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Old 03-17-2015, 05:58 PM   #1
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RV Driving School - Very positive experience!

For newbies, or even veterans, the RV Driving School is a great way to improve your skill levels while driving, and parking your rigs. It provides a good safeties edge, and reminds you of the basics.

The RV Driving School has many good locations and I've never heard a bad thing about any of them.

But if you are ever able to coordinate your schedule to be in the same part of the country as Dan Sheppard, I recommend trying to schedule a course with him.

Dan starts with basic coach safety items, such as tires, tire dates codes, normal maintenance such as fan belts, air cleaners, etc. He does this before you even start the engine. I suspect some of this is for his own safety, as he is learning about the people he is training, as he looks over the rig and how well it has been maintained.

Dan has an easy going approach, with very clear communication. He stresses safety, and also about being comfortable as a a driver.

I've been driving our RV's since 2004, and picked up several good tips. My DW drove our 1st rig, but was intimidated by our 40' DP. After two days of RV Driving school with Dan, she has a smile on her face, and feels much more confident in driving our home on wheels.

I strongly recommend this for newbies, and even veteran drivers as a refresher. If you are lucky enough to schedule Dan Sheppard, you'll be impressed with his multi decades of experience - that he gladly shares with all...

My best to all, be safe, have fun,

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Old 03-17-2015, 07:23 PM   #2
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Glad to hear a positive report!

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Old 03-19-2015, 12:48 PM   #3
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Interesting. I never knew there was such a school. I took off cold turkey driving a 50' Houseboat and survived the experience. But a little education before hand sure would have helped out. I was wondering about how wide of turns you have to make and what to watch out for, as you can't just take these rigs anywhere .... Are you allowed to post the price and length of the school here? And I would be very interested if they let us race em around Daytona or something like that. Course, since I don't have a rig yet I'd have to drive theres. Do you think they'd mind? LOL
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I had a college buddy take an RV driving course at a rally, arranged through RV Driving School. He paid something like $250 for the lesson. All was good for the 3+ hours, and he developed a great friendly rapport with the instructor.

However, he was surprised that the instructor kinda expected to be tipped!

My friend wasn't expecting to pay a tip, but was told it was "normal" and that others at the rally have been tipping. Not wanting to feel like a cheapskate, the tip was almost as much as the lesson fee!

Just a warning, for those not expecting to have to pay more than the lesson fee.
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