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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 30 2013, 01:13 PM
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Having a good copilot and listening to them is essential. I drive and my wife navigates and helps looking for potential problems. She says things like. "Got a blue car off the road, 1/4 mile on right." a few seconds later, I think he is moving, can you get over? This sort of team work really makes things safer. Safely driving a motor motor home is a two person job. Sometimes I drive by myself for short periods and I really can tell the difference. When I took a short motor home course, he started with, You mirrors are you best friends, use them and know their strengths and limitations. It takes a while to get them set up properly. You know you have two on each side looking at different things.


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