RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-30-2015, 09:01 PM   #15
Senior Member
charliej's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 940
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.

charliej is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-30-2015, 09:02 PM   #16
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 41
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!

1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

blousteau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2015, 09:08 PM   #17
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 41
Kind of funny but as far as the ass swing is concerned, that took me the longest to get used to!

1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
blousteau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2015, 09:12 PM   #18
Senior Member
xydial's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 363


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!
2005 Monaco Knight 40PLQ
2013 Ford Edge
xydial is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2015, 09:15 PM   #19
Senior Member
Old Car Nut's Avatar
Country Coach Owners Club
Oklahoma Boomers Club
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Woodward, OK
Posts: 1,129
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.
Jay Devereaux
1992 Country Coach Magna #4926 "Maggie" 25' Stacker "The Toy Box"
Facebook | IRV2 | YouTube | Twitter
Old Car Nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2015, 11:25 PM   #20
Senior Member
spinn's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Houston, TX, 77069
Posts: 2,133
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
Steve Pinn
2008 Newmar Essex-4514
2014 Ram Laramie ecodiesel
spinn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2015, 11:36 PM   #21
Senior Member
Gordon Dewald's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 11,961
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.
Gordon and Janet
Tour 42QD/InTech Stacker
Gordon Dewald is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 09:09 AM   #22
Junior Member
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 23
Happy Camper & Driver in Fort Wayne, IN

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!

Steve West
Fort Wayne, IN
Isabelle, Dolly (Westies), Brenda & Steve
2012 Tiffin RED
airman1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 09:31 AM   #23
Senior Member
nctox's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Western NC
Posts: 450
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.
Seeing this country from ground level.

2016 Allegro Bus 40AP
nctox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 09:41 AM   #24
Senior Member
Bumps's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: FTer Class of 2015 Origin: Evergreen, Colorado
Posts: 1,553
...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...
X2! Just took one week-long trip to figure everything out. Now I feel safer behind the wheel of the MH than the toad! \ken
Ken, Deb, & Gadget (WIT Club, FMCA, SKP, and grateful volunteers with SOWERs)
2005 Winnebago Vectra 40FD w/400ISL and Allison 3000MH on Freightliner's Evolution chassis, Onan QD7500, 1000w Renogy solar, and a trailered 2015 Cherokee TrailHawk toad.
Bumps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 10:12 AM   #25
Senior Member
Tha_Rooster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 5,291
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.
2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40V
Tha_Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2015, 11:39 AM   #26
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Spartanburg SC
Posts: 168
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.

Upstate South Carolina
2000 Holiday Rambler Endeavor
2015 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
wallacerm is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long VS Short Driving Experience Too Slow 90 Class A Motorhome Discussions 4 09-08-2014 04:43 AM
Over 40' long...too long? sweetgeorgia Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 08-24-2014 08:10 AM
Buffalo, WY RV Park accommodating Big Rigs? peham Navigation, Routes & Roads 8 07-12-2014 10:25 PM
Buffalo, WY - Campgrounds accommodating Big Rigs peham Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 4 06-27-2014 11:17 PM
Driving north on HWY 1 in CA to Big Sur Nxkharra Navigation, Routes & Roads 24 03-29-2014 09:24 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:42 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.