turns out that I can't drive :(

Discussion in 'Motorhome Help for the Beginner' started by Paul J, May 16, 2018.

  1. rosalan

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    I cannot remember how I took off my last mirror but it actually turned out to be much simpler than expected but I did not have a Remis fitted then. I think a plastic cover came off to reveal the bolts and screws.
    Wingmirrorman is a good place to look for buying a mirror.
    If it looks as if the Remis must come off, beware... replacement parts are hard to get.
     
  2. jdk62

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    On narrow roads when encountering large oncoming vehicles, I have regularly pulled almost to stop wound the window down and pulled in the O/S mirror till the bus, lorry etc passes.

    Takes a few seconds but has saved some very close encounters.

    We have a long van (8M) and I have just remodelled the rear off side quarter by forgetting the length of my overhang - having reversed and pulled forward with turning, the overhang swung over and swiped a parked car...Grr... Have been driving large bvehicles and motorhomes for a number of years, but hey... we are imperfect people in an imperfect world.. Just off to chase the insurers now (y)
     
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    Confidence comes with practice so get get back in there and drive. Experience has taught me to go a few miles extra and avoid narrow roads if I can.
    I use a hill on a regular basis which is narrow in parts , if I see a large vehicle approaching I will stop and wait for it to pass.
    I have had my mirror hit on this hill but the white van who hit it came off worse .
    I've had this van for 3 years now and it's almost 8mtrs in length , I have to reverse into an awkward corner space where I store my van with vans either side of me and infront of me . When I first got it I would fret a few days before I had to return it to storage thinking about reversing it. Experience has given me the confidence to reverse fairly quickly into a tight spot. I still get out and look if it doesn't feel right just to see if everything's ok.
    Don't be hurried by anyone , take your time , deep breath and enjoy. Time will give you the experience but even then there will be some hairy moments .
    I have a C1 as my car and prefer to reverse the van over the car.
    As you can see from the feedback you have received , we have all at times experienced some white knuckle experiences.
    Enjoy.
     
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    It’s so easily done, I did it myself, following week I bought and fitted mirror and headlight protectors.

    I considered and may well still get a lesson at a local driving school that teaches HGV, PSV, Motorbikes and cars, but my confidence has improved as time has passed.
     
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    Surely driving in the middle on a narrow road isn't a good idea?
     
  6. Paul J

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    Hey, the headlight protector idea is a good one, I’d forgot about that, I reckon the stylish headlights on the new Ducato are not cheap !
     
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    If its not wide enough for two vehicles to pass without slowing its not going to make much of a difference , speed related to range of visibility is the key . I drive defensively but at times to command the road , it prevents the problem of someone whose spatial awareness isnt that good wrongly thinking they will just squeeze thru :)
     
  8. Theonlysue

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    I just shut my eyes and hope for the best
    :whistle::whistle::whistle:
     
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  9. golly

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    This was me inourPVC a couple of years ago in Devon skip to 1:30 scuffed nearside mirror on that bloody wall:doh: if the d*ck head in the dark blue VW had reversed there wouldn't have been a problem.
     
  10. Rolyan

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    I know that many won't agree, but it may be worth considering the course run by the Institute of Advanced Motorists. It's (relatively) inexpensive, teaches a system that improves safety in any vehicle, and is fun. It's not specifically for motor homes, but as a road safety organisation the things they teach are applicable to all.

    It's just a thought, which you are welcome to dismiss/accept/ignore as you wish.
     
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    Why didn't you stop and gesticulate for him to move backwards ... no way would I have risked damaging my MH ... I'd just have stayed there until he got the message!
     
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    I'd be pretty angry at the fly-tipper who left that washing machine in the road.
     
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  13. golly

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl: it's the refextion of the remote for the reversing camera.
     
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  14. AlisonEM

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    I too always put my lights on when on the move, actually so that I can see everything on the dashboard but it does highlight the boundaries of my MH to other drivers.

    Shit happens, as somebody has already pointed out... dust yourself down and give yourself a hug - we've all been there.

    My advice might be a bit different from everybody else so far... but on the basis of: -

    "Never hesitate to give advice because the ability to ignore it is universal."

    Before you fire up your engine, take a few seconds to close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and then visualize yourself reaching your destination "intact", with grace and ease. Feel grateful that you are always safe and divinely protected.

    In moments of doubt as you are travelling, affirm out loud "My van/MH and I are always totally safe and divinely protected."

    Before anybody shoots the messenger, namely me, try it sincerely and see what happens.

    Be realistic and expect a miracle! (y)
     
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  15. AlisonEM

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    And P.S. Of course you can drive... one stupid little van coming the other way doesn't mean you've lost all your skills! ;)

    Chin up! Keep calm and carry on truckin'! :D

    You can do it!
     
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