We’re going back to basics! Whether you’re a seasoned RVer, or you just started enjoying the RV lifestyle, we think these common yet simple tips are important to review. We hope that these 5 tips are able to provide you with a foundation or refresher on your RVing skills. It’s easy to forget the simple things when we have been doing something for a long time. On the contrary, if you’re a newbie, you won’t want to miss these handy tips. So let’s dive in…
Tip 1: Maintenance Pro
Before you set off on your trip, the first thing you should do is make sure your motorhome or towable RV is ready to make the trek. RV maintenance is a huge part of preserving your investment for years to come. There are a variety of maintenance items you should check off before hitting the road. These include checking your tires, batteries, engine, interior, and exterior. For a complete list of maintenance items, check out this blog! Staying on top of your maintenance can help prevent unexpected breakdowns in inconvenient places. While maintenance checks are not the most exciting thing about being an RVer, they are critical and should be done before and after trips, as well as seasonally. On the occasion that you do break down, having a warranty to help you cover the cost of repairs is well worth it.
Tip 2: Research & Planning
Being an RVer means you need to be a good planner, or at least, strive to be one! Let’s face it, most RVs and travel trailers are big. This means you need to research which route and highways will be able to get you to your destination safely. Map out your route and make a plan before hitting the road. Luckily, there are plenty of RV apps for just about anything! Check out this list and download the ones you think might helpful or useful.
Once you’ve mapped out your route, you need to plan where you will be staying. Many campgrounds require reservations, meaning you’ll need to think ahead a couple of weeks or even months. Some RV parks also have a size maximum. Do your research and see if your desired campground can accommodate your rig. RV trips require a lot of planning, something that experienced travelers can attest to.
Tip 3: Packing
When you’re packing, you should do so with intention as it’s easy to overpack. If you’re going on a short trip, take everyday essentials that you’ll need personally and for your “household.” On the flip side, if you’ll be living in your motorhome full-time, here are some tips on downsizing.
Now, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For your rig, you should also pack a backup generator, extra propane tank, and batteries. You don’t want to be stranded without any power. Leveling jacks and wheel chocks are a major plus too. When packing, it’s important to keep your RVs weight into consideration. Packing too many things can cause accidents! Don’t get overwhelmed with packing, make a list of the items you absolutely need and keep the number of items a maximum. RV camping is supposed to be stress-free, the fewer items you have the less you have to worry about.
Tip 4: Practice Run
Now that you have everything packed, it’s time to do a practice test drive. With a practice run, you can iron out the kinks and resolve small issues that arise. Going on a long trip should not be the first or second time you drive or tow your travel trailer. If you are a newer RVer, you need to be comfortable with your rig. Additionally, this will reduce the stress for the driver and passengers. Practice taking sharp turns, backing up, and parking. When you feel confident, you can expect to have a more relaxing and enjoyable trip.
Tip 5: There’s No Place Like (Motor)Home
Making your RV truly feel like home is important. Bring items that will make your camping trip more comfortable. For instance, bring a portable fire pit for cold nights and roasting marshmallows. Lawn chairs and mats will make the outside of your motorhome or towable RV feel like you have a front lawn to relax on. If possible, hang up some string lights and set out your cornhole set. This is also a great way to make new neighbor friends!
Now that you’ve read these top 5 tips, we hope you’re able to hit the road confidently and with little to no stress. Being a good RVer means being prepared and doing your research. If you hit a roadblock, don’t be afraid to ask other RVers for help. This community is extremely helpful and always willing to lend a helping hand. If you need additional help, your RV warranty will be there to help you. With roadside service as an added benefit, an extended service contract can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs!