Blog :: July 2015
7/19/2015 6:27:36 AM
Pivot points, spotters and practice - these are all good starting points in learning to drive a motorhome!  

RVs come in many shapes and sizes, so the first step would be to familiarize yourself with the dimensions of the one you are driving and then set up a good practice spot.  An empty parking lot is always a good choice.  You will want to simulate a practice track with safety cones or even chalk drawings on the pavement.  The first thing to remember before you take off - adjust your mirrors! One-third of all accidents happen from behind the vehicle, and this can easily be avoided with good visibility.

We mentioned "pivot point" earlier in this blog and this is a crucial thing to know about your RV.  To determine this point, lock the steering wheel in a turning position and take note of exactly where your vehicle starts to turn.  This spot is very important as it will indicate how much further you need to move forward in order to initiate your turn safely.  This is referred to as the "turn offset" of a vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to always move forward until any obstacle is behind the pivot point allowing you to move forard and pivot as soon as the obstacle is cleared.
Another thing to be congnizant of is the height of your RV!  Tunnels and bridges must post the height restrictions of every overpass, but be wary that these may not have been updated as roads are repaved and layers added.  Always allow extra room and always plan an alterate route as guessing can be costly and dangerous!

Lastly, when parking your RV, a spotter can be invaluable!
Posted: 7/19/2015 6:27:36 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

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