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Old 05-05-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Greetings from the rural Midwest

Hello, I'm AmboyGlenn and my wife & I are brand new to rving. We just got an Itasca Viva and love everything about it; except on the 400 mile ride home from where we got it, my knuckles got white I think from hanging on to the steering wheel so tight. Does driving these get easier? Any tips on how to make interstate driving more enjoyable?

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Old 05-05-2015, 07:04 PM   #2
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You'll relax after a while. The first time I drove a motorhome I white knuckled it for a while. Even now, the first time or two I drive it in the spring I'm pretty tense. Good luck and congratulations!
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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For most people it gets easier with time.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #4
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Our dealer took us for a test drive with our new 40'. It was up a mountain and back down again. He wanted to demonstrate how easily it would track the turns! We both drove it and both gripped the steering wheel at first until he told us to hold it loosely and it would steer more easily. Wow! It sure did. After that demo - no white knuckles.
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Old 05-06-2015, 04:36 AM   #5
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Welcome & congrats on your new MH
I think different people have different feeling the first time they drive, I was very comfortable with our 34 ft bought November last year.
You might want to keep an eye on this forum for suspension upgrades that will make it handle better.
I am certain you will get used to it in a very short time, as has been said you are driving a big box around that doesn't cut through the wind but plows through it.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:14 AM   #6
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:38 AM   #7
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Just grip the wheel the same as you would in your car, a looser grip will make it easier to control your steering and adjust to wind and road conditions. I know that doesn't sound easy to do, but just consciously loosen the grip and you will feel the release of tension.

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Old 05-06-2015, 04:08 PM   #8
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Welcome! It gets easier.... Congrats!
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It'll get easier .... just need some seat time ....
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Welcome! Another driving tip is to look farther ahead while driving. Watching the road immediately in front of the RV, and trying to stay between the lines makes you tense and over-steer-so you saw the steering wheel. I try to watch the road at least a block ahead of the MH; it reduces your reflex actions from wind gusts rocking the MH. Yes, loosen your grip on the wheel, but still use both hands, at least until you are comfortable driving your RV.
It will come with practice and experience.
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