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Old 05-04-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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DW Driving

How often does your DW drive the MH or is your like mine, either sleeps in the passenger's seat, or goes back and sleeps on the couch, when not giving me instructions? OK, I know this is a dangerous question, but my DW is doing what she does a lot of, naps.

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Old 05-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #2
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My DW drives about a third of the time, I drive for a couple of hours and she will drive for and hour or a little more. It sure helps me to be able to take some time off and rest. Her driving skills came in handy this year on our way to Florida after I slipped on some ice and broke my left leg. I could still drive, but she very quickly became our primary driver. She did let me drive through Atlanta.

We both took the RV Driving course at Lazy Days in Florida and it helped her gain a lot of confidence.

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Old 05-04-2011, 04:40 PM   #3
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In over 100,000 miles over RV travel, DW has driven a total of 60 miles when we first had our class C on a flat interstate in MN. I woke to up her white knuckles and swearing that she would never drive a motorhome again.

Now she spends most of her time in the 'cave' which my sons call the back bedroom.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:48 PM   #4
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We have been rving since 1974 and my DW has never driven. She is scared to even think of driving such a large vehicle. She is my co-pilot and go-fer. Go for water, cold drinks, sandwiches and snacks.
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Old 05-04-2011, 04:55 PM   #5
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My wife rarely drives. When she does, it is usually at my insistance. She really doesn't enjoy it, But I am 71 and you never know when she may have to take over. I believe all wives should stay current, If they are able to drive.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #6
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Husband drives about 25% of the time, wife 75% in this family. Just the way we've done it for years.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:29 PM   #7
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Well, it's not a MH, but then again, this topic isn't in the MH forums - it's in Just Conversation.

Since buying her new truck (see signature), my wife has put probably 75% of the towing miles on the rig. I have to fight to get stick time any more.

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Old 05-04-2011, 05:52 PM   #8
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I'm the DW

and I am also a farm wife. I did my share of driving tractors with grain carts attached and two times a farm truck. Didn't much like it either. I'm short...5'2"...reaching the pedals in most rigs is a stretch (pun intended). I'm also not good at backing up or backing in which means I'm not going to park in a lot of camping areas. Besides, it gets really annoying when the person next to you keeps putting his foot through the floor board when he thinks it's time to slow down or stop or whatever So he drives and I pilot, make reservations and keep the dogs from coming up front in the cab. I also find radio stations, news, farm market news and whatever else he wants because our new pickup has the latest computer and he doesn't know how to use it and yes, I also take naps once in awhile kkd
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:58 PM   #9
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None. Never. Not once. Not at all.

As much as I would love to get a break every couple of hours, DW and I have agreed that it is not her strong suit and her being copilot works just fine for us.

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:35 PM   #10
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None. Never. Not once. Not at all.

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:43 PM   #11
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Ditto X2
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:47 PM   #12
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Thumbs up DW Behind the Wheel?

Originally Posted by DRosedale View Post
How often does your DW drive the MH ...
If you'd have asked me at the beginning, I'd have said she would rarely drive, if ever.

What I hate about wives is that, even after nearly four decades, they'll rise up and surprise you

Now, she'd done everything but night city driving. I mean, she happily backs into campsites, backs into the driveway and hangar, threads it between the brick mailboxes that line our narrow streets. The woman is suddenly fearless.

You might've guessed, there's an agenda here: she's warming up to pile all the neighborhood wives aboard, go for the weekend...

There's nothing wrong with having DW navigate; or, for that matter, you couples where he rarely touches the wheel. Whatever works.

BTW, I'm on a Tokyo layover with a fellow pilot who drives a 45' with a tag axle; she and hubby split their driving down the middle. Yes, I told her what a wonderful bunch you all are; and she's lurking here, on our site, for the first time today!
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:51 PM   #13
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DW can drive, but would prefer to be in the copilot seat asleep.

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Old 05-04-2011, 06:57 PM   #14
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My DW would like to drive it. However she wants to take the Lazy Days course first. Personally I don't think Michelob makes enough lite for me to consume to be comfortable enough to be in the rig while she drives it. I have trouble being a co-pilot in our Tahoe. Let me clarify before the DWs on here take offense. My issue with this is strictly... My little lady is a good driver. I would just rather be at the wheel. Me a control freak? Who would have guessed..,,

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