Motorhome driving course?

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Mousy, Feb 26, 2015.

  1. Mousy

    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Right I need to bite the bullet and start driving our motorhome, it's a 7.3 metre long Left hand drive automatic Hymer.
    I'm too nervous to just get in it and drive so I'm considering a course.
    I've found a CC one near me in April £155 for the day.

    Anyone else done one? Or should I look at HGV lesson?

    Any advice?

    Don't forget we are in South wales and will need something nearish.
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    Shame you are in west wales.
    Rick (motor roamin) has an HGV driving school and caters for folks like yourself who need a confidence boost and a few pointers.
    hes in Leicester.
    i believe the 'club' courses are taken 'off road' (car parks, airfields etc) so no real experience of real time traffic scenarios.
    merely manouvering courses...correct road positioning, reversing etc.
     
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  3. trekkin

    trekkin Read Only Funster

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    Do it, once you get the confidence you'll love it..

    To do HGV you will need to get a provisional licence which requires a medical etc, so probably a little over the top.

    Why not approach a HGV driving school as they may do an hourly rate, and maybe use your own MoHo with their instructor

    Adrian
     
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    We did a course when we set off for our first long trip. Just for the 2 of us as there were none scheduled. The team does courses for CC & CCC but they tailored it for us in our own moho.
    We did a little bit on an airfield (so the instructor could see we weren't going to kill him), some country lanes with single-lane sharp S bends, town main roads and narrow town back-streets with cars parked both sides, and a large roundabout onto a dual carriageway. Ours is 7m, right hand drive, automatic. Can't remember what we paid; we had 3 hours between us.
    Him Indoors learned the most important thing as far as I'm concerned: SLOW DOWN. Also - if you're on a narrowish road with gritty edges & there's nobody else on the road, drive in the middle out of all the rubbish.
    I learned not to be such a scaredy-cat, I can go backwards, and to drive to the outside of a turn.
    Other stuff as well of course, but those are the main points I think.
    Yes it was expensive, but we both value what we got out of it. (y)
     
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    Never ever done a course...

    Driven since 1973 with C1...

    Just got out and done it...

    Just about to go from 8.2 metres to 9.0 metres...

    Slow and steady, use your mirrors and don't get rattled...
     
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  6. DavidG58

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    Did you drive your old one Dawn? this really isn't a lot bigger, it just seems it :)
     
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    I have a post 97 driving license which meant I didn't have C1. I bought a 4500KG Eura mobil so had to take my C1 test.

    I tell you that was the best thing I ever did. I still recommend anyone moving from a car to a MH should take a days HGV training. I thought I was a competent driver but still learnt a lot from that course. For me the awareness of the difference between a car and a large van was an eye opener. But the prize for me was the reversing tuition. I drive solo and don't use reversing cameras. That is down to the HGV training.

    I am just about to take my C course/test with Rick and possibly going onto do my C+E after. He is an incredibly helpful guy when it comes to advice on these matters and it may be worth giving him a shout @motor roamin . Not sure if he can do this kind of training etc but worth giving him a shout.
     
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    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Thanks all, no David I didn't drive the last one, the biggest thing I've driven is a people carrier.

    I met Motor roaming at Malvern and we did talk about his course but sadly it's too far away.

    Really not sure whether to do the CC course or as suggested here find a local HGV driving centre and book some hours with them.
     
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    we pick up our 8 m motorhome in april and will drive straight to data academy leicester, to do a half day course...sound like reallyhelpful people..contact is mailto:training@dataacademy.co.uk
     
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    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    Leicester is 4 hours away from us, really want something nearer.
     
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    Biggest thing I had driven before was also a people carrier (VW Caravelle),flew over to Munich and drove an 8m LHD Frankia home to Scotland. I did have a clash of mirrors with an HGV on the way home but no damage done.:oops:
     
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    Mousy Funster Life Member

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    What I'm trying to work out, hopefully from Funsters who have driving course experience is which is better value, CC motorhome manovering course or teaching time with HGV trainers.
     
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    HGV trainers....they are proffessionals, i suspect the club trainers are just experienced amateurs.
    but i could be wrong
     
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    The guy we had is a professional HGV trainer who also does caravan & motorhome manoeuvring courses for the clubs - the clubs book group courses at his training centre.
     
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    Mr Womble did CC caravan course (in a group) & did help but he thinks that an individual professional HGV qualified trainer should be much better. CC club training was good for getting extra discount on our caravan insurance. :)
     
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    My wife did the CC course last year very good tuition, mainly off road but then on road for about 3/4 hour, she found it very useful and confidence boosting and now will do her fair share on a long haul trip. :)
     
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    I did the CC 1 day caravan course, it was sub contracted to a professional HGV training company... it was very good within the limits of a one day course.
    It certainly gave me the confidence that I could hitch up & tug safely.
    Other options may, technically, be "better" - but surely if the CC course gives @Mousy the confidence to get behind the wheel of her MH then surely it'll be money well spent?
     
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    Heck, I wish I'd had some tuition before driving a 28 foot fifth wheel from Rhode Island to California! The first 300 wet miles were the worst! The only advice I was given was on turning "take it wide, take it slow" and " them's take a lot of stoppin' in the wet". Both very true, but ........! I didn't hit anything, job done!
     
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    I have never done a course, either with CC or an HGV school. what training i did get many years ago was from experienced military, police and fire service instructors. most of it on vehicles that handled like ungainly boats on the road
    most important advice was to realise a longer, wider, taller and heavier vehicle should not be driven like a car. learn the turning point of the vehicle and think where the corners of the vehicle are and think before you act.
    modern vehicles by design are far more user friendly and tolerant to bad driving. this results in sloppy driving technique and bad habits

    my advice is get one to one advice and tuition with an instructor with years of experience. Most tuition these days is teaching people how to pass a driving test. not real world experience which gives better confidence
     
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    I'm sure I remember one school near Culverhouse Cross just west of Cardiff Dawn. I'll phone around tomorrow, see if I can track them down.
     
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