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  • Published on Aug 20, 2014

    Don't Try This at Home

    The life of an RVer can be a tough one at times. These are large vehicles that you choose to operate and sometimes you can bite off a little more than you can chew.

    The number one rule with RVs is that it is better to be safe than to be sorry, because if you're sorry, it could mean a lot of money coming out of your pocket to fix your mistake.

    Here are some examples of things you should not do and how to avoid them!

    1. Wrong Turn

    What we have here is a classic case of not knowing what it is like to turn an RV in close quarters.

    When you are towing your RV, the first thing you should do is to make sure you have a clear path out of your house. In neighborhoods things can get really tight, so it is important to be sure you have clear lanes to get out onto the open road.

    This situation is probably doomed. The only way this driver could get out is to have the other person move their car or to unhitch and figure out a way to get everything straightened out. 

    This does not look fun!

    2. Watch Your Clearance

    If you can't tell from the picture, this is a fifth-wheel colliding with a gas station. Now we don't want to speculate what this person was thinking because from what we can tell they weren't thinking at all!

    Know your RVs clearance before you travel. If you have a large clearance, you won't be able to fit at some gas stations. Go to a truck stop or other place that you know you can clear. Trust us, it will save you a lot of time and money.

    Not only did this do damage to the fifth-wheel, but it took down the entire gas station! That puts this person in a real sticky situation.

    3. How did This Get There?

    In this picture we have what looks to be a class A motorhome that is now stuck on a curb. This is not unheard of because when people are new to motorhomes, turning and knowing when to turn can cause problems, especially when trying to turn around medians or large curbs.

    When turning it is important to remember not to turn to early. This isn't a car, and you need to get a lot of the vehicle beyond the median before you need to begin turning.

    The best practice for turns is to practice them with objects that won't damage your vehicle. Try setting up a fake median with string and test your turning abilities!

    4. Wrong Road!

    This is what we are talking about when we say it is better to be safe than be sorry. When going up mountains or any small winding roads, you have to be extra careful. Of course the best thing to do is to find another route or scout before to make sure you can make it.

    This turn was just a bit to tight for the fifth wheel to make and because of the weight probably carried it over the edge. They will probably need a lot of good Samaritans to help them out of this one.

    Lewis RV Center

    Although this was a fun look at some common RVing errors, we really do want you to be as safe as possible on the road!

    If you need anything at all such as a service check or service repairs, let us help you out.

    We offer 8 RV service bays in our 8500 square foot service facility and all of our technicians have been trained and certified by the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

    Come see us today!


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