As you get ready to go on your first RV trip it is exciting to think about this new adventure. However, like anything, there is a learning curve and a few things you need to be aware of. Below we have compiled four tips to keep in mind as you get started on your first road trip!
Tip #1: Finding Parking For Your RV is Tricky
Parking is the trickiest part of RV life and what stresses people the most when they are on a trip. When stopping by large outlets like malls or grocery stores there is always plenty of spacious parking, but quick restaurant stops and drive-thrus are not always so accomodating.
Tip #2: Choose The Right RV Campsite For Your Needs
When it comes to where you are going to camp overnight, the key is to plan ahead. When people run into trouble is when they decide to book a campsite last minute. You should plan on booking your campsite two weeks out in a normal season, and up to two months out in a busy season. On top of booking early, you also need to consider:
• Are there hookups available? (electric, water, septic)
• Is there a dumping station or are hookups at specific sites?
• Is there a shower if needed?
• Does the campsite offer cable and WiFi?
Tip #3: Set Up Your RV Campsite Efficiently
Setting up an RV campsite may seem like it’d be quick and easy, but
RV campsite set up tips include:
-Allow at least 2 hours of daylight to set up and break down your site
-Disconnect any towed vehicles
-Check for trees, rocks, etc that could obstruct you when backing in
-Park so that you have enough space for an outdoor seating area
-Be sure to have blocks to level your RV if needed
-Set up an awning, outdoor rug, and seating area/table outside your RV
-Do not leave awnings out while away for long periods of time or during windy days
Tip #4: Learn How To RV Safely
While RV camping can offer luxury and comfort at your campsite, those same luxuries have to be securely stored anytime your vehicle is in motion. Frequently, new RVer’s have plates, wine bottles, eggs, and other fragile items fly across the RV and shatter when they are on the road because they weren’t properly secured.
Here Are Some Additional Tips To Take With You On Your RV Camping Trip:
-Frequently check your RV health, tires, and fuel gauge.
-When driving, do not leave anything loose (all items should be stored away, locked, or secured against the wall or floor).
-If you have a tall RV, always know bridge clearance heights and weight restrictions
-Because of the size of your vehicle, you should drive slower and add time to your projected ETA.
-Always secure your RV wheels (level, chocks, parking brake) when parked.
Now You’re Ready For RV Camping!
I hope you found these RV camping tips for beginners useful. If you ever are in the Las Vegas area and need your RV inspected or repaired please give TNT RV Repair a call. One of our representatives will be more than happy to assist you!