Have you earned enough and planning to buy your first RV? Owning an RV is something that you and your family could use to travel and create great memories together. However, one should be ready for the responsibilities of an RV owner. To take care of your Recreational Vehicle and make it last longer, you should take these tips we have gathered.
Here are the ten essential tips that will provide you everything that you need.
Know the different types of RVs
There are lots of Recreational Vehicles available in the market, and you need to educate yourself about their differences. Picking your RV might differ from your perspectives, such as space, parking availability in your area, and a lot more.
Here is a guide to different types of RVs:
Motorized Recreational Vehicles
- Class A RVs (bus shaped; 30-45’ long)
- Class B, B+ RVs (RV camper with amenities; 18-28’ long)
- Class C RVs (larger than campers at 25-34’)
- Converted Camper Vans (like Class B but with fewer facilities)
Towable types of RVs
- 5th wheel campers (for pickup trucks)
- Truck Camper
- Travel trailers
- Teardrop campers
- Pop up campers
- Toy hauler
Parking is a must
Just like any other vehicle, it needs a suitable parking space. However, RV might need a larger space because it has a bigger size than a typical motor vehicle. So, make sure that you will provide a safe space for your RV.
Another thing, whenever you will be out to travel with your RV, always make sure that there will be an available parking space to that place you are heading. One thing you can do is to select a route where there are truck-friendly stops so that you can assure sufficient spaces for your RV.
RVing can be expensive
There are two types of expenses when it comes to RVing. The first one is if you are a person who loves to camp and stay in RV Parks, then expect to spend around $1000-$4000 monthly. On the other side, if you prefer traveling to shop instead of staying longer on a camping site, you must prepare for $4000-$8000 monthly expenses. These are the reality of traveling with your RV, so it would be better to prepare with these expenses.
However, most travelers say nothing is better than having a vacation while relaxing on your RV while traveling.
Search for credible RV blogs and websites
It is always best to educate yourself about RV, so it is advisable to search for credible sources on the internet to learn more about Recreational Vehicles. There are sites like RV Camping that can give you tips and essential RV blogs and reviews of different RV parts.
Always make sure to keep yourself informed and updated about RVing and, most especially, to RV products. These will avoid you spending too much on the maintenance and purchasing wrong RV parts.
Pick the perfect campsite that would provide your needs
“Plan ahead!” Two words, but these will save you from having a stressful and problematic RVing. Whenever you are planning to travel, always make sure that everything is set. Ensure that the location still has an available parking space for you to stay, and if that place has the amenities you need.
RVing is a lot different than the usual traveling, so to avoid inconveniences, make sure that you have completed everything on your checklist.
Know the different RV campsite rules
There are a lot of differences when it comes to RV camping compared to a typical tent camping. So knowing the common ground rules is essential to avoid disturbance from other RV campers and further problems.
Here are some of the RV Camping rules:
- Some campgrounds have noise curfews, so ensure that your generator must be turned off according to the site’s curfew time set.
- If there are many spaces available, make sure to give other RV campers more space.
- Privacy is vital, so never walk through other camper’s campsites.
- If you’re going to welcome other guests, make sure to observe ground rules and follow the curfew hours.
- Lastly, please bring all your trash and never leave it behind the campsite
Set-up your campsite perfectly
Always make sure to arrive at your campsite 2 hours before it gets dark. You might think it is easy to set-up, but it could take you a couple of hours to finish.
Here are some reminders when setting-up your campsite:
- Check for possible debris or anything that could obstruct you from backing-in.
- Better to look where you can park your RV so that you will have more space for an outdoor relaxing area.
- Do not leave your RV awnings outside if you will be away for a long period or during windy days.
Bring first aid kit
Remember always to check if you have a first aid kit, food and water stock in your RV. First aid kits should also have anti-allergy medicine if a family member is ever sensitive to some food or dust. Remember that unexpected things can happen anytime, so it’s always better to be prepared.
Store enough food and water in your RV
Having food and water stocked in your RV is essential to ensure that you have enough food stored. Most of the time, RVers are having a problem looking for restaurants with available parking spaces for large RVs, so better to have a 2nd option always.
Make sure you have enough money to maintain your RV
Take note that owning an RV requires you to have proper maintenance, and unlike other small vehicles, there are many RV parts that you have to maintain and check. Thus, the maintenance itself of this vehicle might cost you a lot. So it’s vital to make sure you can carry those expenses.
Always remember to teach yourself how to be a good RVer. These tips are your first step for you to have a good RV experience. The more we are eager to learn, the better our RV experience becomes. Good luck and drive safely!