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RV Training for Washington Post Author

Washington Post author Andrea Sachs learns to safely drive an RV with Freddy Heller, an instructor with RV Basic Training. Freddy teaches newbie drivers how to operate their vehicles. One of his most recent students was the author, who rented an RV and had it delivered to a KOA campground in Fredericksburg, Va.

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I cleared my throat and made an announcement to my passengers: “I am not going to take any left turns during this entire trip.” My RV, my rules. Unfortunately, my proclamation was not well received by my instructor, left turns and all.

“Pull far enough forward,” said Freddy Heller, overruling the captain.

I did as I was told. At the stop sign, I checked the traffic on Route 1 in Fredricksburg, Va., and during a break in the flow, eased the 27-foot Lady Skipper into the far lane without clipping a curb or another car. I looked over at Freddy for approval.

“That was fine,” he said, before reminding me to keep my eyes on the road.

Seven months into the pandemic, we are no longer surprised by the rise of the RV from niche mode of travel to mainstream. But what shocked me was how easy it was to rent one without any prior experience. When I applied for a pet-sitting gig, I had to present my dog-walking credentials, including resume and references; to reserve an RV, I just had to provide a driver’s license and method of payment.

To be honest, if I owned an RV, I wouldn’t rent it to me. And yet a couple did just that in July. My RV adventure ended with a refund from Outdoorsy, the online rental site, and a night in a hotel room in Charlottesville. Although I wasn’t directly to blame for that debacle — the Winnebago was dirty and unsafe — I should not have accepted the keys when I was as green as a Griswold.

A newbie RV renter learns from her mistakes — and so can you.

When renting, the owner or rental company will typically walk you through the vehicle and accompany you on a short test drive. But a quick spin around the block didn’t seem like enough road time for such an elaborate vehicle. So I searched for an RV driving school and landed on RV Basic Training, which offers an “RV Boot Camp” and instructors in nearly a dozen states. The company matched me with Freddy, who is based in Richmond and has taught more than 100 students.

“If you follow everything I teach you,” he said, “you will do fine.”

 

Please read the rest of this article by Andrea Sachs at the Washington Post Travel article website. Thank you!

What it Takes to Drive an RV

RV Basic Training and Gary Lewis provided Driver Training to reporter Lisa Guerrero of Inside Edition. Check out the video!

RV Basic Training would like to give a big "Thank you!" to Mike Thompson’s RV Superstores for providing the RV (Forest River FR3) to use for driver training in this video.

How Tall is your RV?

This past weekend we came across this damage that occured when the driver of a large vehicle tried to go under a canopy without knowing how high it was. At least he stopped before going all the way through!

When maneuvering with any large vehicle it is imperative to be aware of the hazards. Posts, sharp turns, low clearances, all are things that will hang you up if you’re not paying attention.
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