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Whenever I'm in a campground, I spend a good amount of time talking to my fellow campers and one of the more well known jokes among campers is the following; Owning a Motorhome is like owning a Boat, the only thing you have to know, when you buy one, is how to write the Check!
This usually comes up as some of us are watching a novice trying to park their RV in a campsite, or unhitching a tow car, or other RV-centric moves that requires a little fore-thought and know-how.
I wrote this article to provide some facts about driving a large Motorhome, regardless of whether it's a Class-A, Class-B, or a Class-C version. These rigs require special handling and safety knowledge that sets them apart from a normal sized automobile when you operate them.
Over my lifetime, I have driven a lot of different automobiles and I have even towed a few trailers with small trucks. Heck, I have, just like everyone else, rented large moving trucks and driven them on the highways of America without a clue of how dangerous they can be. But, my formal operating lessons consisted of a sales guy walking over to me and saying; Here are the Keys, so sign the form and the truck is due back in hours.
Have a nice day. My wife and I had camped in RV's for decades from the time we were married and over that period of time we have gone through a range of camper styles from; family tents to Pop-Up Campers to a foot Tag-Along Trailer.
Back then, our camping had always been for those one or two weeks a year you took a family vacation plus maybe a half-dozen weekend trips to nearby places of interest. Looking back, we were pretty lucky because we had some close calls towing even these campers as we learned all of those towing and driving tricks you need to be aware of, the hard way.
At the time, I found this great deal where I could trade my older SUV to a private owner in Florida for an older foot motorhome. When we got to Tampa, each of us inspected the others vehicle and after some haggling we came to a deal that satisfied each of us.
A quick trip to the local bank, and after signing the papers with a Notary Public, we loaded our gear and pulled out of the Tampa area in my first Motorhome; a foot long, Pace Arrow Vision. I was on top of the world.
Literally, it felt like I was on top of the world, I had never driven anything so large and I had never driven from the vantage point of a seat that was so high above the road. Looking back to that trip home, I should have known that, as careful as I was trying to be, I was a rolling accident waiting to happen.
My First RV Driving Mistake First of all, let me state; We all make mistakes at times, but for those of us who are on the road in a Big Rig, a small mistake can lead to some dangerous situations. Here are a couple of my first driving mistakes. RV Driving Mistake 1: I should have known that something was different about driving a Motorhome, when I had something go wrong on the trip back to our home that was then, in Lynchburg Virginia.
After about three hours of driving without incident by the way, I finally pulled into a standard sized gas station right off of I to fill up my fuel tank.
It was a small gas station, and not some large open truck stop, but I saw that they had a sign which pointed around the building and said; RV's this way!. I thought, what the Hey! RV's obviously fit here, or they wouldn't have that sign, right?
I settled into my seat and slowly followed the signs. I circled the station itself and as I turned in to align my rig with the fuel pump, there was this strange scraping sound. I was scraping the Service Compartment door of my rig along the protective concrete-filled pole right next to the gas pump.
I stopped, and let my wife stand there for a few minutes waving her arms and yelling at me. It seems I had done several thing wrong, I later learned. On the other hand, this particular gas station and it's layout was not designed for big rigs and had been an afterthought that the owner had added so he could sell more gas to RV owners.
With the longer wheelbase, I had started my turn far too soon and I had paid the price. Anyway, the station owner came out, with a smile on his face, and after checking that his pump and concrete filled pole were OK, his smile broadened and he said; That happens to a lot of people, you should have pulled out further before you started to turn.
So, duly chastised, we filled our tank and finally we, very carefully, exited the tiny gas station and got back on the road.
But now we had a dented Service Compartment door that would need repair. Needless to say, my wife and I spent the next hour or so discussing the new level of stupidity that I had reached.
But as all of you married people know, this was done is jest and not meant to be insulting to my ego at all, or so she now say.Patients and physicians (and the rest of the world) have embraced digital tools for learning and connecting with one another; the pharmaceutical industry’s commercial and marketing .
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