RV Driving Tips

RV Tip - Pay Attention to Advisory Signs

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Imagine traveling down a country road in your RV and coming upon this Advisory sign, 10 feet, 4 inches overpass ahead! 

 This is the reason your GPS should be one that is made for RVs! When you consider that all “C” class RV’s are 11 feet, without the Air Conditioners and most “A” class RV’s are at least 12 feet, 6 inches, you can do a lot of damage if you decide to enter the overpass.

Always pay attention to Advisory Signs – a yellow triangle that warns you about a low obstacle, a dangerous curve or a steep downgrade and speed limits for your large vehicle.

If the Advisory Sign says 25 mph and you’re driving a large motor home or towing a trailer around a tight turn, chances are you should NOT be going more than 25 mph!

Keep safe, always pay attention and enjoy your RVing journey.

How to Set Your RV Mirrors Tip

rv mirrors trainingDo you know how to set Your Mirrors?

We see so many RV mirrors that are totally out of adjustment that I want to review the purpose of the two-part mirror system. Remember, if your mirrors are not set correctly, YOU ARE DRIVING BLIND!

The purpose of the FLAT MIRROR, on top is to see alongside and behind your vehicle up to 200 feet. This is also the mirror you use when you’re backing, looking to the furthest point, watching to see if you’re moving in or away from your backing line.

The purpose of the CONVEX MIRROR, on the bottom is to see alongside your vehicle and all the way to the back and twelve feet out on both sides . If the convex mirrors are not set so you see all the way to the back of the vehicle and alongside, you will be hitting something because it will be in your Blind Spot!

The purpose of your camera is to open-up the Blind Spot that is directly behind your RV and should be set so you can see what is directly behind you and back to a spot without hitting it.

                               Convex Mirrors                                                                Flat Mirrors

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 Setting your mirrors is just ONE of many skills you will learn at RV Boot Camp.

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Tip of the Month - Three Points of Contact

tripping on mobile stepsAll commercial drivers are advised to always use 'Three Points of Contact' when entering or exiting their vehicles.

The reason is to make sure that they will not slip or fall out of the vehicle. I have seen a number of instances where people have fallen out of their RV’s or Mobile Clinics as a result of NOT using the Three Point rule, including my sister-in-law just this past week. She tripped on the top stair and fell through the RV screen door onto the cement, landing on her wrists and head. Luckily she was NOT seriously injured and other than two sprained wrists, a black eye and a few bruises she is OK. It could have been MUCH worse!

Last summer, our daughter fractured four ribs while exiting a trailer. The pull-out stairs were in use along with a small plastic stool, placed at the base. With both arms wrapped around a young child, she stepped onto the stool, which rocked, causing her to lose balance and fall back onto the edge of the metal stairs. OUCH!! Six week of her summer vacation spent recovering. The take-away is always have one hand free to help keep your balance.

Please make sure that all visitors to your coach or trailer ALWAYS use the hand rail and are aware of the dangers associated with entering and exiting an RV. Don’t let inattention spoil your fun.

Gary

Tip of the Month - Pivot Point

Of the many skills we teach new RV drivers, two of the most important are 'Mirror Use' and 'Pivot Point'. For the non-commercial Class A & B license in California one of the skills you must demonstrate to the examiner is the '90 degree Off-set Alley Dock Backing'. The DMV gives you a 12 foot by 40 foot box that they want you to back your RV or Trailer into from a position that is parallel to a line 50 feet from the opening of the box.

pivot point tip nov 2017Imagine trying to do this if your mirrors are NOT set correctly or if you do NOT understand the Pivot Point of your RV, IMPOSSIBLE! 

We have posted a video of a recent student showing how this backing up skill should be completed.

 

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