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Old 06-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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slight mishap

Hi folks, this is the newbies, trying to get on the road for our first 3 month trip. Due to slight problems, we hit a pickup truck after picking up our rv, right in the parking lot of the dealership. So we had a paint and body guy come over and fix all the gashes in the cargo doors and also to paint the 24 ft. cargo trailer which will haul our show corvette to look like our rig. Well a month later and two days ago the paint guy finished. All looked great. Next day, yesterday we leave our campsite to get two new front tires put on and a wheel alignment. We were gone over 4 hours and the genny will not keep running. The rv doctor will come to fix it. But to put the icing on the cake, when hubby was backing into our campsite, he hit his show corvette. I know, I know, I should have moved the car and known better, but done is done. Well today paint and body guy fixed the vette, and took the red paint off the rig. We can't get going till the genny gets fixed cause we need the house air to travel 4 hours up the road in the blazing sun. Our first stop is mount dora fl and I thank you for the info on the southern palms rv park. Hope we can go tomorrow. Will keep you all informed. I will only rent campsites that have pullthrus. Backing in is a pain in the you know what.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:54 PM   #2
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You should ask the paint and body guy to travel with you. Thanks for the warning, though. I'll stay clear of FL until you guys get down there and safely parked. THEN, I wanna come see that awesome vette!
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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Hi folks, this is the newbies, trying to get on the road for our first 3 month trip. Due to slight problems, we hit a pickup truck after picking up our rv, right in the parking lot of the dealership. So we had a paint and body guy come over and fix all the gashes in the cargo doors and also to paint the 24 ft. cargo trailer which will haul our show corvette to look like our rig. Well a month later and two days ago the paint guy finished. All looked great. Next day, yesterday we leave our campsite to get two new front tires put on and a wheel alignment. We were gone over 4 hours and the genny will not keep running. The rv doctor will come to fix it. But to put the icing on the cake, when hubby was backing into our campsite, he hit his show corvette. I know, I know, I should have moved the car and known better, but done is done. Well today paint and body guy fixed the vette, and took the red paint off the rig. We can't get going till the genny gets fixed cause we need the house air to travel 4 hours up the road in the blazing sun. Our first stop is mount dora fl and I thank you for the info on the southern palms rv park. Hope we can go tomorrow. Will keep you all informed. I will only rent campsites that have pullthrus. Backing in is a pain in the you know what.
Sounds like you guys need one of those driving courses to help new owners get used to driving and backing in their new rigs. LazyDays in Tampa has a highly recommended course, RV Classes to Enhance the RVer as well as videos at RV Driver Confidence Course: Part 1 - Better RVing?

I plan on taking all the training I can get when I get my MH!

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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We were fortunate to have a good friend that also ran a truck driving school. He gave us a couple days of his time and really helped us get a handle on some basic issues and gave us some ideas on where we could practice.

The most important word he taught us about backing up was...GOAL...

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Look

This is something that truck driving organizations use to remind drivers that there is no shame in getting out to assess the situation before committing to a mistake. Pride comes before the fall.

The second thing he taught us was teamwork and use of our FM radios to make backing in as easy as possible. Our home base CG requires me to back into the CG from the entrance for about 150' and then back into my slot. I have to work through a narrowish gate and some fencing on the other side of our road. It isn't horrible but what a first time challenge.

Sandee and I have some very clear rules:

1. I do NOT move if I can not see her. The only exception is if we are in radio contact and she tells me she is clear. (Our rig came with a set of 4 FM radios and we use them.)

2. Who ever is guiding is responsible for the first walk around to ensure nothing is in our way. Mirrors and cameras are great but a set of eyes directly on the target is best. I only listen to Sandee no matter how many folks come out to help. (I love my father-in-law to death and he tried to help the first time.) LOL His is the camper across the road from our spot with the fence I have to miss.

3. We both get out of the rig if we have to back into a strange spot. We want to make sure we both know where the hook ups are so that we agree on where we want the rig to make it's final stop and how we want to get there. Perhaps in some cases where we don't have to back up 150' just to start our "final approach" we might not feel the need but we want to keep that pattern in place.

You might ask if I have mirrors and cameras how she might not be in sight? Well, besides the usual potential for blind spots, sometimes glare on the inside of the glass makes it very hard to see her. So, she might be able to see me through the mirror but I can't really see her.

Hang in there!
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Can't say enough good about the RV Driving Course at Lazy Days/Tampa, and it's free. You ought to do it while you're near there. Your backing up would've been a piece of cake after they explain the tricks.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #7
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Sounds like you have my navigator... Enough said there.

on the generator a few comments.

If you are low on fuel (Quarter tank or lower) it wont' go, Add fuel

Also if it's low on oil, or high on heat, it won't go.

Those are the easy ones.
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:34 PM   #8
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I think the problems you are having are a good sign. Get all the goof ups out of the way early and the rest of your time with the MH will be trouble free!!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 03:42 PM   #9
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Gonna have to be more careful and definitely stick with pull throughs....
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At the rate you are going it could be expensive. May be that way already .
That free course at LazyDays would be a bargain
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:35 AM   #11
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I employ over 100 truck drivers and at every meeting I remind them that 90% of our accidents are at less than 10 miles per hour or in reverse.
My catch cry is engage brain before gear.
Remember there is no time limit in backing in or positioning the coach.
As others have said a "trained" observer is almost always necessary.
So train your DW to give you accurate instructions (easier said than done)
I remember perfectly positioning the coach into a very tight site without an observer in double quick time. It was a miracle I didn't hit the overhanging tree I couldn't see through any mirror or reversing camera - note to self - follow own advice.
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Very unfortunate that's why they are called accidents. That being said, one can try to linit their accidents by using a spotter and as someone else mentioned, attending the FREE driving class at Lazydays near Tampa. My wife and I took the course and enjoyed it very much.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:19 AM   #13
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