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  • BEFORE MOVING MY RV:

    1. I WILL DO A PRE-TRIP CHECK

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    2. I WILL SET MY MIRRORS

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    3. BEFORE BACKING, I WILL - GET OUT AND LOOK!

     

    4. I WILL WATCH FOR OFF-TRACK & TAIL SWING

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    5. I WILL NOT DRIVE DISTRACTED

     

    From everyone at RV Basic Training, to RVer’s everywhere,
    “Have a Safe and Fun-Filled 2019!”

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  • 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.

    Book your training today!

  • “BEHIND THE WHEEL RV TRAINING”
    May 4 - 9th 2018

    Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Indiana.

    To schedule your training:

    Contact Gary Lewis, 951-852-4785
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    Space is Limited so Register ASAP

    #1 LEARN THE BASIC DRIVING SKILLS
    $95 per person

    This two hour course will show a new RV driver how to:2016 02 04 11 41 58
    1. Do a Pre-Trip and Set the Mirrors
    2. Back a straight line
    3. Identify the Pivot Point
    4. Do a tight turn around an object
    5. Back into an RV parking space

    #2 TAKES YOUR DRIVING SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
    $295 per person

    This 4 hour course is for the driver who can perform the four basic driving skills.
    This class is held in your RV and you will go on the road. The goal is to fine tune your motor
    home driving skills. Subjects covered include:

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    • Review of the Pre-trip Inspection
    • Review of Mirror use & settings
    • Review of Driver/Spotter Communications
    • Using Reference Points
    • Understanding Off Track & Tail Sw
    • Lane Use and Lane Positioning
    • Stopping and Following Distance
    • The Three Driving Challenges
    • Defensive Driving Techniques

     

    Both courses include a Certificate of Completion

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    "Hi, Gary

    I just wanted to show you a picture of how great your student is, he parks our rig dead in the center of our parking space at the storage unit on the first try, every time.

    Roger finally got his license, a long trip filled with a comedy of errors!

     

    On his first drive test he flunked because he signaled too early when making a turn in a congested area and stopping too far back from the intersection.

    He was scheduled to take the re-test the following Monday and received a call on Friday to say the DMV had shut down the program for up to a month to resurface and mark the testing area! Of course when they did reopen then it was another two weeks before he could sign up to take the test again. We ended up going back east without the license.

    We returned 2 months later and had to start this whole thing all over again. This time he passed with flying colors and we headed north to Canada and just got back.

    I can’t tell you the number of times Roger expressed how glad he was that he had taken your class on these two long trips. His skill level and confidence in driving the rig since taking your class is very evident. Last week when we were in Fresno at the dealership and he was in a tight area with cars coming at him right and left and he backed that rig up and turned it around in a space I didn’t think was big enough to turn a car around in! I was very impressed."

    Thanks for the great service!  

    Shirley"

  • It’s that time of year again,

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    Looking for a different gift this year for that Special Person, why not give the gift of RV Boot Camp?

    We will send your Special Person our training manual along with a note from Santa letting him/her know that you have given them RV driving lessons for Christmas! 

     Contact Gary Today!

     

     

     From all of us at RV Basic Training LLC, 

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    Where is RV Boot Camp 2

    The cost for RV BOOT CAMP is $450.00 
    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!

    Contact: Gary Lewis - Director of Sales and Marketing
    Office - 1-951-852-4785 or use our Registration Form, Thank you!

  • Before you buy, VERIFIFY!

    Our Tip of the Month is aimed at the First-time Diesel Pusher buyer who is purchasing a used vehicle. There are three major expense areas you might encounter when purchasing a used diesel motor home and they are:

    1. ENGINE – A diesel engine has a much longer life than a gas engine but you want to make sure the previous owner has been properly maintaining the engine to achieve that longer life. When you purchase a used RV, make sure the engine has had a recent oil change and that the filters, belts and hoses are new, or in good shape. You DO NOT want to inherit someone else’s misuse? Remember, a diesel engine has 25 quarts of oil, not 5 and the cost of an oil change that includes belts and hoses can be as high as $750.00! You should not have to begin your relationship with your New-2-You RV spending a pot-load of money!

    2. TIRES – The tires on a Bus-type vehicle are MUCH MORE expensive than car tires and while they might look good with some tire paint, the BIG question you need to know is, HOW OLD ARE

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      THEY? It’s easy to know the age of a tire as every tire is manufactured with a little box on the side of the tire, just above the rim with a four digit code. The first two digits tell you the week the tire was manufactured and the last two digits tell you the year. The tire in this picture was manufactured the 24th week of 2013. Why is this important? Tires after six years are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced. You don’t want to start your relationship with your new RV buying new rubber that could cost you as much as $680 per tire, installed. Do the math, 6 times $680 equals $4,080.00!

