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Old 05-19-2009, 08:00 PM   #1
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For MD's Class B license (RV license) one required maneuver is called offset backing to the right. To pass (which I did) you back up between cones and lines from the left lane to the right lane without hitting cones (automatic failure) or crossing the stripes (points deducted for each offense). Other than backing into a camping site, like parallel parking almost, where would this maneuver be required. Only been Rving for five years, but have never used this maneuver. I asked the inspector and he didn't know, but did know if you passed or not.
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I'm simultaneously impressed and puzzled.
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It's my opinion that much of the testing for large RVs comes directly from the CDL material. I wonder if the origin of the offset parallel test was seeing if a OTR driver could park a trailer in a bay to the right of another truck. Actually, it probably isn't a bad test to see if you can really handle your vehicle. Between using the mirrors and the backup camera, I suspect it is easier in a MH than it might be in a OTR but then I know that all of those OTR drivers are experts so they wouldn't have any problems with. . Actually, they are probably 100 times better at it than I might be.
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Is it ture that in Maryland you are not allowed to use your backup camera during the test?
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Correct, the backup camera has to be turned off. I found by adjusting both mirrors down to see the stripes worked better than the camera. I think you get five minutes to complete each backing maneuver. Had plenty of time to spare both times.
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