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Old 11-16-2016, 09:27 PM   #15
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I am the sole driver of our 39 foot pusher. I do not understand why more women do not drive the coaches. It does not take strength. You need to learn how to drive something that long and wide, just as the guys do. I try and encourage women to drive but often I just get the response that they will never do it.
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:45 PM   #16
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After 3 years, my DW saw enough other women drivers she decided to learn. We quickly gave up on me teaching and hired a professional. He was great and she has been driving the last year or so. I usually drive in town and do the parking, but she enjoys the open road. What we DON'T do is a hot seat swap...you know, set the cruise and swap while going down the road. I have a friend who swears they do it all the time!
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:15 PM   #17
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We both took turns daily driving the 40' motorhome. We felt it was very important to do so. All aspects of RVing should be done by both. You never know when it will come in handy. There's no reason women can't drive.
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Old 11-16-2016, 10:30 PM   #18
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I have not noticed weird looks when I drive, but some fellow campers sometimes give me "thumbs ups" as I back in while DH is outside directing me. I chuckle, as I firmly believe when backing in, the person directing has a much harder job that the person at the wheel. With an excellent spotter, a trained chimp could back in.
Does that mean you are an excellent spotter trainer?
I explained,and practiced with my wife, these standardized hand and arm signals for RVing.
She is the "trained chimp" sometimes, but most often it's me. The most important thing is that you both completely understand your hand signals.
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:50 AM   #19
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I told DH I wasn't having a MH I couldn't drive, so I shook off the nerves and learned how on our 40ft DP. At first my knuckles were white, but now I really enjoy driving. Started out on the highways but now drive anywhere. He still does most of the backing into campsites, but I'm learning that too. Last time I even got it between the lines in the storage lot
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Backing in is simple if you have someone giving good directions. Neither of us moves an inch unless it's o.k.'d by the other. The spotter needs to move around the whole RV as you're doing it, not just stand in one place.
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Old 11-17-2016, 11:01 AM   #21
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My wife is perfectly comfortable driving our 43' Renegade truck conversion anywhere. She "lets me drive" because I think it is fun, and she'd rather sightsee or read a book.
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My wife has the CDL in the family. She is better at driving the MH than I am.


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Old 11-17-2016, 11:17 AM   #23
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We agree with the above posters about signals when parking. We both know that the way the signaler points is the way they want whichever end they are at to go. As long as both know what each signal means between them all is good. Practice makes perfect as does a lesson from a professional rv school.
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Although I'm the primary driver - my DW does drive our coach (a hair over 44 feet) and handles the coach just fine (in terms of the "mechanics" of driving it).

She is however somewhat "directionally challenged" - and as a result, can get disoriented pretty easily when she's in unfamiliar territory.

When it's all said and done - we typically align our driving shits so that her driving comes when we're headed down the open road - and that I'm being the wheel when pass thru large cities and/or are driving in congested areas.

I have no doubts that she's capable of anything - but we're both just more comfortable with the approach we're using.
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Old 11-19-2016, 09:11 PM   #25
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My wife drives school buses everyday and trains others to get their CDL. One of the big benefits of a DP was that she's very comfortable with it especially on back roads and tight places. She wouldn't drive the truck and trailer despite having the cdl but loves our bus.
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Nice to hear about all the female drivers. Our system works out perfectly for us. Hubby certainly knows how to drive the rig and does sometimes, but he just prefers not to. Works well for us. Happy driving trails to all.
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SpaceNorman - had a good laugh when reading this one! Happy travels.

#%${we typically align our driving shits so that her driving comes when we're headed down the open road }#%$
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:51 PM   #28
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My DW drove a crew cab 4wd dually as her primary vehicle for all the years we had 5th wheels. (be clear we had 5th wheels because she drove a dually, not the other way around) She can back them in better than a lot of men I know, she got a lot of practice backing our boat trailer in the water with me in the boat.

When we bought the 36' Phaeton she would drive it but did not like it, did not like it at all. Now we have the 43' Entegra and I can't get her to let me drive!!
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