Here are some great tips to help you start your perfect RV vacation. Whether you are renting or buying you can never be too prepared!
Top 10 RV Tips:
1. Should you rent or buy?
Although you may be ready to dive headfirst into becoming an RV owner, sometimes it is best to test the waters before making a purchase. Renting an RV allows you to plan a single trip to gauge if the RV lifestyle is right for you on a more full-time basis. Buying an RV provides you with ability to take prolonged trips while maintaining your lifestyle with ability to work from your RV while living and travelling for months or even years at a time. Find a rental dealership near you to gather further information. In addition, find the right RV for you and your budget using our affordability guide.
2. Get Acquainted with your RV.
Taking the time to have good look at where everything is in your RV is paramount. Whether you are buying or renting, understanding how your RV works is easy and will provide you with the confidence to hit the road by yourself, with your family or with a group of friends. Save yourself some time, money and heartache by being able to survey a problem when it happens and having the basic knowledge to potentially fix it without taking it to a shop. If your buying, spend some time with your owner’s manual and tour your rig with it in hand. If you are renting ensure the dealer takes on a tour of the rig.
3. Practice Driving Your RV
Practice makes perfect! It may seem daunting to drive your RV at first. Especially if you have never driven a vehicle of its size or towed anything significant behind your truck or SUV in the past. It’s not as hard as it looks. Simply take the RV for a practice drive in an empty parking lot first and slowly start advancing into to rural and then busier streets. You will have the confidence you need to head out on an adventure before you know it.
4. Be Prepared with Tools and Emergency Kits
No different than regular old camping, it’s always good to be as prepared as possible. Ensure you have a good tool kit that includes extra light bulbs, fuses, jumper cables, connectors, screwdrivers, nuts, bolts, WD40 and tape in case you need to fix or replace anything on the go. In addition, always have a full inventory of standard medical supplies to deal with any minor accidents or health emergencies.
5. Be Prepared with Checklists
Have checklists for your trip. A packing checklist is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything. Creating a walk around checklist before you depart is also a great idea (Check tires for air, lights, signals, hookups, dollie, tow bars etc.) You can also create a campground checklist to ensure your RV will comfortable there. It’s always nice to know where the electrical, water and sewage hookups are before you get there.
6. Budget Your Trip Appropriately
Make sure you have allotted your trip budget efficiently by accounting for food, distance traveled (gas), places you want to visit and overnight stays.
7. Get Familiar with Maps
We live in a digital world with answers and directions at the tip of our fingers. However, the best thing about RVing is exploring the great outdoors and being spontaneous. Not all areas of the planet have Wifi. Yet. So, ensuring you are comfortable reading an old-fashioned map is a great way to be prepared and continue your travels without getting lost or sidetracked.
8. Make a Note of Dealerships and Repair Shops Along Your Route
On top of planning your trip route, you should mark down all nearby dealerships, gas stations and repair shops in line with your voyage in case anything goes wrong along the way.
9. Don’t Pack Too Much
You don’t want to have your rig too heavy. Only pack your essentials and watch your road limits. If you are concerned you can always check your weight at a truck stop to ensure you are abiding by the rules of the road.
10. Take It Slow at First
There’s no rush. Seriously. On your first trip take it slow and build up your confidence gradually. Perhaps even start with a long weekend and work your way up to a week or two. Then you’ll be ready to ditch the house or apartment and become a full-time RVer.