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Old 07-18-2009, 04:11 PM   #29
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Like many have stated here....it is not so much the length as the width that is the issue.

Standard traffic lane is 10 foot wide (120 inches) if you are driving a wide body motorhome at 109 inches that leaves about 6 inches on each side. Peripheral vision is wonderful.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:35 PM   #30
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I've found driving a motorhome of any length to be about like driving a car - you just have to remember you are really loooooooooooooong !!
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Old 07-19-2009, 09:36 AM   #31
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went from a 30' with a lower ceiling height to a 40' with a tall ceiling. not much difference going down th road, but turning takes a little time adjusting and as far as parking, it seems as most campgrounds haven't caught up to having lots big enough for 40' and bigger. the higher ceiling takes a careful eye not to best up the trees.
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #32
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Question Driving a LONG RV!!!!!

Hello Faye, just remember, where the mirrows fit through, the rearend will pass through... real good....
set Blinkers for Lane changes early.
Some cars just love to drive next to your rear tire, don't worry, set Blinker and pull slowly over... that car will slow down and let you in.
YOU ARE BIGGER!!!

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Old 07-19-2009, 03:20 PM   #33
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  • In a 9 foot wide class A with a 10 hp normally aspirated diesel with worn brakes and sloppy steering, dragging a fully loaded Ford expidition as a TOAD
  • Trapped in a 10 ft wide center lane of a wickedly curving steeply graded construction zone
  • Being passed at 60 mph on BOTH sides by a never ending parade of triple trailer semi's punctuated by school busses full of children
  • Continually being "told" by the DW or DH "LOOK OUT", "You almost hit that Bus", or "Oh Lord have Mercy, WHY did I let you buy this thing?" "or (my personal favorite) This is the LAST trip we take in this G*****N RV!" '\"
Wow. nine feet wide and 10 HP! Bet that WAS and experience

If you were getting passed on both sides reckon it might have been time to change lanes to the right? Just an observation
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Old 07-19-2009, 06:48 PM   #34
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If you have never driven through Salt Lake City on the I 15 with a wide Class A you have never lived until you do.
Lots of traffic on narrow lanes with everyone driving like hell!!
If you move way over on the right lane you have to fight with the traffic coming off the ramps and there are a whole lot of ramps for miles and miles.
I was sure I would loose the mirrors and it sure was close some times.
I have gone through 4 times now and it does not get any easier.
There is no way around it either.
My DW is absolutely quiet on this stretch !!!!
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Hi 69Roadrunner.

It's a small world!! I think I may have married your wife's sister. I am sure they are related some way.
My wife is Norwegian, not Danish.

However, it might be a Scandanavian problem.
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Hello Faye, just remember, where the mirrows fit through, the rearend will pass through... real good....
set Blinkers for Lane changes early.
Some cars just love to drive next to your rear tire, don't worry, set Blinker and pull slowly over... that car will slow down and let you in.
YOU ARE BIGGER!!!

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my husband and i really enjoyed your post and well as all the others, it has really helped to know that others have felt nervous on those first few occasions.
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Free dvd about driving a motorhome...

I have a DVD entitled "Drive Your Motorhome Like A Pro." If interested just send me your name and address and I'll mail it.
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Old 11-15-2009, 08:07 PM   #38
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One thing not mentioned, before I pull in anywhere I try to look where the exit is.
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Old 11-17-2009, 12:19 PM   #39
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I just inherited my dad's gasoline powered 35' Class A. The maiden voyage was pretty frightening, but after the first hundred miles or so, I relaxed and things got much better.

Probably the best advice I've gotten, I read on here. That advice was to "drive with your hands, not your arms." If I just rest my arms on the armrests and make minor corrections to the sterring wheel with my hands, things go much more smoothly than if I try to manhandle the big beast with my arms.

I don't remember who posted it or where I saw it, but big thanks to whoever it was.
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The first motorhome I cut a tennis ball in half ... I set these halves on dash immediately behind the windshield ... they are placed laterally so that when you sight over the marker you see the roadway exactly where the left and right side of your coarch will pass when you look in your rear view mirror ... this is easy to do in a big empty parking lot ... you will probably have to adjust them 3 or 4 times until you get them in the correct spot ...
Can you explain the lane helpers? Please
I don't think there is a problem (Driven 30 foot plus for 30,000 miles), but this might be good to check your road lane positioning and tracking.

I did touch mirrors one time one a snowy road (No damage). The driver in the oncoming lane was sitting right on the center lane markers (Scary).
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Your convex mirrors should show you exactly where each side of the MH is in the lane.

With some experience, you won't need to look at them as often except when they toss in some jersey barriers to shrink your lane and margin of error.
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