RV Driving For Beginners: All The Best Tips You Need To Drive An RV For The First Time

RV-driving-isnt-that-easyThe first few times you find yourself behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle, you’ll probably find RV driving to be a little intimidating.

They sure do make big RVs these days, don’t they?

Just because the salesman says it handles like a car, doesn’t mean you should believe him — not completely anyway.

The truth is there are certain situations that require special attention in order for you to stay safe on the road in an RV.

The following tips cover the main ways that RV driving is different from driving any other type of vehicle…


Best RV Driving Tips

Believe it or not, with an automatic transmission, power brakes, and plush captains chairs, an RV can be just as easy to drive as other vehicles.

Plus, it will probably be more comfortable as well!

Here are the unique scenarios that you’ll want to familiarize yourself with before your first solo driving adventure behind the wheel of an RV:

With many new drivers entering the RV lifestyle every single day, there’s no reason for you to feel that you’re the only one who’s nervous about pulling out onto the highway for the first time.

With the proper preparation, you will feel confident enough to know that RV driving is something you can do safely.  Over a period of time, your confidence will increase. Before you know it, driving your motorhome or truck and trailer combination will become second nature.

Enjoying the RV lifestyle is meant for everyone. Yes, you too can safely drive today’s luxury RVs!

This video is a good place to start in your quest to learn how to safely drive a motorhome:



Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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  • D.Privett

    Thinking about buying a Class C. HELP

  • D.Privett

    Thinking about buying a Class C. HELP

  • Elaine Kelly

    I would be afraid to drive a big motor home like that.. I am alone and may need to live in an RV how is the 5th wheel ? Not a camper either..

    • Curtis

      Elaine, Both a big motor home and a 5th wheel can be intimidating because of their size. Going forward both can be easy to learn because they handle no more difficult that a large car. Backing up is another story. The motrohome is easier to learn, where the 5th wheel is a trailer and acts like a trailer. It too is something you can learn, it just takes time.

  • Elaine Kelly

    I see most 5th wheels are cheaper and more affordable … I guess I would then need a truck ? Ugh… I want to keep my car too.. Confusing and hard to figure this out.

    • Curtis

      Elaine, Sounds like you need to do some shopping and figure out what configuration makes the most sense for you.