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Old 07-12-2013, 04:08 PM   #57
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some funny stories on this thread...love it! Since my hubby was an OTR trucker for 23 years, I yield the bulk of the driving to him and I drive the car when we are settled in somewhere. Works out great. I have driven our 34' plus 20' trailer but I have a hard time reaching the pedals and seeing out the mirrors. They don't make many vehicles for short people!

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Old 07-12-2013, 04:18 PM   #58
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I WISH my DW wanted to drive. I got her to drive a Ford E250, but that is as big as she would go. As a matter of fact, she has stated that if I am incapacitated, I might as well find some hitchhiker to take over driving duties. Actually works in my favor - she goes out of her way to keep me whole and healthy while on the road as she doesn't want to get stuck anyplace but home.

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Old 07-13-2013, 08:09 AM   #59
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I've driven every RV we've ever owned since our first, a 15' travel trailer. She didn't like driving the Suburban and I don't think she ever drove the Dodge one ton dually.

Now that we're full time I keep bringing up the notion that she ought to learn to drive the motorhome "just in case". So far she's resisted but friends recently raved about the Spartan school in which they learned all about their coach and it's maintenance as well as how to drive it. I'm thinking I'll put that on our 2014 agenda as I already have plans to be in Michigan (I really want to visit the Henry Ford museum). The friends talked about the confidence the driving portion of the course gave them behind the wheel.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:39 AM   #60
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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.

That is EXACTLY what I want to do with our 30' Fiver. I have contacted schools here, but he doesn't seem too interested in having me learn :(
I can ride my own Harley, pulled a horse trailer a few times- I am SURE I can learn how to do this!
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:12 AM   #61
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I do all the driving of my 35 ft. class A. I have no choice - my dogs just can't get a license. I have no husband/partner to share the driving with me so I just drive shorter distances and sometimes slower speeds. Even when I was married and we had a 5th wheel, I did most of the driving. Yes, it can be intimidating at times and even scary at others, but if I want to go any places I have to be the one to get me there. I have been RVing since 1977 and have my 9th RV now.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:15 AM   #62
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Originally Posted by LadyFreedom View Post
That is EXACTLY what I want to do with our 30' Fiver. I have contacted schools here, but he doesn't seem too interested in having me learn :(
I can ride my own Harley, pulled a horse trailer a few times- I am SURE I can learn how to do this!
In the winter times there are classes that teach people to drive their own rigs. These classes are posted on different web sites. I would go to google or where search engine your using and you can find a driving class in your area. I was lucky because my neighbor was a trucker for England truck lines. Good luck LadyFreedom
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Old 07-13-2013, 03:13 PM   #63
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Well, we are about to inbark upon our first trip out in our first MH, and one way or another the "Betterhalf" will climb into the drivers seat and give it a try. She was able to drive pulling the 5er so she shouldn;t have any trouble with this! Wish us luck!
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #64
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My wife refuses to learn. She has a list of excuses three miles long. Oh well.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:03 PM   #65
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I didn't read the whole thread, so I don't know if this is a repeat comment or not:

"My DW drives the MH. I, however, get to hold the steering wheel."

Hope she doesn't see this!!!

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Old 07-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #66
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I do all of the driving. I like it that way and so does DW. Drove the big trucks nationwide years ago and have always been right at home in anything with wheels.
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:46 PM   #67
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Wife does 100% of highway driving and I handle all in-town driving and parking, backing up etc...

She is an excellent driver and has the endurance of a truck driver :-) I admire that as I automatically get sleepy after an hour or two of highway driving. Funny thing is that I don't get sleepy when I am not driving. This turns out to be a good thing because I get particularly chatty and it helps to pass the time and makes the time fly as we get into some pretty good conversations.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #68
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We had the coach only a few months when one days she asks " When are you going to let me drive?" I whipped it over and she got behind the wheel. A few miles later the New Mexico road turned to a two lane nightmare with no shoulders and oilfield trucks zipping by about every minute or two. I asked if she wanted me to drive and I got "The look". I pretended to sleep with one eye open but she hung in there and drove till we got to the mountains. Next time I'll wait till we are on the interstate.

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