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Old 08-23-2017, 07:22 PM   #1
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Big rig driving simulator

Wouldn't it be great if someone brought an RV version of one of these to some of our rallies so we could practice? Especially tire blowouts! I'd pay!!!

VS600M Truck Driving Simulator - Virage Simulation
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:37 PM   #2
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Yep!
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Doesn't seem it would take much of nothing to make it an RV version.
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I know pilots train with simulators, some race car drivers use them to familiarize themselves with road courses in particular.

I've spent quite a bit of time in various racing schools and high performance driving programs, and even on high end simulators with full field of vision and motion seats, that are based on a track I can drive blindfolded, I'm totally inept on simulators - I just don't have any feel for them, I feel like I'm driving completely "numb" as a way to describe it, and worse, I get motion sickness within 5 minutes........

Oh, and in real life, there is no "reset" button.
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I've flown in both fixed wing and helicopter simulators. They were real cockpits with real sounds and vibrations. They were identical to the real thing...but extremely expensive.
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The price of a Virage Simulation runs between $100,000 and $150,000, depending upon options.
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Sounds like something Lazy Days could afford and sell the service.

CW on the other had could put a couple units on the road, price it in an attractive way and go from rally to rally to build good will. Something like the Oscar Myer Weinermobile
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Sounds like something Lazy Days could afford and sell the service.

CW on the other had could put a couple units on the road, price it in an attractive way and go from rally to rally to build good will. Something like the Oscar Myer Weinermobile
Now that's something I'd pay to drive a simulated version of! (the O-M Wiener Mobile).
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I did a few minutes in the USAF C5 simulator and it blew me away. It is about as high end as you can get.
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Oh, and in real life, there is no "reset" button.
That's part of the point of a simulator--you can experience the results of bad decisions without killing someone (including yourself). And you can replay it to see where things went wrong.

I have some personal experience with driving simulators. I love the ones that teach truck drivers how to shift. Sure beats all that wear and tear on an actual transmission.

Now when I see a truck driver with a heavy load trying to get going and running through those gears, I'm impressed and less impatient. It's second nature to them at that point, but man, it was counter-intuitive to me to rev the engine up to downshift. And all that clutch work!

Simulators are also useful for learning how to do hand-brake turns without tearing up the tires on a rental car.

I've wondered about the RV market. I think simulators would be useful for the usual things like maneuvering, but I really like the idea of using them for people to practice driving in mountains, like diesel pushers that need to have the RPMs managed to keep from overheating on climbs. That can be pretty hectic even though you're going slow, and the only time you do it is when you're in the heat of battle, so to speak.

I think it would also be useful for any RV for managing downshifting and the brakes on descents. And maybe add a smell component for the brakes.

The main problem with the RV market is that it's old(er) people, and they don't adapt as well to simulators as young people do. It may have to do with younger people just being more acclimated to dealing with screens, and when they get older they'll be fine on simulators. But by then, we'll probably have self-driving cars so it won't matter.

(I will note that if a person thinks he's going to get motion sick, he will, so managing the power of suggestion helps.)

And, as noted, simulators are expensive. But if Lazy Days or Camping World is interested, let's talk!
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I could see it as a bonus to buyers from those dealers, also. If you buy a new rig $250k & up, you get a coupon for 1/2 hour on the simulator. $50k-$249 = 15 minutes. Your responsibility to travel to event where simulator will be available. Any slots left open available to the public at $50/ 15 min or $95/ half hour. Someone else can do the real math :-)

Something like that :-).
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