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Old 08-24-2014, 10:46 PM   #43
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Pete, that's great to hear!

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Old 08-25-2014, 12:50 PM   #44
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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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Sounds like she didn't even have to put duct tape over your lips or tape your hands together in prayer to prevent you from grabbing the wheel. KUDOS to YOU for trusting her and seeing her latent talent bloom. May Many happy years on the road be before you.

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Old 08-25-2014, 01:41 PM   #45
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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.
Pete
Pete, I am the driver (female) in our household, although my husband occasionally drives on long freeway routes. Why, most men are likely asking.... Well, I grew up with trailers, accompanying my grandparents and parents on trips. Then, as a park ranger and a wildlife biologist, I towed horse trailers, boat trailers, and house trailers as part of my job. My husband had none of this experience, and I think we both just presumed I would be the one doing the towing. When we back our 30' Classic into our backyard, he has become an expert on directing me in, using two-way radios! When we park, I think we take on the more "traditional" male/female roles, but I like to shadow him on hooking and unhooking, just in case I ever have to do it by myself. If your wife is not doing this, I would encourage her to do this....as the driver, she is responsible for the trailer. After we hook everything up, I do a walk-around to make sure everything is tight and tidy, do a brake and turn signal test, and then we are on the road!

I have to say, I am sorry to hear about your vision loss, but I am glad to hear that you haven't let this keep you from Airstreaming!
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