Lizzie Dragon
by Lizzie Dragon
Posted September 18, 2020

Never having driven an RV before, the first trip can be intimidating, but don’t fret! We’re here to guide you through your travels in a Class C RV. We’ll cover:

  • test runs
  • safety checks
  • navigation
  • speed
  • turning
  • confidence
  • parking

Test Runs

Driving a Class C RV will feel a lot like driving a moving van. You’re at least 10 feet longer than the average car, so if this is your first time or if you’re renting a class C you’re unfamiliar with, it’s always a good idea to take it for a spin before hitting the open road.

Safety Checks

Before you head off on your trip or leave a campground, you should:

  • unhook electric, water, and sewer connections
  • make sure hoses are out away
  • ensure all compartments are closed
  • push all slide outs in
  • check tire pressure and fluid levels

class c safety checklist

Navigating

Driving such a large vehicle, it’s best to plan ahead as much as possible. Look ahead on your route to anticipate your moves. This is especially important on a busy highway. Always drive in the right lane, never the fast lane.

Speed

The speed limit might be 75 mph, but you should err on the side of caution. Because you’re driving a large rig, it’s more difficult to slow down at a moment’s notice if you’re going 70 down the highway. Between 55 and 65 mph is a safe bet. Whatever your speed, make sure to allow extra time to slow for traffic signals, congestion, and wildlife that may be crossing.

Turning

First and foremost, avoid U-turns. Other than that, keep in mind that you’re in a larger vehicle, and you’ll need more of an allowance in terms of spacing and timing. Get a feel for how your vehicle turns in the test run.

class c turning

Confidence

Don’t drive with fear of turns and merges. Drive with confidence, allowing lots of time and room but trusting that those around you will adjust to you where necessary. After all, you are much bigger than most on the road; it’s hard for people not to pay attention to you.

Parking

Class C’s are best parked with a partner who can help guide you into a spot. No worries, solo drivers! If you’re nervous about parking on your own, invest in a backup camera or ask someone around for help. Take your time and use your mirrors. It’s not a race!

If you’re parking in a lot, like Walmart, ideally, you should park with the door to the coach next to a tree or median. This way, if someone parks too close, you can still get in and out. You’ll also want to take your place on the outskirts of the lot, where it’s less crowded.

park away from other cars

Enjoy the Ride

It’s not as scary as it seems to drive a Class C RV. Plug your directions into the GPS, put on your favorite playlist, and enjoy the ride!

 

 

Lizzie Dragon

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