Originally Posted by Lawgirl11
We just got a 39L winnebago Journey and have not taken it out yet. Leaving Minnesota middle of November. Pretty nervous of driving it. Anyone have a remedy to calm ones nerves? This is big. Excited though to go somewhere warm and away from winter.
Great rig -- congratulations! You are headed for a LOT of fun!
It does take a little getting used to, but it doesn't take a long time and once you get it, it is a breeze and actually a ton of fun driving it. Try to find a large parking area with lines and put out a few cones for backing and parking. Practice and practice and practice til you get the feel of it. Make any mistakes in the parking lot and then see if you can learn from your mistakes to do it increasingly better as you go. The practice will give you confidence.
Also good advice to check your mirrors constantly.
Once you get the feel for where you are on the highway, it will get a lot easier.
Two big pieces of advice that have always steered me in the right direction:
(1) When on the road, always look far ahead of yourself to anticipate what is happening in traffic because you will then have plenty of time to begin to slow if you need to react. This applies especially to traffic lights ahead. Look at them much further ahead than you do in a car;
(2) Always, always, always take your time and do not allow yourself to feel rushed. You will want to feel pressure to be rushed to make a particular maneuver -- but resist the temptation to fall into that trap at all costs. You have all the time in the world -- tell yourself that constantly. At slower speeds, it is easy to make changes in position, as in coming into a service station for fuel or into a toll booth or finding a parking place for your rig -- but going too quickly and with too much haste will put you into a jam that you may have difficulty getting out of (but even that can be unjammed with patience and taking your time too) -- but slower speed will allow you to deliberate more soundly before making a move and that will keep you safe.
I once was told by an experienced motor homer that I needed this advice from that the first hundred miles will scare the heck out of you, the second hundred miles will feel like maybe you can do it and the third hundred miles will be a breeze. That's exactly how it works!!!!
Happy Motoring and, again, congratulations!