Top RV Mistakes That New RVers Should Avoid
Living out of an RV can be a fun and adventurous experience. If you’re new to the RV lifestyle, however, it might take some time to get the hang of things. We’ve put together a list of top RV mistakes to avoid so your excursion will go a little smoother.
1. Driving too far in one day
It can be really exciting to take off and explore for the first time in your new RV. However, it’s important that you don’t overdo it and figure out your driving limit. A good rule of thumb is to arrive at your destination by 3 pm or drive 300 miles, whichever comes first.
2. Buying the first RV you set eyes on
Many people don’t realize how many different RVs, floorplans, and customizations exist. Take your time, speak up about what you want, and you’ll be able to find the perfect model for however you plan to use your RV.
Try and minimize all of your cooking and cleaning materials as well as clothing. Part of living in an RV is learning to be resourceful. Minimalism and simplicity are well appreciated in the RV world. Plus, it will make the entire experience better if you have less clutter around.
4. Winging it
Of course, spontaneity has its draws. When it comes to RV camping, though, a simple checklist will make the entire set-up and tear-down processes much easier.
5. Not educating yourself on RVing
There’s a lot to learn about RV camping and plenty of resources out there to get you started. We recommend joining a Facebook group or other online forum along with seeking out online resources (like this!). Gather as much information as you can; tips and comments from experienced RVers will help a lot.
6. Not planning out an RV-friendly route
You have to consider your vehicle when planning out how you’ll be getting to your destination. You’ve got to look out for narrow roads, small tunnels, and low bridges depending on the size of your RV. There are special GPS tools you can use that will allow you to program in the size of your RV and calculate the best routes with vehicle size in mind.
7. Not taking care of your RV
Just like a car, your RV will require regular maintenance. Remember to check the little things like tire pressure before driving to avoid bigger issues down the road. You need to keep some RV solar kits for emergency.
8. Not securing your belongings before taking off
Make sure you secure any loose items before traveling so things aren’t flying around. Don’t forget this includes toiletries and refrigerator items as well!
We hope these simple tips will help your first few RV trips go smoothly and keep you coming back for more. Now get out there!