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Old 09-21-2014, 01:26 PM   #1
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Common Consideration

The past two weeks we have been in the Tetons and Yellowstone and have noticed a lot of animosity toward the rv group in general. We went on several escourted tours and in general everyone was down on rv'in the parks. The biggest problem was no one pulls over at turnouts to let the 15 cars behind pass. Numerous times we would be behind motohomes doing 20-25 miles an hour leading a pack of 15-20 cars not pulling over and letting them pass! I was embarrassed for being a rv'er. Many of the tour operators want to ban the larger 5th wheels and motorhomes and there have been several petitions to limit or ban us. So please everyone be aware we need to show good manners, pull over where possible, and let them pass! We all want to enjoy the parks.
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Old 09-21-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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Well said and I agree. So many places in our parks are really a challenge for a big rig and the wiser move is to explore in the toad.

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Old 09-21-2014, 02:10 PM   #3
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I agree. When the pull outs are paved and smooth I always pull over,
BUT when they are only gravel or potholed I bypass to prevent rock chips
and emptying my cabinets.
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Old 09-21-2014, 02:21 PM   #4
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I always pullout. Even if it's gravel I signal, slow to a crawl and pull off if it's more than a couple of cars for an extended period. I just think if I was the guy behind.
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Due to the non cooperative rv, it took 4+ hours on return trip from old faithful to the fishing bridge campground! Needless to say, dinner was a little bit late at 10:00 pm!
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:23 PM   #6
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Wow! Sorry to hear about your bad experience and the comments heard. We always pull over anywhere we are, if there's a place to do so safely. For Yellowstone or any national park, we go directly to the campground and do our touring in our car.
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Old 09-21-2014, 04:27 PM   #7
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Not to defend the slow poke rv's but pullouts are for slow poke leaf watcher cars also. Everytime I cross through the smokey mountains I'm pushing cars up and down the mountain.
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I also agree and pullover wherever I can safely do so, but other regular drivers can be a little more courteous too. Alot of times cars merging on the freeway can accelerate or brake much easier than an RV can but always seem to make it difficult(maybe it's that important text message or phone call they are making), some smaller country type roads have an occasional low hanging tree that will hit the MH. Sometimes you have to wait for the opposing lane to clear so you don't take the AC's off the top of your roof and people get iratated, and how many times do people speed ahead of you in slow traffic because they have to get in front of the MH....Courtesy goes both ways and most of the people I have RV'd with or seen on the road driving RV's have been very courteous, but it is always good to remind ourselves as we are big and always observed., and one bad apple makes us all look bad.
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I pull over and appreciate others that do. How about those trucks that are rolling roadblocks? Can't do over 2 mph faster than the one they want to pass. Sad.
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I got in the habit early on in my MH'ing travels. I was in Alaska and its a law that you must pull over if five or more vehicles are behind you and you're not doing the speed limit.
I always did it afterwards anytime I thought it was necessary and if I could safely.
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Paul, I totally agree with what you said! Sure hope this doesn't get out of hand!
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Using pull outs is not only courteous, but is the law in many states. Not just for RVs, but for all slower vehicles. Be considerate of other traffic, regardless of what your drive.
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Driving for a living most of my life I have seen some rude things out there. It does not matter what you are driving there will always be jerks out there that only think of themselves. Their mirror is for checking their hair doo.
I just mumble bad words and try and set a better example.
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Paul. I agree, most of us do pull over if we see we are impeding traffic. But there will always be a few wingnuts that don't look in their mirror to see what their causing. Or they just don't care. A few bad drivers gives us all a bad reputation.
Sorry about your experiences.
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