11 Tips for RV Newbies on Driving a 40 ft. Diesel Pusher Motorhome



11 Tips for RV Newbies on Driving a 40 ft. Diesel Pusher Motorhome
Top Tips on How to drive a 40 ft. Class A Diesel Pusher RV Part1

While driving from North Carolina to Michigan I decided to do a video on some real life tips that I have learned over the years of driving a 40 ft. Class A Diesel Pusher RV (Motorhome) as well as Semi truck/18 wheeler/ Big Rig! In this first video I did the first 11 tips … Part 2 is coming soon! If you have any tips to add, please feel free to leave a comment down below.

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1. 1:07 MOVE OVER
2. 3:12 Middle Lane Etiquette
3. 4:10 Speed Limit
4. 4:48 Manual Brakes/Engine Brakes
5. 7:37 Break Early Give Notice
6. 8:04 7 Second Checks
7. 9:49 Get an Airhorn
8. 10:15 GPS TIPS
9. 14:14 Climbing Etiquette
10. 16:16 Left Lane Passing Only
11. 16:39 How to Merge

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42 thoughts on “11 Tips for RV Newbies on Driving a 40 ft. Diesel Pusher Motorhome

  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you, for telling people to get the hell out of the passing lane.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Wow the best tip you gave here was awesome about mergers they're supposed to yield

    I had an argument with some co-workers one time they thought the mergers had the right why when it's at its the traffic that's moving already has the right away

    The funny thing is my coworker damaged my car while he was merging onto the freewaythe police officer said to my co-worker maybe you need to learn the law if you don't want to be wrong about something he got a ticket for over five hundred bucks

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    First thing is maybe don't try to drive and make video of what to do…maybe you missed that on your cdl test to do nothing that takes your attention away from your driving…

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Nice video. You may want to add a few more very important points that I gained driving my Monaco coach around the country. #1 Make very sure to follow the yellow speed signs during entry and exit off the interstate. These are put there for trucks by DOT and are scientifically calculated to keep you from turning over! #2 WHERE YOU SEATBELTS AT ALL TIMES. These are motor vehicles and you will go flying out of the windshield onto the road if there is an impact. #3 Secure all loose items in the coach. Particularly anything you would not want to hit you or your wife in the head if you have a sudden stop. This includes furnishings, computers, tables, and tablets. Happy RV'ing.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great advice! So much of this applies to all drivers, not just trucks or RVs.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    We own a 40ft Pusher and I am Petrified to ride in it. Couldn't hardly watch this video .

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    great tips, but that squeaking in the cockpit would drive me insane

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great info. But, in the right lane as you approach the people getting on the freeway on the entrance there is a yield sign on your right telling you, BY LAW, to yield to them getting on the freeway. Yeah they should be going freeway speed before they merge on the freeway but way to often they aren't. But by no means are they supposed to yield to the freeway.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Number one rule don't make a video while driving. It's just like texting. Not safe at all. I hate seeing videos where people are doing this.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    I think your squirrel's are trying to tell you they're hungry, they're chattering like mad.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    If you pass through Spokane WA, there are signs saying "Left Lane Thru Traffic". This means, it is not a passing lane, but a lane to maintain the speed limit through town while the middle and right lane are for getting on/off the interstate. Right lane when you are getting off, middle when you have a while to your exit. Please don't block the visibility of those lanes. When you get out of town, get back over. Thanks.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Hey guys. Good info. Just subscribed. We’re experienced trailer/travel trailer drivers but we’re considering a 45’ Monaco 425HP beast. Beast to us anyway!! Haha. Good info here and lord knows we’ve experienced all the above even with our Airstream. Do you have a video about getting started and setting up? How long to let the coach idle to build up air, etc.
    We did a similar video on avoiding traffic, using our RV GPS and Waze.

