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View Poll Results: Should Large RV drivers be required to have a Class "B" CDL?
YES! 16 45.71%
NO! 19 54.29%
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Old 02-27-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Having a driving test after a certain age wouldn't be a bad idea, but I've been "tagged" by a couple 16 and 17 year-olds who didn't see me either. My wife's Porsche was totaled by a 25-year-old who didn't see her as she was also sitting still waiting to turn left. Poor driving isn't restricted to the old folks.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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Maybe not the CDL's, but at the least they should provide some kind of training on "maneuverability" with some if not most of these bigger monsters.
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Old 03-03-2010, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Training is available, but it's usually through the various RV clubs -- during RV rallies, etc. -- so most who take the training already have a fair bit of experience. I would bet it's often the ladies who take the courses -- the ones who seldom drive the big coach or pull the long, long trailer.

It would be nice if it was readily available and affordable to new owners. Each dealership could easily provide someone to give driving instruction to new owners, but most new owners probably don't need the quality of training that they'd get from a salesman/mechanic/part-time driving instructor.

That said, most RVers start out with smaller rigs and work their way up to bigger ones, and many of us have had related experience. I started driving a truck on the farm when I was about 5. I had to kneel on the seat to see over the steering wheel, use the throttle on the dash for speed adjustments, and turn off the ignition to stop. I'm not that unusual. Since becoming citified, I've pulled boats, horse trailers, flatbeds and U-hauls, driven the company delivery truck, and borrowed a dump truck when landscaping my yard.

I started with a shell camper on my half-ton pickup, moved up to an 8' slide-in, then an 11-foot slide in, then a small class-C, then a 25-foot 5er, a 30-foot 5er, and now a 27-footer. Next will be a 35- or 40-footer. It's been a slow and easy progression. With each I quickly learned what I needed to know. It's my obligation to learn to operate my vehicle safely, not someone else's to insure that I do. I pay attention to what I'm doing and use common sense.

It's not rocket science.

Where most new RVers have problems is backing into camping spots, hooking and unhooking, etc. If they skin their new RV on a tree or rock, it's none of our concern. I've yet to see statistics indicating that RVers are prone to cause injury and death on our highways.

Before we set out to fix a problem, let's make sure there is a problem.
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