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Old 08-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #1
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After thinking about RVing for at least a couple of years, we finally took the plunge this week and decided to buy a 2003 American Eagle, 40 foot diesel pusher. It's a huge leap...having never driven such a beast before...but I am confident, indeed insistent, that we can learn. We don't take possession until the end of August, due to some other activities scheduled much earlier.

We live most of the year in FL but also have a small apartment in MN that we look on as our "summer cabin." We travel with our cat. Cats, cars, and motel rooms are not a good combination. So next summer we will take several weeks going north and returning -- seeing parts of the country that we otherwise just pass through. Between now and then we will learn to drive that bus!

On the theory that you're more inclined to regret what you don't do rather than what you do, we decided it would be a shame when we reach our dotage before long if we wondered, but never knew, what the RV experience was about. If it is a horrible mistake, we can probably sell it for a few cents on the dollar: in the meantime, we might as well enjoy some of our money before the markets chew it all up first!

We have owned a boat as large as 40 feet and learned to handle and dock that without too much difficulty so we are hoping for similar luck with the MH.

Have picked up a lot of good info from this forum and look forward to much more browsing as time passes.

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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We're sure glad to have you join us! Congrats on the new coach. I'm sure you can handle it! Happy trails

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:08 PM   #3
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Glad your here!!! Remember fowards not to bad REVERSE thats a whole differant beast. I would recommend a rear spotter.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:13 PM   #4
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congrats on the new coach and welcome to the crowd of other MH enthusiasts, (that sounds better than "addicted" which I certainly am).
I always use a spotter when backing, and I make the DW wear the talk back headset. The rear camera will recieve but you can't talk so if something is not clear or you don't understand the DW's hand signals you have to stop, get out and have a not always friendly discussion of proper hand signals.

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:34 PM   #5
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If you can find a driving school for the large motorhomes, do sign up. Both pilot and copilot. The main thing is to take it slow and easy and get the feel of the rig. Don't let people bully you into getting in a hurry and making a mistake.

One thing we have ALWAYS done is the RV is not backed up unless there is spotter in the back with a walkie talkie. When pulling up to a site, that is a back in, we stop, get out and check the site for where the utilities are located, over hanging limbs and wheel stops. Then we back in.

Another rule is that we cannot see the spotter in one mirror or the other, we stop until the spotter is in place of talking on the radio.

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Old 08-06-2011, 02:44 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard. You should get a lot of help from this site--just ask!
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Old 08-06-2011, 04:50 PM   #7
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Like everyone else said..... WELCOME to the forum. I won't repeat the good advice about back up. I will tell on myself though. I once tried to back our Class A up with the toad attached. Hey, it's only a few feet....right? To make a longer story short.....don't even think about it. I finally got out and in 10 minutes had finished the job I had already spent 10 minutes on without one bit of progress!
By the way, I'm sure you'll learn to drive it without trying a stupid 'short cut' like me.
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Welcome, for a beginner you are starting out with a bang, happy travels.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:27 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the good wishes...and the advice on backing up. There is a supping mall not far and I think we will go there to practice early mornings. Also planning on a driving school when one opens up. We just have to get the beast home from about 100 miles away and then get it parked in our development's storage compound. We have walkies. My philosophy will be like docking the boat: slow and easy and if it doesn't go the first few times, keep trying. At least there's no wind or current to worry about!

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