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Old 06-16-2014, 11:07 AM   #1
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Test driving

This is a stupid question. But I am a couple years out from buying our first RV and have been using this forum to learn as much as I could about RVs. I have never drove a RV before, but know it can't be that tough, I have driven Coke delivery truck one summer about 30 years and we are renting a 31' class C RV in Alaska next month for 10 days. But it is not like driving a car, and I would hate to take out a street sign.

Do RV dealers have any issues testing driving MH especially since I am a newbie and just looking around getting info and kicking the tires.

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Old 06-16-2014, 02:09 PM   #2
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Some rv dealers do offer training.

Basicly, just go slow at first. The longer you are, the wider you turn.

How long was the coke truck you drove? If it was a long one, then the rv should not me much different.


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Maybe a dealer wouldn't mind hoping to gain a future customer. As a private seller I don't allow any test drives until there is money on the table. Too many people such as yourself with no intention of buying.
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I would say its stupid not to give it a test drive as for the dealer I don't think they will let you unless they think you are very serious about buying it.
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Some rv dealers do offer training.

Basicly, just go slow at first. The longer you are, the wider you turn.

How long was the coke truck you drove? If it was a long one, then the rv should not me much different.


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This post came from another thread and was moved here. In that thread someone a couple years out from buying his first RV talked about how he had test drove about 6 different brands of RVs. I thought it was great that he got to test drive so many and was wondering if that was common. I was going to wait until I was closer to when I ready to buy to start seeing about asking for a test drive. Right now I have been doing most of my looking at RV shows.

I can't remember how long the Coke truck was, I would guess 30'-35', the basic 10 wheel deliver truck. I also drove fire engines/trucks when I was in a volunteer fire department and they were about 40', but that was about 30 years ago when I was young and fearless. Now I'm older and more cautious. I doubt would have much trouble
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:58 AM   #6
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Fear is the biggest problem. Once you get over that, it's easy enough. Different than your car if its Class A, because of the difference in driver position and perspective. For a C, it's just a matter of remembering that it's long and that the back end swings OUT a lot because of the long rear overhang. Gas chassis A's also have a long rear overhang.
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Look on You Tube for LazyDay training videos. They generally show class A but are very helpful. I am sure there are driver videos by others also. Not a bad review at the start of each season.


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With driving experience in a straight truck and fire truck, you should become comfortable in a MH after a little saddle time. It has been my experience, that MH test drives usually come with high pressure sales tactics.
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Test driving

Might try a consignment place. I bought the only one I test drove, but they were not high pressure and did not seem to mind me test driving one. Did not have to sign anything or put any money down, I think they did copy my drivers license.
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Look on You Tube for LazyDay training videos. They generally show class A but are very helpful. I am sure there are driver videos by others also. Not a bad review at the start of each season.


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I have watch them. At first I was not expecting much from them because of the animation, but they are good.
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With driving experience in a straight truck and fire truck, you should become comfortable in a MH after a little saddle time. It has been my experience, that MH test drives usually come with high pressure sales tactics.
You are right, that is one reason I have been staying away from most dealerships, We don't have much time to use a MH yet, in a couple years some of our time will be free up. The other is I don't want to waste someone's time when I am not ready to buy.

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I was a school bus driver trainer for several years in my old district. The number one mistake that new drivers make is not watching where there rear is going when turning. Either they forget that that back wheels don't follow the exact path as the front tires, and they jump a curb and take out a stop sign, gate post, etc., or they don't watch where their rear body swing is going and clip a parked car, fuel pump, or something else beside them.

Those are the most common driver errors and they usually lead to fender bender accidents. The most common and serious accident for us, both bus and RV drivers, is getting hit from behind. Unlike most people I don't hold the rear vehicle driver 100% at fault.

There are several things you can do to minimize this danger. The biggest is maintaing a correct following distance in FRONT of you. That's four seconds PLUS one second for every ten miles over 45 mph. Sure people will pull into that space in front of you, let them and then try to create it again without slowing more than a couple of miles below the flow of traffic.

What does the amount of room in front of you have to do with someone else not hitting you from behind? Almost everything. With enough room you can stop without slamming on your brakes, while simultaneously watching the guy behind you. If he's not going to stop in time you have some extra room to keep moving forward before you have to emergency brake, usually preventing the accident. No one but you will know what you just did to prevent the crash, and the guy behind you will still likely flip you off, but your passengers and you will be safe, and your rig still pristine.

I've driven buses of all kinds for over twenty years without an accident, and am a safety specialist in my current district. My mantra remains, watch your back, no one else will.
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I was a school bus driver trainer for several years in my old district. The number one mistake that new drivers make is not watching where there rear is going when turning. Either they forget that that back wheels don't follow the exact path as the front tires, and they jump a curb and take out a stop sign, gate post, etc., or they don't watch where their rear body swing is going and clip a parked car, fuel pump, or something else beside them.

Those are the most common driver errors and they usually lead to fender bender accidents. The most common and serious accident for us, both bus and RV drivers, is getting hit from behind. Unlike most people I don't hold the rear vehicle driver 100% at fault.

There are several things you can do to minimize this danger. The biggest is maintaing a correct following distance in FRONT of you. That's four seconds PLUS one second for every ten miles over 45 mph. Sure people will pull into that space in front of you, let them and then try to create it again without slowing more than a couple of miles below the flow of traffic.

What does the amount of room in front of you have to do with someone else not hitting you from behind? Almost everything. With enough room you can stop without slamming on your brakes, while simultaneously watching the guy behind you. If he's not going to stop in time you have some extra room to keep moving forward before you have to emergency brake, usually preventing the accident. No one but you will know what you just did to prevent the crash, and the guy behind you will still likely flip you off, but your passengers and you will be safe, and your rig still pristine.

I've driven buses of all kinds for over twenty years without an accident, and am a safety specialist in my current district. My mantra remains, watch your back, no one else will.
So true, thanks for the pointers.

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