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Old 04-08-2014, 08:42 PM   #29
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Since the Airstream owner's crowd reflects a lot of white/silver hair,
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It may look that way to the untrained eye. However to me it will always be just a lighter shade of blond. If you want to see white/silver look at my avatar.


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Old 04-08-2014, 09:24 PM   #30
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Old 04-08-2014, 09:36 PM   #31
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At Custer State Park one year, we ran into a group called Women on the Fly.
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It was a great group of friends who had four rules to follow at their get togethers: no husbands or boyfriends, no kids, no pets, and you have to be nice
Yep - it is a great group of ladies, "we have "more fun than anyone" and you gotta love "the rules".

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Old 04-08-2014, 09:41 PM   #32
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It's Sisters on the Fly…

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Yep - it is a great group of ladies, we have "more fun than anyone" and you gotta love "the rules".

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Hey, I can see the no men and no kids, but no pets!? , that's going too far. How can you camp without pets?


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Old 04-15-2014, 09:10 AM   #33
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We got our AS 2-1/2 years ago and I taught my wife immediately how to do everything including backing into spaces. She drives not too often, but often enough to keep her skills up. We did it for safety reasons. You never know what might happen out on the road.

Although backing up gets most of the attention, my wife is more worried about driving in heavy freeway traffic where there are lots of interchanges and lane changes ala Los Angeles. I think it's the wide body aspect - pulling something wider than the car, takes a bit of getting used to.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:30 PM   #34
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Hey, I can see the no men and no kids, but no pets!? , that's going too far. How can you camp without pets?

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I know, I really struggled with that one at first, having two dogs & a cat that travel with me most of the time. But, I'll tell you - it's okay (and usually only for 3-4 days)...they have at home time with "dad". And boy, are they ALL happy to see me when I get home…absence makes the heart grow fonder.

I have found that when camping with my furr-babies at dog/cat friendly rallies it is different. It's an interesting dynamic... when there are no pets around, it's less about the critters and more about the people & friendships. When pets are around - everybody is distracted by them instead of focussing on the people around them. Also, people don't hide behind their pets or use them as an excuse for not socializing.

It's kinda nice to have a weekend away when I don't have to "go potty the dogs" or "feed the cat"…there are no limitations to what I can go and do or how long I can stay away from the trailer or who's going to take issue because there's a dog locked in the car/trailer. It's kind of freeing as I imagine it would be for folks with kids (I don't have any) to have a night out or weekend away occasionally.

BTW, there are dog &/or male friendly SOTF events…sometimes. I don't go to those - I'm sure it changes the whole dynamic of the gathering. The thing I like most about SOTF is that it is for women only…for some, it's the first time they've ever done anything on their own - it's empowering…& fun!

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:33 PM   #35
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We travel to rallies with a "low maintenance" cat. She eats from an auto feeder. When we leave the trailer she gets on the bed and stays there until we come back.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:08 PM   #36
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Just got back from a three month 3,000 mile trip. We discovered many things, one of which is that my wife is an ace backing up without the trailer. She does the backing up for hitching up and with me giving a couple of hand signals nails it in less than two minutes every time. I read a lot here about backup cameras, walkie-talkies, etc. No need for any of that - I just turn it over to her.

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Old 04-15-2014, 11:22 PM   #37
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I teach for one of the RV driving schools offering private lessons and many of the lessons are for both husband and wife. Sometimes the wife is a "ride along" but I try to get her involved in all aspects of the lesson and you would be surprised how many times I get the wife behind the wheel before the lesson is over.


The lessons are helpful for learning a new driving experience the proper way rather than by trial and error and also there is usually less tension learning from someone other than your spouse. In the end who is driving is not an issue as long as they are doing it safely.
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I am the only one who pulls my trailer. I don't trust my hubby to. 😜 He rarely camps with me.


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Old 08-02-2014, 04:44 PM   #39
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My DDW (dear driving wife) does great.... But lacks only time as PIC (pilot in command)...her primary training and function over 38 years has been Nagrivator...
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:03 PM   #40
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..her primary training and function over 38 years has been Nagrivator...
OH! I REALLY like that title, maybe Nagrivator In Charge.
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:57 PM   #41
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Thanks to all the great feedback. So here is where we are at today......
We had a couple of short hauls around home, which is in the Ottawa Ontario area. All with great outcomes. So we grabbed out 8 year old grandson and headed to the east coast for three weeks. I did not keep track of the fuel used or distance driven as it was totally irrelevant to the trip. The real joy was watching my wonderful wife run our 31classic, Yukon XML package down every mile of the trip. Her confidence level has never been greater as she ran the rig through traffic through city traffic as well as long hours of open four lane running. I ran the G.P.S. Maps and rear view camera and kept the young lad fed and entertained while she did the driving.
So lessons learned.......
1 driving is not a male only skill. It is a skill based on experience and dedication.
2 get your source to do some of the driving so as to be ready in the event it is needed. It WILL happen. Best to be prepared
3 when life gives you a kick in the butt, kick back. Stick to the plan and drive on. Life if just fine on the right hand seat as driving really is a team sport.
Thanks again to all who replied. Thanks to Judy for making a trip to remember come true.
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