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Old 04-14-2016, 08:15 AM   #1
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Newbies from NC - Driving hints?

Hi! My husband and I bought a new to us 2005 Bounder 32W with 25,000 miles. We named her Big Bertha and call her "Bertie". Bertie was in good shape and we took her to Camping World in Statesville to fix a few things and replace 4 tires (ouch $$). We have owned a trailer we kept at the beach and a 38' Carver Motoryacht, so we are not unfamiliar with movable housing. However, there is so much to learn about motorhome systems and their maintenance. I have been doing a lot of reading and am so glad I found this site. My husband and I have our first trip scheduled for the end of the month to Willowtree RV resort near Myrtle Beach. This will be our shakedown cruise and then we are going to Anchor Down for 6 days in May. I think we picked 2 nice campgrounds to start with. We are taking Bertie to Chevy service for a maintenance check and oil change. So, I think we are almost ready. My husband drove a school bus in college and he's doing great with Bertie. I'm not usually intimidated but I have to admit that I'm a little scared to drive her. For the women out there who drive your RVs, do you have any ideas to get over the hump and start driving? Did you take lessons or start in an empty parking lot? We are retiring the end of this year and plan to travel about 2/3 of the year so I'll need to be able to split the driving. Any driving and other hints are appreciated. I'm looking forward to learning lots of information from y'all.
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I recommend taking your time, take secondary roads and see the country. Issues are easer to handle when going slower and having less traffic. The interstate is big and wide and lots of room but I would guess most will be nervous, going faster and still having people passing them. On secondary roads you can keep her to a comfortable speed until you feel like your ready to race to that destination. My Wife and I like to travel between 45 and 55 MPH. You can do that on the interstate but you will be holding up those that are trying to make way to there reservations. Just keep in mind your the "Biggest Elephant in the room". If you take your time you will enjoy your trip more, see more things and have much more fun in our opinion.
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Your coach will be far more easier to learn to drive than Carver was. It'll take very little time to gain confidence and you'll be on your way to the RV lifestyle. Enjoy and have safe travels.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:09 AM   #4
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Your coach will be far more easier to learn to drive than Carver was. It'll take very little time to gain confidence and you'll be on your way to the RV lifestyle. Enjoy and have safe travels.
Thanks for the confidence booster. I LOVED driving our Carver and could back it into our slip pretty easily. I'll try to think of Bertie as a land yacht and start off in a large, empty parking lot and take it from there!
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on Bertie! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Glad you joined us here.

You will find many answers and tips in here.

Take it slow with your Bounder. If you can, find a driving course, some RV dealers may be able to supply you with someone nearby. You'll be at ease behind the wheel before you know it.

Good luck and Happy Trails!!!
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Keep you following distance. Some 4wheeler jumps in and cuts your following distance, don't worry, just slide back and regain your following distance. You are driving with the semis now, forget the passing lane exists. If you're on a two lane, following a double dump truck, leave enough room for some 4wheeler to leap frog around you, then around the dumper, not have to pass both of you at once. Also, on a two lane, and always is not a bad idea, headlights on 24/7 so people see you coming. Bertie stops like a whale. Square your turns; in an intersection, drive straight out into the intersection, then turn sharply, rather than curving the whole turn. Your back end will want to cut inside the turn and will do so in a slow curved turn.
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