Driving RV's

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Chris, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. Chris

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    I know there are a lot of RV owners on here.

    My question is how long did it take to get used to driving such a big wagon?

    When I first drove my motorhome it felt like a bus but I soon got used to using the side mirrors and reversing camera.

    Some of these RV's though are enormous and I just wonder how it feels.

    My wife would love one and subject to funds so would I but the actual driving makes me ever so slightly nervous.
     
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    hi treacle,yes your right there is nothing quite like an RV,we love ours .for me the width is more of an issue than the length.ours is 34ft long.you just have to be careful and use your common sense,cos when you are keeping tight to the kerbside you are also very close to the white line so you have to be very aware of on coming traffic especially the trucks.thats why we call the passenger seat the suicide seat:Rofl1:but you soon get used to it.we have been rv,ing for three years now and would find it very difficult to go back to a european without slide outs,the space the slide outs create is great.good luck for the future.regards brian jo and josh:thumb:
     
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    Thank you Brian. Its the space that has really got my wife interested.

    Suicide seat - yikes!
     
  4. kkclassic

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    Hi Ya

    Width is the problem not length what I do is keep as close to the gutter as possible. Pull into the kerb as close as you feel comfortable then make a mark on the windscreen where the curb is and then when you drive if you keep this mark on the curb you will be as far left as you can be. :thumb:

    Kevin
     
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    Hi,

    We have changed from a 24ft European MH to a 32ft C Class RV and although we only changed in December we know we would not want to go back to a Euro MH.

    Being a C Class I have found getting used to driving has been fairly quick (i'm happy to say) it is true about the width more than length as Brian says although I think i am narrower than the big A Class RV's i'm not sure.

    Only other thing is the overhang at the back you have to remember how much it swings out especially when driving out of petrol stations, at first i came a bit close to the pumps:Eeek: having said that there is no way i would want to go back to the Euro MH, i actually find the driving position far more comfortable my wife also finds she is far more comfortable as a passenger and frankly the push out side, space and facilities canot be beaten.

    Take care
    Gary
     
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    Hi Treacle
    The first journey was the worst clipped a kerb or two, as Brian said the length takes care of its self to a point at almost 37 foot its got to:Rofl1:
    seriously the width is also an issue that requires extra thought, but thats all it is, take you time no one going to push you about in an RV are they,:Wink: a few of us have a little marker on the left of the screen and can happily cruise along at 50 mph running in the kerb without scuffing
    After 3 trips out if you've still got both mirrors your a veteran:thumb:
    I will say for the big boy toy factor there is nothing that will bring a bigger smile to your face, and at times tears when you fill it up, if fuel is in your mind forget the RVs altogether
    If your at Newark I will happily let you have a spin round the camping area on Sunday after we've packed up, and show you the secret windscreen marker
    Post back for more tips on buying, or pop over to our Jim's other site RVOC for any info you need,
    BUT don't expect to be talked out of buying an RV there
    Geo
     
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    As others have said, width/keeping well to the left, or in the gutter, which given you're already sat to the left is easy.

    More specifically, I was about 300 ish miles before driving the RV became 'normal', or second nature if you will, and from there on you just have to put up with the silly grin that doesn't seem to go and the panic on the passengers face:Rofl1:
     
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    Why not have a word with rick, Motor Roamin, he teaches HGV drivers and I do believe he could arrange a familiarisation testdrive/weekend or whatever in a safe environment worth a pm I would have thought
     
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    Thanks all. That's really helpful.

    Now all I need is some money:Blush:
     
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    you were doing so well:Doh:
     
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    :Rofl1:
     
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    Hi,
    I am a new RVer, only having bought ours in December. Due to the bad weather I did not get any time to get accustomed to driving it before our trip to Spain before Christmas.

    The main thing that has took me time to get used to on general roads is the width. As Brian says oncoming trucks can seem very close. Getting yourself close in to the side of road takes a while. Most cars give me a wide berth but lorries don't give a toss:Rofl1: No reflection on lorry drivers...they just have plenty of experience. I have lined myself up to a point on my dash so I know roughly where I am now. Length has not been a problem except when turning. Have to be aware of the back end swinging round. Reversing or manuvering on to pitches usually needs a little assistance. So far always plenty of willing helpers. :thumb:

    I feel more comfortable now and by the time I have driven back to UK hopefully more so. And a RV with slides gives so much more living space there is no comparison.

    I think I will have to look at journeys/places/sites in advance much more that before.
     
