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Old 11-20-2010, 10:26 PM   #15
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Getting used to a new ride makes most a bit cautious, and it should. One of the best things to help could be to focus your eyes further ahead of you and in the center of your intended path. I am not saying you should fix that focus, keep your eyes moving as you do need the big picture. Good luck and be safe! Always remember, there are a lot of foolish drivers out there! Don't you be one of them!

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:36 PM   #16
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I drove my Class A gasser 2500 miles during a shake down cruise last July, I never did get used to the swaying. It was a white knuckler e-ticket ride.
Not anymore, now it rides rock solid. Even though I would feel safe driving 70+ mph, I never will.

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Old 11-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Luckiest Dre View Post
One of the best things to help could be to focus your eyes further ahead of you and in the center of your intended path. !
This is probably the most effective advice I received when learning how to drive my 40' DP. I was all over the place focusing on my convex mirrors to make sure I was staying between the line. I read somewhere here on the forum to just move my focal point up the road to where I wanted to go and the coach would follow. Amazing how much better my coach handled after that. I had learned that years earlier driving sports cars but for some reason I guess I didn't make the connection to the motorhome.

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Old 11-20-2010, 11:39 PM   #18
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Take alook at your springs they maybe sagging. Arched downward.
Measure at your floor level ,side strip, to ground may need to beef up your springs.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:02 AM   #19
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I was getting ready to add what Bear said in his last comment: My rig gets optimum mileage at 62-63mph. As poor as I am, and getting 8 mpg on a good day, I stay right around there. That and it takes like a mile to stop from highway speed (being funny but sorta not!) I really don't feel too much wind unless I'm being passed by a semi. Speaking of motorcycles I ride in Florida often where 80 is the new 30. I think I've squeezed the handlebars so tight at times I've reshaped them! Safe travels...
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Old 11-21-2010, 05:57 AM   #20
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Hey GoldenBear, several responses from drivers with much more experience than I behind the wheel of a class A. I just got my very first MH this August. A 37 foot gasser and my first trip was from Ohio to Eastern North Carolina.... Through eastern mountains of WV. It took two weeks for my knuckles to loose the white color, LOL.

As many have stated take it slow, 60 MPH and the coach seems to just slide along and I get to see the great Eastern NC landscape.

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Old 11-21-2010, 08:50 AM   #21
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Even though I drive a 35' straight truck every day for a living, when we got the motorhome it was a totally different feel. I noticed the sway and top heavy feel much worse than my truck (which stands a foot taller), but after about 3500 mi. this season, it feels solid as a rock! Give yourself time to get used to it. It is a much different animal than driving anything else on the road! I also agree with RickO, that once you get used to where you are in the lane, just focus on where you want to go and the motorhome WILL follow! Good luck and drive safe!
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:50 PM   #22
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Thanks another motorcycle lesson, look ahead into the curve before you get their and the bike will go that way. (wife took rider edge course from HD)

I found alots of heavy things up high in the coach. I moved those things low and light weight low.

When we were looking for a coach I alsway did the math thing > wheel base measurement divided by over all lenth and if it didn't come out to 54% or better I walk away and this one 54.5%.

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