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 6/15/2007 12:45 AM
 
I am SO GLAD I found this website. I needed encouragement and decided to search and see if I could find a forum and YIPPEE!! you are here! Long story short, my husband and I have had several RV's, and most currently own a 29 ft. travel trailer. For the past several years he has been battling cancer and even though he was sick on and off he was always able to drive the RV for the most part. I, however, have driven all the RV's because I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and secondly I thought it would be a good idea INCASE we ever got to the point where he could no longer drive. Well...that happened last year. We made a few local trips, I did all the driving, and all seemed well. I can honestly say I never really LOVED driving the RV, but I felt good about being able to conquer it and happy we could still use it. After another year of illness and long hospitalization for my husband I felt it would be such good medicine for both of us (I have felt so STRESSED for so long) to go places in our RV. Our first trip out was a few weeks ago. It got off to a good start but ended with the sewer hose bursting loose and covering me with its contents and to top it off we had to drive the 100 miles home with wind advisories and winds of 50+ m.p.h. Mind you I would never consider myself experienced yet, but I was starting to feel pretty good about things until that return driving experience. Hence, I am seeking strength and encouragement that I know I can find in the posts within this forum to help me make our next planned trip for next month - which would be the longest journey for me of 450 miles (broken in 2 days) Two days ago I waved the white flag and told my husband it was off as I kept reliving that driving experience with mounting anxiety and getting so upset just thinking about it I could see there would be no possible way I could handle the drive. (I felt like the truck and trailer were literally ice skating across the road) The other side of me says I can't call it quits and give in, that's just not me but I AM SCARED to go out again. It's obvious my husband feels horrible to put the load on me when I know how bad he wants to drive in general and how much he wishes he could do the driving of the RV. Both my husband and our teenage son commended me on driving so well under the conditions but I felt like my hands had been welded to the wheel by the time we got home and talk about "living on a prayer"...Well, sorry I am so long winded but I am happy I found you all and will probably be reading here for hours. The funny thing is I decided just today to stop snowballing the past and pray about what to do regarding the upcoming trip and wait a few days before trying to make any other decisions and just see where the Lord leads...and what a great direction to start in. Thank you all already!!! ;p Jerry St. Louis, Missouri

Jerry St. Louis, Missouri How far you go in life depends on your being Tender with the young, Compassionate with the old, Sympathetic with the striving and Tolerant of the weak and strong...Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
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 6/15/2007 1:33 AM
 
Welcome Jerry and I had to chuckle!! We have all been there and done that if we drive our own rvs!! I remember my first trip to Kansas City (from Tn.) and I was driving in 60mph winds. I was new and didn't know to slow down or park it if possible. I almost "lost" my rv to the wind so I learned to slow down real fast from experience!! I was also driving in Wyoming two years ago and got hit by a gust. Irene was with me and still swears I was on two wheels. If I have to drive in bad wind and can't pull over and ride it out, I slow down to about 50 and have never had too much trouble.
Also, we all have sewer stories sooner or later!! HA HA!! Yours happened to be sooner!! Have you watched the movie "RV"?? We can all relate. Load your hubby in the rv and go for it. Find a Wallmart or a rest area if the wind gets too bad and ride it out!! Go Girl!!
PS--I was born and raised about 100 miles from you in Central Illinois but I am a Cub fan!! I would love to see the Cardinals play in the new stadium though!!

Groovin Grannie Fernie and Running Bear (Winnebago Warrior) This message was edited by Fernie on 6-16-07 @ 5:12 AM

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 6/15/2007 2:40 AM
 
Thanks so much for the encouragement, Fernie!! :) Yes, I saw the movie "RV" and also have read about the sewer experiences on other RV forums and laughed to myself thinking how funny that would be...until it happened to me. But looking back I was so proud of my son helping me when I know he had to be dying of laughter on the inside! Speaking of the Cardinals, I have yet to go to the new stadium for a game, but the stadium itself is really neat. My son tells me the game is better than ever there. I love the game no matter what team is playing, but especially enjoy the Cards/Cub games. Hope you have lots of happy travels!!! Thanks again! Jerry St. Louis, Missouri '07 Ford F150 '05 Max-Lite 29BHS

