Idle Thoughts From Mt. Waas
Towing the fifth-wheel...
by Ollie Harris
Sep 06, 2012 | 748 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
You hear people say that we ought to get out of our comfort zones once in a while. I wouldn’t have any argument about that except that getting out of my comfort zone means moving into a zone of discomfort.

Part of me asks a great big, “Why?” But, I know a couple of answers as to why I ought to get out of my comfort zone, or at least expand it a little.

My comfort zone is seriously stretched when I hook the big Dodge onto the fifth-wheel trailer and head down the highway, which I will be doing about three hours from now. The answer to my question of why I would do it is because Barbara wants me to. If Barbara wants me to, it is reason enough for me to suffer some discomfort.

The big Dodge loves to pull. It merrily hums down the highway. But I am filled with uneasiness. The trailer is bigger than I would like. It is 300 miles to our destination in Arizona. From there, we will pull up into the mountains and set up camp for a few days with two of our daughters and their families. We will have great-grandchildren in camp. Barbara loves the trailer. It is elegant. It is roomy. It is comfortable. And did I say that there will be great-grandchildren in camp?

Barbara has always loved to go camping. We have progressed from sleeping in the car, to sleeping on the ground under a tarp, to sleeping in one cheap tent or another, to sleeping in a camper shell, to sleeping in Cabela’s finest dome tent. Finally, there came a day when I said, “No more camping Gammy in the dirt,” and bought a small fifth-wheel trailer. I got tired of fixing that first trailer and bought the one we now have.

Friends of ours have a fifth-wheel trailer about the same size as ours. They hooked onto it with their Dodge pickup and towed it to New York to stay for six months. They will be back sometime this fall. Our son couldn’t find a good job so he hired himself and his Dodge pickup to deliver camp trailers all over the country. He delivered one to Alaska and several into Canada. My cousin has a fifth-wheel trailer about the same size as ours. He lives next door to our Arizona children where we are going in a few hours. He doesn’t seem to mind hooking onto his trailer with his Dodge and pulling it back and forth from his place to ours.

A couple of weeks ago, we towed our trailer to the Boulder Mountains in south-central Utah and stayed for a few days in the Singletree campground. I didn’t experience the slightest problem with towing. I have a friend who used to pull his fifth-wheel trailer to Mexico every year. We bought this trailer in Flagstaff and had no difficulty towing it home.

I mention all of these people who tow trailers much greater distances than I am looking at just to bolster my own confidence. It is a sort of pep rally. “Go, Ollie, go!”

I was informed that I am to cook Dutch-oven potatoes for dinner Friday evening in camp. I can handle that. No problem. But, I hope there isn’t a nagging little voice in the back of my mind reminding me that I still have to tow the trailer back home before I can relax.

After we return from Arizona, we have one more camping trip scheduled. But it is on our nearby mountain. It is a short distance. It is well within my comfort zone.

Don’t tell Barbara, but I am seriously thinking of trading her elegant fifth-wheel trailer for something smaller. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind, just as long as I can find something equally as nice as what she has. This big one would be more appropriate for someone who was going to set it up and stay for a few weeks or longer.

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.