Idaho: Fun times with towing

As you have seen from some of our photos, we flat tow a 2-door Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

On our way from Mountain Home, Idaho to Ogden, Utah, we planned to stop at a truck stop along the way. Since we were between rest areas, we checked our RV GPS for fuel stops ahead.

Our GPS showed both a “fuel stop” and a “truck stop” – both right next to each other. Cool.

Our GPS, which was updated last night, was wrong. Only the fuel stop existed. The problem was that in order to get back on I-84, we would need to turn around *without* making a multi-point turn. You can’t back up when you are towing.

You can see where I am going with this. We attempted the turn and could not complete it. Not only would we take out a fence if we did, we were blocking both lanes of a two lane road.

Once we realized we were stuck, we quickly exited the RV and headed for the Jeep. I am pretty sure that is the fastest we have ever unhooked our Jeep. Couldn’t have been more than 2 minutes!

For reference, here is the towing system we use in various states – taken previously, not today. We were literally racing to unhook, so we didn’t back up traffic.

All hooked up.

Before the cables are hooked up.
Fully hooked up, from the side. Secured by velcro straps.
Fully hooked up, from the side. Secured by velcro straps.

This is not an experience we want to repeat again. From now on, we will stick to well-known fuel stations. We know it could have been a lot worse (a heavier traffic road or a freeway/interstate).

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