    We’re on fb and YouTube at “Away We Go 2.0!”. Check us out and happy to have y’all as subscribers tooo!!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Thanks for these tips. I hope to buy a motorhome in a couple of years and have never driven anything but a car and a pick up truck. I hope to be aware of what I need to know before I buy

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Yea most of these tips are great for every driver not just RVers. The one thing I would take exception to is using cruise while climbing a long steep grade. I personally recommend not doing this. I would also recommend shifting to a lower gear, even if you're in a car, as to not lug the engine.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Tip number 10. Thank you! I live in a central Indiana town where people use the left lane for general driving. Its gotten so popular now that the driving lane (right lane) is now the passing lane! Lol.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great tips! I use the 9 second rule in checking mirrors, as I too have driven semi's in the past. I tend to use my e-brake more than your mentioned, sometimes even in town, thus saving brake pads over the long term. I do only have a single stage exhaust brake rather than a dual state, which on trucks I've driven, the dual stage would be my choice, for those truly 'steep' grades, as a 10% – 11% downgrade IS steep! We use the Garmin 770 GPS which is similar to yours, where you select all your coaches info. I also use Google Maps, which has the ability to use WAZE, but often just rely on the Garmin, as it too adds telling us about stops/slowdowns etc. I have a Tiffin with 'dual' air horns, and yes I use them as you do! My wife doesn't like it…but 'oh well'! Agreed as well on the merging…as when the interstate traffic is doing 60mph, that's the speed merging traffic should be up to, as they slide into your lane! How about those folks, that pass you and nearly clip your front end moving in front of you? Why could they not have moved up in the fast lane giving you two or three car lengths, like most truckers do? Then, those that nearly clip you….leave their right signal on and continue on to the merging/exit lane to your right! They can't see what's coming up on their right, as they're right in front of you, but they slide over anyway…figuring they have the right away…and/or will miss the exit if they don't get over now! Crazy, but as good drivers, it's important to pass on this information so others can watch for it! Good video btw!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Thank you very much for all the valuable information. Great work!!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    All definitely valuable points, pretty much common sense but a lot of people out there don't have common sense🤔

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Excellent tips. Should be required reading/ viewing for ALL- not just rig drivers. Many thanks!!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Love your videos/advise ! But should you and your wife not set a good example to us newbies and wear your seat belts ? Safety First !!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Good tips, thanks for sharing! 👍👍
    There's way too many idiots on the road that should NOT have passed drivers training!!

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great video, thanks. Amen to #10 & #11. I was stationed in Germany and drove all over Europe. Most Europeans are religious about keeping right except to pass. Contrast that with I-95 with 90% of the traffic in the far left lane. And I don't think your average driver has a clue what the word "yield" means.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Terrific set of videos Johnny. I have learned while doing in my 34 foot diesel pusher over the past 2 years and wish I'd seen your videos earlier! One question for you – when it comes to signaling truck drivers by flashing your lights, what's the sequence? Is it one flash to pass and two flashes you're ok to merge? Thanks.

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    I love your videos but damn your rig is noisy should I expect that out of most of all the diesel pushers

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Great advice on the merge – in Minnesota merge is another word for "barge" – many MN drivers don't even believe they don't have to yield, as a matter of fact I've had Minnesota drivers in my care tell me the mainline traffic is required to yield, so why didn't I let that car/truck into traffic. What is wrong with people?

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Don't say kill yourself you definitely need a seatbelt on you need to protect yourself I understand what you're talking about and what you're trying to do but if you're not protected yourself how can you protect others

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    #11 drives me crazy! 😂🤪 Then I drive Ken crazy when I swear at the merging drivers who bunch up and leave no room for me in the right lane…..errrrrrrr!🤬
    Mergers should leave a gap between cars…common sense, common courtesy, is all too uncommon!
    Anyway…thanks again….loved this video👍
    Jane

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  • May 30, 2020 at 5:05 am
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    Wonderful tips! I’m saving this one for reference when we eventually upsize…we are now full time in the 28 foot motor home and doing fine, but definitely going to upsize in a year or less.
    Jane

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