The other day, I was reading the blog of a husband and wife who are full-timers. I had gone back through their archives to their earliest posts to a time in which these folks had just taken delivery on their new 5th wheel and one-ton pickup truck. Once they got it home, it dawned on them that “she” needed to know how to drive their new truck with a 30 foot 5th wheel trailer in tow. It was especially important to her because her husband had certain health issues that might require her to do the driving at some point. Ultimately, her father, a retired long haul trucker, came for a visit and gave her the necessary lessons. In the end, all was well, and to quote her, “nobody got maimed or killed”.
As I read and thought about this, it occurred to me how much we take for granted. Like the fact that although Sharon and I both are experienced at driving our 32 foot Bounder, even at times, pulling a 24 foot enclosed trailer, we might be an exception. We take for granted that all of our other fellow RVers are equally experienced.
In our travels, it certainly is not unusual that we and others are faced with the need to back into a camp spot. Even in this day and age when it seems that every rig has a backup camera, often times one of those on board will stand at the rear of the rig in an effort to provide guidance. At least in the case of couples, it’s almost always the wife or partner. Interestingly, I seldom see the wife or partner in the driver seat. And, although that does not mean they are not experienced, I wonder in those situations if the wife or partner are taking anything for granted. Like assuming that the “driver” will always be available to drive.
What’s your situation? Assuming there is more than one of you on board, is there more than just one of you trained and/or at last minimally experienced at the things necessary for maneuvering, driving, towing your home on wheels? It’s something to think about and not take for granted.
Update: It occurred to me after I wrote this the other day that there are MANY solo full-timers out there who might have trouble relating to this post. The truth is I have no idea how a single would cope if they became incapacitated such that they could not drive. Particularly those “boondockers” whose blogs we follow. I know that, if possible and available, phone or internet could be accessed for help. But, maybe not. Then what? Are solo RVers taking anything for granted? Or is this just a risk worth taking? Probably.
I’d love some feedback on this post from any and all.