left you turn the trailer to the left you turn the wheel to the left. Keeps it simple.
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5ver is way easier to maneuver than the class A in my opinion.

Once you get the hang of backing it up anyway. You can def get in and out of places better though.

15 mins in an empty parking lot and you'll be a pro
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My wife drove our 35' bumper pull easily. The 5er is easier to drive and much easier to hitch/unhitch and setup from her perspective.
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Also verify if your home state has Non-Commercial Class A license requirements for certain types of RVs over an indicated GVWR.

CA requires the written test and skills test on 5th Wheels over 15001# GVWR. 10000# - 15000# is only the written test.

Some other states also have a license requirement, though the details may vary.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I'm not a fulltimer yet, and not a woman, but noticed you are new and wanted to say hello!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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If I were single, I would get the Anderson hitch versus the regular 5th wheel hitch. It takes less brute strength esp if you are leaning into the bed of the truck to unhitch. Hubby and I talked about this with our current setup. If it gets to where I have to do the hitching, unhitching then we will swap to an Anderson hitch so I can handle it by myself.
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you will do fine I am sure
they are not 'hard' to handle and if you are driving an A now, the transition should be fine for you.

practice how it cuts to turn for backing in...that would be your most different use from an A. The back in. But again, very doable
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