    3. AIR SYSTEM - All diesel pushers with Air Brakes have an Air System that must be kept in proper working order. Your RV has a low air warning system that MUST include a visual warning and an audible warning to let you know when your air pressure drops to between 75 lbs and 55 lbs, usually right at 65 lbs. The other part of your Air System you must be aware of is the fact that your Air Pump fills the Air Bags on your RV. If you Air System is NOT working properly and your Air Bags are not filling correctly, you are compromising your safety and could be looking at a LARGE $$$$ repair bill.

    Recently we have worked with two RV owners who were unaware of the condition of the engine on their used RV; they had assumed everything was taken care of. Assume nothing, VERIFY! Both RV’s had tires at or close to the end of the useful life and none of the new RV owners had any idea what they should be looking at with their Air Systems. All of these items can significantly increase the cost of your RV and compromise your safety and for that reason, they are important.

    If you’re contemplating the purchase of a used RV, ensuring that the Engine has been serviced, your Tires have lots of time left and your Air System is in good shape will make for trouble-free RVing. You’re going Thank us for all the money you save.

    Gary, the RV Guy

  • There is SO much misinformation about who needs a Non-commercial Class B License and what is involved that we thought it’s time to clarify the process. What follows is ONLY for California.

    WHO NEEDS A NON-COMMERCIAL LICENSE?

    Anyone driving a 45' Motorhome (Greater than 40' up to 45')

    By definition, a 45’ Motorhome refers to a single-unit motorhome that is longer than 40 feet but no more than 45 feet. (Note: A vehicle combination, e.g. a motorhome towing a vehicle or trailer, may be up to 65 feet in length. If the single-unit motorhome is 40 feet or less in length, the combination is NOT subject to the route restriction for the 45’ motorhome and the driver DOES NOT require a special license)

    class b license truck 1Motorhome: A motorhome is a noncommercial passenger vehicle defined in the California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 465 as a “house car” and commonly referred to as a recreation vehicle, “a motor vehicle originally designed, or permanently altered, and equipped for human habitation, or to which a camper has been permanently attached.” A motorhome should not be confused with a bus or a tour bus, also called “motorcoach” which is used for commercial passenger transportation and requires a commercial Class B driver’s license to operate.

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    HOW DO I OBTAIN A NON-COM CLASS B LICENSE?

    Note: For the noncommercial Class B license you are NOT required to present your Passport, Birth Certificate and Proof of Residency, this is only required for the full Class B license.

    To obtain an original noncommercial Class B license – you must:

    1. Pass the Driver's Examination for 45' Housecars law test. You must pass the law test based on the information contained in the Non-Commercial Handbook. The test may be taken at any DMV field office. You may make an appointment online at www.dmv.ca.gov, or by calling 1-800-777-0133.
    2. Vehicle safety check. Before the skills test, you must demonstrate that the turn signals, brake lights, horn, emergency flashers, and brake system are working. This is not part of your pre-trip test. However, if any of these items are not working properly or are missing; your driving test will be postponed.
    3. Skills tests. Skills tests are designed to demonstrate your skill in stopping, backing in a straight line, completing a right turn around a cone or marker, and backing into a camping space.
    4. Driving test. The driving test includes entering and exiting a freeway, freeway driving with lane changes, right and left turns into one-way and two-way traffic, railroad crossings, driving on a grade or steep hill, etc. You may make an appointment by calling 1-800-777-0133. Online appointments are not available for this type of driving test.
    5. Physician's Health Report. A Physician's Health Report (DL 546A) (PDF) form signed by your physician is required and must be given to DMV for review and approval before your license is issued and then every two years after that. The Health Report expires two years from the examination date. Failure to maintain a valid Health Report form with DMV will mean that your license is valid only for Class C and, if endorsed, for Class M1 or M2 vehicles. Health Report forms are available online at www.dmv.ca.gov.

    45' Housecar with Air Brakes

    You are not required to pass an air brake law test or to perform an air brake system check if your housecar is equipped with air brakes. You will be asked to perform a Vehicle Safety Check by the DMV examiner.

    Be aware that you may get a blank stare when you go to your neighborhood DMV office asking to apply for the noncommercial license as this is NOT something most offices process every day. For this reason you will find it less frustrating to go to one of the DMV’s Commercial Testing Centers to begin the process.

    RV Basic Training can help and will be happy to provide you with the forms you require to get started. Once you have your permit, your Housecar Boot Camp will get you ready for your California Housecar License.

    Gary the RV Guy

  • lego grandsonYou know how Great Grandparents are; you do the gift giving thing at Christmas time and usually never hear back if the gift even arrived. Well this is a story with a different ending.

