Driving is an American way of life and I for one enjoy touring around our country. Either driving a car, truck or motorcycle.
First off though we must consider the dynamics involved with operating a vehicle with other folks in the car. My wife Sally and son Thomas have always been a source of inspiration for me when ever I attempt to get from point A to point B. For whatever reason, Sally likes to tell me she wants to stop at some store or restaurant as I’m passing the turn-off for that particular establishment. Thomas is always ready to respond by making race car sounds as if Daddy was trying to motor quickly away from Sally’s destination. At this point I can only offer to turn around but no, it’s always too late as I’m a fool for not crossing four lanes of traffic to achieve the exit to the store of Sally’s dream. At times I feel like I’m in the twilight zone!
Finally when we reach a destination, just as we enter the store Sally, always without fail, will ask if I locked the doors. Thank God for the automatic door locks so I can prove to her the doors are locked as she can hear the horn beeping. I recently had to laugh as the same thing happens to my brother Ron.
When I’m driving I believe it’s always a good thing if you get to a destination and are able to return home safe and sound. I don’t really care if someone passes me or cuts me off as long as I don’t get hit. I may say a few four letter words when this happens but that’s about it. Sally on the other hand should have been a motorcycle cop. She has a constant stream of comments regarding the other driver’s breaking laws, talking on cell phones, texting while driving, improper lane changes, speeding, etc. Sometimes myself included!
So onward we go with our 20,000 pound fifth wheel in tow. It always helps when your travel partner can help with navigation as we are headed out to our next destination. Sally has been very good at helping me watch for the next turn off as it’s rather difficult to back up or maneuver a rig as large as a semi truck and trailer. We mostly use the GPS navigation that came with our F350 to find our next stop. Sometimes however it can be wrong or misleading. Sally will often verify our turns by using directions on her iPhone and at times when we are not sure if the GPS is correct. She also checks for low bridges as we are 13’3″ high. I sometimes have to remind her to stop looking out the passenger side rear view mirror as I can’t see though the back of her head. But other than that we do pretty good.
When driving down the road it’s very common for people to try and pass you even when you are exceeding the speed limit. For whatever reason no one wants to follow an RV down the road. This is what I consider to be the most dangerous road condition for anyone driving an RV down the highway. People will pass you in the worst conditions and on blind hills so be prepared. It helps to have a rear view camera on the back of the RV to help avoid possible accidents when these idiots make their move.
Try to drive on week days and not at night. If you get tired pull over and rest. On our maiden voyage we left home late in the afternoon. I was getting very tired as it was getting late. Finally we found a rest area, and as I was pulling in next to a semi I happened to glance in my rear view mirror to see the RV miss the back of the semi by about two inches. I was just worn out and will never press myself again like that.
After you arrive at your new RV park most of the time a park employee will assist with getting your RV into a spot to get set up. I never thought about this but most of my life my front door faced north. Presently the front door on our RV is facing south. So both Sally and I seem to get our directions mixed up more than usual. Again its great to have the route navigator built into the truck.
Then we both ride motorcycles. At present, two Harley Road Kings. Sally and I both took motorcycle classes and I must say I was skeptical at first but learned a lot being a self-taught rider. I highly recommend taking the course even if you have driven motorcycles all your life. Likely the best safety device I think we own is a set of bluetooth headsets that allow us to talk while heading down the highway. I can hear Sally just like we were standing two feet apart abeit a little wind noise, and hearing Sally ‘the motorcycle cop’ reporting bad drivers to me. It’s always better to have two people watching and able to warn one another when a dangerous situation occurs. The headsets may have saved our lives a few times so get a set. We also have a GPS (Garmin) mounted on my handlebar to help us get home when we get lost. Which we sometimes do as that’s part of the fun of riding.
I hope this section helps everyone that drives an RV or motorcycles. Have fun and drive safety and avoid the twilight zone!!