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Old 06-05-2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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Driving a motorhome for the first time

We are very much ready to purchase our first motorhome, our remaining question is "How are we going to feel driving a 38' RV?" Where do you learn to drive them? Are we biting off too big of an RV? We don't want to buy one and find out we are scared to drive it. This is our last hurdle before we write the check.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:52 AM   #2
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Our 40' was our first MH and are easy to drive. we both can drive it and haven't had a problem yet after 42,000 miles. Slow and easy, both pay attention and always use a spotter when backing up.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:53 AM   #3
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We are very much ready to purchase our first motorhome, our remaining question is "How are we going to feel driving a 38' RV?" Where do you learn to drive them? Are we biting off too big of an RV? We don't want to buy one and find out we are scared to drive it. This is our last hurdle before we write the check.

Welcome to the forum. My experience was to buy a 32 ft class c first because I thought that a class a was just too big for our needs. I bought my unit new, and about a year and a half later realized that I wanted something bigger. I bought my Berk (390 fl) and must admit was intimidated by the size of it. The learning curve was short (for the major things). In 1-2 trips I was feeling very comfortable. Now I really enjoy driving it much more than the class c. Also, I took a bath on the original rv when I traded it in. In retrospect, I wish I had bought the Berk first. Believe it or not, after a couple of trips, your coach will not seem all that big to you so go for the size and amenities that you want now. Which coach are you looking at? Good luck!

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Old 06-05-2015, 10:59 AM   #4
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We looked at a mh @ Tom Johnson in Concord in 2012 and they fueled it up, gave us the keys and took us to the 4 wide drag strip parking lot behind their lot and said have fun and try not to hit anything. They are easy to drive once you get use to sitting over the left front wheel.

What is scary is people having never driven anything but a mid-size car buying a mh and immediately getting on the interstate and go 75-80 mph.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:22 AM   #5
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X2 to all of the above. Never drove one until I left the dealership.

Try this link.


Lots of good data. It is produced by Lazy Days in FL. I learned a lot and my son watched it before he flew to Alaska and rented a class C for a week.

And remember "GOAL" Get Out And Look!

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Try to remember longer stopping distances and that there is a lot still behind you. Forget looking for the inside rear view mirror!! Pick an imaginary spot, specially on the right side, that must get past the corner before you turn.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:34 PM   #7
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Buy your 2nd RV first. Don't go too small. Have you every driven a U-Haul or the like? Not much different. If you are not scared to buy, I don't think you will be scared to drive. You just have to drive and get used to it. On our first major trip (TN to FL), I took a 2 lane for 100 miles or so on our way back. It was easy and a big confidence builder. Every MH driver out there had to drive one for the first time. Just take your time, slow down and turn wide and you will be fine. After awhile you will love it like we do! Good Luck!!
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:01 PM   #8
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Just a note:

We bought a 38 footer and found out a year later that because it was over 26,000 lbs you needed a class B license in PA.

Check with your DOT...
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:14 PM   #9
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1st mh

I too just bought first motorhome my advise take everything slow and easy be extra cautious youll be fine the more you drive it. I wouldnt think twice of driving mine anywhere now mine is 35 ft
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We've been shopping for smaller Class C's due to the fear I have of the mpg ratings. If we commit to the larger mh's is it normal these days to expect no more than 10 or 7 mpg (towing)?
One of the sellers we have spoken to is selling their 2500TS exactly for more space.
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