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If you're not used to the length, practice, practice, practice.

We went to a big mall shopping center on a Sunday morning and took two or three dozen empty cat food cans to make a "street" (in one of the outlying parking areas.) Then I could K-turn, back up, turn corners as sharply as possible to see how sharp that really was, etc.

One thing I found out, which probably won't apply to you, is that no matter how sharply I turned a corner, the car I was towing behind *could not* hit anything, it followed so closely in the track of the rig. Anyway, I found the practice session invaluable.

I second the "don't try to drive too far" advice. We go 3-4 hours a day, occasionally more, once in a great while less. We don't get going until about 10am (miss the traffic) and we roll in before 3 and *always* get a good slot. Set up, drive around and reconnoiter that night (usually eat out), spend a full day there (more if a great locale), pull out the next morning - so each stop is 2 days minimum. Of course we're rarely in a hurry to get somewhere, we're just out for the sake of being out. Eventually we get where we're going.

Laundry rooms: the best place for local intelligence. Much better than the glossy brochures, usually.

If you aren't towing a car make sure there's an Enterprise (or similar) nearby if you're staying long. You don't want to have to disconnect and reconnect every time you want to go somewhere, and getting into some restaurant parking lots and tourist attractions is tough in an RV.

Good Sam directory; call ahead when you're getting close/getting tired of driving. KOAs are always clean, but there are sometimes campgrounds that are much more fun. And state and national parks, of course.
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