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There is so much freedom when it comes to traveling in an RV. However, getting behind the wheel of one for the first time can be a little scary. Sure, the size can be intimidating, especially if you’re used to zipping all over town in a fiat, but  you need to be aware of the challenges that come with piloting a big rig too.

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If you feel like you need a bit of practice first, you can always start with something small, like this FIAT 500 with matching travel trailer. 

Here are six valuable tips for driving large RVs that will keep you and your new home-away-from-home safe.

Pre-Flight inspection    

Just like a plane needs a pre-flight check before heading into the skies, drivers need to check their rig prior to getting on the road. Before you even get in the RV, walk around the rig and check to make sure the tires are inflated correctly, all the hoses and power cords are stored away, all slide-outs are back in place, all doors are closed, and there are no large objects in the way of the vehicle (like tree branches).

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And it’s always a good idea to secure passengers inside the vehicle before take-off.

Get Help
In a large RV, there are significant blind spots. So don’t be afraid to ask your co-pilot or even fellow RVer to help guide you in or out of a space. RV drivers are always willing to help each other out!

driving an rvI have a feeling you’ll have no shortage of helpers if you’re driving around in this particular Airstream.

RVs have powerful engines, but that is no reason to speed. Lower speeds not only save money at the pump, they also make you safer on the road. By maintaining a constant moderate speed, drivers can save up to 30 percent on fuel and are better able to react to road conditions and other drivers.

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Speed? Probably not an issue in this case….

Don’t Rock the Boat
RVs have a high center of gravity, so don’t make sudden lane changes or sharp turns, which could lead to RV yaws or rocking back-and-forth. Take sharp corners a little wider than you would with a normal vehicle. If large gusts of wind hit your RV, don’t overcorrect. Try to get the RV level and drive in a straight line.

driving an rvSlow and Steady wins the race….

Be Prepared
Don’t head out onto the road in the RV without being prepared. Make sure your big rig is stocked with extra water, roadside emergency tools (flares, caution signs), guides, and a reliable atlas. The Trailer Life Directory RV Road Atlas is a good option when narrowing down which atlas is best. Created by travel experts especially for the RVer, it shows all of the campground listings found in the Trailer Life RV Parks & Campgrounds Directory right on the map including Good Sam RV Parks where you can receive your Good Sam discount. This handy atlas also indicates routes for oversized vehicles—perfect for driving an RV.

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The road ahead looks good….if you know where you’re going

So, as you see, a few small preparations and adjustments to your driving habits can go a long way when driving a large vehicle such as an RV.

Did someone say something about a driver?



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