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Old 09-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #1
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Learn to drive a motor coach schools

As suggested by the number of posts today, we are newbies who have jumped into motorhomes with all 8 feet x 44 feet. We test drove a number of coaches at the Hershey show and it is obviously going to take us a while to get comfortable driving such a big coach, particularly with a vehicle in tow. Does anyone know of any learn to drive/safe driving schools designed for people who own a bus like motor coach? Our preference is a school in the mid-Atlantic region since that is where we will take possession and would like to have some schooling locally rather than being thrown into the ocean to see if we can swim before we take off.

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If you go on-line to the Spartan website you will find that they have a driving school for you to use in your own coach. This is part of their one week course in Holland, MI. You'll find some threads to it in the Entegra section.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:13 AM   #3
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If you go on-line to the Spartan website you will find that they have a driving school for you to use in your own coach. This is part of their one week course in Holland, MI. You'll find some threads to it in the Entegra section.
Thank you. I checked it out. Looks fantastic. What we were looking for an a whole lot more, which is even better.

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Lazy Days in Tampa has on online video course as well as a free hands on course at their location .
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Lazy Days in Tampa has on online video course as well as a free hands on course at their location .
That's interesting, because when we bought our MH, at Lazy Days, the course was only free, only if you bought a MH there. Otherwise, it was $75.00 per person. The DW and I took the 1 day course, which included a classroom study in the AM and a hands on driving experience after lunch. We drove a coach, similar to the one we bought, around their camping site.
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In the New Rig Forum we have a couple of driving threads that may help you until you can get into a class.
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Depending on where you're located, big coach driving instruction can be hard to find. If there isn't a commercial school nearby, I'd suggest contacting your local transit agency to see if any of their instructors do instruction for people with long RV's.

After I retired from my engineering career, I went to work for our county transit agency and learned to drive up to 40' coaches in rush-hour traffic. It took a couple of weeks. Learning the routes took longer. If you get a good instructor, it's not too painful.

Another source for instructors is your local school board. After all, they have 60+ year-olds driving 40' coaches full of screaming kids through residential neighborhoods. One of their instructors may be willing to teach you - 8 hours or so should be more than enough.

Good luck finding someone to help. Getting some guidance from someone who does it on a daily basis is well worth the effort to find them.
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Camping World RV Sales in Chattanooga, Tn. has a driving school for Men or Ladies available at most any time. Call Ralph Miller @ 423-892-8275. Very good!!
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Check out the RV Driving School. They run classes, but will also arrange private sessions if you're in the area of any of their instructors. They happen to have an instructor in Columbus, NC, and another in Myrtle Beach, SC.

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Depending on where you're located, big coach driving instruction can be hard to find. If there isn't a commercial school nearby, I'd suggest contacting your local transit agency to see if any of their instructors do instruction for people with long RV's.

After I retired from my engineering career, I went to work for our county transit agency and learned to drive up to 40' coaches in rush-hour traffic. It took a couple of weeks. Learning the routes took longer. If you get a good instructor, it's not too painful.

Another source for instructors is your local school board. After all, they have 60+ year-olds driving 40' coaches full of screaming kids through residential neighborhoods. One of their instructors may be willing to teach you - 8 hours or so should be more than enough.

Good luck finding someone to help. Getting some guidance from someone who does it on a daily basis is well worth the effort to find them.
Great ideas. Thank you. Never would have thought to contact either, but I will.

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