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Old 05-05-2015, 09:15 AM   #29
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I expect my co-driver to
1. sit down
2. shut up
3. hold on
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Old 05-05-2015, 09:43 AM   #30
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Here's my list:
1) stay alert.
2) look out the windows and enjoy the views as we drive. The journey there is as fun as the destination, itself.
3) entertain me, the driver, so I won't just feel like a "driver"
4) be ready when we stop.
5) I hate rattles/squeaks. When I hear one while driving, find out what it is & stop it.

My most important one is #2. I want us to enjoy the whole trip together.
I could not have said it better. To the OP, your DH in my opinion is lazy and demanding. I would never consider having my wife take care of all the things you are in charge of. What exactly does he do?
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:48 AM   #31
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I love my DW and she does much like what the OP says. We both have a routine for prep that we seem happy with. If there was one thing that I wish she would do more of but doesn't seem to have that particular instinct is trip and route planning. I spend a lot of time looking at maps, googling etc. before we ever hit the road on a just so I can familiarize myself with the particulars. She doesn't do that and so when I have a question about what is coming up, she is often not the most help. I lovingly call her SakaNoWaya (instead of Sacagawea). It sometimes feels a bit burdensome to make all the substantive decisions about where, when and by what route. I try to involve her in the planning for feedback and prep but it just isn't her thing.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:05 AM   #32
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While driving my wife will knit or sleep or if doing neither of those we will talk. If I am looking for a turn or sign I will ask for her help. If she is awake and looking up she will warn me if she sees something. All that is fine with me as she has usually had a long week leading up to the weekend.

I do all the driving as she will not drive the truck. I usually have the truck and trailer hooked up and ready to go when she gets home. She just changes and gets in the truck. GPS is already set and all.

At camp she will assist if needed to get in, help with leveling side to side if something is needed under the wheels and then she will chock her side and remove the WDH on her side. While I do the hook ups she does the corner jacks, the rugs and the chairs. She then heads in to do the awning and slides etc while I open the outside kitchen and we are good to go.
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:35 AM   #33
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I tried to do a search but the term co-pilot is a specific item, not the person sitting in the 2nd chair!
Are there specific blogs or articles I should be reading? Yes, DH and I are having periodic "issues" and he seems to think there is a list or a set of expectations that go along with co-piloting.
I handle all the park/CG reservations, enter addresses into the GPS, double-check slides-jacks etc, help set up the hook-ups, help with hooking and unhocking the tow car, and direct him into gas stations and camping sites.
His issues have more to do with when I'm actually sitting in my chair and he is driving (beyond bringing him water or a soft drink!)
What do you expect of that person in the next seat?
Thanks all!
Do you have a Sister? That's a pretty good list! I would love that!

Honestly! We do everything together and the most inportant is that we have fun!
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Old 05-05-2015, 12:46 PM   #34
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Years ago...before the GPS thing, we were driving in Los Angeles - a nightmare. We needed to exit soon but the exits were going to the right and the left. We were in the center and he got on the CB asking what lane we should be. He kept repeating and received no answer. Finally, I grabbed the CB and stated, "this is the Pink Bunny can you please help, etc.". You would not believe how the CB communication all of the sudden got full of chatter!
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Old 05-05-2015, 01:10 PM   #35
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My DW text's or plays games on her Ipad !
Tried to get her to track down an annoying squeek one time. She turned her head, pointed somewhere behind me, and proudly stated," It's coming from over there". .
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:12 PM   #36
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Enjoy the ride..if she does that all is good
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:28 PM   #37
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I am the navigator. I plan the trips, plan the route, man the GPS, maps, Next Exit, make reservations, watch for traffic, what lane to be in, where to turn, how far ahead something is, read road signs, take care of the dogs, get snacks & drinks, point out interesting things, Google something if needed, squawk when we hit rumble strips, take pics and make sure DH is awake and alert when we're on the road.

I've been the one to try to figure out the various systems and how things work. It's an on going process. In defense of DH, he has been occupied with remodeling our home and that has taken most of his time since we bought this coach.

Once we get to our destination, I help unhook the Jeep, guide DH into the site, help with getting water & electric hooked up, help get the satellite set up, get the receivers connected and make sure we're getting a signal (DH is not techie). When we leave, I help take it all down and put away plus get the inside ready to travel.

DH is the driver and maintenance man. It's his job to fix lunch too. He manages to do that in between messing around with all the fly fishing stuff he has. He pumps the fuel & he is also the coach washer & waxer. AND he does the dumping. That job makes up for some of what isn't on his list. He is also the wood man if we're somewhere that we can have a fire. He makes margaritas too.

I say "list" but we really don't have a set list. He does the driving although I have hopes of getting behind the wheel soon. We tend to divide things naturally for us and so far it's worked out fairly well.
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What do you expect from your co-pilot?

It's good to hear from so many DW's! So many funny comments! We just got back from a two week trip and I have to say that reading this thread has been an eye opener!

While she does most of the inside things, other than helping hook up the Jeep, I do most of the outside things. I also do the navigating but now I think maybe we could share that duty a bit more. I think I could also use her help in double checking things before we leave (not that I've ever forgotten anything!). Other than that, she's really happy to talk (keeps me awake) and watch the road thru the picture window!

But, I guess the most important thing I've realized from this is the need for her to know how to do what's important in an emergency.
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I expect my co-driver to
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4. Make me a sammich
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It's good to hear from so many DW's! So many funny comments! We just got back from a two week trip and I have to say that reading this thread has been an eye opener!

While she does most of the inside things, other than helping hook up the Jeep, I do most of the outside things. I also do the navigating but now I think maybe we could share that duty a bit more. I think I could also use her help in double checking things before we leave (not that I've ever forgotten anything!). Other than that, she's really happy to talk (keeps me awake) and watch the road thru the picture window!

But, I guess the most important thing I've realized from this is the need for her to know how to do what's important in an emergency.
Does she have a sister named Annie. Yours and mine could be twins.

I can't even get her to use her cell phone, much less GPS.

But when it comes to planning where we go, she's a full partner. I just wish when my phone and Garmin argue with each other - she could look to see which if either is better or worse... And yet, I've never made a wrong turn.... nope, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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