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fpullanosr
post May 5 2013, 06:42 AM
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How do you feel about RV drivers being required to be tested and or schooled and issued a special license? Why do you feel that way?
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susseandchris
post Aug 28 2013, 12:31 PM
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I am anticipating purchasing a fifth wheel and truck in the next few months. I do not have experience driving such heavy vehicles and I am very concerned about the people out there who do not possess the skills to drive these rigs safely. I very much want to find a way to train in safe big rig driving. In Ontario I would need to upgrade to an 'A restricted' licence since the vehicles I anticipate buying are well over the 23,500 pound weight which is the upper limit for using your regular licence. My question is: where does one find driver training for big rigs? You can go to tractor-trailer school here, but it costs approximately $9,000 to take the course! I would sure welcome some ideas here!
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post Aug 28 2013, 01:17 PM
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I am anticipating purchasing a fifth wheel and truck in the next few months. I do not have experience driving such heavy vehicles and I am very concerned about the people out there who do not possess the skills to drive these rigs safely. I very much want to find a way to train in safe big rig driving. In Ontario I would need to upgrade to an 'A restricted' licence since the vehicles I anticipate buying are well over the 23,500 pound weight which is the upper limit for using your regular licence. My question is: where does one find driver training for big rigs? You can go to tractor-trailer school here, but it costs approximately $9,000 to take the course! I would sure welcome some ideas here!

Good question and concern, when I bought my truck and 5th W. I contracted with the dealer that he/she should give me some practical lessons in driving with all equipment. other suggestion would be to befriend a person with a similar equipment and ask him/her to help you.
According to my own experience and if you are a reasonable person , it is not difficult, the main concern is, keep low speed until you feel familiar with the system, also remember, the truck and trailer DO NOT break at the same SPEED as a car, YOU NEED more space and when you are passing an other vehicle, keep on the left as long as you can and then keep the directional light working on the right that will show that you are planning to go back to the right side, most likely, if you pass a truck, they will flash their lights to let you know that the time for you to go back on the right.
Furthermore, remember to monitor the maximum weight that you are allow to carry versus what you put into the unit; most likely you will find the specification closed to the door of the camper/RV/M.H…etc. you will find the unit weight and the maximum wait you will be allowed to have.
I apology if you felt that I was explaining obvious things to you, it was not my intent. GOOD LUCK
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fpullanosr   Special License For Rv Drivers   May 5 2013, 06:42 AM
dalsgal   I have mixed feelings about it. It wouldn't h...   May 5 2013, 07:04 AM
fpullanosr   I have mixed feelings about it. It wouldn't ...   May 5 2013, 07:15 AM
Fitzjohnfan   FYI, if you drive a larger motor home, 26000lbs or...   May 5 2013, 08:13 AM
Ted Morgen   How do you feel about RV drivers being required t...   May 5 2013, 06:21 PM
fpullanosr   I don't feel we need any more licensing or te...   May 5 2013, 06:51 PM
joez   A special license for RV drivers, IMO, would not i...   May 5 2013, 07:27 PM
fpullanosr   A special license for RV drivers, IMO, would not ...   May 5 2013, 07:36 PM
RLM   FYI, if you drive a larger motor home, 26000lbs o...   May 6 2013, 09:07 PM
B. Kidd   Ditto what 'joez' said.   May 8 2013, 07:21 PM
Galli   How do you feel about RV drivers being required t...   May 12 2013, 04:03 PM
campergal   Hi there I feel that if you are towing something ...   May 13 2013, 03:02 PM
Lindsay Richards   I have been telling my wife that for years. She ...   May 13 2013, 09:45 PM
Pat and Jerry   How do you feel about RV drivers being required t...   May 16 2013, 07:56 PM
DXSMac   I think it's a good idea, and there should be ...   May 31 2013, 06:13 PM
Galli   I think it's a good idea, and there should be...   Jun 20 2013, 02:50 PM
roygbell   How do you feel about RV drivers being required t...   Jun 20 2013, 01:11 PM
EastPAcamper   It is like anything else in this world, if you lac...   Jun 20 2013, 04:02 PM
Galli   It is like anything else in this world, if you la...   Jun 21 2013, 08:45 AM
spartancaver   If bus drivers need their own license, I do not se...   Jun 22 2013, 04:57 AM
EastPAcamper   If bus drivers need their own license, I do not s...   Jun 22 2013, 07:34 AM
susseandchris   I am anticipating purchasing a fifth wheel and tru...   Aug 28 2013, 12:31 PM
Galli   I am anticipating purchasing a fifth wheel and tr...   Aug 28 2013, 01:17 PM
EastPAcamper   I am anticipating purchasing a fifth wheel and tr...   Sep 2 2013, 08:45 AM
Galli   There is some information in the form of video an...   Sep 2 2013, 09:39 AM
EastPAcamper   [b]EastPAcamper', you are talking like a prin...   Sep 15 2013, 10:29 AM


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