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Old 02-14-2016, 09:08 AM   #1
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Took the plunge

After a year of research and looking we finally took the plunge and bought our very first RV. A 2011 Itasca Ellipse 42QD. It came down to floor plan and towing capacity as I'm retiring from the "real job" and will need to pull a full size van to travel selling my photography at art shows around the country. This one was laid out just the way we wanted and had exactly the options we wanted. Now I just need to learn how to drive the beast!

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Old 02-14-2016, 02:08 PM   #2
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Congratulations! It's very exciting getting into this hobby. Take the beast to a Walmart type parking lot at night. Drive it around a bit and back it into parking spots (off away from the front door) The bigger the parking lot the better.

If you want formal training, enter into a search engine the following. "Motorhome driving instructors". You can actually have someone train you on how to drive this thing but practice is the best lesson.

Drive it around and then add the tow vehicle. They talk about "special awareness", knowing where the front end is going and the back end is at at all times. When you turn where is the back end going? Always be aware of that. There's a lot of swing out there in them thar rearends!

Have a great time though and come back often to ask questions and drop off lessons learned.

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Old 02-14-2016, 03:29 PM   #3
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Congratulations! We adore our coach and both I and DW really find the driving to be a delight. Beamisl provided some great recommendations - you'll also find some nice 'how-to drive' videos on the internet that are great for slow-speed maneuvering and handling curves at all speeds. Please do take your first drives slow and easy - don't let anybody hurry you through tight maneuvers and unfamiliar situations. Keep the questions coming -- enjoy and safe travels!
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Old 02-14-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
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Congratulations on your new Itasca.

Take it slow at first. As suggested go to a large parking lot and get the feel. It helps if you can get some small traffic cones so as to set up imaginary corners. Practice backing up by using a spotter. You'll be surprised how fast you catch on.

Happy Trails!!
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