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Old 08-13-2019, 10:15 AM   #15
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Never Occurred To Us That It Wasn't Both Our Jobs

What's the big deal? It's both our jobs to drive when needed: at the very least, for safety reasons. Now if I could only learn to back up the trailer like my wife.

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Old 08-13-2019, 10:38 AM   #16
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As long as she nows how to dump the holding tanks, that's the important part!!

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Old 08-13-2019, 01:23 PM   #17
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What a great group. It is great that both can drive. Only thing that gets me is when I back in and some guy stands there and claps like oh my that is a female..LOL!
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:54 PM   #18
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Well, Jan can drive, and has. But as a routine her very strong preference is the copilot seat. She’s a great navigator when we need navigation , and overall great second set of eyes 👀 when in horrendous traffic, or those parts of the country where the locals are plain ignorant.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:13 PM   #19
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We’ve been full time for 16 months. We both tow, hitch up, back up, fuel up etcetera. My thinking is this is a partnership and don’t expect him to pull my weight in the driving arena and I don’t expect him to leave me to set up and clean up. It took me a while but now I can back up with the moderately skilled. He drove thru New Jersey I drove thru San Antonio during road work galore. I drove thru Chicago and remembered why we avoid freeways whenever possible. I am very happy that I jumped out of my comfort zone and figured out how to handle my 2500 Ram Diesel and 30 foot Classic with slide.
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Old 08-13-2019, 02:28 PM   #20
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My wife drove exactly once (for an hour). Can't get her to do it again even though she does great and I'd like the option of not having to stop for me to nap during my once or twice a week "nap attacks" that seem to hit around 2-3pm.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:35 PM   #21
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My daughter has and drives a bigger truck and trailer than I do. When I met my wife she had a bigger pick up, bigger boat, a dump trailer, some tractors, a goose neck trailer to move the tractors on and other equipment.

Sure she can drive the truck and trailer. I do most of the driving cause I like to.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:09 AM   #22
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Getting to a place sometimes is the 'easy part'. Getting out can be difficult.

1- The reverse of driving through Chicago, Los Angeles or Houston in Nevada
2- An intersection in Downtown St. Louis but in Utah.
3- The exit in Detroit- getting out of photo #2.
4- Avoiding bus exhaust in New Orleans... backed down again... in photo #2.

The Ladies are speaking out and clear!

What makes a trip worth doing? Having a spouse who has a sense of humor and can focus when it is needed. In the back country it is all 'Happy Trails to You'.

Men like to drive because... well, they know where they are... going? That is my excuse. I am their King, you know.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:42 AM   #23
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One weekend we were going to a lake 30min away and I asked my wife if she would drive the van with our boat attached and follow me to the lake and she said after we got to the lake I would have to back track and find the boat.
The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
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Old 08-14-2019, 01:03 PM   #24
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18 yo daughter was really nervous about towing — for a few miles. She did a great job and was comfortable after a short while. She’s a really good driver in general.

"I'd rather be happy for just one day than miserable for the rest of my life."
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:08 AM   #25
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Honey take the wheel

Learning forward is a must! Learning to back up should also be required for co-pilots. I (the wife) worry as to what would happen if my husband was “disabled” while traveling. I also intend to get backing up down if only to illustrate to him that the signal-persons job ain’t as easy as it seems. Still practicing but seems to be a safety precaution for both persons to be skilled in all manner of driving (am aware of a couple who experienced the horror of the driver having an aneurysm while on the road behind the wheel). Better safe than sorry.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:09 AM   #26
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As a single woman camper, I’ve made it my business to read and learn and ask questions about this whole process of towing and maintenance. I’ve chosen trailers I can handle alone. It is a disservice to your camping partner if they cannot do every task involved. If you’re the primary driver and setup person, make sure your partner can also do it alone and with confidence. You never know when you might twist an ankle or worse and then you are stuck. Stop dividing up tasks, learn to do it all, including cleaning the toilet��.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:34 AM   #27
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Now one day you’ll wake up alone..Wife, truck and Airstream will be long gone..
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:54 AM   #28
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If they can't drive it they don't get to go.

Everyone should be able to do the tasks required for the lifestyle they live. Don't have to be an expert just accomplish the task or in extreme cases know where to find help me.


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