Jerry St. Louis, Missouri How far you go in life depends on your being Tender with the young, Compassionate with the old, Sympathetic with the striving and Tolerant of the weak and strong...Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
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 6/15/2007 10:28 AM
 
Hi Jerry, welcome to the forum! This is definately a great place for encouragement and support. I can relate to your driving in the wind story... my last trip across Wyoming I battled about 200 miles of high winds, and like Fernie, I swear I was on 2 wheels a couple times. But I made it through by slowing down and praying a lot. I also kept reminding myself that the semi's on the road had more wind resistance than I did, and if they could do it, I could do it. And of course, the next day was beautiful, no wind, and the drive was great.
Just keep in mind, one of the best things about traveling in an RV is that you can always find a spot to pull off and wait it out, and the waiting is much more comfortable in an RV than it is in a car.
Prayers and good thoughts for your husband. --RVThereYet

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 6/16/2007 6:21 AM
 
LOL About the Cubs/Cards----I met a woman rver who retired from the Arch in St. Louis a few years ago. She claimed they had a special trap door at the top of the Arch for Cub fans!! Last I heard, Mim was in Alaska!! Don't want to go to the top of the arch with her around--just in case!!! Can't go see a ballgame there without hitting the Spagetti Factory!! St. Louis is probably one of my favorite big cities and I hate big cities. I'm a country gal!! Groovin Grannie Fernie and Running Bear (Winnebago Warrior)

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 6/16/2007 12:03 PM
 
Yes, RVThereYet I think you are absolutely right about slowing down, like Fernie said as well. I did notice when I was at 50 or so it was easier to handle, although I never drive much faster than 60 and love the right hand lane. I was laughing to myself thinking of my husband (a real back seat driver) telling me "it would help if you weren't so tense" :8o: He's real handy at giving me LOTS of driving tips from his side of the road, and while I know he means all good and well...it just adds to the situation. But what strength it gives me to hear from you both and tell of your "WINDY" experiences. I knew there were lots of people out there that drive in these conditions, but oh how it helps hearing first hand! ;) And Fernie - I was wondering have you been to St. Louis lately? They are really fixing things up. I worked in the city for years and I am a city lover but it is even better than ever now. The new stadium is just for starters...We live in the suburbs of Florissant, but are always headed toward to city for something fun. Again - thanks to both of you for making me feel more confident!! Go [color=Red]Cards[/color]...Go [color=Blue]Cubs!![/color] Jerry St. Louis, Missouri '07 Ford F150 '05 Max-Lite 29BHS

Jerry St. Louis, Missouri How far you go in life depends on your being Tender with the young, Compassionate with the old, Sympathetic with the striving and Tolerant of the weak and strong...Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
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 6/16/2007 4:03 PM
 
Welcome Jerry, I hope you will be able to go on the road again soon. My niece lives in St. Louis and I love to visit and shop. I will admit though that the traffic still has me 'white knuckling' the steering wheel until I sort of get into the flow. I'm better now that I know my way around a bit, especially the exits to my favorite malls. Redetotry
"Remember, we can live out of our imagination instead of our memory." Stephen Covey

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 6/16/2007 7:19 PM
 
Hi Jerry, I say go for it! Chances are that you won't have the same kind of weather. Or if it's windy at all it will be a tail wind and you will get fantastic gas mileage! hee hee....
We're cheering you on! Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 6/17/2007 11:46 AM
 
Jerry, bless your heart...even the most seasoned of RV drivers hates to be caught in those winds...and most will NEVER go out in them.. getting caught in them is a horse of a different color!!
I surely hate to see you give it up... check the weather and pick travel days with NO wind advisories..
Stay strong...you CAN do this...
Joella

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 6/18/2007 2:50 AM
 
Redetotry, Cedar518 and Jomilt - Thank you all so much for the encouragement!!! I am truly feeling better about tackling this upcoming trip thanks to all the responses from my post. What a blessing you all are. Jerry St. Louis, Missouri '07 Ford F150 '05 Max-Lite 29BHS

Jerry St. Louis, Missouri How far you go in life depends on your being Tender with the young, Compassionate with the old, Sympathetic with the striving and Tolerant of the weak and strong...Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
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