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Old 08-06-2010, 09:37 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by RoadDogs View Post
So hubby woke up late last night in axiety about driving this thing! He was reading one of the RV books and this guy was talking about having a hard time driving it and bumping into tel poles and pissing people off and so on and so forth.

I saw a cd about how to drive one of these rigs somewhere... but what are ya all's experience with learning to drive and RV and especially with a truck behind it?

thanks in advance!
I learned under fire when I bought my first ever RV and it was a 40 footer with a Jeep Grand Cherokee towed behind. I can be very scary. The DVD might be a good idea but I have no experience with them. I'd suggest that for turns he must remember to start them later than he normally would because he's much longer and the rig will pivot around the rear wheels. On winding roads I've noticed that my focus is very different from when driving a car. In a car, I find myself watching the INSIDE of the turn... in other words the double line if it's a left bend in the road. In the coach, I focus on the OUTSIDE of my lane on the same left bend. This gives my rig the room it needs to stay in my lane.

When on the open road, it helps to focus farther down the road rather than right in from of your rig which can cause you to "over correct" and wander all over the place.

Most of all, take your time and don't get rattled.

Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

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