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Old 05-28-2017, 06:20 PM   #1
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Does your spouse/partner drive

I broke my ankle in Stone Mountain NC and we had to cancel the rest of our 6 month trip and head back to Scottsdale AZ which is a 7 day drive. My right foot is in a cast and my wife has to drive home, she has not done much driving and is on a steep learning curve ( she is doing great). I recommend the you have you spouse/ partner know how to drive and also hook up (water, electric and sewer ) Being on crutches it is difficult for me to help. We took a class at a truck driving school that helped but I have always driven and hooked up. I recommend that you have your spouse/partner know how to drive and hook up and unhook
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Old 05-28-2017, 06:22 PM   #2
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Yes, that is an excellent idea.

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Old 05-28-2017, 06:40 PM   #3
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I have been trying to get my wife to drive; but she doesn't even want to drive the car in town; and the truck she will move it from TT to garage. That's about 30 feet. She opted for the GS trip completion instead, so she thinks it will help.
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Old 05-28-2017, 09:33 PM   #4
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My wife used to occasionally tow the trailer on our trips, until she became unable to do so.
Now, she knows what needs to be done, how everything should be stowed and connected/disconnected, and can tow the trailer short distances if she absolutely has to. If anything happens to me while we are on the road, she can supervise breaking camp, hooking up everything, and towing home--50 miles at a time. When she gets the rig home, she is supposed to go to the place I work, pull into the parking lot, and ask anyone there to unhook and park the trailer.
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Old 05-28-2017, 10:09 PM   #5
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My wife drives over 1/2 the time, she likes to drive and is good at.

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Old 05-28-2017, 10:54 PM   #6
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She has. She will. Next trip we have a more extensive plan. It is important to share responsibilities, but we will lose a lot of weight on my cooking.

We have a lady in our WBCCI unit who does it all. Congrats to you who do and the partners that encourage a shared adventure.

Thanks for posting your challenge. Drive safe. We hope to meet you down the road. Pat
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:16 AM   #7
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Nothing is more terrifying than riding with my wife, the sole exception being riding with my 82 year old lead foot step dad. I can't imagine what it would be like to ride with her, trailer in tow. I'm not completely sure she can actually operate an auto without the cell phone in her ear. She has two modes of driving, gas pedal to the floor, brake pedal to the floor. There are things worse than death.
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:22 AM   #8
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I am the wife and I do the majority of the driving. My husband does the majority of the work when the rig is standing still. We didn't intend to divide it up that way, but it seems to work.
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Old 05-29-2017, 06:59 AM   #9
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My late husband had stopped driving due to his eyesight before we got the Airstream, so I did all the driving. Now I travel with my black Lab and wish she could do her share of the driving, but it's not going to happen.

My opinion is that both humans should be able to tow the trailer and hook/unhook utilities at a campsite. It's just safer that way.
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Old 05-29-2017, 08:04 AM   #10
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My wife can drive, but I do most. She drove our new Airstream for 100 miles yesterday on the interstate. It's a little more challenging than our little Casita. On our last cross-country trip out west she drove about two hours total. But I feel comfortable that she could hook up the Airstream, with help from a friendly neighbor, and drive home if necessary.
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:27 AM   #11
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Old 05-29-2017, 09:37 AM   #12
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It absolutely is a good idea for both to be able to do everything.
That said, I decided with the exception of an extreme emergency (broken ankle perhaps?) my wife is not really capable of towing the AS considering several years ago while attempting to park our boat trailer she jackknifed it and then proceeded to run over another guys empty trailer.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:09 PM   #13
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I'm the primary on everything. I'm hoping once he retires he will get the hang of it.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:21 PM   #14
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My wife and I share the driving half-and-half
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:24 PM   #15
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The reality is she can, and has done so on a limited basis mostly on open interstates only. She just really prefers not to. And if it involves big city traffic, no way.
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Old 05-29-2017, 12:51 PM   #16
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My wife and I switch off about ever 100-150 miles. We've pulled our AI 25 FB about 40000 miles on trips to Alaska Canada New England Brandon and Florida. She even pulled it on the Jersey turnpike at rush hour going around NY City. I do all the backing. With a bad back it's a huge help.
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Old 05-29-2017, 01:08 PM   #17
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Excellent idea. My husband does most of the driving but I am fairly comfortable behind the wheel. The hooking up the sewer and so forth is something I probably need to learn though. Thank you for the reminder. I'm so sorry you have to end your trip. I hope you were on the mend quickly and back on the road.
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:27 PM   #18
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Thanks for posting. I read this out loud to my wife. She refuses to drive, but maybe this will change her mind.
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Old 05-29-2017, 02:49 PM   #19
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I never wanted to drive the tow vehicle or the Airstream but decided I would really like to know how if necessary. I took the RV Driving course from RV Driving School (through Escapees). Most couples can't or won't learn from their spouses. My husband was very supportive but I think also terrified of my driving. It was a fun two day adventure and it gave me a lot of confidence (being taught by a professional). Now, when I drive my husband can take a nap (or he's pretending to - maybe opting to close his eyes in sheer terror!). Seriously, after I got passing grades from the instructor, my husband is more confident in my driving too).
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I broke my ankle in Stone Mountain NC and we had to cancel the rest of our 6 month trip and head back to Scottsdale AZ which is a 7 day drive. My right foot is in a cast and my wife has to drive home, she has not done much driving and is on a steep learning curve ( she is doing great). I recommend the you have you spouse/ partner know how to drive and also hook up (water, electric and sewer ) Being on crutches it is difficult for me to help. We took a class at a truck driving school that helped but I have always driven and hooked up. I recommend that you have your spouse/partner know how to drive and hook up and unhook
Bob! We knew you were on a big trip, but we had NO IDEA you had broken your ankle! What a total bummer that you had to cancel the rest of your trip... Hope you are healing well and are on the mend. Our best to T.

As to your suggestions about both partners being able to do everything ... very good point ... you never know when something is going to happen ... I think G could tow if necessary ... but more practical experience with it would be good to get comfortable with it. We work together in the hitching and unhitching department, so that's not an issue.

Thanks for posting and be sure to let us know how you're doing!
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