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Driving an RV


First time driving an RV? Are you feeling a bit jittery about taking the wheel for the first time? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many first-time RV drivers share this feeling. But guess what? Driving an RV isn’t as daunting as it seems and these tips will help you hit the road with confidence.

Build Your Confidence

Before you learn how to drive an RV, let’s address the elephant in the room: driving an RV isn’t like driving your everyday sedan. Depending on the size, it could feel more akin to piloting a minivan or even a commercial truck depending on what type of unit you’re driving. That’s why it’s crucial to acquaint yourself with the dimensions and handling of your unit before you embark on your maiden voyage. Take some time to explore different RV sizes and find one that fits your comfort level.

Once you have that covered, it’s time to practice and build that confidence up! Finding an open parking lot or road tripping through some rural routes is a great way to get comfortable behind the wheel. Trust us, it’s easier than you think but don’t just take our word for it. Before we dive into some tips, check out the video below where we set up some test drives for first-time RVers and hear about their experience getting behind the wheel for the first time.


Experience the Journey

Check out the video below to get behind the wheel with an RV expert and learn some additional tips and tricks for driving an RV from a pro. Now that you’re armed with expert advice, it’s time to hit the road and create memories that will last a lifetime. Find a local RV dealer to explore RVs and RV rentals near you, or starting planning your trip today.

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Preparation Is Key

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a special license to drive most RVs. Armed with your regular driver’s license and a dash of confidence, you’re ready to roll.  Before you set off on your RV adventure, it’s essential to make a few preparations to ensure a smooth ride:

  • Adjust Your View: Take a seat in the driver’s cockpit and adjust all mirrors for optimal visibility. A clear view of the road ahead and behind is your best friend. Also, most modern RVs are equipped with nifty features like backup and side cameras, designed to ease any worries you might have about maneuvering on the road.
  • Mind Your Turns: RVs have a wider turning radius compared to cars, so plan your turns accordingly. Practice turning in an empty parking lot to get a feel for your RV’s maneuverability.
  • Brake and Accelerate with Caution: Remember, big vehicles take more time to accelerate and slow down. Give yourself plenty of room to brake and change lanes safely.

Towing Tips for Trailers

Car towing an Airstream trailer


If you’re towing a trailer for the first time, fear not. Here are some handy tips to make the experience a breeze:

  • Choose the Right Tow Vehicle: Ensure your tow vehicle is up to the task. Most family cars, vans, SUVs, and light-duty trucks can handle towing a trailer.
  • Hitch Like a Pro: Use the appropriate trailer hitch and ensure it’s securely fastened to your vehicle.
  • Sync Up Your Signals: Connect the trailer’s brakes and signal lights to your towing vehicle for seamless communication on the road.
  • Master the Reverse: Backing up with a trailer can be tricky, but with practice, you’ll get the hang of it. Remember, turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction you want the trailer to go is the key. Having a spotter outside the vehicle can also help navigate tight spots.


PRO TIP: Your local RV dealer will be able to help you determine what kind of unit can be towed by your vehicle, as well as with any other questions you may have before hitting the road. Find a local dealer near you.


Hit the Road

If you still need a little boost of confidence, hop in the driver’s seat with an RV expert. Check out the video below where you can learn more tips and tricks from a professional before you get behind the wheel.

Now that you’re armed with these tips, it’s time to hit the road and create memories that will last a lifetime. Let us help you plan your next RV trip.

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