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Posted: 02/19/12 03:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree practice in the parking lots and stay off narrow roads.
Slow down. The only time you need to speed up is when entering
a highway. If someone is riding your rear tell the DW what you are
doing(so you do not frighten her) and then pull off and let the fool go on.

I like the idea of the mark on the windshield too.

Now this is because I am the DW and the DH has NEVER driven our rig
LET THE DW DRIVE. You men can sleep anywhere it is in you DNA.
We can not because we must be in control. So let her drive and B/4
you know it she will be cruising and you can be napping or sightseeing.

But plz you need to do the sewer and water connections and MORE of the Cooking and Cleaning!

Happy Trails and Good Life

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Posted: 02/19/12 03:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Let me add don't over steer just try to relax it takes very little steering wheel movement to keep you on the straight and narrow.
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This is the web address for a good begineers introduction into the different facets of driving a Class A RV. It's done by the head driving instructor at LazyDays and I found it really helpful when I first got my unit. Hope it helps.

http://www.betterrving.com/article/rv_tips/rv_driver_confidence_course_part_7_backing_into_a_campsite?ViewPage=1

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Don't try to drive looking directly at the road in front of you look further down the road and center yourself accordingly. Use your mirrors but don.t get trapped into using them all the time to stay centered in your lane. For those of us that only use them for holidays etc, the first trip of the season can be a bit white knuckle for the first few miles but it quickly comes back. Valium is a possibility but not really recommended.
Passenger seat because of its location, ( the PANIC seat ) unlike in a car, make everything, from the passengers point of view, appear as if you are way over in the left hand lane.

You will soon chill out and enjoy the ride.


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Use your mirrors to keep yourself centered in your lane.makes it a lot easier

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This is a 'How do you get to Carnegie Hall' moment. Practice. You lost all your old reference points moving into a Class A. Running off the left edge of the road is very common so don't worry about it until you start hitting the back roads with curb side mail boxes. Set your curb side wide angle mirror to you can just see the side of the coach and the road about mid way back of the coach. That will give you an idea of where you are. Same with the other side.

Don't try and drive down the middle of the road like you are used too. You want your seat to be on the left side of the lane. Mark the corners of the windshield with a reference points of where you want the lane strip to be. Also your rear view camera will give you another view of where you are in the lane and also show you how far the last mail box flew. You can also mark the monitor for where you want the lane stripes.

Put DW on the couch reading or somewhere other than looking out the windshield. My travel partner might spend about 25% of our road time in the passenger seat with the occasional OMG.


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Get back to us after a few trips, you and your DW will change your minds. It may be a little scary at first but it gets easier after a few trips.
Congrats on your Monaco.

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If all else fails try glancing at your rear monitor. If your toad is in the middle of the road you are good to go....


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I watched THESE VIDEOS a few times before going to pick up our coach. Left the town in PA at about 4:30 PM in rush hour but with the information as to how to line things up fresh in my mind I was comfortable within a few miles. By the time I got home (2100 miles) it was second nature.


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when my DH broke his ankle I called the local RV dealer and asked if they had anyone who could help me move the RV or teach me to drive it. The sent one of there long distances drivers out and he came out every day for a wk and taught me how to do everything (ck tires, fill water, dump, etc.)I even ran over his saftey lights but now I drive any kind of road and even stay inside the lines. He charged me 10.00 hr. 2 hrs. a day the best money I could have spent. Now there are 2 of us driving so no one gets worn out. I only wish I hadn't learn to dump. Good Luck you can do it. Cathie

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