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  1. Boyd

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    Hi All,

    i have just bought my first motorhome. It's a RollerTeam 590 and so far I am very pleased with it . The only downside is driving it. I thought we would have a run to the New Forest as it is only up the road from Bournemouth. How on earth do you drive these things? Despite my best efforts I managed to whack one of my mirror on a bush and then the caught the roof with overhanging branches despite being in the middle of the road. The edge of the road and the white lines in the middle looked to be a about 1 inch from my wing mirrors which doesn't leave much scope for error. Feeling a bit worried.

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    Boyd

    Ps I have driven a Motorhome before but don't remember it being so difficult.
     
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    Practice:whistle:
     
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    Find a bigger wider road :D.
    Fairly new to it myself, just have to be a bit more size aware.
    Best bit of advice was look out for bus stops or wheelie bins because if buses or bin lorries get there, so can you (y).
    On last week's trip to Hampshire, I managed to find my way (thanks SatNav) down a little lane marked 6'6" except for access... Well I needed access to get where I was going :rolleyes:.
    All good with a little breathing in ;).
     
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    Hello and welcome you will get used to it again I'm sure, narrow roads are a challenge!

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    There are some very narrow roads in the New Forest, I suggest staying away until you are more confident!

    Try visiting a supermarket when it is shut and practice reversing in their car park. If you go on narrow roads you will need this skill! :)
     
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    It is nerve wracking but does get better.Two of the big caravan clubs do courses to help you gain confidence. Reversing can be assisted by a camera on the back but I always get out and "advice" my husband ! Needless to say he doesn't always listen! Don't let your first trip put you off! It's worth persevering !! Good luck!(y)
     
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    Unfortunately the only to become comfortable and confident is to drive it as much as you can, it wont be long before you are doing tricks with it.
    You'll soon be an advance driver (just like all of us on here????) and be very pleased with how good you have become. Ignore the wing mirrors they always take a beating.
    Almost every Ducato has a dent where the mirror has hit the door.

    Just stay away from Ireland for now!
    (It did go through - although I did shut my eyes just in case)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Its easy once you get used to it. PRACTICE PRACTICE AND PRACTICE again. If a 75 yr old woman can drive one anyone can.
     
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    Thanks for all your replies. I think my first mistake was forgetting that I was not driving a car. It was definitely a baptism of fire. Practicing reversing in a car park sounds like a good idea but will have to be careful to not run over my wife.
     
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    Yea but you don't look 75 sandra.. well I don't think so..:LOL:
     
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    just drive it everyday and you will become confident in it. Once you know what gaps it fits you will be fine and at first you will drive it like it is 3 ft wider! I find driving ours easy as im used to driving ambulances at speed through small gaps BUT when i first joined the ambulance service I'd never driven anything so big. 3 weeks driver training then a day on the skid pan and i was let loose. i can now squeeze our MH through gaps that make hubby's eyes water and he shrinks to a size 12 by breathing in so hard! Familiarity is all you need.
     
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    forgot to add - i am a woman driver!!!! so im sure there are many who will say that if i can, you can!

    (thought id get it in first before someone else did :D )
     
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    Think you might be treading on thin ice Andy:giggler:
     
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    I remember my first motor home experience and I simply treated it like a bus taking corners very wide and slowing down well in advance of the cars in front, on the first couple of trips I was very aware of the vehicle dimensions but after a longer trip the brain kicks in and you forget about the van size and just enjoy sitting high and not being in a rush, after all if you can't get to your set destination you have all you need onboard.
     
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    LOL.. You don't know what I've had to put up with.. couldn't resist a dig... but never get the better of her... That's old women for you..:LOL::LOL:
     
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    LOL.. You don't know what I've had to put up with.. couldn't resist a dig... but never get the better of her... That's old women for you..:LOL::LOL:
     
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    LOL.. You don't know what I've had to put up with.. couldn't resist a dig... but never get the better of her... That's old women for you..:LOL::LOL:
     
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    Very true.....along with branches sticking out & overhanging:eek:

    Plenty of easy parking though:D
     
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    LOL.. You don't know what I've had to put up with.. couldn't resist a dig... but never get the better of her... That's old women for you..:LOL::LOL:
     
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    Very true.....along with branches sticking out & overhanging:eek:

    Plenty of easy parking in the forest car parks though:D
     
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    Not just me having problems posting by the look of things:LOL:
     
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    Not just me having problems posting by the look of things:LOL:
     
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    Andy I gave that a like in the absence of a "brave" button.

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