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 8/23/2008 9:59 PM
 
I am 66 and retired and just purchased a 32' Fleetwood. My friends husband is going to teach me to drive it but frankly I'm terrified of running over something - or someone! Everyone says you will be OK but I live outside Houston and traffic is fast. The idea of pulling out - wow. How long does it take to feel comfortable and how many ladies travel in their RV alone? That is what I am planning to do. Vicki

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 8/23/2008 10:42 PM
 
Welcome Vicki ! Glad you joined us :D I'm traveling alone in a 37' 5th wheel - I've been on the road for a couple of weeks now. Before I left for my cross country trip I visited campgrounds in my area - I had my brother in law with me the first couple of times, then I had him with me, but just had him watch and only stop me if I was doing something really wrong. Then I did it by myself but ended up asking folks in the campround if it looked like I was doing it right. Now I'm on the road alone and it's scary as heck but it's getting a bit better. Hopefully it'll keep getting better !!! I don't want to get too comfortable though because that's when mistakes are made. Good luck - keep posting and reading - we'll help you every step of the way !!! I know I wouldn't be where I am without the ladies on the forum !!! Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

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 8/24/2008 3:15 PM
 
Hi Vickie!! Welcome to our Forum!! We have a great deal of women who go it alone in their RV's. I am not one of them, I am married and we travel with two one year old dachshund sisters.
We have not gone much this year due to husband's health issues, but I haven't given up that we'll soon be on the road again. We do not full-time.
Many of our ladies do and many workkamp and live permanently in their RV's.
I'm glad your friend's husband is going to teach you to drive your RV. I don't blame you for being leery of driving around Spring!! I try to stay out of Houston and all surrounding areas myself. We live in Bellville.
I'd just pick the time when traffic is the lightest and head for the hills and less traffic at that time.
Do you have a first trip in mind. Sure love to hear all about it. Is your motorhome a Class A, or C? My favorite RV of all we had was a class C...and if I were traveling alone I would have a motorhome, rather than the trailer we own at this time.
I'm so happy you chose to join our Forum, and that you posted to allow us to get to know you! Do come back often, we'd love to learn more about you and your plans for future traveling.
Have a wonderful afternoon, Vicki!!!
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 8/24/2008 3:24 PM
 
Welcome, Vicki -
A lot of us travel alone in our rigs. You'll probably hear from some of them. It is scary. I don't think there's one of us that didn't white knuckle drive the first few times out (and even months later!). You are taking the right step in having someone teach you and probably the best advice you can receive here is to take everything slowly. Have your teacher take you to a large parking lot not too far from home. Scout one out that might be empty or near empty - say on a Sunday when the store(s) might be closed, or a church yard during the week. Have your teacher drive around explaining what he's doing and why. Practice driving around, making wide turns, judging where you are by the lines, etc. Then at another lesson try backing into the spaces - get out and see how far off you are from the lines. In the beginning you will be amazed how far off you are!
Have your teacher show you how to hook up one thing at a time. Do it over and over. Write down the steps. You watch, then you do it with teacher watching.
After you become more comfortable, drive around the block. Then a wider block, etc. You'll do fine.
We've all been where you are now. Ask us questions and keep us posted on how you're doing.
And welcome to the world of RVing!
Evie with fur people, Spike & Pia and Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit

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 8/24/2008 4:26 PM
 
I should be able to pick the RV up tomorrow. I bought it from an elderly couple and its a class A 2002 with 9K. Clean as a whistle inside. My friends husband drove it to the car shop where it was checked out and maintenance done - oils, filters, etc. I am having a solar panel installed as well. Then he is taking me to a parking lot to practice but then I will be on my own to get it to the storage lot. I think if I go very, very slowly I should be all right. Its pulling into traffic that worries me.
Once I am comfortable my friend and hubby will take their RV and I will follow in mine and we will go to a park in Huntsville or Livingston and spend the weekend so he can show me how to hook everything up. Before that we are going to do a walk around on his RV so I can get an idea of what I might need to purchase. When we get started on my 'class' I am going to take notes and then make up a chart like you would if you were flying a plane. Not only for taking off but for putting it away after a trip. Vicki

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 8/24/2008 6:55 PM
 
Those are good ideas Vicki. I expect you will find your rig much easier than you expected. I did. I do not RV full-time yet but I picked up my rig (used) 2000 miles away from home and then drove it home through five states and into Canada with few problems.
I still say backing up was way less difficult than I thought it would be. There are some good articles around and even a DVD on driving an RV but I just 'winged it' LOL.
Sounds as if you got a rare find. Good for you! Keep us posted as to your plans and join us in chat some night ok?
jan I care very little about where I am going, so how can I be lost?
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 8/24/2008 8:27 PM
 
Welcome Vicki!
Glad you joined us :) It's so nice you have someone to show you the ropes in learning about your new RV. Wishing you the best and know you'll do just fine :)
I'm a solo Rver myself about to go full time in 59 days! I bought my Roadtrek last August and have been going out every weekend I can plus took a two week trip west this summer. Admittedly though, I had a much smaller learning curve. Mine is push button simple and is like driving a car.
Enjoy it and may you have many safe and happy miles in it.
Love, Sharon "The Buggy" 2007 RoadTrek SS-Agile

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 8/24/2008 9:05 PM
 
Such good suggestions! Thank you all very much. I will be the slowest driver on the road for awhile I'm sure. Do any of you know about a group in Texas called the Ramblin'Roses? I found them on the internet and it looked like a good group to join. Do you all have any annual get togethers?
I am filling a box in my garage for things to put in the RV (I have enough in the house I don't need to buy much!). Like decorating a new place. Vicki http://i365.photobucket.com/albums/oo100/vblake42/Vickionrock.jpg"/>

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 8/24/2008 11:31 PM
 
Welcome Vicki,
You are so fortunate to have friends who will help you learn about your RV. Having a checklist is a great idea. Just remember to not get in a hurry, go slow as you learn to feel comfortable with everything.
The more you drive, the more comfortable you will become with it. My husband is a very good driver, but when we had our MH he always said it took him a few miles behind the wheel before he got settled back in to driving it.
Be sure to keep us all informed about your new learning adventure - - we want to see photos too!
Margie Margie

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 8/25/2008 1:11 AM
 
Ramblin' Roses is the Texas chapter of a club called RVing Women. I am a member of RVing Women but I have never been to any of their rallys or campouts. I am in South Louisiana and have thought about attending one of the Ramblin' Roses campouts when they have one in East Texas. I think they are the closest chapter to me.
There is a club called the Escapees that has a campground in Livingston. I am a member of that club too but haven't made it to Livingston yet either.
Some of the women of the forum have met at get to gethers in different parts of the country but there is no big annual GTG. There was one in Abbeville, LA about 4 years ago and I think about 6 members attended.
My husband doesn't camp so I usually go with my sister. I tried a couple of different clubs but I'm not a card player and that's about all they wanted to do. I like to do wild things like fish and sight see. lol
Good luck on learning to drive your RV. It just takes practice. I hate the big cities and interstate highways too.
Martha
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