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Old 08-25-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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when does age become a problem

This may have come up many times before,if it has ,excuse me I'm a newby.
i was woundering if age became a problem in pushing these motorhomes around? I'm 72 and feel like i'm still able to handle most problem's when they come up. I'm speaking of the mental part, the physical part is another thing.
How old are some of you people an how long do you plan on moveing around the country?
Thanks for your coments.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:10 PM   #2
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If you have to ask...

Seriously tho, it will vary with the driver, and vary a lot. My grandfather was 86, I believe, taking the "elderly" to church one Sunday. After services, the beneficiaries of his good will wouldn't get back in the car with him. Seems he rounded a right turn a little off the mark, over two curbs and with the corner's fire hydrant on the left hand side of the car that he didn't seem to notice. He should have stoped driving a couple years before that. And if he piloted a motorhome, he should have quit that at least 5 year prior. For him, about 80 would have been a good time to start giving up on driving a big rig. But that's because of his mental and physical status. I'd expect most of us to be a few years plus or minus of that number. That gives me another quarter century.

A Newell owner buddy says he'll quit when he can no longer pass the CDL physical. That's a pretty solid trigger. Gives you something objective to aim for, and an expectation of actual quit date. Maybe think of hiring a chauffeur after that for the annual migration.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:43 PM   #3
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It really varies with the individual. My F-I-L drove the Burb and handled the trailer until he was 82 and decided it was time physically and he had his limits and shortly after that he slowed down mentally. My M-I-L is 85 and she seems to be going on 65 mentally and slowing down finally physically and still drives.

An Aunt is 95 and still driving and does here own finances and taxes.

So it really varies.

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Old 08-26-2009, 12:36 AM   #4
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Assuming someone is physically able to handle the vehicle, age isn't really relevant. Your mind-set is. A thirty five year old with a bad attitude shouldn't be driving. An eighty-five year old with a good attitude will do just fine. In my experience, there are two "mentally-related" considerations you have to watch out for when driving a motorhome (we're full-time RVers). The first is fatigue. If you're tired, it doesn't matter how old you are. You shouldn't be behind the wheel. The second is stress. If you're upset, angry, depressed, or just distracted, you won't have the skills and the reflexes to be a good driver. The best drivers are rested and calm. Forget about your age.

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Old 08-26-2009, 08:09 AM   #5
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When it takes you all night long to do what you used to do all night long!

Just kidding. If you or your Co-Pilot are concerned, most States have a special testing program with simulators that test reflexes and reaction time, also tests vision and reasoning. These have been developed for seniors and are pretty accurate.
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We have a 79 year old who drives the school bus regularly. We have to pass the physical each year and take a test so we are kept up to date. I am only the 2nd. oldest driver that is full time but we have many subs who are in their 70s. If you can drive a school bus you can sure handle a MH unless the spouse is worse than 76 screaming kids.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:23 PM   #7
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I'm 77; my Dr. said I should be good for another 15 or 20; in the motorhome I feel that a 200 mile trip don;t even get the motor warmed up.
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Unhappy What's a year or twenty?

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I'm 77; my Dr. said I should be good for another 15 or 20; in the motorhome I feel that a 200 mile trip don;t even get the motor warmed up.
Beautiful.

I gave up motorcycles two years ago after 45 years of *real* riding...Like 2000 mile trips every summer plus using them for transportation (Harleys and then BMWs).

Not because I was 60.

I just wasn't having fun any more. No doubt that slower reaction time is an issue. But also, the slowing of the testosterone drip allows for some wiseness that can be directly related to behavior on the road...and to motor home common sense (leaving plenty of room between you and the guy in front of you, etc.).

My F-I-L was given a 5-year license at the age of 91. Unfortunately, the license is still good, But he's gone on to his just reward. He thought the 5-year thing at that age was stupid.

I had a bathroom vent blow off of the Airstream last weekend when I left it open an unattended and the wind came up. A man that must have been in his eighties climbed up on my roof and taped the parts together before I even returned. Now THAT'S and ageless act of neighborliness!

I need to lose some weight.
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Beautiful.

I gave up motorcycles two years ago after 45 years of *real* riding...Like 2000 mile trips every summer plus using them for transportation (Harleys and then BMWs).

Not because I was 60.

I just wasn't having fun any more. No doubt that slower reaction time is an issue. But also, the slowing of the testosterone drip allows for some wiseness that can be directly related to behavior on the road...and to motor home common sense (leaving plenty of room between you and the guy in front of you, etc.).

My F-I-L was given a 5-year license at the age of 91. Unfortunately, the license is still good, But he's gone on to his just reward. He thought the 5-year thing at that age was stupid.

I had a bathroom vent blow off of the Airstream last weekend when I left it open an unattended and the wind came up. A man that must have been in his eighties climbed up on my roof and taped the parts together before I even returned. Now THAT'S and ageless act of neighborliness!

I need to lose some weight.
I to gave up bikes; I love to ride; last trip I made to the smokies, about 600 miles round trip; my back just couldn;t take the pounding anymore.
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Ironic isn't it? Just about the time you can afford your dream MH age starts to take you off the road.
At 68, as long as I feel confident about my driving ability I will continue. When the doubts start to creep in is my time for further reflection.

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