Recently Sean contacted me to request driver training for a Thor Toy hauler he was purchasing. Sean had never driven a larger vehicle before and wanted to know what he was doing before heading across country from Washington State to the east coast. I connected Sean with our Seattle Trainer, Tammie Waddill and this is what Sean had to say at the end of training yesterday.
“I hope all is well, and happy Father’s Day. Very quickly, I just wanted to pass along my thanks and gratitude to Tammie for taking on a very early Sunday morning lesson and being phenomenal.
I’d like to say I had a hearty respect for the size of the beast, but Tammie took this rather nervous flyer and walked me through to a far more confident driver in just a few hours - driving through cones, cruising on the freeway and residential streets, and do the occasional trim of a roadside tree :). So very thankful for her guidance.
Can’t say enough good things. Many thanks again, Sean”
Sean, thank you for your business and may you have many safe and happy RVing miles.
It is feedback like this that makes this job SO rewarding. Thank you, Sean.
Gary, your RV Basic Training program should be mandatory for all new RV drivers! I know most people don’t like the word mandatory but that’s how strong I feel about it.
If I would have had this training either before my RV purchase or very soon afterword’s, I would have saved thousands of dollars in unnecessary body work. I’m just lucky it wasn’t anything more serious!
Your program gives all drivers a method to know how to stay away from damage or accidents using the mirrors, understanding the pivot point, other markers, and reference points. They are invaluable and very much worth the cost! Thanks again!
Just to let you know, Bob is a real gem! He is very patient and calm...and great at taking the stress out of the situation.
He asked me straight out what was my biggest concern with my new to me 5th wheel. I am a single female towing a 38 footer...and my backing skills at that point sucked!
Within 30 minutes Bob had me backing better than several others who have tried to help me. At the end of the course, I was able to put my big trailer into the space at the storage which has huge poles on one side—it’s very tight!
I was giddy!!! Bob is the bomb!
Lisa, there is nothing we like more than a satisfied customer!
Before I found RV Basic Training, my husband and I had purchased RV Training from a “different” company (no names mentioned).
We were not happy with that particular company because it was basically just a ride along & didn’t teach us anything.
I’ve learned more from the website and FB page of RV Basic Training than I did from the entire face to face with the other company.
That being said, I’m so excited that RV Basic Training offers a book and I’m even more excited for a rally so we can learn even more.
Mr. Lewis, thank you for the services you offer, thank you for being so knowledgeable and thank you for your kindness.
We want to thank you for your service. Your help and friendship has made a positive impact on our organization as now we have two licensed drivers to ensure our production goals.
We feel customer service is the back bone of any business and RV Basic Training LLC is a great example of the highest form of excellent business practice. Thank you again for all of your help.
April ...new CDL driver! and Coralynn
My wife and I took delivery of our new ‘19 RED 37BA in December; we previously owned a ‘14 Tiffin Open Road CA32 gas RV and we were comfortable driving the gas rig, but this was our first time with a diesel pusher... So, we scheduled a one day “RV Boot Camp” driver’s training course with RV Basic Training, LLC... And, we’re very glad we did!
We arranged to begin our training at 8:00am with Trainer Gary Lewis at our Bonelli Bluffs RV Park site (our trainer came to us)... Gary immediately made us feel comfortable and gave us an overview of basic RV driving techniques and spent the day preparing us for the same driving skills used for a California Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) driving test... This included a thorough RV pre-check routine, proper mirror adjustments, safe driving techniques and practicing basic CDL driving skills...
Days before our scheduled training my wife made it clear to me that she had decided against driving our 40’ RV; she felt too frightened... But, Gary made her feel so comfortable that she not only practiced the basic driving skills (backing, weaving backward and forward, 90 degree parking, parallel parking), she actually drove our RV on surface streets around town, making right and left hand turns (maybe even better than my turns)!
Admittedly, even though I thought my RV driving skills were pretty sharp before the training, Gary’s instruction and techniques improved my driving knowledge and skills, especially making right and left turns...
If you’re new to driving an RV or even if you’ve driven a Class A RV for years (as I had), I’d recommend taking an RV driver’s training course... I know the training helped my wife and me, immensely!
Review From Bob and Family; My wife and I have driven two wheels, four wheels, class Cs and Class As, but with the purchase of our new 40' Newmar Dutch Star, we felt we needed extra training. Gary was fantastic! With his tutelage, we can confidently do ninety degree backing and even parallel park our 40' rig.
We highly recommend the course, even for experienced RVr's. Thanks Gary!
