I don’t know as this was strictly mansplaining, but it sure was irritating (at first)and then supremely satisfying:
We had rented a UHaul trailer for something and I was returning it without my husband along. There were 2 guys at the counter and I was told that it was going to go “over there, between that flatbed and the little box truck.” I said ok, started to walk out, and was told that Dude (not his real name, but it should have been) would be over in a minute to park it for me. I said, “oh don’t worry, I can manage” or something similar.
Drove over to get lined up, and I saw there was a strap from the flatbed lying on the ground, and I didn’t want to park my trailer on top of it. I got out to move the strap, and Dude decided that was the time to hop in my truck and helpfully park it.
Well, my truck is an F-250 longbed diesel work truck, and manual shift. The shifter knob had come off recently so there was just the shaft there, and no gear guide. I had a balled up rag handy if I had to do a lot of shifting, but I didn’t really need the knob so it was one of those RoundToIt situations.
Dude sat there a bit flummoxed. Put his foot on the clutch, played with the gears a bit, pulled forward some, couldn’t find reverse. It’s really easy to mix up reverse and bottom gear, and reverse is way, way over. He finally said “maybe you’d better drive and I’ll guide you in. Go slowly now!”
I hopped in, corrected the lineup that he’d messed up, and backed the trailer in on a gentle curve, first shot, no corrections, with about 8 inches of space between the other rigs. I generously let him to the “heavy” work of unhitching.
At the time I used my truck at least twice a week to pull a 34 ft gooseneck horse trailer, and I had been doing so for years. Where other people take their dogs for a walk and then go run errands, I’d take my horse for a trail ride or a lesson and then go run errands, trailer and all. I drive better in reverse, some days