    Our great grandson Daniel received his fifty dollar bill last year and was carrying it in his coat pocket. Climbing a steep staircase to his friend’s house the fifty dollar bill slipped out of his pocket. Fortunately for him, Mom was behind him and caught the bill and when they returned home, she showed it to him and asked how he would like to spend it.

    Weeks went by and when Daniel asked his Mom if he could go to Toys R Us she agreed but didn't ask why. On arrival, Daniel bolted to the Lego section of the toy store, sought out a satisfactory kit, 3 in 1 Vacation Getaways set and purchased it with a little help from Mom.

    You see Daniel here with his completed RV and now not only is Great Grandpa in the RV business, so is Daniel. Good job Daniel!

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  • Hi There Gary and Randall,

    thyra david testimonial aug 2016Just wanted to drop you guys a line to tell you exactly how much we got out of taking the RV training course!!!! I don't know if we would have been able to manage had it not been for Randall’s class.

    David (who really doesn't appreciate a lot of teachers or instruction) can't say enough about Randall and his instruction. The difference between this and our trailer towing experience is night and day, and having the fabulous and thorough lesson made all of the difference!!

    We will HIGHLY recommend this program to any future people considering buying an RV.

    Cheers,

    Thyra and David

  • 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.

     

  • 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

  • Ramblin' Pushers 2018 Maintenance Session

    holiday rambler pushers 2018 rv trainingTo Jim and Jane Grossman, a big “Thank You” for inviting us to the 2018 Ramblin’ Pushers Maintenance Rally in Goshen Indiana. You both did an awesome job and made the event a great success!

    For all of you who attended our “What Every RV Driver Should Know” presentation and for those of you who signed up for Behind the Driver training, “Thank you.”

    And for everyone who requested our “Air Brakes Explained” information we want you to know that this is now available on our website as a free download.

    Driving a large vehicle is NOT difficult, it’s just different and once you understand the basics, it’s a lot of fun. Look at all the happy faces that got behind the wheel! If your organization would like RV Basic Training to present and train at your upcoming event, please contact Gary

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  • If your organization has added a trailer to your fleet and some of your drivers are NOT comfortable with backing, maneuvering and driving the combination in urban traffic, we
    have a program just for you!

    uso team boot campThere are many situations where a driver is NOT required to have a CDL but given the length of the combination of your truck or van and trailer, your drivers should understand the rules of the road for large vehicles.

    If some of your drivers require more knowledge to get comfortable behind the wheel and if our goal for you of ZERO DAMAGE is important to your organization, we have a program for you called TEAM BOOT CAMP.

    honest tea team boot campRecently we had the honor to provide Trailer-Towing Boot Camp to two Great Organizations, the USO and Honest Tea. Both organizations have a number of new drivers with NO towing experience and needed to know what to do to keep safe.

    If your Team could use Trailer-Towing Boot Camp, give me a call, we’ll come to you and we’ll make it happen!

    Gary the RV Guy

  • We know from your phone calls and emails that many of the visitors to our website, www.RVBasicTraining.com are either new to RVing or are looking to become RVers. Read on First-Time RVers because this is the MOST important Tip you will ever receive and one that will keep you out of trouble.

    If you’ve read through our Tips, you may have noticed that there is one cause of damage that we keep coming back to: #1 cause of RV damage is failure to do a Pre-trip inspection, which

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      includes a Safety Check, before moving the unit. For anyone who might have forgotten or did not know, a safety check is a walk around the coach or trailer, in a counter-clockwise direction, so that you are always facing on-coming traffic. You are looking to make sure the steps are retracted, the storage doors are closed, the tires are inflated, all is clear around the vehicle and the departure path is clear.

    I mention this only because we recently dropped in on my Cousin Jack and as we approached the gate to his property I noticed a strange gash in the gate. We visited for a while and when it was time to go I asked Jack about the damage on the gate? It appears his son-in-law forgot to do a Safety Check on his trailer before leaving and attempted to go through the gate with his trailer steps extended. This is what trailer steps look like after coming in contact with a gate. Amazingly, the steps still go up and down, it’s just that now they are at a slight angle. The steps are much stronger than I had ever imagined.

    tip sept rv stepsOf all the Tips we can give, doing a thorough Pre-trip is at the top of list because failure to do it is the reason for most RV damage.

    Safe RVing to all of you and if you’re in Southern California between October 7th and the 16th, please drop by our Booth, #A16 at the California RV Show in Pomona to see our SHOW SPECIALS!

    Gary, the RV Guy

Driver Training for Everyone!

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Various Types of Boot Camp for Everyone!

  • Individual One on One Driver Training
  • Corporate Driver Training - Safety Training
  • Mobile Medical Driver Training
  • Fifth Wheel Driver Training
  • Trailer Towing Training
  • Housecar License Training 40+ Feet
  • Group Driver Training and Special Events

If you don't see the type of driver training you need in the list above please call us;
1-951-852-4785