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Old 05-07-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Driving tips please

After nine months and lots of arguing with the dealer and the manufacturer my coach is finally working! I have planned a trip to attend the 2012 Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain. I have a 2011 coach but a 2010 chassis Ford V10. I did the math and renting a trailer to tow my car would cost more than having 2 drivers. I have never tried driving something this big in the mountains anyone have any tips? I get from 0 to 60 in 3 attempts.
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any chance you can rent a car at your location?
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Drive slow, enjoy the scenery, save gas.
Take your time, leave early.
Stay away from other vehicles as much as possible.
Think about reprocussions of every action.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:19 AM   #4
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You can do it, just get some seat time before driving on twisty roads. Drive your coach on a straight road, centered in the lane, and establish a visual reference (like a spot on the dashboard, or even add a little "dot" sticker on the windshield) so you can easily duplicate your position on the road. For a very narrow road, look in your side mirror and get used to positioning the edge of your coach near, but not over, the center stripe.

It's highly unlikely but if you get to a road so narrow there is no center stripe, slow down, use what space you need, but be very aware of oncoming traffic. Roads like this are usually colored "Grey" on maps and, after a few experiences, I have warned my DW navigator against leading me into such fun in the future...

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...I have planned a trip to attend the 2012 Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain...I have never tried driving something this big in the mountains anyone have any tips?...
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slow and steady will get you there. Are you firm on renting a trailer or just considering it? If renting at the destination is an option I would consider it. I recall my first "toad" experience - was not pleasant, learned a lot, and discarded a lot of useless and incorrect opinions. And that was on Interstate highways. It took me a couple of years to tackle the "less traveled route". Good luck - let your common sense be your guide - if it don't feel right - don't do it. You have a lot of prescious cargo on board
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I have an E-Class Mercedes that gets 31MPG and the gas to and from will cost 144.00 Based on current gas prices. Trailer rental one way is 70$ and then I have to add the extra gas mileage that I would use pulling the car behind me. A car rental would be minimum of 260$. I am leaning towards having the wife drive the car and I will drive the coach...
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use your trans when coming down a mountain not your brakes or you will burn them up,shift to a lower gear. If you need to use your brakes,push firmly and quickly let off,don't ride the brakes.
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Driving the other car makes $ and Cents the only drawback is not have DW next to you in the MOHO. Sometimes my DW drives the P/U while I drive the MOHO and pull the boat. Makes for a lonely trip but we then have convenient vehicle at the CG. Lots of choices -
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All great advice so far IMHO.

I'll add to make sure that you focus your attention well ahead of you and not to get obsessed with trying to control exactly where you are in your lane at every moment. This can lead to a lot of over corrections and wagging down the road.

As for the toad... from what I can detect, you may well be better off having two drivers for this first trip and then deciding what you want to do longer term after you get this experience under your belt. Have you thought about how you want to handle the toad issue long term? Is your current car towable four down? Do you have plans to purchase a new toad?

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:29 PM   #11
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i rented a car at my destination for my first few trips. it helped me a lot to have another person in the car to help when manouverung around gas stations, rest stops etc. the key i think is to always remember to take it easy and do not be in a rush. i now have a dolly to tow my toad and it works great. but like others have said, plan ahead, dont rush and enjoy!
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