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Old 03-27-2016, 08:44 PM   #15
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Get a yard stick and show her the small difference. Take a trip to west Texas - no traffic. Seriously, once she drives it she'll be hooked. We both took turns driving by the day...even up to Alaska. First she needs to tell you exactly why she doesn't want to drive it and start from there. Two drivers helps a lot and especially if one get sick or injured. Good luck!

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Old 03-28-2016, 05:34 PM   #16
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Maybe it's time to read the Dw in for a newer model😂

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Old 03-28-2016, 10:01 PM   #17
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She just needs to try it. The comfort steer on Newmars make it great and the extra weight of the dp makes them steadier in cross winds and when an 18 wheeler goes rushing by. I went from a 38 ft gasser to a 45 ft dp. Loved it. Much easier to handle. Just had to remember where my wheels were. Start out on a easy on road
Once she feels the difference, she will adapt quickly.
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:54 PM   #18
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Wife reluctant to drive replacement motor home.


My wife was really intimidated by our 40' motorhome. While driving one day she asked "we're you asleep?" My reply was "Just for minute." She then decided that she needed to learn so she could spell me for a bit and also if something happened to me (broken leg, etc..) she could get us all home.

We would switch out on long stretches of divided highway. She would drive for while knowing that she didn't have to drive thru town or make any sharp turns at intersections. After several times doing this she became more relaxed. I tried to always be calm and gently explain that the normal first impulse is to drive too far to the right and to check her mirrors often. We then moved up to her making a few corners and she did fine. She finally decided that she would get her class B license. She took the test and then about a month later took the driving test. She passed with flying colors.

It is nice to know that if worse came to worse she could drive if I was tired and needed a break. Now she often asks me if she needs to drive.

P/S now she is a little more understanding when I hit the rumble strip on the side of the road.

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Old 03-28-2016, 11:10 PM   #19
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Since we first got MH's in 1988 the DW has never expressed a desire to drive, in fact exactly the opposite! She refused to even sit in the drivers seat lest she touch some control accidentally. Can't even get her to turn the turn signals to do a light check!
Now the Dr. has told her not to drive so I guess it's a moot point!
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Old 03-29-2016, 07:43 AM   #20
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My thanks to all who were kind enough to respond. You sent a lot of great ideas, and they were all appreciated.

Take care and drive safely....

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Old 03-29-2016, 08:15 AM   #21
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Good luck
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Old 03-29-2016, 08:47 AM   #22
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I might suggest asking her to drive for an hour or two on a nice hwy without much traffic.
No fuel stations or grocery stops.
It sounds like the concern is over turning and swing out.

Once she has a few miles behind the wheel she will realize just how much easier the new coach is to drive.

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