RV BOOT CAMP is held in your RV,
Our Goal for you is ZERO DAMAGE!
The cost for RV BOOT CAMP is $450.
for a full day of training.
Because our Trainers travel to you,There can be a Travel Fee*
*Travel Fee is negotiated by your Trainer to cover direct travel expenses
Driving an RV is Easy...Let Us show you how!
Tip of the Month August 2014
Tip of the Month
One problem many new RV drivers have is making right-hand turns without hitting the curb. There are a couple of real easy tricks professional drivers use to make sure they DO NOT hit a corner.
One is to make sure the vehicle is close to the lane line on the left side of your vehicle when setting up for the turn, which should leave your RV about 3.5 feet from the curb on your right. The other is to keep your vehicle moving straight until your shoulder is just beyond the curb, at which time you will start your turn.
In addition to making sure you are at the correct starting position for your turn, any safe driver is going to be checking their convex mirror in the direction they are turning to make sure they are clear of the curb or any other possible objects in their turning path.
This past week one of my students, Sue P. found out how easy it is to make perfect right-hand turns and I was fortunate enough to have my camera rolling when the “light-bulb” came on. Great job Sue, I couldn’t have done better!
To get comfortable behind the wheel and learn ALL the tricks you need to know to be a safe driver, give us a call and register for RV Boot Camp.
62nd Annual California RV Show
RV Basic Training
A Two-Hour, Mini RV Driving Boot Camp
#1 LEARN HOW TO DO A PRE-TRIP INSPECTION
Most RV damage can be avoided if the driver takes the time to do a Safety Check. Do you always do an Engine Check, Light Check and Safety Check?
#2 LEARN HOW TO SET AND USE YOUR MIRRORS
One in Five RV accidents is the result of improper Mirror Adjustment or failure by the driver to use the mirrors. Do you know how to use your mirrors?
#3 LEARN BASIC DRIVING SKILLS
There are four basic driving skills every CDL driver in North American MUST know in order to obtain a commercial license. Do you know what they are?
RV Basic Training is proud to present a hands-on, MINI Behind-the-Wheel driving seminar at the 62nd Annual California RV Show.
Register here at our website, or at the Mike Thompson’s booth at the show.
The cost is only $85 and will be deducted from the cost of the full course if you take our RV Boot Camp course before the end of 2014. You will also receive a pre-trip check list and a mini driving booklet.
Classes will be held on Friday, Oct 10th, Saturday, Oct 11th, and Sunday Oct 12th. Friday Oct17th, Saturday, Oct 18th and Sunday, Oct 19th.
Classes available for Motor Homes and Trailers!
Air Brake Test Explained:
Most commercial vehicles and large diesel housecars use Air Brakes to stop. As part of the Pre-trip inspection test for a CDL, a driver must demonstrate knowledge of how an Air Brake system works and how to check it. Noncommercial Class B applicants are not required to pass this portion of the test, but all Class B Boot Camp Grads will be proficient in the Air Brake Test.
To check an Air Brake system, the driver is expected to perform an in-cab air check or as it is known in California,
A COLA check.
C stands for COMPRESSOR CUT IN: The Governor will cause the air compressor to Cut In and start pumping, when the pressure in the system drops to between 85 – 105 psi, as indicated by the air gauges. When the air gauge needles rise the driver knows the air compressor pump is working.
O stands for COMPRESSOR CUT OUT: The air compressor, shown in the diagram above will pump air until the system is fully charged, 120 – 130 psi, at which time the Governor will cut out the pump and you will hear an air blow off. (Psssh).
L stands for LOW AIR WARNING: All Air Brake equipped vehicles are required by law to have an audible and a light warning system to alert the driver, should air pressure fall to 55 – 75 psi. This is important information for the driver because if the air pressure were to fall below 45 psi, the brakes in the vehicle will immediately be fully applied!
A stands for APPLIED AIR LEAKAGE TEST: The purpose of this test is to ensure the system is secure and has no leaks. With a fully charged air system and the vehicle securely parked, the driver releases the parking brake, turns off the engine, presses and holds the brake pedal to the floor for 1 minute, making sure the system does not lose more than 3 psi. When finished, the driver indicates to the examiner there was no air pressure loss and applies the parking brake.
PRACTICAL BRAKE TEST:
Parking Brake Test, with the parking brake on, put the coach in gear to see if it holds.
Service Brake Test, release all brakes pull coach forward about five feet, apply service brake making sure the coach stops smooth with no pulls in either direction.
Backing Up a Motorhome
Right Turn without Hitting the Curb
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RV Headsets for Safety
Vehicle Pre-Trip Check List 2013
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Shield Driving School
RV Boot Camp
Now available in Seattle & Issaquah
SHIELD DRIVING SCHOOL
Gene McNaughton has been the owner of Shield Driving School since 2007.
Click Here for More Information about Gene and Shield Driving School