How to Drive a Motorhome/RV — Driving Tips: Off-Tracking & Rear Overhang


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Turning an RV’s steering wheel creates a couple of situations that require special attention. 3DR Solo aerial footage makes it clearer than ever what happens when you go around a corner with an RV!

We always make a point of mentioning that we’re not professionals when it comes to RV repair and maintenance. We get lots of kind comments about the clarity of our instructional videos, and people sometimes assume at least one of us has a teaching background. That is indeed the case.

For the first time, we can remove the “we’re not professionals” disclaimer, because one of us Geeks is indeed a former professional… in the driving realm.

Peter’s resume as a motorcoach operator and driving instructor is substantial. Not only did he drive tour buses in a big city, but he was also the Safety & Training Manager for one of the largest bus companies in North America. He designed and ran the training program, hiring and training hundreds of professional drivers, and dozens of driving instructors, over the years.

In addition, his driving prowess in the American Public Transit Association’s annual Bus Roadeo driving competition earned him a shelf full of trophies.

We intend for this to be the first of many RVgeeks Driving School videos, designed to share the concepts required to master the operation of a large vehicle, and increase safety on the road. We get so many questions about driving, that we thought it was about time we shared something from a bona fide expert’s point of view.

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22 replies
  1. Azure Pink
    Azure Pink says:

    Just the other day I did a two hour lesson about the vehicle's pivot point. This video gives clarity to what I'm endeavoring to master. Thanks for taking the time to explain v clearly.

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  2. Phil Derr Derr
    Phil Derr Derr says:

    Ok, after viewing and then reviewing this instruction video, I must ask this question. When does one start the turning movement? i.e. how far into the turn do you actually turn?

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  3. Edward Castro
    Edward Castro says:

    I"m a tour guide bus driver and clearing the back wheels is very important, you'll scrape the corner sidewalk and bend the hub caps if you don't wait for the back wheels to pass the corner sufficiently

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  4. Robert D
    Robert D says:

    Certainly a professionally shot, edited and scripted video. Wonderfully clear and easy to follow, an instructional video does is not presented any better than this one. Thank you, Geeks. Very, very much.

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  5. Carl Gaines
    Carl Gaines says:

    Excellent, practical & serious instruction. I just moved up from a 26’ MH to 30’. The difference is startling. After 4 years of full-timing I had great “muscle memory” for the 26-footer. Now, I must patiently acquire that new 30-footer memory. AND ADD TO THAT the fact that we have just added a toad – WITH NO BACKING! We must pre-judge our path and anticipate our clearances. PATIENCE & DON’T WORRY ABOUT GOING SLOW WITH TRAFFIC BEHIND US!

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  6. Latin Man
    Latin Man says:

    Would this apply to hauling a travel trailer.
    I’m new to this and going to purchase a trailer and truck. I was going to get an RV. But all videos on YouTube of RV owners are always having problems with their motor home. And they have to take it to a repair shop. They have no were to stay because their RV is in a shop. So that steered me toward a truck and trailer. That way, if I have truck problem. I’ll still have a place to sleep and live while my truck is in shop.

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  7. Ed Leigey
    Ed Leigey says:

    Great videos guys as always. my parents are proud owners of a 88 Tiffin Allegro 32 ft gaser I’m teaching them basics of making turns backing and whatnot. Is there any tips you can give them to make their drive time more enjoyable rather then scary. Thanks in advance.

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