We had been advised by the seller that RV lessons would be a great boon to us, saving us untold anxiety and countless mistakes, so we signed up and really had a great time. Disclaimer: we're still pretty good at making mistakes anyway, but now have the benefit of knowing exactly who will be licensed to tell us "I told you so!" There are just so many things to deal with.
Dick Reed's RV School (firstname.lastname@example.org) was recommended and we not only gained great confidence, we had a great time. A truism of the RV life is that you meet the most wonderful people, and so far that's held quite true. Jerry Caldera, a former truck driver, is on the staff of the RV School, and got this assignment as we are in his vicinity. Dennis Hill, current owner of the school, has trainers all over the United States.
We traveled to Yucca Valley in late January for the lessons. It is COLD there at night, and one of the things that we hadn't mastered was how to turn on the heater. Apparently I'm catching on to Joe's enthusiasm, which squashes all little frustration, as we just piled blankets on the bed and dealt with it.
The lessons were thorough, putting us through paces about when to start a turn and what to look out for. The basics are just two things: don't hurry things, and stay between the lane lines. Mostly. Sometimes we were instructed to straddle a lane in order to make a wide turn in a tight spot. Handy tips for how to manage all the details came streaming out, and I tried to make note of most, but overall I began to identify with those kids in the slow reading groups in my classrooms who tried and tried to understand, but slowly went a little cross-eyed. Luckily for me, Joe was overwhelmed too, so I didn't feel so bad.
We also ran into a winter resident of the park who has an RV business: www.dreamcamper.com. Deputy Boots, as his professional card described him, owns a 1923 Model T converted into an RV, and puts on a very entertaining combination of history and comedy for state fairs, conventions, etc. Go to his website at www.dreamcamper.com for more info.