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post Apr 12 2013, 11:17 PM
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I was searching around on the site, and I don't see where this topic has ever come up, so I thought I would mention a few things I've learned while driving our motorhome, and hopefully other can share their tidbits as well. When we purchased the first coach I was pretty nervous about driving it, and rightfully so it was much bigger than anything I had ever driven.

Here are my short list of tips:

On mine if you're in the drivers seat and aim the mirrors down so you can see the side marker lights, the motorhome will pivot where you see the side marker light when backing up. You should test this as it probably does not apply to all motorhomes. It's about the same if I open the window and look back at the marker light.

Along with that make sure you look up and down when backing up and check all clearances when traveling, these motorhomes can be pretty tall. It's a good idea to print your max height and stick it in view of the driver, so you can always have it to check against when you see a clearance sign.

When your at a red light turning left on a multi-lane road, make sure there are no cars tight on the right of you as your tail can swing wide right and take one out.

Keep your eyes way down the road, and be ready for anything.


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post Apr 13 2013, 10:35 AM
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We were totally surprised when we purchased our first motorhome that Texas did not require any special training whatsoever to drive it. We would have welcomed a course that taught us the things we needed to master in order to drive safely. Course now we are 13 years down the road and can say that we have never had an accident in the coach and have never gotten it into a bad situation height-wise. I'm sure a lot of luck was involved so knock on wood. Even now I think we would benefit from a defensive driving course. I am comfortable with our routine driving skills, but you never know what someone else is going to do (like pulling out in front of us because they do not want to get stuck behind us), and they never understand that our coach canít be stopped on dime.

Stay safe everyone.
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post Apr 13 2013, 12:08 PM
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QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Apr 13 2013, 12:35 PM) *

We were totally surprised when we purchased our first motorhome that Texas did not require any special training whatsoever to drive it. We would have welcomed a course that taught us the things we needed to master in order to drive safely. Course now we are 13 years down the road and can say that we have never had an accident in the coach and have never gotten it into a bad situation height-wise. I'm sure a lot of luck was involved so knock on wood. Even now I think we would benefit from a defensive driving course. I am comfortable with our routine driving skills, but you never know what someone else is going to do (like pulling out in front of us because they do not want to get stuck behind us), and they never understand that our coach canít be stopped on dime.

Stay safe everyone.


I assume you are aware that these days TX does require a non-commercial Class B license for motorhome operation. This matter has been extensively discussed on the Escapees Forum and I can even provide you with citations from the TX Transportation Code that define the requirement.

As for the defensive driving course, you have pretty well summed up the objective. It was, of course, designed for truck drivers and the basic message essentially was "you are driving a very big vehicle and if you hit someone you are likely to seriously injure or kill them, regardless of who is at fault; if you do your career will probably be over. Therefore, you need to drive defensively to prevent accident situations from happening."


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