Aug 052016

I’ll admit that I stole some of these from advice I received back when I was learning to fly or ride a motorcycle, but I think they are just as appropriate to driving an RV.

1) No one has ever hit something at too slow a speed.

2) Always try to keep the number of times you park the RV equal to the number of times you’ve driven it.

3) If all you can see in your rearview mirrors are sparks and pieces of flying debris, and your passengers are screaming, things may not be going as well as they should be.

4) Anytime you see another vehicle coming at you from the opposite direction, or waiting on the shoulder of the road or at a cross street, ask yourself “What is the dumbest possible thing that driver could do to kill me?” and plan accordingly.

5) Never drive your RV somewhere your brain didn’t go five seconds earlier.

6) Keep looking for hazards on the road and in your travel path. There is always something you have missed.

7) Eighteen wheelers bearing down on you at high speed always have the right of way. This is not open to debate.

8) You start RVing with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

9) When traction is negligible, the probability of survival is inversely proportional to the speed of your vehicle.

10) Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, experience usually comes from bad judgment.

11) During bad weather, it is always better to be in the campground wishing you were on the road than to be on the road wishing you were in the campground.

12) The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.

13) Learn from the mistakes of others. You will not live long enough to make all of them yourself.

14) The chances of you backing over the utility hookups in a campsite are directionally proportional to the number of neighbors watching.

15) In the battle between objects made of metal, rubber, and fiberglass going dozens of miles per hour, and immovable objects like trees, boulders, and guardrails going zero miles per hour, the trees, boulders, and guardrails have yet to lose. Draws don’t count.

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  3 Responses to “15 Things Every RV Driver Should Know”

  1. It would be wonderful if this list were given to everyone applying for drivers license regardless for what type of vehicle. So many drivers are now putting their lives and others in danger by not following one or more of these suggestions.

  2. I for one can attest that many of these are TRUE!!!

  3. And when backing a 38 foot diesel pusher, the drivers seat looks
    like it is 100 feet from the rear in the mirror, but it really is only 35 feet from the rear.

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