National Park Basics For RVing Newbies

When planning a national park camping trip, many RVing newbies are surprised to learn that a stay in these public campgrounds is quite different from the usual RV park experience.

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National Parks Basics For RVersHopefully these tips will help any new RVer


    • Make sure you actually fit comfortably in shower, on toilet, can actually open all cabinet doors, bathroom has actual DOOR-not an accordion thing on a track, actually drop the table and actually make it into a bed, try everything!!!

    • Make sure you get one with gel coat exterior it lasts longer and stays looking new longer. Also be sure to get a good wash and wax product and use regularly to keep outside looking new.

  1. We bought used from a private owner, never again! It had severe water damage that was concealed. We traded it in and bought a used one from a dealer. Never again will we buy such a big ticket item from a private owner. Our new used one from the dealer is perfect!

  2. Just be careful of the year, a lot of campgrounds won’t let one in that is over 10 years old. Possible oil leaks and other fluid leaks.

  3. We’re looking for a Class A right now…and my most important feature is the “livability” and common sense layout. MANY RVs have a sofa facing the kitchen counter or the TV is at a right angle from the sofa and that makes zero sense. How do you expect to sit comfortably for an hour or more watching TV with your head turned 90 degrees to watch. Think before you buy how you will actually live in your rig.

  4. I bought a used diesel, 39 foot MH. Just my wife and I travel in it and is very good. Bought from a dealer with 27K miles on it. 2007 bought it in 2013. I had them change the oil, check batteries. But understand they all have issues like shock went, step motor went, windshield wiper mother went.mbut I bought an extended warranty with $100 deductible. I would recommend doing that. Lay out is important also. Not sorry I bought runs great up and down hills. Diesel has more power.

  5. Don’t let anyone (private owner or dealer sales rep) tell you that you will get used to driving it. Years back we go t a 5th wheel that was huge. We bought into the idea we would get used to towing it. We never did. Got to the point where we made excuses for not taking it out. We finally sold it. And bought something else. Now we have a Class A motorhome we both feel good driving. This is a plus so we can take turns driving on long trips. Also I agree check everything over! Pull all shades, check plugs a/c, heat, tanks, look down inside toilet to see how clean (or not) it may be, listen to motors when pulling out slides, etc. Also think About the layout. Do you have kiddos? How many? Ages? Do you need bunks or will the drop down bed, couch sleeper etc suffice. Look for storage and think about what size tubs can be put in them to keep important things together (ie: tablets, pens, other inside accessories to keep inside so you don’t have to run outside to the storage compartments outside.) And think comfort. Do you want to sit at an angle to watch tv? Is bathroom big enough? Etc. Closet space? Are you planning to travel for longer periods of time or short trips? Also keep in mind are you planning to do more boondocking or rv parks. Checks parks you think you might want to stay at to find out if there any size or age requirements for your RV (national parks usually do). Think about your 4 legged kiddos as well. Ask if there are requirements for pets (breed,size? Quantity). We found 1 park that says you pay extra for more than 2 dogs and also had size requirements as well as breed requirements. Most rv parks require pets on leashes at all times and you must clean up after pets potty breaks.


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