Anyone with the cash can buy a recreational vehicle. Most can be driven on the street without any additional training. But if the owner hasnâ€™t mastered the art of avoiding RV wrecks and disasters, all bets are off. Two RV driver education experts in the field explain why the cost of a weekend RV driving school will save you far less money and heartache than repairing a wrecked rig.
RV Driving without a G.O.A.L
Don’t wait for a terrible tragedy. Source: iRV2 forums.
Lots of us think we are good RV drivers, but even the most experienced RVer can stand to learn new techniques to lower their accident risk. My husband and I learned this lesson three years after we became full-time RVers.
We drove into the Utah Forest Service campground and found that perfect every RVer dreams about. It was so peaceful and scenic that we werenâ€™t ready to leave on check-out day, so we extended our stay. But our holding tanks needed emptying and our water supply replenished, so we packed up and went to town. A couple hours later we returned to the same spot.
One RV driving lesson learned. Source: LiveWorkDream.com
As always, I got out of the truck to guide my husband into the back-in site. But our rig was at an odd angle, which made the parking job a tedious chore. The large boulder on our truckâ€™s right rear passenger side didnâ€™t make things easier as he maneuvered back and forth to squeeze past the obstruction.
When I saw that he was getting too close and yelled to warn him, the throaty roar of our Dodge was louder than my screech. And before I could flail my arms to say â€œSTOP!â€� the sickening crunch of metal on granite filled the air.
The Art of Avoiding RV Wrecks and Disasters
Was the accident preventable?
René M. Agredano