For first time RVers, facing a new life on the road is a whole lot of mixed emotions. It’s completely normal, but once you get the hang of things, you will be an RVing expert like many others. As long as you are well prepared on this new chapter of your life, nothing can go wrong and you will be making memories in no time.
But before you hit the road go over these 6 helpful tips for newbie RVers:
- Decide Whether to Buy or Rent. Buy: You plan to go RV camping often or full-time and you have storage for the times when you aren’t traveling.
Rent: You plan to go on a single trip or want to test the waters before making a purchase.
- Get to Know Your RV. With little road experience, it’s especially important that RV beginners take the time to learn how the motorhome works, even if it’s just a rental. When you get to know your RV, you’re less likely to make operational errors.
- Take a Practice Drive. Consider the roads you plan to drive on, and take a smaller trip on similar terrain. As an RV beginner, you don’t yet know what will move around in the living area or how hard it will be to switch lanes, ascend hills, and park.
Once you know the intricacies of driving an RV, you can make necessary adjustments.
- Don’t forget to bring your RV tools and spare parts. Pack a well-stocked tool kit, and add in the things that your RV might need, like extra fuses, light bulbs, jumper cables, nuts, bolts, and connectors. In addition, be sure to bring parts that are unique to your rig.
- When RVing, always plan ahead:
The budget: How much you can allocate for food, fun, and overnight stays.Your food supply: To buy and eat out.The route: The one you plan to take and alternate options.Stops: The places you want to see along the way.Campgrounds: Where along the route you plan to call it a night.
- Make a checklist of your campground or park setup. Check the site for low hanging branches or obstacles on the ground. Locate the electrical, water and sewage hookups. Pull your RV in, close to the hookups, and level it with blocks or stabilizing jacks, if necessary.Secure your rig by chocking the wheels.Connect to the electrical hookup, and switch your appliances to pull from this source of power, instead of the battery or propane. Attach your sewer hose to the drain hook-up—be sure to wear gloves for this process.Put out your awning and set up the campsite.
If you are RVing alone, here is a short video for you:
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If you are not alone RVing here is a very interesting video for you:
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Now that you are starting a new life from scratch (in an RV) be very knowledgeable and well prepared – all the time. It’s like studying a new subject that you will be dealing with for the rest of your life. RVing life is fun, exciting and adventurous at the same time, but it requires a lot of adjustment and learning. Go and explore the world and start making memories.