Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > 5th Wheel Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  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 06-02-2016, 07:14 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 78
5th Wheelers trying to Kill Me???

Ok, I've had it. Today I was run off the road once (onto the small shoulder) and nearly off twice by 5th wheels tracking well over the center line. These events occurred while I was driving north between Yellowstone National Park south entry and the Grant area. Much of this area consists of narrow very winding roads with no shoulder. These conditions are admittedly demanding for a driver towing a behemoth 5th wheel. A few of the left curves require tow vehicle tires to be snugged up right to the fog line. If you are afraid to do that you should stay on the interstate or get a rig you can handle.

I know, I know, it is not just drivers towing 5th wheels who crowd left turns but they are the ones who do not seem to recognize when they have done so. The vast majority of other drivers quickly dodge back where they belong upon seeing oncoming traffic. It seems to me that too many folks purchasing today's extra large 5th wheels have no clue how far the rear of their rig tracks inside when cornering.
__________________

__________________
2007 HR Neptune 34SBD
Airforce One / Roadmaster Sterling
2017 Chev Colorado 4X4
barrys 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 06-02-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Skip426's Avatar


 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Powell River, B.C.
Posts: 14,970
Perhaps soon, special licensing will be required for all trailers over 10,000 Lbs. GVWR. Maybe that would weed out some of the poor drivers.
Air brake license, requirements are slowly spreading state to state and province to province.

But then again , my home province has both requirements and it doesn't seem to have helped.
__________________

__________________
99DSDP 3884, Freightliner, XC, CAT 3126B, 300 HP /ALLISON 3060
2000 Caravan toad, Remco & Blue Ox.
Skip426 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2016, 08:57 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
JBurg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Posts: 368
Must be the people that are always taking about "slowing down and enjoying the scenery." I prefer to focus on my driving... 😆
__________________
2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn CC LB Dually. Cummins, Aisin, 4X4, 4.10 gears. Max towing-28,750. Max payload-5,436. 2016 DRV Mobile Suites 41RSSB4
JBurg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 01:02 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
MtnTrek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Currently; SW Cali. Sunny & warm!
Posts: 1,113
Interesting point and disturbing observations.


Wonder if any of those haulers will read this thread, or even visit a board such as this?

Yeah, drive like you own your rig and not the road.


We all can devote more thought to safety and skills. Sorry you experienced that.
__________________
DRV Suites, ES-38RSSA
J & J & Kickr's the Vonderhund
GM Denali, 3500HD-Max, CC, 8'-DRW, 4x4
MtnTrek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 01:07 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Mr_D's Avatar
 
Solo Rvers Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 28,385
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skip426 View Post
Air brake license requirements are slowly spreading state to state and province to province.
Not here in the US that I've seen or heard of.
__________________
2009 45' Magna 630 w/Cummins ISX 650 HP/1950 Lbs Ft
Charter Good Sam Lifetime Member, FMCA, SKP
RV'ing since 1957, NRA Benefactor Life, towing '14 CR-V
Mr_D is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 07:41 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 18
Barrys I agree. I've experienced distracted drivers on the interstate and other major highways. Jburg comment is right on. Drivers need to focus on driving. My wife is the navigator, I'm the pilot.

I have my air break licence. Not sure that will fix bad drivers. With the technology in new vehicles, air/exhaust breaks are a great driving assist tool. Still need to understand when and how to use them control your rig.

My biggest concern still remains with overweight rigs and its safety implications. In Alberta, the Dept of Transport do not check or enforce weight limits. They state there are too many configurations in tow vehicles. Only time they will pull you over is if you are driving erratically.

i hate leaning on the horn..makes me feel bad. But now I do as maybe the other driver will adjust their driving habits.

And yet in Alberta, 5W insurance cost is relatively cheap. Based on DOT and insurance costs, it would appear RV related accidents are low risk.

