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Old 06-30-2014, 10:50 PM   #15
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I was a vol. fireman for 25 years go to fire station and most have a big parking lots they will help you. They have cones and set some up and drive around them learn to use your mirrors and backing up it will help you a lot. They may have some very good training videos. Be sure to tell them old fireman told you about this, that's how fireman train to drive the large trucks. Have a good day

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Old 07-01-2014, 04:05 PM   #16
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Does anyone know if there is anywhere in or near Michigan that teaches how to drive a diesel?

Want to know what we need to know before we get into a situation we can't handle. Thanks so much!

From one NewB to another, the learning curve is still fresh on my mind

Driving a diesel is to driving a gasser like driving a truck is to a sports car; takes a bit of getting used to, but it's the same basic activity.

A diesel with an engine brake is a god-send for going down long grades. I use it during regular driving, too, because it saves our brakes a LOT. Learning to push the switch takes some time, but you get used to it pretty fast.

It becomes a game; knowing when to turn it ON and how far from the traffic light or stop sign. (ours operates when we let off the throttle, and yours might differ)

Downshifting coming off a grade is a learned experience, but nothing to write home about here in the East. I was really nervous...REALLY nervous about coming down 25 out of Hendersonville, NC, off the mountain. Turns out I needed less worry about how the engine down-shifting handles grades, and more BenGay for the muscles in the back of my neck that had started tensing hours earlier, in anticipation

I spent several hours in an empty sub-division practicing backing up...and am happy for having done it. Other than that, it's just plain OJT. Enjoy!

Rick and Sandy
2003 American Eagle, 46K miles
...from Sept 2015
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement! I'm hoping that the nervousness I feel will 1.) result in being a safer driver and 2.) will turn out to be not as bad as I imagined it will be! We pick up our RV this Saturday, will let you know how everything went.

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