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Old 04-06-2016, 06:44 AM   #99
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It was a hot day, temps in the high 90's. Weak fuel pump in the gas tank. It was vapor lock on the infamous Ford 460 V-8 in a old 1997 Georgie Boy Motor Home. After setting all night and cooling down it was OK and started right up. Ford wanted $1200 for new Fuel pump and no guarantee that would stop the vapor lock. We went on our way and made it 180 miles, 15 miles from home when it started to vapor lock again. It was afternoon and the temps were in the 90's again. I pulled into a Flying J, where I took a Hour draining the Black and Gray tanks and flushing them, while the Engine cooled down. I Filled the motor home with Gas and headed for home. Was barley able to make it in the driveway. When it started to vapor lock again. A week later when it was cool early in the morning I took it to a dealer 50 miles away and traded it off.

Oh, that makes sense. It's unfortunate that the Dealership wanted to throw parts at it at your expense with no guarantee anything would happen except they would get a $1,200.00 job. . .

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Old 04-06-2016, 07:45 AM   #100
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Just for future Info. If you would have tried putting several spring clamp wooden clothes pins on the metal fuel line in the engine bay the wood from the clothes pin would have absorbed the extra heat and prevented the vapor lock. I have done this successfully on many engines with a carburetor.

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Old 04-06-2016, 08:43 AM   #101
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I'm trying to teach my wife to motorhome. She has driven it a couple times, once on about at 20 mile stretch, scared us both a little, but she is interested. So hopefully overtime she will learn. She always pulls it up in parking lots etc. Oh in rush hour/ construction traffic she has taken the wheel so I could hit the head. A friend of ours wife drives all the time, so that helps my wife. If I could get an hour or two on long trips here and there, I would be happy with that. I enjoy driving, so it's not a big deal. I do have to get on her about learning the hook ups etc. Shown her a few times but no real interest there. Happy travels!
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Old 04-06-2016, 08:55 AM   #102
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My Wife has tried to drive our old Airstream 345 but I couldn't stand the screaming.

On a two lane road every time she met a vehicle she screamed and I think she even closed her eyes.

I dept telling her the center line was her friend and to stay off the shoulder, but she just couldn't bring herself to do it, so we gave up. She will pull it up in the camp ground, but that's about it.

To be fair she did drive it on an interstate with light traffic for a while and did okay, but the Journey we have now is a lot wider and she doesn't want to try driving it.

That's okay because when I get tired we just park for the night.
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Old 04-06-2016, 12:16 PM   #103
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Back in the 90's, we bought a 93 34' Adventurer with a chevy gas engine. We had always had Suburbans and that was her favorite vehicle. (with the exception of her Mercedes 450SL convertable) The Adventurer had the same steering wheel as her Surburban, so she tried it. It worked very well as she would only have to drive for a couple hours while I took a nap. Later, we went to DP and it was more than she wanted to learn. She had the motto that if I needed a break, find a shady place to park and lay down. Now, when we are in heavy traffic or on a narrow road with our 75' long MH and trailer, I'll ask her if she would like to take over. I can't repeat her answer her, but it amounts to "NO". She would not feel comfortable driving nor would I. I happen to feel very relaxed, but not everyone can feel ok handling our length and weight when passsing or pulling into a fuel stop. I drive and she reads along with bringing me drinks and snacks. Works fine for us.
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Old 04-06-2016, 02:54 PM   #104
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FWIW my wife drives were about 50-50 on driving. We did the baby step thing like from Rest area to off ramp, from ramp to gas station, from gas station to pulling into the camp ground, backing it in at the storage lot. She is about ready for a Girls weekend that is where she will go to a camp ground she is familiar with about an hour away and take her girl friends for a nite or two of camping then home. Of course I will be ready to go help her if needed but she is getting pretty confident in driving and setting up. I am all happy she wants to do this and this is her goal! She wants to use it to! I use it with my friends to go hunting several times a year!

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Old 04-24-2016, 02:29 PM   #105
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Although we don't travel FT (yet), wife was willing to take a professional driving lesson at RV Boot Camp in 2015. Since then, she splits the full day drives with me. I do a couple of hours, she does a couple, then I take over again. She likes to plan the time so she gets open road and not city driving, but I am OK with that.
One observation she had after the lesson was that now no matter what vehicle she's driving (toad or RV) she uses the mirrors in ways she never did before the lesson. so she thinks it helps her everyday driving to have taken the lesson.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:51 PM   #106
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DH and I both drive, even passed our Texas license requirements. I prefer open road, but have muscled it through Lubbock rush hour in a 45 ft dp with a 12 ft trailer in tow, while the DH and pooch stayed calm and cool. Outside of utilizing my shipyard vocabulary at the idiots that have no concept of LG moving mass and stopping time all went fine. I have 1 more thing to conquer and that is fueling the rig. I do plan to take a driving course this fall. I figure there is always more to learn.
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Old 04-24-2016, 09:59 PM   #107
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Yes it is very important for the wife to know how to drive the coach. If only one knows how to drive and he/she gets sick, then they are in trouble.

My wife actually taught me how to drive our first motor home. She drove a 40" diesel pusher Thomas school bus for thirty years, so for her it was a piece of cake. But having her sitting on the co-pilots seat and watching me drive is almost like having a highway patrolman on the passenger seat. LOL!
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:42 AM   #108
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This wife drives

We purchased our first MH in 2008, after 3 trips my husband sustained a brain injury. My choice was to give up RV'ing or learn to drive it. It was a Coachmen Mirada, no slides. 2nd hand but it was never used as the original owner developed a brain tumour and passed away before they had a chance. ( I think it was cursed ) After 1 year using it, we upgraded to a 2004 Southwind 37C. We spent our 1st winter in Florida Jan - Apr 2015. I'm still not sure if I was brave or stupid, but the trip was essentially uneventful in terms of issues.
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Old 04-25-2016, 09:05 AM   #109
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Wife finally drove ours this weekend. She did pretty good. I told her she needed to try before she takes the driving class next week. She signed up for a behind the wheel session at the Ramblin Pushers Maint. rally starting this week.
I am looking forward to her doing some driving again. She handled out 31' C pretty well. The A intimidates her.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:40 PM   #110
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On our upcoming trip, I plan on giving the DW some behind the wheel time. Starting out with large parking lots, moving up to open road. You never know what can happen.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:43 PM   #111
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I should have added that she did some maneuvering on a previous trip, had a big smile on her face...
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Old 04-26-2016, 05:57 PM   #112
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It does feel good, once you get over the initial scare of driving something that big.

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