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  • Published on Jul 06, 2016
    5 Mistakes to Avoid When RVing for the First Time

    Gearing up for your first RV trek is an experience unlike any other. You’re about to set sail on a new adventure and have nothing but the open road to focus your attention on. There’s a reason why seasoned RVers swear by this favorite pastime, and it usually takes only one go of it for you to see for yourself where the popularity comes from. 

    That being said, there is still a great deal of planning that needs to go into your first trek, as unpreparedness could put a huge glitch in your much-anticipated journey. If you wish to avoid possible downfalls, here’s a list of things to NOT do on your big escapade. 

    RVing Mistake #1: Packing Way More Than Necessary

    If you speak to most well-versed travelers, you’ll run into a common piece of advice: don’t pack more than you need. 

    It can be hard to decide what you do and don’t need when getting ready for a trip, especially if you’re new and don’t quite know what to expect, but lugging too much stuff around with you can make your RV feel cramped and cluttered, which doesn’t exactly make for a truly relaxing experience. 

    Similarly, driving around with an excess amount of weight can do some real damage to your gas mileage, so be mindful about what you take with you from the beginning of your trek. If there’s anything you’ll need for the trip but are able to pick it up when you’re closer to your destination, consider doing that in order to save some money and cut down on your fuel use. 

    RVing Mistake #2: Not Taking Time to Make and Follow a Checklist

    Creating checklists isn’t exactly an exciting part of traveling, but following through with one or more can prevent you from neglecting to remember something important. The problem is that many people make checklists but fail to carefully look back over them to make sure everything has been accounted for.

     Here are ideas on what you can include on your own RV checklist:

    • Food/drinks/cookware
    • Clothes
    • Hygienic items
    • Vitamins/medications
    • Music/entertainment
    • Electronics/chargers
    • Maps/GPS
    • Budget
    • Tools
    • Mechanical check-up
    • Bug spray
    • Sunblock

    RVing Mistake #3: Going Too Far Your First Time

    While it’s always admirable to be ambitious, if you’re going on your first RV trek, you might want to consider planning a trip that doesn’t take you too far into unfamiliar territory. No matter how skilled of a driver you are, it can take some time getting used to operating something as large as an RV. 

    Picking a somewhat close destination can give you the experience necessary to take on longer and farther locations in the future. This way, you’ll get better acquainted with how to maneuver your RV, such as how to make sharp turns, back out of parking spaces, etc. You’ll also be able to better predict how much gas to budget for (something many new RVers don’t realize at first), as you’ll be able to see about how many miles to the gallon your home-on-wheels grants you. 

    RVing Mistake #4: Failing to Plan For Mechanical Hiccups 

    Before heading out on any trek, you’ll want a trustworthy source to look over the mechanics of your RV and give you the go-ahead to venture on down the road, but even with this task checked off of your list, tires can blow out, engines can overheat, etc. 

    It’s important that your RV is adequately insured, and if you’re mechanically inclined yourself, pack the necessary tools with you. If you’re not, at least make a detailed note of where auto-shops are throughout the length of your drive and what roadside assistance options are available so that you know how/where to turn for help. 

    RVing Mistake #5: Not Properly Securing Your RV Awning

    Having a good RV awning is a much-appreciated part of traveling, especially when you’re looking to relax outside without being bombarded with the intense rays of the sun. A large part of keeping them in good condition comes down to properly securing them, especially when operating your RV. 

    To avoid hassle, always, always, always double check that your awning is rolled up and firmly secured before hitting the road, as a poorly fastened awning can come undone and injure yourself, others travelers on the road, and your RV. 

    Similarly, place your awning away if you’ll be away from your campsite for an extended period of time, as unexpected inclement weather can damage the accessory and in some cases, even cause the awning to tear away from the vehicle. 

    Closing Statement

    When it comes to engaging in an RV trip that is fun, safe, and smooth all at the same time, planning is the foundation to success. Hopefully this advice gives you some starting points on what NOT to do so that you can clarify what you need to work on. Have a safe, fun-filled experience!

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