In many ways, RVs are rather complicated machines. Sure, they can be pretty easy to use once you understand how they work, but there are still a few tips and tricks which can help you get the best experience from your rig. Some of the ten tips and tricks listed below just may add to your enjoyment of the next RV vacation you take with your family.
#1 – Use a Water Filter
Sure, you might have access to potable water at your campsite, but how good is that water going to taste? Adding a water filter will help you stay healthy during the trip, it will make the water taste better, and it only requires a small financial investment.
#2 – Keep Your Shoes Outside
No one wants to spend their entire vacation cleaning, so don’t track the outdoors into your nice RV. Make it a ‘rule’ that no one is to wear shoes inside the RV. Kick them off on the step, and walk around in your bare feet (or your socks) when you are indoors.
#3 – You Can Never Have Too Much Parking Practice
You will usually need to back into your chosen campsite, and doing so can be a serious challenge – especially at night. Spend some time practicing your backing up skills in an empty parking lot so you can get the job done when the pressure is on.
#4 – Give Yourself Plenty of Stopping Distance
One of the best tips you can receive with regard to driving an RV is the fact that it is going to take a significant distance to stop. You aren’t driving the family sedan here, so provide plenty of distance between yourself and the car in front at all times.
#5 – Check Tires Before Leaving
Anytime you are going to take your RV out onto the open road, carefully inspect each tire to make sure it is in proper working order. If there is a problem with one of the tires, you will want to address that problem before heading to the highway.
#6 – Think of a Quarter Tank as an Empty Tank
This is a good mental trick to make sure you never flirt with the bottom of your gas tank. As soon as you see the gauge approach one-quarter, think of the tank as empty and refill it as soon as possible.
#7 – Fresh Seals Are Your Friend
The rubber seals on your RV which are used to keep the weather on the outside of the vehicle need to be kept in good working order. They are going to age over time, so have them replaced as necessary to make sure you have a comfortable cabin.
#8 – Be Gentle with RV Plumbing
The plumbing system in your RV is not nearly as robust as the one in your house. Be smart about what you put through your plumbing, and be sure to use toilet paper which has been designed for use in RVs specifically.
#9 – Common Sense Goes a Long Way
Don’t ignore your instincts when you are travelling in an RV. If the road conditions don’t feel safe to you, pull off the road and wait for better weather. Think every action through and always put safety and comfort at the top of your priority list.
#10 – Have Fun
There is no point in owning an RV if you aren’t going to have some fun with it along the way. Remember that camping is supposed to be an enjoyable time, so relax, make some memories, and look forward to your next RV adventure as soon as this one is over.