DRIVING A MOTORHOME
GENERAL DRIVING INFORMATION
A motorhome is not difficult to drive. However, it is substantially wider and longer and heavier than an automobile.
Minimum height clearance is 12 feet.
Be aware and avoid carport roofs, overhanging tree branches and low roofs, especially at fueling stations.
DO NOT go thru any drive-thru restaurants.
Due to the length of the motorhome, you will need a greater turning radius. Also when driving from a flat surface to an incline be aware so that your rear end doesn’t drag.
Be aware of high winds and cross winds as well as the currents that large trucks make when passing. Slow down and anticipate their effects and how to compensate for them.
When backing up it is impossible to see all obstacles from the driving position. Always use spotters to avoid small children, short posts or overhanging branches. You will be responsible for any damages.
VARIOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS
Use reasonable precautions. Be aware of rocks being kicked up and possible broken windshields.
Due to the higher percentage of rear weight than an automobile they handle quite well in slippery conditions. However, slow down and excise extra caution. Traction may be greater, but if you start to slide the same extra weight may carry you farther than a normal car.
Motorhomes are not suitable for rough country roads. Country roads usually have lots of overhanging branches, narrow turns and uneven roads. Use prudent judgement when driving on country roads.
Frequently, long lines of cars collect behind motorhomes. When this happens, the driver should pull off the road in a safe area and let the cars go by as a common courtesy. Use good judgement when attempting to pass. After all, you are not in a Ferrari.
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