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 3/14/2008 6:51 AM
 
I agree with you on WA. Jenny. At least along the I-5 corridor. In the 7 yrs I've lived here I've seen enormous growth, too, mostly folks migrating up from CA. I'm just now getting use to driving on I-5. What a zoo but necessary in some cases!
"We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another." This message was edited by AlmostThere on 3-14-08 @ 6:00 AM

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 4/6/2008 3:36 PM
 
Olive, I bought my first RV when I was 62 and had never even driven a pickup truck. Bought a 22' class B. My first trip was all of about 15 miles to the nearby state park for the weekend. Felt like I had conquered the world when I got there okay and all hooked up. Since I have two Labs the van just wasn't big enough so I traded it in on a 30' Class C. I had the dealership deliver it to me (all of about 4 miles away). I took it to the state park for the weekend just to get used to driving it. Its amazing but if you drive the front end, the back end follows. Just remember SWING WIDE! If you have driven a car you CAN drive your RV. There are pickup trucks out there that are longer than your rig. Pick a campground near you (call ahead and be sure they have pull-thrus). Get a map and plan your route. Pick a day or time where you won't hit any heavy traffic. GO FOR IT! You will gain confidence with every mile. That said, I still HATE driving in big cities and am inclined to avoid them if I possibly can. I ALWAYS go thru El Paso on Sunday morning. I always use pull-thrus because I pull my car and when I have to back into a site cause I'm going to be there a while, I always ask someone to guide me in. The more you "THINK" about it, the scarier it gets. When I first started I was exhausted after about 100 miles just from nerves. Now, if the road is good and its not windy, I often drive 300 to 500 miles. I still prefer the secondary highways rather than the freeways when I can - less traffic so I can take time to enjoy the scenery. The problem with secondaries is fewer places to pull over to rest, etc. You look for closed business in the little towns, churches, etc.
Let us all know when you bite the bullet and JUST DO IT.
Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C

Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C
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 4/6/2008 3:57 PM
 
If there's a training location close enough, I *strongly* recommend attending "RV School" -- www.rvschool.com
You'll receive 8 hours of personal driving instruction in your own rig; the instructors are excellent, and have a lot of experience in patiently and thoroughly training novice RV drivers. You'll get many, many tips, your driving skills will increase, and your overall confidence will get a big boost!
I have no connection to RV School other than being a very satisfied customer; I took their instruction 5 years ago when I picked up a new rig, and even though I was already an experienced RVer and large-vehicle driver, I learned plenty of "new stuff"! DO IT if you can!
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 4/27/2008 5:19 PM
 
Again, sorry for your loss. It is good to have someone travel with you for a while. And I fully agree with all ladies/co-pilots knowing how to drive and actually sharing the driving responsibility, just for the reason you mentioned as well as it sure helps the main driver rest. I drive as close to 1/2 the time as possible to keep hubby from going into too tired grumpy bear mode, a sure sign he has overdone it. I would think if you chatted with campground owners and explained you situation you might be able to stay longer. If the park isn't busy they sure would appreciate the business. We stayed at an Ohio State Park campground that had that rule and stayed for a month with no problem. I think many will change those rules in the future since more people are wanting to camp more and roll down the road less. Thier main concern is to not get squatters/long term folks in who will not maintain their sites or go along with other CG rules.
I hope you continue to RV at least on a limited basis. Find some gal friends or family to accompany you and you'll find you will feel better about it.
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 4/27/2008 9:21 PM
 
I have returned from Florida, driving all but 400 miles of the 12oo, which my brother drove. I had no problems and can now handle the RV with full confidence. In fact I find it more comfortable then driving my toad. Thanks to all of the support I received from the RV ladies and the chat room. I intend to return to Florida again next winter, meanwhile doing some camping this summer in the Ohio area. Good for you for sharing the driving. Jan 2003 32' Allegro Happy Trails, Jan

2003 32' Allegro Happy Trails, Jan
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 4/27/2008 9:27 PM
 
Good for you rv2cu2 !!! You should be very proud of yourself. Glad you had a good trip and already have a plan for Florida again next year. Wherever the next year takes you...enjoy the ride
Margie 2003 M-B Cruiser (Ms."B"Haven) Chihuahuas (Annie & Buddy) & Maltese (Holly)

Margie 2003 M-B Cruiser (Ms."B"Haven) Chihuahuas (Annie, Penny & Buddy) & Maltese (Holly)
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 4/27/2008 11:20 PM
 
Glad to hear it, Jan. Sounds like you've conquered some fears! That's a great feeling, isn't it?
As to the rules some cg's have about length of stay - if they don't have a full hook-up (including sewer) that's a requirement some have to keep their states and counties happy - as there is a fear people won't unhook to go use the dump stations. Unfortunately, there is some truth to that.
Some places are letting people run their grey tanks to the ground - and in many states that is really, really illegal.
But, I agree, that they might make an exception - however, I doubt unless they get full hookups, they'll change their rules. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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