As is the case with anything else in life, there is nothing quite like experience when it comes to learning your way in the RV world. Once you get started as an RV owner, you will gradually learn lessons that will help you to get more and more out of the RV experience. Of course, it would be great if you could start out from day one with some of those lessons already in mind – which is exactly the purpose of this article.
Below, you will find seven things that veteran RV owners wish they would have known before they got started. Take these lessons to heart and your transition into the RV lifestyle should be nice and smooth.
#1 – You Can Always Upgrade
One of the biggest mistakes made by new RV owners is buying the biggest rig on the lot right from the start. In most cases, this simply isn’t necessary – unless you have a particularly big family, of course. When shopping for your first RV, be practical with your size requirements while trying to keep the budget under control. There will always be larger rigs available down the line should you decide that an upgrade is in order.
#2 – A Little Practice Goes a Long Way
Rather than making driving mistakes out on the open road – where they can be both dangerous and expensive – consider spending some time practicing behind the wheel of your RV in an open parking lot. Without any trouble to find, you can work on things like braking distance, cornering, backing up, and more without any pressure at all.
#3 – You Don’t Have to Go Far
Another classic mistake made by new RV owners is only looking for destinations that require thousands of miles to be covered on the freeway. Owning an RV gives you a great sense of freedom, but you don’t have to traverse the country to have a good time. Look for destinations within close proximity to your home for quick, fun adventures.
#4 – Preventive Maintenance is Essential
Even the best RV needs to be maintained regularly if it is going to hold up over the years, so don’t skip out on your RV’s maintenance requirements. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations as closely as possible to give your rig the best chance at a healthy future.
#5 – Only Buy What You Need
One trip to the camping store will reveal thousands of products that you can purchase for use in and around your RV. However, in reality, very few of those products are even close to ‘essentials’. Think about your needs and buy only products that are actually going to help you get more from your camping experience.
#6 – Variety is the Spice of Life
Sadly, many RV veterans fall into a rut of visiting the same campgrounds over and over again, year after year. While there is nothing wrong with having some favorite spots, keep an open mind and make sure you diversify your trips to get the most out of your RV investment.
#7 – Kids Love RV Travel
One common lament among long-time RV owners is the fact that they wished they had purchased an RV earlier so their kids could have had more fun when they were young. Children tend to love RV camping trips, so getting them started as soon as possible will be great for the whole family.