Ever since I started doing seminars at RV rallies, one thing that I have preached over and over is that both partners in an RV must know how to hookup and drive the rig, even if only one of them is the primary driver. As I always say, you don’t have to know how to drive or tow it clear across the country, but knowing how to at least get someplace safe should be considered a priority for anybody traveling in an RV, because you never know when an emergency might happen and you will have to do it.
We have seen it happen to other people, and it has happened to us. Just last night I got an email from a regular blog reader who said that her husband became ill and had to be taken to the ER. He’s going to be okay, but they had to leave the campground they were in because somebody else had reserved their site and there was no room for them to stay there. She was able to back the truck up to their fifth wheel, and with her husband talking her through it, get it hooked up so they could leave. Then she drove to the next campground. Good work, I’m proud of you Linda Joe!
I know that sometimes having your spouse teach you how to drive an RV can be challenging, at best. But if you two can’t handle it, get somebody to at least teach you the basics, be it a fellow RVer or a professional instructor like those from the RV Driving School. You can find them at rallies across the country, and their instructors are first rate.
When I brought this up in a seminar one time, a woman said that they had Sky Med, which would fly her and her husband home in an emergency and arrange for a professional driver to transport their rig. That’s all well and good if you have the time for that. But what if you were us several years ago when I had a sudden vision problem and could not see while we were driving on the bypass around Atlanta, Georgia? We managed to get our bus conversion onto the shoulder of the highway and Miss Terry took the wheel and drove us someplace safe where we could spend the night.
Yes, ladies, you can do it! We know many women who are quite comfortable behind the wheel. Just as Terry, who drives better than I do and does all the driving when we come to high bridges. Just as my friend Nancy Kissack, a solo RVer who drives a 40 foot diesel pusher all over the country. Just ask my pal Sharon DelRosario, who soloed with a truck and fifth wheel before she met hubby Don to share her travels with. Sharon is one of the instructors for the RV Driving School I mentioned above. Please, please take my advice and become familiar enough with your rig that you can handle it in an emergency. Because it can happen to you!
Yesterday morning I formatted the Kindle version of my new book The Gecko In The Corner and about 5 p.m. it went live and is now available on Amazon as an e-book. Thank you to all of you who have already downloaded a copy and shared my Facebook post about the new book. And for those of you not into e-books, I will be bringing out a print version soon.
Congratulations Dick Reed, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. We had 88 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles. – Doug Larson