If you want to go cross country and check out all the great sites America has to offer, an RV is the best vehicle. RV’s have all the comfort of a home and the mobility to get you where you need. The main problem potential campers have with RVs –their size. RV’s are like the size of busses and don’t require a CL license to drive (check with your state, as some states require special licenses or Commercial licenses if the motor home is over a certain size).
Below are some tips to help alleviate your RV fears:
Check your GPS Device for an RV route
If you are using a smart phone, there are RV route apps for you to use. If you are using a standalone GPS and It doesn’t have an RV route, call your campground destination for directions. Your campground might have already researched safe RV routes for you.
The reason to use an RV route? Some overhangs are too low for an RV to go under. There are also issues with the weight and some roads aren’t built to accommodate the weight of the RV.
Pull far into intersections before making a turn
Leave lots of room for braking
Always use a spotter when you back up
Check with the RV dealer for lessons
Get some lessons on: battery power, propane use, water levels, etc. You can try to do some online research before you go, but having the RV dealer point out specific model details would be better, or at least do your online research for the specific models buttons and gauges after you have picked out your RV.
Get a contact sheet made up
Get a sheet made up with all the contacts for your RV manufacture or RV dealer. If something happens on the road, you want to know quick if it’s a simple fix or something requiring maintenance.
While driving things move
Bring motion sickness medicine if you are sensitive to motion, or stay buckled up in one of the front seats. Your beverages should also be bottled, turning will cause things to slide and if it’s a cup full of sticky soda, it could spill and could attract ants at your campground.
Remembering to lower antenna
If you raise an antenna, try to either leave your keys by the crank or have a note on your dash/steering wheel to remind you to lower them.
Your RV should be leveled at the campground. If you didn’t go over this with your RV dealer, you can try to ask the campground or your RV neighbors for help.
Where are your hookups?
Plan upon entering your campground how you are going to enter your site so that you have your hookups on the right side upon parking rather than having to backup and turn around after entering your site.
Don’t forget your awnings in a storm
It’s not something new RV people think of, be sure to put away your awnings at the first site of a storm.