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Old 02-10-2017, 11:23 AM   #1
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Where to learn to drive?

Hi, I purchased a 2013 25 foot Flying Cloud a few months, ago. I have one big issue and that is that I have no clue to how to drive the thing? I live in San Diego and was told that we can't use the stadium parking to practice? Any ideas?

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Old 02-10-2017, 12:01 PM   #2
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Find another large parking lot. Is there a mega church around? If so, call their office and ask if you could practice in their parking lot. Another possibility is a business that is closed on Sunday, like Chick Filet or Hobby Lobby.

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Old 02-10-2017, 12:10 PM   #3
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There are several RV driving schools that offer private lessons.
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Old 02-10-2017, 12:52 PM   #4
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Find a Sam's Club, Costco, Lowes, etc. and go early in the morning a couple hours before they open.
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:40 PM   #5
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You could check local CDL centers to see if they have RV safe driving schools:
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Old 02-10-2017, 03:41 PM   #6
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Uwe at Area 63 Productions gave me my towing, hitching & safety lessons. He also handles all my repairs/modifications. You can reach him at 714.614.1776 or He has trained many women that tow solo and is a great resource.
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Old 02-10-2017, 08:45 PM   #7
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What SteveSueMac and Smartstream said. We took lessons from a commercial driving school that offered an 8 hour course on driving / parking RVs. Best investment ever, highly recommended.

Not saying you must do this, but we found it far more helpful than guessing our way around a Wal-Mart parking lot. Your mileage may vary, maybe try the big parking lot first and if you still feel the need, hunt for a commercial driving school.
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:14 AM   #8
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My dad stood there watching me and chain smoking. I don't wanna call it nerve wracking. The entirety of my towing lessons were this fairly vague wave and "you can do it" that day. I don't think sitting next to the driver while they towed with a power wagon when I was five counted.

I learned on the road in the wide open spaces of west Texas. That doesn't appear to be an option for you, the professional services of a commercial driving service seems like a good idea.
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:57 AM   #9
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Margaret, check out RV Driving School at
Click on Schedule a Lesson to see a map of locations.

Not the cheapest, but a good, thorough curriculum with emphasis on safety and building confidence. The web site seems to emphasize motor homes, but they also teach driving towables, from fifth wheels through Bambis.

They'll have you backing up in no time. ;-)
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:00 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Wconley View Post
Find a Sam's Club, Costco, Lowes, etc. and go early in the morning a couple hours before they open.
Good suggestion

Ask a trucker
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:40 PM   #11
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Just get in it and go.
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:35 PM   #12
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Old 02-11-2017, 01:50 PM   #13
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We used a local school parking lot on the weekend. Got permission from them and headed out. Numbered spots are helpful, as you can target s specific spot and know you didn't end up in an adjacent one. Parking cones work just as well. Have your partner stand in the back of the spot and learn your signals and communication style/method. Backing skills comes surprisingly quickly, especial if you use the "one hand at six o'clock on the wheel" and move your hand in the direction the rear of the trailer needs to go. Good luck!
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:12 PM   #14
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I learned by driving west across New Mexico on I-40 and up I-25 to Colorado Springs. I stayed in the right lane as much as possible and planned at least 6 car lengths ahead especially for slowing down to a stop. Don't make fast moves with the steering wheel. The trailer will always follow where you drive your tow vehicle (if the trailer is not visible you have a bigger problem). Don't be in a hurry to get somewhere and don't panic if you miss an exit. My wife and I just tell ourselves - we'll get there when we get there and if we miss an exit we'll get off at the next opportunity and turn around. Schedule pull-through spaces for camping especially at first. Definitely use an open parking lot to practice backing up. I have a rear view / back up camera and it is wonderful and I use it towing also for lane changing. Otherwise - make a check list and follow it each time you hitch up - make sure the hitch is all set to go with safety chains on and everything locked down, lights work and blink, the stabilizers are up, hoses stored, and go have a blast! My bet is the majority of accidents in trailers and RV's during driving is backing into or along something stationary, hitting something that is lower than the trailer (front or side), and true accidents in which the trailer is damaged by another driver. The good news is you got a trailer that is known to be easy to tow even in cross winds - enjoy!
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"...(if the trailer is not visible you have a bigger problem)."

True story. Some years ago a trucker was towing two trailers. The back one came loose and crashed into the front door of a factory. A few miles down the road he stopped at a weigh station and his weight was quite a bit less than what he thought it should be. When he questioned it, they said it looked about right for one small trailer. About that time the State Patrol showed up, asking him if he was missing a trailer.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:36 PM   #16
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Driving practice

I am now camped at Fiddler's Cove onthe Strand just south of Coronado. My wife and I have stayed at Admiral Baker (I-15 and I-8 Friars Rd.) where there is a large parking lot. RVs are common there and during the week, the parking lot is empty. I would be glad to assist you with the basics of towing and dealing with SD driver's behavior around RVs. It ain't kind but it is predictable.
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Old 02-11-2017, 09:52 PM   #17
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Old 02-12-2017, 09:41 AM   #18
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Practice in large parking lots. Find a large church, high school, mall or movie theater. My first purchase for my Airstream was 6 large red traffic cones. I learned to back in spaces and to go around tight turns with these cones. I still carry them with me in the bed of my tuck for emergency use on the road.
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Old 02-12-2017, 05:17 PM   #19
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Many larger RV Rallies have driving schools/instructors available. Usually, all you'll need is two~four hours of professional instruction to get you off to a good, safe start. As already mentioned, EARLY in the AM, any shopping center with a large parking lot will be empty. TAKE NOTE of the light posts! You'll be able to slowly practice turns and backing. Check out the RV Geeks. They have good videos, one of which is specifically for new drivers.

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