Buying your first RV is an exciting experience. You will have a whole new world of travel opened up to you as an RV owner, and you will likely be anxious to get started. However, before you put rubber to the road for your very first vacation, you should review the tips below to make sure you don’t make a classic ‘newbie’ mistake. There are a few RVing mistakes which are common to new owners, but hopefully the content below will help you steer clear of these issues.
#1 – A Lack of Education
Your new RV has a number of different systems which you need to know how to use before you head out for your first trip. Spend some time at home with the owner’s manual getting to know your rig as carefully as possible. While you might not need to read the owner’s manual for some of the purchases you make in life – this is not one of those cases. Take some time to walk around and through your RV to make sure you know what everything is, and how it works. If the owner’s manual doesn’t explain a specific item to your satisfaction, head back to the dealer to ask your questions.
#2 – Driving Away Prematurely
When your trip has concluded, you may be in a hurry to get out on the road. After all, the highways can get crowded at the end of a holiday weekend, so beating the rush could shave hours off of your drive. However, rushing to get out of camp is a mistake which could have expensive consequences. Before you leave, do a full walk around to make sure everything has been put away and disconnected. If you drive off with your awning extended or your sewer hose in the ground, you will quickly find yourself in an embarrassing situation.
#3 – Underestimating Your Size
Most likely, your new RV is the biggest vehicle you have ever piloted down the road. That size can be intimidating at first, and it can make it difficult to operate your rig safely. Rather than making a huge mistake – like hitting an overpass which you thought you could clear – write down the dimensions of your RV before you set out and always proceed with caution.
#4 – Over-packing the Rig
It is great that you have plenty of storage in your RV – but that doesn’t mean you have to use every square inch of your storage space when you head out for a vacation. As is always the case when you take a trip, only pack what you think you will need. Bringing everything from inside your home along for the ride is a sure way to clutter up the RV in a hurry. Not only can this mistake take away from your enjoyment of the RV, it can also make your rig awfully heavy when heading up a mountain pass.
#5 – Wasting Energy
When sitting inside your RV, you might feel like you are at home. However, you aren’t at home, and you do have a limited supply of some energy sources – such as propane. Rather than pretending like you have an unlimited supply, be careful with your energy usage throughout your trip. You will save money in the long run when you only use what you need, and you will have a better chance of seeing your supply last through the end of the vacation.