Your excited to hit the road! You maybe a new RVer or a seasoned traveler, but there's one thing we all need to do and that's assess your RV readiness.
Assess your RV Readiness
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Think Safety First
Safety is and should always be first on the list of things to know when starting RVing. But most RVers we don't usually give it much thought. With a quick look through and around your RV before you hit the road can save your trip or maybe your life.
Start with the most important thing first which are your tires, Are they properly inflated? How old are your tires? remember your RV tires will most likely age out before they wear out. Be sure to check with the manufacturer for when to replace them. Learning more about RV tire safety is not exciting but will definitely prevent a good RV trip that could go bad.
Next make sure your smoke, carbon monoxide (CO) and liquefied petroleum gas (LP) detectors are working and have new batteries (if needed) before you head out.
Don't forget about your fire extinguisher, is it charged? You can also add a few mini fire extinguishers through out your RV , bedroom, kitchen and outside compartments.
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"The best way to assess your RV readiness is to understand where your inexperience lies and how to improve it."
Driving & Handling Your RV
If you're new to RVing or haven't used your RV much practicing your driving and parking skills will increase your enjoyment of your RV travel.
If you have never had experience driving and backing an RV this is where a little experience will make a big difference before hitting the open road.
One thing that could make a big difference in your confidence level is taking the time to go to an open parking lot and practice. And then practice some more.
You will benefit greatly from practicing backing and turning corners. Place a few cones out for marking campsite layout and then practice backing in from different angles, back from the right, then the left. Do this until you can nail it with ease.
You will so glad you took the time to practice before trying this in a tight campground for the first time. This is also a great time to get your backing communications between you and your helper figured out to avoid any disagreements at the campsite, if you know what I mean.
If practicing still leaves you with a lot of apprehension, you may benefit from RV driver training. There are RV driving schools available and will benefit you if you take the time and spend the money to do it. The training is very worth the peace of mind that you will get from it.
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"Learning about your RV systems will be a vacation saver take the time now before you
hit the road."
Learn Your RV Systems
RV systems work differently than your home. They are not difficult to use as long as you have a basic understanding. Learning how to use them and keep them working will require some training.
If you are just starting out as a new RVer take time to get familiar with all your RV systems. One of the best ways is to find a local campground and setup camp. Take a few days to use every system in your RV. Run your air conditioners your furnace all your appliances. I call this your RV shake down. This is where you're testing and learning your systems.
The reason you should camp at a local campground as your first destination is that if something is not working you have the option to go back home for the night. This is valuable time taken to insure your ready to go and start having fun. You don't want to travel a few hundred miles to your first destination and find out something not working or your not sure how to use one of your appliances like your furnace on a cool night.
Slow down and take the time to be sure you know how to use everything before heading out. You will thank me later.
One last but most important tip: is to locate all your fuses and your breaker. You really need to know were to find them when something isn't working. Also make sure you know were to reset your GFI circuit. GFI circuits are sensitive and will need to be reset when they trip. They are usually located in your kitchen or bathroom area.
Learning about your RV systems will be a vacation saver! Take the time now before you hit the road to practice and learn about your RV systems.
If you need help with understanding your RV systems more fully, we recommend taking a course called Fix It Yourself. Ed will walk you through all of your systems, help you understand them better and empower you to take on some of the smaller RV maintenance and repairs that you can do yourself to save money.