Some Tips For New RVers

RVing is such a great experience and is really exciting. But for first timers, it can be very scary since you are basically still figuring things out on your own. Now, RVtravel has prepared a video especially for first timers out there in order for you to survive the life on the road:

 

RVing Newbie Tips

In addition to that, here are 5 Road-Tested Tips for the RV novice out there:

ROAD-TESTED TIP #1: “Use an RV-specific route planner on a GPS. It’ll factor in overhead clearance and other restrictions, such as which roads, bridges, and tunnels won’t allow propane tanks through.”

ROAD-TESTED TIP #2: “We try to bring or rent bicycles to visit nearby areas while camping. It beats packing up the RV to move it to a trailhead for hiking, only to find out there is no room to park a larger vehicle! Many times, you can access a ‘bikes only’ trail or (at the Grand Canyon, for example) trails for shuttle buses and bikes only.”

ROAD-TESTED TIP #3: “If you’re exhausted and not near a campground, Walmart stores sometimes allow campers to use their parking lots. Just check to make sure there’s not a no overnight parking sign, and choose a spot near one of the lot’s outer edges.”

ROAD-TESTED TIP #4: “If you’re staying parked in one spot for a while, run the RV engine for a few minutes each day to recharge the battery.”

ROAD-TESTED TIP #5: “Be sure to get a tutorial on how to empty the holding tanks. One time, we forgot to add chemicals to the black-water tank after emptying it—the smell was terrible, and we quickly learned our lesson.”

Hopefully these tips for RVing Newbies have helped you.

  • My RV is a travel trailer, so #4 doesn’t apply. All RVs are not motor homes. I’d say that #5 might be expanded to say, “Use checklists” for all of those routine tasks. The video does mention that. There are plenty of them online if newbies need help to get started.