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Old 06-12-2016, 09:33 AM   #57
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Thanks to every responder

I was overwhelmed with the number of responses and want to thank everyone. Backing in was the way to go. Between myself being an inexperienced driver and my wife as the inexperienced person giving me directions we got it into the space. We both agreeded that as we both get more experienced the easier it will get. As a sub note there was a video on youtube(RVSEF-motorhome backing tips) that helper a lot.
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You got it, practice will make you more comfortable. Decision to pull in or back in should be made for coach access. FYI, If the space is large enough for you to fit, I was told to hug one side tight and give max space to opposite side. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 06-15-2016, 11:42 PM   #59
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I spend some time each spring training new drivers on 45 foot Motor Coach tour buses. The concepts we work on over and over: 1. Steer the rear! - always know where the rear of the coach is going. Use convex mirrors to watch where your rear tires actually go. 2. Watch out for off-tracking - on a tight turn, our rear wheels can cut the corner 18 feet tighter than the front and cause all kinds of problems. Practice in a parking lot and know how much off tracking your coach has. I've seen motorhomes waiting for a wrecker after they pulled off a highway into a turnout and the rear duals cut the corner too much, dropped into a ditch, and the coach was hung up on the frame. 3. Tail swing. In a parking lot, get your coach about an inch or two from a curb (either side will do). From a stop, turn steering all the way over, and slowly move forward until you are at about a 45 degree angle from the curb. Stop, park brake, get out and see where the rear of your coach is. You may be hanging over the curb by 2 feet or more. When doing tight maneuvering, that tail swing can hit parked cars, trees or signs, and in city driving, it can swing into another traffic lane. 4. Whenever there is any doubt whatsoever, stop, get out and look! 5. Never, ever, be In a hurry! Let's be safe out there!
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:46 PM   #60
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I spend some time each spring training new drivers on 45 foot Motor Coach tour buses. The concepts we work on over and over: 1. Steer the rear! - always know where the rear of the coach is going. Use convex mirrors to watch where your rear tires actually go. 2. Watch out for off-tracking - on a tight turn, our rear wheels can cut the corner 18 feet tighter than the front and cause all kinds of problems. Practice in a parking lot and know how much off tracking your coach has. I've seen motorhomes waiting for a wrecker after they pulled off a highway into a turnout and the rear duals cut the corner too much, dropped into a ditch, and the coach was hung up on the frame. 3. Tail swing. In a parking lot, get your coach about an inch or two from a curb (either side will do). From a stop, turn steering all the way over, and slowly move forward until you are at about a 45 degree angle from the curb. Stop, park brake, get out and see where the rear of your coach is. You may be hanging over the curb by 2 feet or more. When doing tight maneuvering, that tail swing can hit parked cars, trees or signs, and in city driving, it can swing into another traffic lane. 4. Whenever there is any doubt whatsoever, stop, get out and look! 5. Never, ever, be In a hurry! Let's be safe out there!
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Great advice!

I have 12.5' of overhang past the center of rear axle and I swing 27-30" I try to allow 36" when pulling up to a fuel pump. It's the oncoming traffic in the city that is hard to judge their speed while coming toward you if I have to turn right and not swing out in front of them. Yikes!


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