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Old 01-05-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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Women RV Drivers

A few years back, I had closed a business, and being between jobs, I sold Motorhomes for a short while.

My love for RVs led me to the job, and, it was really interesting, as well as moderately remunerative.

One afternoon, in strolls a newly retired couple- in search of their next life's adventure. We soon settled on a nice near-new coach that really appealed to the Lady of the house. Her husband was a bookkeeper type, and really did not know enough to have an opinion- so- the vehicle was sold!!

The Test Drive! Mr. Bookkeeper drove out on the highway, and, I have never been with anyone less suited for owning a motorhome. The Man was all over the road- thank goodness car drivers give us lots of room (you rarely hear of a motorhome in a collision with another vehicle) but this guy, nice as he was, should not have been driving a coach.

The Lady declares , "My Turn" - My man then pulls over, and she slides behind the wheel. I was already scared, and did not know what to expect. But this petite lady drove like a Pro, in and out of traffic, using the mirrors, anticipating actions of other drivers- all done flawlessly. We headed back to the lot, & I said "just pull over, & I will repark the coach"- She said " I'll park it"

So , she pulls into a lot with about 15 million dollars worth of vehicles, stops on a dime, and proceed to back into a parking spot between 2 Nice upscale motorhomes- faster than I would have backed it . She stops it on a dime, again, and lines it up perfectly.

I said "you have driven these coaches before", she said " NO, but I did drive a school bus for 15 years", this seems similar.

So, give your girl a chance- she may be a great driver-aptitude does not have a gender.

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Old 01-05-2015, 06:15 PM   #2
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To kinda update things here, the ladies now fly fighter jets, so get over it.

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Old 01-05-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:54 PM   #4
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yup yup !!
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What a long strange trip it's been.

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Old 01-05-2015, 08:31 PM   #5
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Many years ago I met a woman who knew how to drive a motorhome omg!!!! Ya thats not sexist
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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Easy does it guys....

There is nothing in this world that my DW and I agree on more than the simple fact that I will be the only one driving our 40DP. I don't think that's sexist at all, just a recognition of our own specific strengths and weaknesses. I also really LIKE driving the coach and DW ... not so much.

Like it or not, stereotypes are still pervasive and IMHO, the more examples we see like this the better.

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I told my wife she has no choice but to learn how to drive what ever we end up getting. If something happens to me on the road its up to her to get us home.
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I drive 60 percent of the time and my wife drives the rest. We feel it's important that we both feel comfortable driving. You never know when you might have to drive to a hospital REAL fast.
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:54 AM   #11
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My wife does ALL the driving!!

She just lets me hold the steering wheel.
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My wife does ALL the driving!
She just lets me hold the steering wheel.
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Old 01-06-2015, 07:43 AM   #13
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My wife now does all the driving. She enjoys it, I don't.

One other little item: She is a better driver than I am.

Her driving a transit bus for a living might have something to do with it.
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My wife woudl never drive the RV, I mean pulling ahead 3 or 20 feet at a fuel pump so I could either line up better (I fixed that with a side facing camera) or fuel the towed made her nervous.

On the other hand... I have met (So has she) Several women who are professional truck drivers.

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