Age Concern

Cushie replied on 11/02/2019 17:37

Posted on 11/02/2019 17:37

Not a subject often talked about seriously.

The Duke announced he is handing in his license and this seemed to be well received by the public.

The time must come when an OT has to consider swapping the High powered Estate and 4 berth Tourer for a small compact Motorhome to continue active camping.

Is there an unwritten rule something like the 85% ratio we discuss so much.

I thought this might be a courteous forum among gentle folk to raise the question of when you think this should be for a fairy fit and active octogenarian or at what age did you make the change and why?

Moderator Edit:

As the Tow Cars and Towing Section is really more about actual tow cars and relative issues with towing vehicles, I think this post would be better suited to the Caravan and Motorhome Chat Section so I'll move it.

 

SteveL replied on 11/02/2019 18:37

Posted on 11/02/2019 18:37

We came to caravanning from tenting in our 50's, as we wanted to avoid putting up tents and wanted a bit more comfort. Now at mid / late 60's we are switching to a 6.94m MH. From over 12metres of car and van. More because of the ease of moving on and the type of touring it will open up, rather than any problems with towing or caravanning in general. I think the age to which folk will feel confident to carry on with our hobby will vary greatly. Depending on health / physical / mobility problems. As will the type of rig they will feel confident in handling.

Tinwheeler replied on 11/02/2019 18:47

Posted on 11/02/2019 18:47

I don’t think there can be any generalisation. We all age in different ways and rates. Physical and mental ability varies and some continue towing well into their 80s while others of us find it becomes a bit much in our 60s.

Just do what feels right for you.

John4703 replied on 11/02/2019 20:15

Posted on 11/02/2019 20:15

I am nearly 72.  I had a medical just before my 70th birthday so I can keep my full licence and continue to drive a minibus.


I think every driver over 70 should have to have a medical, It means that things like poor eyesight, or being unable to answer simply questions, or dangerous heart problems would stop them driving but that is a safer option that driving regardless. 

takethedogalong replied on 11/02/2019 21:44

Posted on 11/02/2019 21:44

I don’t think changing to a MH has anything at all to do with age. Someone not fully competent to drive a combo carefully is just as likely to be as uncompetent with a MH. Driving is all about observation, reaction and understanding the rules of the road, and the behaviour of one’s chosen vehicle. We drive a small MH, a classic car, a 4.0 litre monster of a Jeep and another Jeep we use for towing. All different requiring different driving techniques and reaction/observation times. 

I agree that a small MH can be easier to deal with on sites, a lot less humping around of water and waste water, and very quick to set up.smile

AnotherDavid replied on 12/02/2019 08:12

Posted on 12/02/2019 08:12

If the caravan is fitted with a mover and perhaps a new look is taken at awnings and water use (we use site facilities) I don't see why the caravan should be swapped for a motorhome. If I was feeling less able the thought  of becoming dependent on public transport  would be more of a worry than towing

huskydog replied on 12/02/2019 08:57

Posted on 12/02/2019 08:12 by AnotherDavid

If the caravan is fitted with a mover and perhaps a new look is taken at awnings and water use (we use site facilities) I don't see why the caravan should be swapped for a motorhome. If I was feeling less able the thought  of becoming dependent on public transport  would be more of a worry than towing

Posted on 12/02/2019 08:57

you don't need to be dependant on public transport when you have a M/H, ours is 6.5m long and 2.1m wide and so far there has never been a place we haven't been able to take it 

AnotherDavid replied on 12/02/2019 09:05

Posted on 12/02/2019 08:57 by huskydog

you don't need to be dependant on public transport when you have a M/H, ours is 6.5m long and 2.1m wide and so far there has never been a place we haven't been able to take it 

Posted on 12/02/2019 09:05

Thats rather a matter of opinion HD  any motorhome small enough for car parks wouldn't be somewhere I would want to live with for 4 months a year

cyberyacht replied on 12/02/2019 09:06

Posted on 12/02/2019 09:06

My decision to swap to a MH was solely on the convenience of touring style rather than any physical constraints. Having said that, I do find they seemed to have moved the ground a bit lower these days.

EasyT replied on 12/02/2019 09:10

Posted on 12/02/2019 09:10

I do find they seemed to have moved the ground a bit lower these days.

Cunning aren't they. They have lowered it very gradually over the last 30 years so that you don't notice at first. If you are unfortunate enough to take a tumble you may well find that they have also made it harder