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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 Sep 2 2013, 08:45 AM
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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!



There is some information in the form of video and text on the web, there are even some books out that give a general run down on how to operate a large travel trailer. Like the last person said, the RV dealer should offer you a quick course, and it will be quick. Large empty parking lots are a good place to practice backing up, using the stalls to back into. When I was 13, and old timer taught me this trick for backing up with a trailer. Place your hand at 6 o'clock on the steering wheel, which ever way you want the trailer to go, more your hand(and the wheel) to that direction. Eventually it becomes second nature. Again, like the other person said, keep a safe following distance, you have two to three times the weight behind you, not to mention the momentum. Paying attention to the mirrors at all times is also key, some people will be trying to weave around you on the road, always and frequently watch the outside mirrors. I drive 60-65 on the interstate with my MH, don't care if the speed limit is 75, I stay right and signal all lane changes. On long trips , I do a walk around and inspection of lights, tires, etc, usually during fuel stops sometimes a little more frequent. Most of my trips are usually less than 4 hours of driving. I do on occasion get some trips that are longer, but not near as many as I'd like.......
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post Sep 2 2013, 09:39 AM
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QUOTE(EastPAcamper @ Sep 2 2013, 07:45 AM) *

There is some information in the form of video and text on the web, there are even some books out that give a general run down on how to operate a large travel trailer. Like the last person said, the RV dealer should offer you a quick course, and it will be quick. Large empty parking lots are a good place to practice backing up, using the stalls to back into. When I was 13, and old timer taught me this trick for backing up with a trailer. Place your hand at 6 o'clock on the steering wheel, which ever way you want the trailer to go, more your hand(and the wheel) to that direction. Eventually it becomes second nature. Again, like the other person said, keep a safe following distance, you have two to three times the weight behind you, not to mention the momentum. Paying attention to the mirrors at all times is also key, some people will be trying to weave around you on the road, always and frequently watch the outside mirrors. I drive 60-65 on the interstate with my MH, don't care if the speed limit is 75, I stay right and signal all lane changes. On long trips , I do a walk around and inspection of lights, tires, etc, usually during fuel stops sometimes a little more frequent. Most of my trips are usually less than 4 hours of driving. I do on occasion get some trips that are longer, but not near as many as I'd like.......

[b]EastPAcamper', you are talking like a printed book, I could not explain the issue better. and as safety feature, every time you stop for gas, make a tour around the unit and see if anything looks awkward
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post Sep 15 2013, 10:29 AM
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[b]EastPAcamper', you are talking like a printed book, I could not explain the issue better. and as safety feature, every time you stop for gas, make a tour around the unit and see if anything looks awkward


Sorry if I sound like a book, a printed one at that........ laugh.gif
Just trying to help where I can, recently, I've seen two too many RV people with flipped rigs on the interstate. I can only guess it was due to negligence or operator error, since they were both single vehicle incidents.
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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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