Taking an RV on a road trip provides you with a self-contained home away from home and is a fantastic way to travel. An RV offers the comfort, security, and safety of home compared to camping in a tent. You can travel in more comfort than you’d find from camping and you’ll save money while making great memories. However, before making a maiden voyage, there are a few tips that might make the journey smoother.
Equate yourself with the vehicle
Make a point of getting familiar with the workings of the RV. Know how many amps the electrical components put on the breaker to prevent causing any damage by overloading the outlet. Learn when to use battery power, propane, a generator, or plug-in electrical power. Determine how to warm water and how to tell when the water supply is running low and needs refilling. Check that everything is in good working order before beginning your trip.
Go for a test drive
Considering the size of an RV, driving becomes more of a challenge. When making turns, you must venture further into the intersection to prevent colliding with vehicles in the opposite lane. Unlike driving other vehicles, you also need more distance when applying the brakes for slowing and coming to a complete stop. Practice changing lanes and going up and down hills to become familiar with how the vehicle handles. Despite having mirrors, you should not back the RV without having someone outside and to the rear to offer guidance. After driving, you will also discover areas needing adjustments to prevent cupboards and drawers from opening and spilling the contents. Take a few short drives before attempting to head out on your road trip.
If something should malfunction, you also need to know how to make basic repairs. Be sure to bring along a toolbox with basic tools, nuts, bolts, and other connectors in the event that repairs are necessary. Also remember extra fuses, light bulbs, and jumper cables. Understand the difference between something you can handle yourself and something you need to seek a mechanic for.
On your first few outings, there are little things that might get overlooked. Creating a checklist helps you perform all of the tasks needed to setup until you become more experienced. Some of the things on the list should include:
- Finding a site void of low branches or ground obstacles
- Pull in close to the hookups, level the RV and block the wheels
- After hooking up to the electricity, remember to switch the appliances
You’re always going to find ways to improve your RV experience, but being as prepared as possible is the most responsible step you can take before taking an RV road trip. You can certainly learn a lot as an inexperienced RV owner and still have a memorable trip, but being as prepared as possible before setting off on your adventure is the best step you can take.