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Old 12-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #15
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Here's how I have given my knuckles a break:

1) With 63k on the odometer, got the steering coupler, aka "rag joint", replaced. Mechanic said that it was an accident waiting to happen, he wouldn't even road test the brakes until it was fixed. Drives much more like a car now, no more constant correcting with the steering wheel.
2) When I feel panicky, I shift my focus further down the road instead of immediately in front of the vehicle. Also, make a quick check of a side mirror to find the white line when I am worried about where I am in the lane.

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Old 12-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #16
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Without a bit more info on what is making it so scary (if it is handling related), maybe you just need to slow down? Our trailer is night and day different from 95km/h to 110km/h (55 to 70mph) It isn't scary, but it isn't as relaxing, that's for sure.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:54 PM   #17
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If you don't drive your MH very often that can affect how comfortable you feel driving it. I know it does me, it takes a while getting used to the handling, size and road and weather condishions that day, its like learning all over before you can really relax driving.
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:03 AM   #18
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I think you nailed it Gloran. I drive it so infrequently that every time is like the first time. Thanks to you the answer is apparent. Its time to hit the road. I'll go easy until my comfort level is reached. My wife and my longest trip has been a little over a thousand miles in 2011. By the time we got home I was ready to push on to do the LA turnaround. Thanks.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:37 PM   #19
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My Airstream hasn't been out of the drive in several months due to several issues (refurb of interior) but definitely know what you speak of when driving it after not being behind the wheel of the 'beast'.
No one else has suggested this, but have you considered some driving instruction from a RV School? I've got full-timer friends who have a F-550 towing a 39ft 5th wheel. They've told me that the best money they spent was a 3 day driving class. Both can back that 13ft tall monster anywhere they can fit it! Neither is scared to be behind the wheel towing it.
Once my Classic is road-worthy, I'll be heading to Ocala, FL for the class.
Good Luck, Derek

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