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Old 03-22-2016, 07:49 AM   #15
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Eric, I totally agree with you on knowing how to drive incase of an emergency. I do know how to drive her, I just prefer not to. I wanted to learn just because we may be in a position where it becomes necessary.

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Old 03-22-2016, 07:49 AM   #16
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In Australia there is none of this hopping into a big motorhome and driving with no training and you have to do a license conversion appropriate to the class of vehicle just as if you were a commercial driver, so when we converted the 40' 17 ton tag axle MC8 bus with 4 speed crash box, she passed the driving and theory test that on that bus is not real easy to do.
That said, we share the duties in other ways and I drive 99.99% of the time.

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Old 03-22-2016, 07:49 AM   #17
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My dh and I own a 24 ft class c view . I am so comfortable driving and running solo. We are going this weekend to test drive 40 plus motor home. I hope I am comfortable and can do it solo. We are full timing now and 24 ft gets very small especially when add grand babies.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:50 AM   #18
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We were at a CG once when fellow camper became ill and was not able to drive their coach. His wife had never even sat behind the wheel. She was actually looking for someone to hire to drive it home. Their daughter and son in law were with them and neither one of them could drive it either.

Make sure both of you can drive your MH. It takes some getting used to for anyone that has never driven one but it may become necessary some day. Go slow. Start it a big empty parking lot then try the road when there is little traffic.

My DW has no problem driving ours. We have a running joke about it though. Every time she drives it there are orange barrels (construction) ahead. Almost never fails.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:51 AM   #19
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My DW was willing and able to drive our previous rig (F350 pulling a 38' fifth wheel). She didn't want to have to back it up or maneuver it in tight spaces, but that was fine.

We recently moved to a 40' DP and she says that she will drive it at some point. We are taking it from PA to CO this summer and I am sure she will drive on the interstate.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:53 AM   #20
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However, she prefers to sit in the co-pilot seat. I love to drive so it works for us.
That about sums it up for us.
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:00 AM   #21
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Wife not ready to drive it yet. She's capable, just doesn't feel comfortable. Will probably start off rest stop to rest stop during low traffic times. She is probably a better driver than I, but we'll get there!
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:26 AM   #22
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There's not enough money in the world to get Annette to drive our MH!
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Old 03-22-2016, 08:49 AM   #23
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I do all the driving and she does all the navigation.

It's a long story but in a nutshell the one time she did drive, which she is quite capable of, there was a guardrail, on a Montana hwy, looked really close, I cussed, now she doesn't drive.

She has cussed while I was driving also, but I haven't quit driving as it would put us in a very awkward situation.

We wouldn't have a driver.
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Lucky me, wife can do everything drive, setup, tear down, but we work as a team doing all of it together.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:02 AM   #25
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I'm hoping it's a generational thing. It really is more practical to have as many drivers as possible.

But there's a difference between knowing how to drive and being able to do it competently and confidently when called upon. You have to keep your skills up, and that means time behind the wheel.

But here's a variation on that theme: When pulling into a campsite, whey do people always have the man driving and the woman directing?

It seems to me it should be the other way around. Given the right signals, a monkey could back an RV into a site, so the more skilled person should be the one doing the directing.

That would have the added benefit of giving the woman a little more time just sitting in that seat moving the steering wheel and pressing the pedals.
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Old 03-22-2016, 09:13 AM   #26
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I flew the plane and she drove the RV and toad to a flying convention. She said it took an hour or so before she was comfortable. We'll see if she'll feel as comfortable driving the Camelot. Doesn't it look like one of the leveling jacks is down??
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Open road and good weather the GF drives as much as she wants. Back roads, parking, after sunset and bad weather she prefers I take wheel. Plus the driver controls the radio and we have very different ideas concerning what is entertaining and what isn't.

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