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Old 08-09-2014, 07:08 AM   #15
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FWIW I think one of the advantages of an A is that you are more aware of the size. It takes a mental shift in the cab of a C to allow for the overhead that one does not have in a P/U. After all the cab is the same so the rig is the same riiggghhhttt. ;-)

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Old 08-09-2014, 07:18 AM   #16
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Here's a link to a DVD video you can purchase specifically for learning to drive an RV.
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Nancy, we bought our MH in Montgomery, AL and drove it back to MS. I was a little nervous for the first 30 minutes, especially with the DW screaming "you're running off the road!" about every minute, but after that I was very comfortable driving it.

Of course, you have to get used to the turns and parking, but that just takes time. Take it slow and easy and you'll be fine!

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Old 08-09-2014, 09:20 AM   #18
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Nancy, I didn't see what kind of RV you are going to be driving, if it is a gasser, you need to plan your fuel stops well ahead, as backing up is almost impossible if you are towing something. I search ahead for PFJ's that advertise RV Lanes. Your outside rearview mirrors will help you stay centered in your lane. Take it easy speed wise, don't try to keep up with the new increased speed limits. If they want to pass, let them pass, and in the big cities with at least three lanes on the highway, stay out of the right most lane where all of the traffic is entering and leaving. Lastly, never panic. If you get into construction zones, and the lanes get narrow, just remember that you are more narrow than the other trucks ahead of you and you will fit if you stay centered. If an orange barrel wanders into your lane, and you can't avoid it without dropping off the shoulder, go ahead an hit it, there are several orange marks on my front bumper as evidence of that process.
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Old 08-09-2014, 10:53 AM   #19
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Old 08-09-2014, 11:29 AM   #20
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Pretty much the same size as a yellow school bus. Maybe your school district runs a training class for the new bus drivers for the upcoming school year you can attend?
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Old 08-09-2014, 12:15 PM   #21
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It is not that hard and just takes some practice. Just make wide turns and take your time. We bought ours out of Chicago and drove back to CO without ever having driven large vehicles before. I think it takes some planning ahead especially with getting gas. I Have decided against several stations as seemed too difficult. Just had coworker rent 36' gasser and had no major difficulty other than the push from large trucks passing.
I had forgot how much that bothered me before doing the cheap handling fix, but that is another story with hundreds of pages on this forum.
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Always good to have passenger up front to help spot until you do feel comfortable. Good luck
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I can highly recommend RV Driving School. I did a ride along with Glyn Carson and learned a lot of tips and tricks. It was definitely a good learning experience. Glyn is in the Toledo, OH area. His email is diglyncarsonak@hotmail.com.

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Old 08-10-2014, 06:46 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by MSHappyCampers View Post
Nancy, we bought our MH in Montgomery, AL and drove it back to MS. I was a little nervous for the first 30 minutes, especially with the DW screaming "you're running off the road!" about every minute, but after that I was very comfortable driving it.
Same here (and probably for most of us). When driving a car or pickup in the right lane, my line of sight is almost on the centerline of the lane, giving as much room as possible to those in the passing lane.

Doing this in a Class A gets the tires onto or over the white line on the roadside. Learning to adjust our vision point to midway between left edge of lane and centerline of lane takes some time (and a few bumpy passes on the shoulder )
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:05 PM   #25
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I recently upgraded from a Class C (27ft) to a Class A (28ft). At first, I did have difficulty driving the Class A and broke off the passenger side mirror. A $500 oops... The Class A does appear to be wider when I drive it. Because I am sitting on the engine, I have no guide to assist me in keeping the motorhome centered in the lane.

i have found that if I use the edge of a vent on my dash and line it up with the yellow center line of the road, the motorhome is centered in the lane. Stops me from checking the mirrors every few seconds.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:18 PM   #26
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In 1975 I was told to drive so you are sitting above the wheel path. You will be in the proper part of the lane. It is because you are sitting above the wheel instead of inside when you are driving a car or C. It still works today.
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Old 08-19-2014, 05:34 PM   #27
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When I first drove mine I found a road with a yellow line on it, looked in the mirror to see how far away the line was and found a spot on my dashboard that lined up with the yellow line, now I always know where I am in the lane. Remember that your wheels are not at the far back of the coach, you have a huge overhang so when take a corner the back end swings out some, the previous owner forgot this and hit the back top edge on a tree. It's not much different that a class C, in fact I think a class C is harder because you can't look out the side window and see where you are. If you're really worried you can rent a moving truck and drive it around until you get used to it, it's cheaper than damaging your coach.
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I drove mine off the lot and 80 miles home having never driven one before. Just took my time and gave myself plenty of room.

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