Here are 335 comments made by our happy customers!
We had to reschedule our lessons several times and were not sure the reception we would receive when we finally had a confirmed date. We were delighted to have our instructor, Mr. Tim Armstrong greet us very enthusiastically and professionally. We could not have asked for a more dedicated and extremely qualified coach. He is a born teacher and you can see that he loves what he does. I was a little intimidated with driving my 5th wheel RV since this was our first trip. Tim instilled such confidence that I can now say my skills include: reversing into a camp site, parallel parking, safe passing of other vehicles, all aspects of RV safe maneuvering and totally at ease in driving my RV. We want to sincerely thank Mr. Armstrong for proving us with all the tools for safe travels in our RV. I can’t imagine anyone driving an RV without taking lessons first and we highly recommend RV Driving School.
My husband and I completed the RV Driving School this past Friday (7/6) and we wanted to let you know what an awesome experience it was! Like so many others, we started the course a little skeptical as to how much we could learn…you know, since we have each been driving about 50 years or so and already knew it all!! Well, ha! ha! on us. We were amazed at how little we actually knew when it came to driving and handling a motor home safely.Our instructor was Michael Lynch out of Acworth, GA and we cannot sing his praises loud enough. He has so much knowledge and experience from his years of driving and he willingly shares that knowledge to train novices like us. He gave us a lot of classroom instruction and explanations as to how you drive/handle the motor home and then we put it into practice with him guiding us every step. One of the things I appreciated most was, when I had a lot of difficulty with backing the rig, Michael was extremely patient and, when one technique did not work, he was able to teach me another technique until I was successful at completing the task…now that’s a great instructor!! My husband and I will both be hearing that big, booming voice telling us to “check the mirrors every 6 seconds”, “use your real estate” “push and pull the steering wheel” and “it’s not a matter of if, but when you will have an accident” if you aren’t driving defensively and paying attention at all times! He also shared with us so many practical pointers like pretrip checklists, what to do if you have a blowout, using all your braking systems (especially with mountain driving) and so much more…. We have pages and pages of notes that we will be referring to often.In summation, it is our opinion your driving school should really be a requirement for anyone who purchases an RV! The benefits far outweigh the cost! We feel so much more prepared to hit the road in our RV….And Kudos and thanks again to Michael Lynch for being an exceptional instructor!
INSTRUCTOR: JIMMY JOHNSON
WE TOOK THE COURSE FOR A COUPLE OF INITIAL REASONS. MY WIFE HAD NEVER DRIVEN AN RV AND I ONLY HAD ABOUT 300 MILES OF EXPERIENCE. WE THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT FOR HER TO LEARN IN CASE I BECAME INCAPICATED ON A TRIP. THE SECOND REASON IS THAT WE COULD TRAVEL FARTHER IN A DAY IF WE HAD TWO DRIVERS TO SHARE THE DRIVING DUTIES.
THE OTHER MAIN REASON WAS TO LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY WHEN ONE OF US IS DIRECTING, BY HAND SIGNALS, THE OTHER HOW TO GET INTO A PARKING SPACE.
MY WIFE AND I (LINDA) MET JIMMY AT THE WHEELER STATE PARK IN ROGERSVILLE, AL:
• APPROPRIATELY DRESSED
• VERY FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA
WE SPENT THE INITIAL TIME REVIEWING TOPICS TO BE COVERED, GOALS, IMPORTANCE OF USING MIRRORS CORRECTLY, AND HAZARDS, AMONG OTHER THINGS.
AFTER SOME PARKING EXCERCISES, BOTH DIRECTING AND PARKING, JIMMY’S EXPERTISE QUICKLY GOT LINDA ON THE ROAD AND AFTER THE 2 DAY COURSE, SHE WAS VERY COMFORTABLE DRIVING OUR 40’ RV IN CITY TRAFFIC AND NARROW TWO WAY ROADS.
FOR BOTH OF US, LEARNING TO USE THE OUTSIDE MIRRORS WAS INVALUABLE IN DRIVING A LARGE VEHICLE. JIMMY CONSTANTLY OBSERVED OUR USE OF THE MIRRORS AND POINTED OUT MISTAKES, BETTER USE, CORRECT SETTINGS OF THE MIRRORS. THIS WILL CONTINUALLY BENEFIT US ON OUR TRAVELS.
THE EXERCISES WE DID FOR PARKING THE RV WILL SERVE US WELL. THE HAND SIGNALS AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS WILL ENABLE US TO PARK EASILY AND QUICKLY IN ANY SITUATION.
WE TRIED OUT OUR NEW COMMUNICATION SKILLS ON OUR RETURN TO OUR PARKING HOME SPOT. WE WERE BOTH AMAZED AT HOW OUR NEW SKILLS SERVED US.
I WOULD STRONGLY RECOMMEND THIS TRAINING COURSE, ESPECIALLY FOR NEWER RV OWNERS. IT WAS WELL WORTH THE COST OF THE INSTRUCTION. JIMMY WAS A GREAT TEACHER AND HAD UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDING A CAREER AS A HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER, TRUCK DRIVER AND SEVERAL YEARS WORKING FOR A MAJOR RV MANUFACTURER.
