Towing a Motor-Home
Common and logical tips of driving a Motor Home
Our network is here bringing to light some of the very common and logical tips of driving a motor home, knowledge of which can make any camper a better and safer RV driver.
A motor home which may also be called a recreational van or simply a caravan is much taller, wider and broader than any other automobile. Hence, it is obvious it will require extra care and caution while driving, turning, reversing or parking. The size of your caravan should always be clear in your mind so that you can act accordingly at all times of your drive.
Tail swing or off-tracking has mostly been the reason for accidents of RVs.
It should be known that an average caravan has up to 2-1/2feet of tail swing. So, it is always better to keep your rig at least 3-1/2 feet away from the pump while at a fuel station. This allows your vehicle the required space for tail swing preventing you from any possible pulling and pushing.
Always have full knowledge of your vehicle’s overhead clearance. This is often not an issue when you are driving on major highways or motorways that mostly have well marked clearances but there can be problems when you are passing through cities or side roads of the country where you may encounter lower clearances. To avoid such situation, it is smart to stay behind some tractor/trailer rigs, which are mostly near the maximum allowed height, when you are on the countryside. This can keep you out of such troublesome situation.
Intersections are other tricky areas which require an alert response.
Being on the left lane of a two lane road having a plan to turn left, your move must start by pulling your vehicle as close to the left line as possible and then allowing your tail end of the rig to swing out continuing to the right when you turn left. The turn must be taken extremely watchfully and very gradually and steadily. Similarly, if you are in a single lane road and plan to turn left; your move must start with pulling up as close as possible to the left line of the road in order to prevent your caravan’s tail from hitting any signposts, fire hydrants or any other thing at the corner of the road.
The next challenge lies in when to actually turn the wheel.
Unlike a car or any other automobile where you are sitting behind the front wheels, in a big rig motor-home, you are actually sitting just above the front wheels and this must be clearly bore in mind. This explains that regardless of which way you have to turn at an intersection, you have to pull yourself straight up to the point you have to turn and then turn the wheel for the required turning.
A clear picture of your vehicle and a pre-planned solution for any troublesome situation can help you bypass any complication or obstacle that may come up on your big rig drive.