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Old 07-11-2013, 01:26 PM   #43
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I do all the driving, DH is not comfortable driving and when he tried to drive I was a wreck. He can't even drive the manual transmission car that we just got to be our toad. UGH! I love him but he is a TERRIBLE driver . . . . he scares the bejesus out of me.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:02 PM   #44
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I do the driving, all repairs, and cleaning on the outside, DW does the planning, packing, cooking, inside cleaning and navigation except my putting it into the gps. She did the required 20 feet and said it was enough to know how, as long as WE are able, the partnership works for us. More than 50 yrs of MH ownership and cooperative tasks. She demanded an automatic toad as stickshift was never pleasant for her.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:37 PM   #45
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In 2008 DH and I bought a new 28' fifth wheel and 4 door Ford diesel 3/4 ton. We were headed out on a cross country trip. Four days from home he felt awful and I insisted that he visit a clinic. A few minutes later an ambulance was rushing him to a cardiac care hospital and I was left with a truck I had only driven once attached to a trailer I had never towed. With two dogs too. There was no option of waiting days for a relief driver. I have driven 35 years but was so far over my head it was pittiful. I managed to haul that sucker 65 miles following the ambulance and then get us sort of set up in a campground nearest to the hospital. I didn't know how to unhook the truck so had to bicycle back and forth to the hospital. Mercifully our son was able to get to us to drive the truck/trailer combo home once DH was stabilized. When we bought this m/h the FIRST thing I did was drive it. I tell everyone who will listen how important it is to at least know the basics. DH does 99% of the driving but I am comfortable knowing I can too.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:00 PM   #46
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This is our first RV I think it intimidates the DW so I do all the driving and she navigates.
You /think/ it intimidates me? Let me assure you, it does.

I'll get there. I'm an awesome navigator, though.

(And I'm a good driver, otherwise - I do a lot of the "regular" driving, I have no problem driving a car or a truck. The MH makes me nervous. )
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #47
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I do all the driving, wife tells me how.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #48
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When I read this thread, I think of B&W TV shows from the 50s.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #49
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My wife did all the driving until the colon cancer hit - then I had to learn. Now that she's on the mend she'll take over again.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #50
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My suggestion is have someone that you know that drives a big rig for a living teach her how to drive the MH before long they will have her turning a 40' MH around on a 60' street. Plus they will show her how to take command at an intersection with your rig.
My wife drives our 37' better than me. She learned from a Trucker.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:16 PM   #51
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My niece is a bus driver, I'm going to have her teach me.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:30 PM   #52
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@oldsmasma, I know the feeling, almost the same thing happened to me, but luckily I already do most of the driving. This april we were stopped in a small town and checked out the casino. We were only there a few minutes when hubby dropped like a stone from a major heart attack. Ambulance came immediately, stabalized him, then had to take him an hour and a half drive away to a larger city for heart surgury.

We dont have a toad, so I had to drive our 30 ft class A at 130km per hour down the trans-Canada highway behind the ambulance with their lights and sirens going! I was getting a lot of funny looks as I blew past semis and other vehicles that pulled over for the ambulance, especially when they noticed my Cavalier King Charles sitting up in his normal position on the front dash ;-)

When we came screaming up to the ambulance bay, I had to swing off and go park in the lot. I jumped out, locked up and ran to emerg, but they had already wheeled him into the operating room. I stopped to thank the ambulance driver and EMT personell, and they told me "we thought you were going to drive that big rig right over top of us at some points" I just told them that there was no way in hell I was letting them out of my sight during the trip O:-)

I cannot thank the people of the Saskatoon hospital enough, right from the parking lot attendant who gave me a spot in employee parking and only charged me $50 for the entire week I was there, to the ambulance driver and EMT, to all the Drs and nurses who took such good care of my sweetie as well as making sure I was always informed and even sending me out to the motorhome to rest when they noticed I was getting exhausted myself.

Thanks to the speedy and expert care, my hubby is nearly back to normal and looking forward to heading south again this October :-)
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:36 PM   #53
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This thread is driving me crazy, no pun intended. Sitting in the passenger seat takes great skill! If you are freeked out from what the driver is doing, then go to the back and watch an "in-flight" movie!
As far as driving... my husband and I both share duties. It never occurred to me to be "afraid" of driving because my daddy taught me how. I sure hope you taught your daughters not to fear big scary things. Sheesh.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:11 PM   #54
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We bought our 2013 Itasca Reyo (Model T), which is on the Mercedes Sprinter Van chassis, so DW could drive half the time. And she does while I doze.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:21 PM   #55
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My Dw has driven our last coach but I can't stand the screaming. See she screams every time she meets a truck on a two lane road.

I also saw a T-Shirt the other day that I'd love to get, but know better. It simply said, "I have no use for Google, my DW knows everything."
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:32 PM   #56
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We share the driving 50/50. I would never be comfortable living full-time in our coach if I hadn't learn how to drive it. I see it as both a convenience and a safety issue. There's been several instances in our 4 years on the road that hubby has been called away on an emergency and I've had to move/drive the coach on my own. Also one instance when hubby injured his back. If I hadn't been able to drive our trip would have been over. I definitely encourage all ladies to learn!


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