We really enjoyed our class with Michael last week. He was most helpful in teaching my wife and me the basics on driving and navigating our fifth wheel. We appreciated his thorough and comprehensive approach to the course. After we returned from our last trip and had to back the 5th wheel into our storage space, we successfully did it on the first try!
My husband and I have been RVing for over 40 years, the last 15 years in a 45 foot diesel pusher. I have never driven one of these big rigs as I have always felt very intimidated by the sheer size of the unit, however, I knew I really needed to learn to drive. When we discovered the RV Driving School would be offering lessons in Gillette, WY, at the Newmar International Rally, my husband quickly signed me up to have Paul Metzinger as my instructor. I wasn’t excited at the prospect of getting behind the wheel of our coach, but I knew it was necessary.
Prior to the behind the wheel training, we attended 3 driving seminars presented by Paul. These seminars were very informative, and Paul stressed the importance of women learning how to drive RVs. He stressed how the driving classes are taught in such a way that one can be successful in this endeavor.
On day 1 of my lessons, I was anxious, but Paul was very clear in his instructions, even repeating them if necessary. He was very patient and reassuring as we began. Paul was quick to make positive comments, thumbs ups, when I was successful with the particular task at hand. The first day we concentrated on making right and left turns, driving around the rally venue, and even driving on the interstate. The more I drove the more confident I became! By the end of the first day of instruction I knew I would be successful in completing the course.
On day 2 of my lessons, Paul had me backing up our 45 ft coach in a straight line for 500 feet. He was very complimentary on my accomplishment. We then drove to the old residential part of town, where the streets were narrow and many cars parked along the curb. I was very anxious, but by using the tips Paul had taught me, and with his encouragement, I was able to drive in a “real time” situation. I felt very proud of myself! Lastly, Paul taught me how to easily back into an RV site by using the pivot point on the coach.
Paul was an incredible instructor, so patient, encouraging, and thorough in his instructions and his expectations. He has given me the confidence I need to drive our coach, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to learn from him. Now I actually think driving the RV is fun!
I loved my lesson! It definitely has helped me to feel more confident to drive my new RV! Paul did a great job in making certain it was MY lesson and therefore helping me with the exact things that I felt were important to ME. I had already driven on the highway, but I was very uncomfortable around town and on narrow neighborhood streets, parking lots, etc. So he helped me feel much better about how to gauge my position in my own lane! Then he worked with my husband (my “drive along” person) to help us find our pivot point and our turning reference. At the end of the lesson we hooked up our tow vehicle. I enjoyed Paul’s 3 seminars at the rally, too. I loved his mantras of Keep Control of the Coach…….and GOAL! Very helpful. I especially enjoyed the seminar of watching the driving…..and the one on why women should drive. The one with the long video was not quite as interesting as it was no really interactive, but Paul has a good sense of humor and made it interesting!
I would definitely recommend Paul to anyone wishing to take an RV lesson. He is a great instructor and has a good way of instilling confidence! He is greatly experienced and was able to answer all of my questions and gave me lots of great tips! I would have liked to write down more of the tips, but of course, I was driving instead!
Great Program….great instructor and he worked hard with me to find a time for me to fit into his busy schedule and I appreciated that, too!
Just want to say that Duane Kunze did an excellent conducting our training. He called the day prior to ensure that we were still on schedule and provided directions to where the training would be conducted. He did a great job of covering the safety aspects of driving the RV including how to test the air brakes in the event that was part of the DPS driving exam. He was very patient during the actual driving portion, and provided clear, timely instructions giving adequate time to perform lane changes etc. He had the routes to be driven well planned out to provide several different types of driving/traffic patterns. We both feel much more comfortable now, having had this experience. Thanks to you and your staff for a quality experience.
We wanted to share with you our experience with TJ.He is extremely responsive whenever we contact him either by email, phone, or text. He was punctual both days. His expert instructions and guidance helped promote confidence in my husband (who is the primary driver) and me as his spotter in our ability to navigate our 33 foot trailer plus 22 foot truck.. He was extremely patient, especially with me. We learned a great deal with taking sharp right and left turns, and many hours on backing up. I would highly recommend TJ to anyone who wants to learn to drive their RVs whether it is a an A-class, travel trailer, or 5th wheel. Thank you so much for offering the course. We are extremely happy and satisfied with our time with TJ.
It was AWESOME!! Mike was so patient with me. I learned so much and now feel much more confident that I can put our 43′ bus anywhere I want it! I’d highly recommend this class for all novice drivers. Even experienced drivers can learn a lot! Worth every penny! 5 STAR!!
My wife and I attended your driving school May 5th and 6th 2018. Our instructor was Jimmy Johnson and all I can say is WOW!!! he did and excellent job. My wife had never driven an RV and I had maybe 24 hrs behind the wheel, I particularly like the fact that 95% of the 2 day course was spent on the road driving or doing other drills. Jimmy was very BIG on safety and always made you feel comfortable behind the wheel. We are not experts by no means and understand that you never stop learning but we both feel confident enough to take our bus out and enjoy the experience thanks to Jimmy Johnson and the RV Driving School.