Hopefully threads like this will help.
__________________
2014 Arctic Fox 27 5L
2013.8 Ram Laramie3500 HD 4X4 Asin, Pullrite Superslide, TransferFlo auxalliay tank
Benbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 08:19 AM   #7
Senior Member


 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 985
Are you sure you weren't just panicking and a bit paranoid yourself since you were driving a big rig on narrow winding roads yourself?
__________________
2014 Raptor 300MP, 2014 Cowboy Cadillac - Ram 3500 Crew Cab Long Bed Longhorn 6.7 Cummins Turbo Diesel DRW 4.10 Rear End, 5588 Payload, Firestone Airbags, Curt Q20, TST507
raineman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 08:42 AM   #8
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 1,346
Quote:
Originally Posted by JBurg View Post
Must be the people that are always taking about "slowing down and enjoying the scenery." I prefer to focus on my driving... 😆
When behind the wheel towing the wife and I go into "Defensive Combat Driving"
__________________
Cummins12V98 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 08:51 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
TwelveVolt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 820
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cummins12V98 View Post
When behind the wheel towing the wife and I go into "Defensive Combat Driving"

Why, and perhaps the more important question, how are you "towing the wife"? We want to know more.
__________________
TwelveVolt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 08:57 AM   #10
Senior Member
 
Fiesta48's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 1,573
New drivers

When I was learning to drive my monster, I had a few truckers rudely pass me and one that used his legs and arms to say "get over".
I've been on several rural roads barely wider than my 8.5' wide RV plus mirrors and awnings, WITH NO SHOULDER, bad drop off. Scary.
__________________
Full Timers.
2015 Fleetwood Discovery 40E on a Freightliner XCS chassis with a Cummins ISL9 pulling 1 and/or 2 motorcycles, '07 Honda Accord OR a 17' Runabout Boat.
Fiesta48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 10:48 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
JBurg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Rock Springs, Wyoming
Posts: 368
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cummins12V98 View Post
When behind the wheel towing the wife and I go into "Defensive Combat Driving"

My wifey is driving the jeep, so she acts as my pilot car. It's quite handy, as I just radio to her that it looks like I'll be needing to get over to pass soon, and then she clears the left lane for me. She also prevents traffic from screaming up beside me in situations like two-lane left turns. "Team Defensive Combat Driving" certainly makes things less nerve-racking on my end.

Attachment 129629
__________________
2015 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn CC LB Dually. Cummins, Aisin, 4X4, 4.10 gears. Max towing-28,750. Max payload-5,436. 2016 DRV Mobile Suites 41RSSB4
JBurg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 11:44 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Bryan, Texas
Posts: 611
"Air brake license requirements"

In the US, anyone can buy an 18 wheeler, set it up to meet rv specs, and then title it as an rv and go anywhere they want with just a regular drivers license. You generally won't see one marked as an rv pulling a regular 18 wheeler trailer but it could happen. Mostly, they are pulling very big 5'ers.

And anyone can buy any regular tow vehicle and any size 5'er or TT they want and hit the road. Safe or not. And knowing how to handle them or not.

There's just no way to make a law to control stupid, but not everyone driving them are stupid. Some are just inexperienced and not comfortable with the right side so close to the edge. Some might have a wife hollering at them to keep scooting to the left some more.
__________________
charliez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 11:54 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 4,065
Everytime I drive on US 550 between Durango & Montrose, doesn't matter whether I am Northbound or Southbound, someone in a motorhome is always crowding/cutting across the centerline causing me to have to swerve to avoid them.....tough to do when towing my 5vr.

If I can stay in my lane WHY can't those in motorhomes do the same.?
Sometimes you wonder if they are doing it on purpose.........
__________________
Old-Biscuit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-09-2016, 12:07 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
FaithBowls's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 421
Don't blame fifth wheels. It's the commercial trucks and cars trying to run us all off the road
__________________

__________________
FaithBowls is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5th wheel



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
OUR Newmar 5th Wheelers Group & 2011 5th Wheels Dennis M Newmar Owner's Forum 182 09-18-2013 08:45 PM
My boat is trying to kill me Seajay Just Conversation 77 02-23-2011 02:50 PM
Saw Lots of 5th Wheelers Heading South sandersmr iRV2.com General Discussion 0 11-28-2010 05:58 PM
Properly leveling 5th wheelers DavidB 5th Wheel Discussion 6 07-28-2005 02:15 PM
Interested in information about 5th wheelers mwturner 5th Wheel Discussion 10 03-08-2005 08:18 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:49 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.