Look Out, I’m Pulling a Camper!

Pulling a camper is like being followed by a shadow that’s gained 2,000 pounds.

Sure, I’ve spelled my husband en route to nearby campgrounds. When straight roads send him to Lullaby Land, I save our lives by driving short stretches on state highways.

But brave roaring, dragon-like semis on interstates? Motorcycles whipping in and out of lanes at Star Wars speeds? Hans Solo, I’m not.

Especially as the rearview mirror is rendered useless.

My husband installed extended mirrors. However, they warn that reflected objects are closer than they appear.

That’s nice. Even humble, and I admire humility. But sorry, nice mirrors, when changing lanes, I want accuracy. And if up-close-and-personal encounters with construction barrels throw you off, I really don’t need views up my nostrils.

Especially when parking. We often need to stop for gas, food, and/or restrooms. Those paltry reasons pale, however, as we focus on more profound questions: Will we find a place to park the camper? Afterward, can we get out?

Once, as I contorted truck and camper in my 100th effort to leave a convenience store, Hubby lost all hope. “Will we spend the rest of our lives behind Kwickie Mart?”

Not exactly the retirement we’d envisioned.

I tried to console him: “Living on Little Debbie® cakes and beef jerky wouldn’t be so bad.”

My attempts scared traffic to a dead stop. A hundred yards away.

Thus, we finally left Kwickie Mart.

Hauling a camper never bores us. Once, while I was driving down South, purple-cloud giants charged us. They spit lightning and smothered us with avalanches of rain that drowned car taillights ahead. If I had risked pulling over, my flashers would have disappeared, blown out like candles.

Did I slow down? Not much. Storm or no storm, drivers who never drive less than 85 mph — on roads, shoulders and in parking lots — can be found everywhere. Even in easygoing Mississippi.

My prayer life shot up several notches.

Hubby’s, already flourishing, set new records.

Jesus took the wheel.

Afterward, when He had guided us to sunshine, Hubby tried to talk Jesus into taking all my shifts.

He smiled and said, no, we needed to grow in faith. Together.

Though Hubby still had theological doubts about Kwickie Mart experiences, and I struggled with mirror-nostril crises, we indeed have learned to depend on Jesus and each other. With His help, we and our 2,000-pound shadow return home, safe and sound.

We will hit the interstate again soon.

It’s only fair I give other drivers advance warning: Look out, I’ll be pulling a camper!

Prepare to grow in faith.


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2 thoughts on “Look Out, I’m Pulling a Camper!

  1. Kate Dunham

    Hi Rachael,
    No, I haven’t pulled a camper, thank heavens, I don’t think I have the nerves, but I did drive a so-called Opel agila, a sub-mini- that was fast and had a lot of pickup, but when hit from the side by a police car involved in a whole new idea of what work was, I thanked the Lord three times, and often thereafter, that my husband had decided he wanted to get to work earlier than usual, so he wasn’t in his normal place in the now missing right side of the car. We now drive a ford, which, as much as I dislike computers, has an onboard, that blinks yellow lights when something is in my lane when I want to pass- or they do. Ps We have met an awful lot of nice people at small bed and breakfasts. PPS I saw yesterday that someone is still wrecking my blog page, so I am moving. Will let you know where the new one is when I am finished in case you wish to see it. Sorry. These psychotics are definitely a pain.

    1. rachael

      Kate, So glad you and your husband are safe!! In our next car, I hope to have those passing and camera back-up features. Maybe by the time I’m too old to drive, I’ll get one of those self-driving cars.
      Bummer about your blog! Grrr. People like that have way too much time on their hands!
      Hope your day gets better 🙂


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