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During your drive

  • Tips for driving
  • Remain in your seatbelts at all times
  • Using the Cabin TV while driving
  • The water pump switch
  • Have a plan for trash and gear


Tips for driving

If you are unfamiliar operating a Class C motorhome it can be a little unnerving the first time you take it on the road, especially the highway where there are big trucks and sometimes tight roads due to contstruction or hazards.

Mirrors + Camera

Your side mirrors will be your best friend as you drive, they are split into a top and bottom segment. The top mirror is a normal mirror and allows you to see everything behind you. The lower mirror is convex and allows you to see cars coming up on your blind spot.

You’ll typically check the top first, then the bottom, and then you can change lanes or make your turn.

Sometimes you can feel a little claustrophobic on the road where you have large semi-trucks or other obstacles to the left and right. As long as you are in your lane, you should be fine.

One trick is to check your side mirrors. The side mirrors stick out about 8 or so inches beyond the sides of the RV. If there is plenty of distance between another vehicle (or object) and your mirrors, then you are a safe distance away and can pass.

Speed

Optimal top speed for fuel efficiency and a smooth ride is approximately 65 mph. On smooth roads you can try increasing speeds to 70 or 75 mph but you may find such speeds extremely bumpy and uncomfortable on bad roads.

Turning

Take your corners slow and speed bumps even slower. The motorhome pivots quite a bit on its rear wheels during a turn, this means the rear end swings our way further than a standard car. Because of this you need to watch the rear of the vehicle from your mirrors and BE VERY CAREFUL when pulling out of a gas station.

Check your mirrors every time you turn to make sure you are clearing any obstacles. Go slow and if necessary have some one jump out and spot you if you are in a tight area.

Remain in your seatbelts at all times

It can be very tempting to want to get up and walk around, use the bathroom, or sleep on the beds or loft. A single pump on the brakes could send someone flying across the RV or slamming into a wall or countertop which could result in severe injury or death (seriously).

The best thing to do if someone needs to use the bathroom or get up is to simply pull over to a safe area for a few seconds and let them take care of business. The loss of a few seconds of your trip is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of your crew.

Using the Cabin TV while driving

The master power switch can be ON or OFF while you are driving depending on your situation. If only two people are in the RV while driving and nobody needs to use the cabin, then you can leave the master power switch OFF.

However, if you have passengers that want to use the cabin TV to watch movies or play video games during the trip, then you can turn the master power switch to ON when the RV engine is running (always turn it off when the RV engine is not running). With the master power switch ON, you can then turn on the RED power inverter behind the cabin TV on the wall (you will hear it beep).

Make sure the TV and/or Blu-Ray are plugged into the inverter because the wall outlets are only powered when connected to shore power and the master power switch is set to OFF. The ONLY time the power inverter is necessary is to power the TV and/or Blu-Ray player while driving.

When connected to shore power or are not using the TV, turn the Inverter OFF when it is not in use.

The water pump switch

This switch can be left on at all times during your trip. When on shore power when the master power switch is set to OFF, it will receive power.

When driving and the master power switch is ON, then it will keep the water system pressurized for using the sink or flushing toilets. The RV cabin battery system is charged by the alternator when the engine is running.

The key is always remembering to turn OFF the master power switch when leaving the vehicle during your drive (any activities when you are not connected to shore power). If you leave the vehicle while plugged in to shore power, the master power switch will be set to OFF anyway.

Have a plan for trash and gear

Make sure everyone has access to trash from snacks, etc. during the drive. Also make sure that everyone can reach their gear that they have brought along for the drive. Does everyone have access to charging ports for electronic devices?

Does everyone have access to their own snacks? Planning ahead can avoid piles of trash on the floors or damage to the furniture. Making sure everyone has their gear at hand means less stopping to search for things or having to get them out of the garage.