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Old 01-30-2015, 08:01 PM   #15
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One long trip and you should be fine. Only thing that worries me is the tail wag when turning in traffic. Being up high, with large window, I like driving the coach better than the SUV on the highway.

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:02 PM   #16
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I agree. Been driving them since I was 15. All I can say, and most others will too, is the more seat time you get in the more comfortable you will feel. Learn to use your mirrors, we didn't always have the fancy rear view cameras. Out of habit 99% of the time I don't even look at the camera screen unless backing up. Go play in a large parking lot for a few hours and make a pretend campground, try backing into a few imaginary spots, hit the interstate in low traffic, drive around your neighborhood, etc. There is not a person on this earth that can jump into a nearly 8 foot wide and 40 foot long vehicle and not need some adjusting. One of the biggest thing I tell people about driving one of these things is you cant drive it like a suv, it takes longer to accelerate and stop and you have to learn to think a few moves ahead while looking farther down the road than you do in a car. If you don't you will wear yourself out and constantly feel like you are all over the road correcting every second. One thing I did that helps is i found the spot on the left side of the windshield that I need to line up with the middle of the road to have me centered in the lane I am in and put a sticker there. Now day or night if the sticker is lined up with the dotted lines I know I am centered and don't need to check my mirrors to make sure. It keeps me from checking the mirrors constantly to make sure I am in my lane, in heavy traffic there is enough checking going on to have to worry about that! Just use it as a guide, it may feel like you are all over the place but let it wander a little, constant corrections will only make it worse. Once you get the hang of looking a little farther down the road you will find yourself correcting less. Be patient and most of all safe! if you have a gasser without the front trackbar the sensation you get from the axle moving back and forth a little will take some getting used to also. i think it has been beat to death here but tire pressure based on the weight makes a big difference in the handling at higher speeds too. i am only 37, but based on my 22 years of driving 25 to 40 foot Rvs the above would be my advice. I bet the old timers on here will have some good stuff too, probably better!

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:08 PM   #17
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Kind of funny but as far as the ass swing is concerned, that took me the longest to get used to!

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Old 01-30-2015, 08:12 PM   #18
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Glad you made the point of having a "marker" for the left tire. Thought I was the only person that needed a visual cue. Mine is the left edge of the drivers windshield wiper. Wherever it is, my left tires are there.

As for the ass swing, the only scrape I have put on the MH was the ass swinging into a sign exiting a campground in Michigan!
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:15 PM   #19
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First few weeks I drove a cab over box truck I was pretty freaky. Mostly being over the front wheels as opposed to having them way up front. Makes you want to turn too early. After a few weeks it was easy squeezy.
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:25 PM   #20
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2 things i learned 1) drive your coach to a point about 100ft ahead of you, if you try constantly adjusting you will be All over the road. 2) when you are hit work a cross wind (truck passing or wind gust) the coach may rock but the chassis is still, most likely tracking straight try and not adjust for the body roll even though it is s natural reaction
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Old 01-30-2015, 10:36 PM   #21
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If you drive with your bum above the left wheel path you will be in the correct position on the lane. To to this you can look ahead and just line yourself up with the center of the wheel path.

Tight right turns take a bit of experimenting to see how far you have to clear the corner before you start your turn. There are different wheel cuts which will give you different criteria for the turn.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:09 AM   #22
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I haven't really had any problems with our Tiffin RED 36' long in terms of driving. I'm 64 now and I started driving and towing my Dad's Fan trailer back in the 60's. We had a Tiffin Breeze prior to this Tiffin RED and I'm really enjoying the RED much more than the Breeze when it comes to driving. The driving part of RVing is probably the most fun for me. The large windshield, sitting up high, and the quietness of the RED make it a real pleasure....plus I feel extremely safe when I'm driving my RED.

I hope anyone who is feeling intimidated by the driving aspect of a motor home gets over it quickly. There's just too much to enjoy about it! Hope all your RV experiences are happy!

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Old 01-31-2015, 08:31 AM   #23
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I agree with blousteau on the use of markers. I realized early on by looking into my convex side mirrors that initially I was hugging the edge of the pavement, and that there was much more room on the left. I then got myself centered in my lane and used the A/C eyeball vent on the dash to line up the painted line on the road to keep myself centered. I even have three alignment cues now for that. If on an interstate (or otherwise wide road), I keep the line on the outside just touching the eyeball vent. If on a US 2 lane type highway, I keep the line in the middle of the vent, and when on a small road like my rural neighborhood, I keep the line just to the inside of the vent. Of course this only works if you position yourself and seat in the same place every time you drive.

I still look to my side mirrors to make sure my rear wheels are inside my lane, but I don't have to spend a lot of time at it.
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Old 01-31-2015, 08:41 AM   #24
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...One long trip and you should be fine. Only thing that worries me is the tail wag when turning in traffic. Being up high, with large window, I like driving the coach better than the SUV on the highway...
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Old 01-31-2015, 09:12 AM   #25
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I started driving big items at a very early age so it was fairly simple just remember watch the back end swing as much as the front end.
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Old 01-31-2015, 10:39 AM   #26
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The biggest thing is not to let anyone rush you. If you want to practice, get some orange cones from Lowes or Home Depot and find an empty parking lot to practice maneuvers and learn the turning radius - it is cheaper than taking down fences (experience speaking here) or sideswiping street signs.

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