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    you'll soon get used to wearing brown underpants ... :Laughing:

    seriously ... I drove about 20k miles in mine, from the Scottish highlands to the Sahara desert and all places in between ..
    They are big and you do need to give some thought to your route, taking that spur of the moment turn is not recommended... you'll only do it once !

    The bigger you are the fewer sites you will fit onto.. so that also needs consideration.. planning ahead is not essential but highly recommended.

    Running costs about double that of a euro van , so that is a big consideration.

    Houses for courses, if you want to do a lot of touring then IMO a euro van is a better tool.. on the other hand if you are more likely to spend time at shows and on sites for a week then there is no doubt the comfort afforded in an RV is unbeatable ... it's a trade off , only you can decide.

    Before viewing an RV , take a big dose of reality pills and leave the rose tinted specs at home..

    They are awesome beasts to drive and live aboard ... but have their limitations and are not cheap to own. As I was told, have deep pockets, very deep pockets.

    My opinion from owning one for five years, three spent living in it full time.. others will have a different perspective ..
     
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    We too are interested in this thread, we would love an RV but something is stopping us, probably the driving of it but as you have all said its just getting used to such a big beast.
    Saying that we started with a van conversion , have gone up to a Compass avantgard then a swift sundance now a swift voyager, going a little bigger everytime, thats the problem, you get used to one size and then you want something bigger????

    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: wait for it:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  15. Chris

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    Seriously though the ones my wife likes are £150k plus:Eeek:

    We paid £47k for our Burstner new in 2008 and that seemed a hefty sum. I think it would be even more hefty now with the exchange rates.

    Its a really nice van but the look of the lounges in these RV's is something else.

    I blame Robert De Niro and "Meet the Fockers" cos that is when Mrs T first started liking RV's.

    I quite fancy having a drivers intercom though ...
     
  16. kkclassic

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    Hi Ya

    Here is a cheaper version of the drivers intercom

    http://www.rvheadsets.com/

    You could add them to your eurovan a cheaper alternative :RollEyes: :Rofl1:

    Kevin and Tricia
     
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    I like those RV headsets, we occationally use walkie talkies if manoverings tight, or usually just when we drop the levelers, ours are the swing down electric type with duff sensors so we need to check going up and down, and walkie talkies are diffucult, well, mmm, difficult, wife seems to think they are magic and will work without pressing the button, or remember what shes said and send it all when she does press the button:Doh:
     
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    After a few miles they do shrink around you and you can almost go anywhere you like, but not on a whim, you do need to plan your journeys. We have been cavalier in ours, touring UK, France and Spain, yes this attitude has got us stuck, we have been monumentaly stuck, but I never knew anyone who got stuck and is still stuck. :BigGrin: We always escape sometimes with a scrape, sometimes without.

    RVers always say that if the country bus, or a skip lorry can get there there so can an RV, but I would say that some of our hairiest momemts have been when we have met the country bus or the skip lorry:BigGrin:

    We bought the RV because we needed the space, we needed five full sized wardrobes and space for kids to study, now we don't need the space and I look forward to downsizing to as small as we can cope with:Smile: It will be nice to have a book full of Aires, knowing that you can get on every one and you are not going to become the evening's entertainment when you arrive at an aire, find its full and you have to do a 21 point turn to get out:BigGrin:

    Most pople buy RVs for the space, the trick is to enjoy the size and not regret it. So many people are scared of driving their RV so they don't, but the more you do it the easier it gets and as Geo said its hard to drive one without a big smile:thumb:
     
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    45k will buy you a very nice Rv:thumb:
    On average id say RVers spend a lot less than that, you wont get a good deal trying to trade in a Euro van for one though, unless the market has changed dramaticly
    The dealers seam to think the the Euros are worth half that of an RV
    But in reality the RV seem the cheaper option to me
    Geo
    £150,000 for one :Eeek::Eeek: never in my liftime, even if I had the money and as nice as they are Im afraid a reality check would stop me
    I might go to half that when i win the lottery, but it would have to be very special:BigGrin:
     
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    Well Treacle,
    l paid an awful lot less than your £47k for our RV. And we love it.
    As for driving them, they do shrink, and you will not think twice about driving an RV in time. It is the width thats seems strange, but, it's also being left hand drive that seems to magnify the problem.
    l used to drive artics with 40 ft trailers, and didn't think twice about the size. It becomes second nature, as will an RV. However, my RV being LHD, concentration was needed until l got used to it, just the same as anyone. If it had been RHD, l wouldn't have had a problem at all. Now l am used to it, the size has shrunk, and there are no problems at all.
    Take your time, relax, and enjoy.

    Craig
     
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