Have had a go!

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  1. champers

    champers Funster Life Member

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    I finally plucked up the courage to have a go driving our m/h today with John advising me , not far admittedly but I did have to turn the van around in our yard at first and then finally park it back up - I have managed on several occasions when asked to have a go wheedle out of it :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:...but today I just said ok and had a go , I was so against driving our m/h, guess this wonderful dry n sunny weather is a tonic and makes you feel like you can achieve anything :Smile::Smile:


    Kath
     
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    Well done Kath. Jill is the main driver for our van, basically because I'd rather be a passenger :Smile:
     
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    Well done, I know how you must feel as I am a wimp when it comes to driving ours and wont do long distance, but I 'm good at reversing it :thumb:

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    I bet she feels a lot safer, I have seen you on a bike...
     
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    Well done Kath, you go girl ! :thumb:
     
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    Well done Kath,:thumb: Im so glad you have had a go, its not that daunting after you have done it once and i hope you have more little drives of it in the future.

    I believe that all with a licence that partake in our hobby (male or female) should feel confidant enough to be able to take over and drive should the need arise
     
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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    You may just have spurred me on, used to drive our old one, and often drove vans when working, but my feet seem a awful long way from the pedals on this one (at least that has been my excuse) like Chatter says always good to be able to in case we have to, Good on you Kath.:thumb:
     
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    I'd love to feel confident enough to drive ours but it scares the shhhhhhh out of me.
     
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    Well done Kath...:thumb:

    In my book this now means you two can travel twice the distance on the same trip so I expect to see you at Quinta Majay soon. :Wink:

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    champers Funster Life Member

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    Thank you all for your encouragement, still lots to learn yet though , :thumb:


    I know how you feel, I dont mind reversing the car so wasnt too nervous on this but it does have one of those beepers on to alert if you are near anything(sorry dont know what they are called)

    There was an incident that made me realise (and Marie and Suzy and others) that I really needed to do this

    I am lucky then Carol as the position felt comfy with no probs with the pedals, my car is automatic so had to think a mo though which pedal was what :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:)

    Boy it does me .... but it does make sense at least to be able to drive the m/h at least to a safe place if the need arises ...I have no intention to become the equal driver(sorry John ) but at least will be able to drive it if an emergency arises etc :BigGrin::BigGrin:

    I will have more lessons /goes yet though before I go on those alp type roads :Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:

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    champers Funster Life Member

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    Hmmmm now there's an incentive lolol.

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    I don't mind driving ours (autosleepers executive) but don't like motorway driving, i have drove it over the bridge in France, the really high one think it's called pont du normandie, and then there is a road just as high into the sky, drove it cos Rob (husband) is terified ofmheights and when he saw this in the distance he could not drive over it.

    Val
     
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    Maybe a few dont know, so for their bennifit
    If your main driver takes ill and there is another licence holder with the vehicle, then your recovery company/insurance can and will refuse to supply a driver for any onward or repatriation journey of the motor home
    So learn to drive it one day you may need to:thumb:
    Geo
    ps Well done Mrs
     
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    champers Funster Life Member

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    Thanks for the info Geo, i wasnt aware of that :Eeek::Eeek: (but didnt know they would send a driver either if no other driver etc ... :Rofl1:)

    But it does make good sense to learn
     
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    Good on yer Kath!!:thumb::thumb::thumb::thumb:

    It's great driving these vans - I love ours! You have so much better vision than in a car too!
    I park it better than I park the car too! :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Sedge, dont let it, most of them are not that much different to driving a car these days, ok its a bit longer and a bit higher but much the same. Pick a nice day both go out for a drive even if its just to a local industrial estate on a Sunday and just practice so you get to know how it drives.
    If i can drive that one of mine (my avatar) you can drive yours

    maggie
     
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    I'd have kittens contemplating driving the pick-up without the little attachment! LOL

    Pete just said I did alright when he made me drive it in France (about a kilometre along a very straight 2 lane road - ie just one each way - with no ditches or hedges, oh and it was flat LOL) Yes I did it's true, but then 2 artics came past in the other direction and a) I ducked/winced and b) when that physically shook the M/H I was finished. So I had to stop and that was that.

    I never used to be such a wimp but I am now.
     
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    I had a little drive of ours today too! Like you said, must have been the lovely sunshine. Only turned it around in the yard but felt ok. Wouldn't choose to drive it ordinarily but going to keep having a go, just in case I ever actually have to one day!

    Lisa
     
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    Oh that is a hard one to get over, it seems to be all heavy vehicles where we are on the road and bends ohh so many bends and hills.. Jenny can u try somewhere quieter than prev ... sometimes you can learn easier from a friend than a partner ... I didnt want to drive yrs ago but circumstances made me, and I feel like I climbed a mountain today xx
     
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