Driving Your Motorhome For The First Time

Driving Your Motorhome For The First Time

Here you​ are! you​ waited with great anticipation​ for​ this​ moment - Holidays are here!
There it​ is​ - your​ motorhome. Fully equipped, beds are made, a​ breakfast basket on​ the little table by the window, the tank is​ full and​ you​ are ready to​ go.

you​ probably have some questions when you​ handle a​ large vehicle for​ the first time. The change from driving a​ car to​ “piloting” a​ Motorhome requires some special attention​ and​ concentration. Always obey rules and​ regulation​ and​ use common​ sense.

The Motorhome is​ longer, larger, higher and​ heavier than cars you​ are used to​ driving but they are easy to​ handle. After the first km’s of​ driving you​ will find that they respond beautifully and​ are fun to​ drive. So don’t worry!

Please read the motorhome’s instructions carefully before you​ get behind the wheel. you​ will avoid mistakes and​ your​ travel through our beautiful country will be pleasant and​ trouble free.

Many of​ the hazards encountered on​ the road result from incorrect loading of​ an​ otherwise safe Motorhome. Overloading is​ the most common​ cause of​ accidents. a​ slight over load or​ poor weight distribution​ can seriously restrict steering and​ braking. it​ can also result in​ sudden blowouts an​ breakdowns. you​ can help control this​ situation.

To minimize swing and​ wobble keep the vehicle’s center of​ gravity low. Store heavy items low, forward and​ between the axles: lightweight items high. Try to​ balance the load between the vehicle’s two sides. Make sure everything is​ in​ place and​ easy to​ get at​ when needed. Secure all cargo inside and​ outside the vehicle or​ it​ will shift. Always leave room for​ the usual ground gear: leveling plank, wedges, water hose, jack and​ tools.

Avoid carrying spare gasoline; if​ you​ must, carry it​ in​ the storage container possible, tape the lid shut to​ prevent spillage and​ protect it​ with a​ shield.

While you​ are at​ the gas station​ check your​ motor oil, automatic transmission​ oil, radiator water, battery water and​ tire pressure. Heat in​ the desert can affect the tire pressure, over or​ under pressure can cause problems in​ steering your​ Motorhome.

Check your​ travel route every morning before you​ start. Plan for​ a​ camping place for​ the night for​ rest stops and​ dump stations. Also consider gasoline stops, especially if​ you​ travel in​ the desert.

Reserving a​ campsite in​ advance can save a​ lot of​ frustration​ later, especially during high season. When traveling without reservation, the earlier in​ the day you​ stop, the better are your​ chances to​ get to​ a​ good campground.

When driving into the campsite, especially at​ night, scout around the area of​ you​ on​ foot. a​ large log, a​ hydrant or​ other obstacles can punch through the paneling, tearing pipes or​ wiring and​ causing costly repairs.

Make sure you​ park level at​ the campsite. a​ board under one wheel or​ under one side might be all you​ need to​ do this. Check for​ rocks and​ jagged outcrops near the entry door. Avoid loose wires or​ hoses around the Motorhome. Check fuel lines and​ all connections before you​ use your​ appliances. Use a​ soap and​ water solution​ to​ detect leaks, NOT a​ match!

Should there be a​ leak somewhere, (it can happen because your​ Motorhome is​ constantly in​ motion) be sure to​ air the entire unit thoroughly, before using any matches or​ open flame. your​ Motorhome is​ equipped with a​ fire extinguisher. Use it​ if​ needed. Dirt and​ baking soda are also great and​ effective agents to​ fight a​ fire. Do not use water! it​ can be very dangerous. Water on​ a​ gas or​ oil fire results in​ a​ bigger fire. Water on​ an​ electric fire can result in​ death or​ injury.

When you​ leave the camping place, it​ is​ a​ good idea to​ check your​ packing list for​ all items. it​ also helps to​ check the members of​ your​ travel party. You’d be amazed, how many travelers forget wives and​ kids. Disconnect all wires and​ pipes, shut off appliances (except the refrigerator). Drive the Motorhome off the boards or​ other supports and​ stow away. O around the Motorhome campsite for​ any articles left there. Always allow a​ little more time than you​ think you​ will need, to​ get started. Check your​ planned route and​ rest stops.

Written by Birgit Jurock (birgit@jurock.ws) for​ Happy Holidays Motorhome Canada at​ http://www.canadamotorhome.ws

Driving Your Motorhome For The First Time

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