I want to tell you that my experience taking lessons with your trainer was WONDERFUL , I was a little nervous about driving our RV (NEWMAR Dutch Star / Overall Length 40' 9") and decided to come to your company. I understood the theory and many things that had previously not even taken into account.
My practice day was the most wonderful and fun I've had, My instructor taught me to enjoy a fantastic adventure with a very professional approach with wonderful dedication. I finished my day showing that I had captured everything. Thank you for having a great team of professionals, highly trained, responsible and friendly.
Thank you so much.
Good November Gary, I'm Dave K the driver for the 38 foot mobile medical clinic that the Yavapai Regional Medical Center has in operation for it's program, Partners for Healthy Students. Myself and other staff member have just finished training with John Hanson.
I was hired on in July to replace the programs earlier driver. It has been an honor to be a part of this wonderful program that brings medical attention to school age and younger children that cannot afford their needed care. Free of charge, I might add.
When we were advised that our department would be going through this training, I believe I am probably the only one that didn't roll back my eyes with clenched teeth at the thought of having to be trained to drive this 38 foot beast, or as I have renamed it Big Blue. The three gals, I work with, are extremely confident professional medically trained in their field. This being said they had fears above and beyond as to what to expect during this driver training course.
I would like to commend John Hanson's professional attitude, cool demeanor, and detailed instructions. He calmed any and all fears of my associates and by the end of the course, they and myself, were jockeying Big Blue like we had been doing it for years. The way he was able to instill confidence in his students to believe that they would be able to drive like professionals was nothing short of a miracle. To the amazement of his students they did drive and handle Big Blue like professionals.
So I commend your training course and especially John Hanson RV Basic Trainer on this wonderful training.
Thank you and John
Partners for Healthy Student Drivers
YRMC - 1003 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
John (RV Basic Trainer) was wonderful. Both Don and I were so glad we went with your company, it was invaluable training. Best, Heather
We had our class last Tuesday with Bob Hill. What a great experience. This was my first time towing 5th wheel (36') and with Bob's help both my wife and I feel we can handle the adventures we are about to embark on. This class was worth every cent and we wouldn't have wanted to be out on the road without it!
Howard & Margo
Just wanted to drop you a line.. you came thru st. louis, mo in late April 2013 and gave rv driving instructions to Bob and Ellen S.. we were able to use a parking lot at a nearby mall that was no longer being used.. we are on our second major trip .. traveling from st. louis.. to colorado.. to MT then AZ.
We are splitting the driving about 50/50.. i never would have felt confident enough to drive the rv
if we had not taken instructions.. so, thanks again for the service you provide.
Ellen and Bob
I have a word to say about your training and instruction on driving our motor home.. WOW!
I had limited experience in driving a motor home before we purchased our motor home and I freely admit I was a bit nervous about the road test for my class B DVM license. My wife does not even like to drive my large SUV because she says it is just too big. But when you put her behind the wheel of our 40 motor home and she went through the driving skills with you I was amazed! You were patient with her and gave her confidence in putting our motor home through those tricky maneuvers.
You are one of those rare individuals who easily relates to your students, conveyed your training program in such a way that we learned a great deal, it was a fun experience and we thoroughly enjoyed your training program. Although we had both read your training manual, as first time motor home owners, we learned a things we didn't know about our coach during your Pre-Trip inspection training. I would recommend you without reservations to anyone who needs RV training. We are both looking forward to taking our road tests for our class B drivers License thanks to you.
Please feel free to post this on your web site and/or give our names and contact information to anyone seeking a reference for your valuable service. It was worth every penny and time well spent.
Tom and Val
Gary and Cy,
I just came across this email and realized I never told you about what I did with my new RV driving skills. We went on a few local trips within a 4 hour drive from our home. And I did all the drivings and did great.
Then, just the kids and I took 3 weeks and drove all through the northeast. Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Cape Cod (got re-routed through downtown Boston which was a little scary on their narrow roads, but did just fine) and then drove home through the Pocono Mountains. My husband was able to fly out to be with us on the weekends.
I would never have imagined I could do that by myself. I am so excited for the weather to finally warm up here in Michigan because I've already started planning trips for this summer.
One thing I will say is this....if you can send me some of your business cards, I would love to share them with people. I had SOOOO many people ask me, "Did you drive that thing all by yourself?" When I told them that I did, they alwways wanted to know all about how I learned to drive it. I gave them your website, but it would have been so much nicer to have been able to hand them a card or brochure or something. Or even email a flyer to me that I can print out. Is there one on your website?
Thank you again so much. Knowing how to drive our motorhome empowers me!