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Old 09-06-2014, 09:15 AM   #71
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I just completed my first trip in a class A and learned many new things. My comment here is about getting centered in your lane on the interstate.
I found it very easy to let the MH ride in the groove. Changing lanes requires planning and patience to allow enough time and distance for clearance. Never forget your blind spots.
When passing a semi, DW noticed that at times there was very little space between our mirrors and theirs and insisted that I stay to the left in my lane.
I promptly corrected and noticed that requires getting out the groove to put driver's side wheel on the left line. This required extra effort to steer because that pavement is not as smooth and compacted as in the groove. I remembered this discussion about visual guides to use. I noticed that with my hands in the 10 and 2 position, I could visualize the lines like a stair rail and while in the groove, hands felt centered between the rails, To move to the left or right, I steered to where it felt like I was running that hand down the stair rail. The extra focus and effort is worth the added safety and confidence.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:33 PM   #72
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I just completed my first trip in a class A and learned many new things. My comment here is about getting centered in your lane on the interstate.
I found it very easy to let the MH ride in the groove. Changing lanes requires planning and patience to allow enough time and distance for clearance. Never forget your blind spots.
When passing a semi, DW noticed that at times there was very little space between our mirrors and theirs and insisted that I stay to the left in my lane.
I promptly corrected and noticed that requires getting out the groove to put driver's side wheel on the left line. This required extra effort to steer because that pavement is not as smooth and compacted as in the groove. I remembered this discussion about visual guides to use. I noticed that with my hands in the 10 and 2 position, I could visualize the lines like a stair rail and while in the groove, hands felt centered between the rails, To move to the left or right, I steered to where it felt like I was running that hand down the stair rail. The extra focus and effort is worth the added safety and confidence.
Congrats on your new class A. Also, your example is where we all should be...........safety first, 2 hands on the wheel, finding that reference point that works for you, adjusting to what ever situation presents itself and gaining experience and confidence.
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I just completed my first trip in a class A and learned many new things. My comment here is about getting centered in your lane on the interstate.
I found it very easy to let the MH ride in the groove. Changing lanes requires planning and patience to allow enough time and distance for clearance. Never forget your blind spots.
When passing a semi, DW noticed that at times there was very little space between our mirrors and theirs and insisted that I stay to the left in my lane.
I promptly corrected and noticed that requires getting out the groove to put driver's side wheel on the left line. This required extra effort to steer because that pavement is not as smooth and compacted as in the groove. I remembered this discussion about visual guides to use. I noticed that with my hands in the 10 and 2 position, I could visualize the lines like a stair rail and while in the groove, hands felt centered between the rails, To move to the left or right, I steered to where it felt like I was running that hand down the stair rail. The extra focus and effort is worth the added safety and confidence.
I've had mine for two years and haven't passed a semi yet, had plenty pass me though. Must have something to do with my speed
Actually I have been on the Interstate only twice, most of my trips are two lane.
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