RVing is more than enjoyable, it’s downright fun! Because of size, some folks can be intimidated by RVs. Even the smaller RVs are larger than the average car so people who have never driven large vehicles can feel overwhelmed at the idea of getting behind the wheel of an RV. Be sure to watch the video for a firsthand look at what it’s like in the cockpit of a motorhome. Let me assure you that pulling a 5th wheel or travel trailer or driving a motorhome (no matter how large or small) is easy. If you’re a novice I recommend finding some personal instruction available from RV dealers, RV & truck driving schools and through videos and DVDs. Follow these few suggestions and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the RV experience. Remember that you’re living large and heavy and need to put more distance between your RV and the rig in front of you. Never tailgate because you do not have the same stopping distance as you do in a car (you shouldn’t tailgate in a car either). Positional awareness is very important in keeping your rig in the center of the road. Pick a point on your windshield that is always there like a decal or a fixed point on the dash and line it up with the fog line. Get out of your RV and look at where that visual reference places your rig in the road. Adjust this visual reference until you are dead center in your lane. This little exercise will help you keep yourself moving straight down the road when you are having to thread the needle through construction zones and narrow bridges. In the video I show you how to make a tight right hand turn with a 40 foot motorhome with an additional 18 feet of towed car. I say I’m turning into the “right lane” when it is actually my left lane that I’m moving into in order to give myself room to make the sharp right angle turn. Watch trucks and other RVs make these kinds of turns and it will give you a better idea of what to do and what not to do. So please don’t write in the comments section that I don’t know my left from my right, it’s kind of hard to drive, talk and make a video at the same time and get everything perfect. I do make mistakes (just ask Mrs. Professor). Make sure you check both mirrors before you make any lane changes and keep in mind that you do not have the same kind of acceleration as a car. You will need to adjust your driving habits to include thinking well in advance of where you want to turn and give yourself plenty of room to execute your turns. Know how tall your RV is so you don’t tear off an air conditioner going under a low bridge. Don’t be in a hurry, take your time, practice safe driving habits, wear your seat belt and enjoy the ride. If you find yourself tense, gritting your teeth or over-gripping the steering wheel take a few deep breaths and tell yourself, “I’m in my happy place - my RV” relax and think about all the people who would give their left arm to be where you are right then.
Helping you own the road (after all we did pay for it) - Jim Twamley, Professor of RVing
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