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Old 03-22-2016, 04:10 AM   #1
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Wife drives motorhome?

After seeing another thread pertaining to this subject, i thought i would start this thread. I know from reading posts on this site that many women/ wives do not drive the motorhome. I dont know why because women can drive as well as, and even better than us men. My wife drives our motorhome very well and we trade off the responsibility on most trips. (She probably is a better driver than me) what about everyone else?

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Old 03-22-2016, 04:39 AM   #2
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I guess it's just always been my job to be the navigator and he does the driving. It's been that way for 45 years, why change now. I also do not put gas in the car either. Different generation. We have talked about my driving and he doesn't care one way or the other. I'm not against driving, I just like being the passenger. It works for us.

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Old 03-22-2016, 04:41 AM   #3
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I agree,
my wife can back a 53 foot trailer into a hold in one shot most of the time, it takes me three trys.

She's a class (A) CDL holder, but I have to gag her when I drive, because she's also a self proclaimed driving instructor.

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Old 03-22-2016, 04:49 AM   #4
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DTW, I had a chuckle at that. My kids used to tell their dad "why don't you let mom drive, she could get us in that parking spot" whenever we went to town and their was only parallel spots.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:59 AM   #5
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She does, and learning more about all aspects of the coach. On our first test drives she did better than me on tight corners and speed control. I think sometimes us guys need to learn to get out of the way.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:09 AM   #6
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My wife drives about 60% of the time. The only things she doesn't care to do are parking/backing and "off roading" on BLM boondock areas. She gets antsy when I drive down steep grades on a dirt road.

She mainly drives as a defensive mechanism because I tend to get bored and fall asleep. For some reason, it scares the snot out of her when my head starts nodding! So, whenever I don't feel like driving, I start nodding my head and she immediately orders me to pull off the highway and let her drive. Works for me!
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:13 AM   #7
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First detail is, we are not married. Other then that minor detail, I have tried to get her behind the wheel. Explained to her last month that should I become unable to drive we would be stuck. She gave me a maybe so we are getting closer from an absolute no way.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:13 AM   #8
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I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones who's GF drives the RV... She really enjoys driving it (might be a control issue )...

We are weekend warriors and having the extra driver helps when we are desperate to get to our destination... time is always a factor.. would love to be able to take leisurely drives, but that's just not in the cards right now.. Someday !!

Additionally, for all those who say "He drives, I navigate, we've always done it that way".. my only recommendation is... LEARN how to drive it and be comfortable with being behind the wheel... God forbid the unthinkable happens.. there may be a time and place you will need to take over... it would be in everyone's best interest if you had some time behind the wheel and had the confidence in driving it down the road, in a campground or in a "city" environment...
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:14 AM   #9
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My wife was born and raised on a farm. She was used to driving farm equipment. We purchased our first MH in 1992 in Knoxville and when we were 1/2 way home I pulled into a rest stop and said I go my 50% this far you get your 50% the rest of the way home. She did well and has been driving since. She has problems backing with the mirrors. I don't think the farm machinery had mirrors.

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Though I sometimes wish she would get behind the wheel, she in not comfortable with driving the coach. So I end up doing the driving. It works out, in that after 8 - 10 hours of driving, I am ready to stop for the day. I once did 14 in a day, and promised myself never again. We started at 5 in the morning and got to our destination at about 10 that night. It was a very long day and not one I want to repeat.
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Old 03-22-2016, 07:26 AM   #11
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Some people can drive a motorhome or tow a trailer well, and some can't.
Each group is made up of male and female, silly to think otherwise.

However, I am not able to afford my wife driving our coach......body work and paint repair
is just too expensive.

I already have a good scratch on the rear cap near the top where she was guiding me back into a spot. She was focused on the wheels snd did not think about looking up

There are just too many more things to worry about on a13ft high 40ft coach

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When we were looking for our first motorhome my wife wanted a small Class C ~25', thinking it would be easier to drive. She was out of town when I bought a 31' Class C at an auction. She drove this RV solo most of the time going to dog shows.

We since have bought a ~38' Class A. She has driven this all over the eastern USA by herself also.

However, when we go somewhere together I will do +95% of the driving. This is also true in the day to day vehicle driving, I will drive most of the time.
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When we purchased our coach,( our first) the wife and I hired an instructor for a few days of driving instruction and learning how to care for the coach. I wanted my wife to be able to handle a 45 ft coach should I become unable to do it while on the road.
She does quite well and is even able to parallel park it!!! However, she prefers to sit in the co-pilot seat. I love to drive so it works for us.

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My wife Susan usually drives 50% or more of the times, especially on long trips. She does great. I snooze, she drives.

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