First Time RV Camping Tips

So, this is your first time?  And, it seems a bit on the daunting side?  No worries, we can help with the first time RV Camping trips.  Weather you are renting the RV or now are a proud owner, there are simple tips and tricks to this camping lifestyle you should know or at least take into consideration.  Let’s make RV camping one of the best experiences of your life.

 

Gas up at Truck Stops

An RV is a big rig and going through a normal gas station can be a bit cumbersome.  So, take notes on where the truck stops are along the way. Truck stops have become very common these days, but remember, be kind to the truckers.  They are working and be considerate of that as well as their time and space. They understand that the bigger rigs need space to move, turn and park, don’t block their pathways or leave the rig in a spot that blocks them from gassing up.  Semi’s are usually Desiel if your RV runs on gas, you’ll need to look for the RV gas pumps with are usually off to the side somewhere.

 

Know your Size

The size of your RV matters, you should know how tall you are as well as how wide and the weight.  You can get apps on your phone that you can plug this information in and it’ll let you know if there is a bridge you cannot go under.  As well as things like drive-thrus and gas station overhangs are other reasons to know this measurement. Let’s not destroy someone’s property or the RV because we didn’t take a minute and measure.  And, a great tip here is put the weight and height in a space you can spot easily for reference, like the top of the sun visor.

 

Walk around the RV

Before you leave the campsite is usually the time when people forget to walk around the RV.  However, this holds true before you leave as well. Walk around the inside and ensure everything is buttoned down and secure.  Remember this is a rolling house and the doors and drawers need to be latched. On the outside ensure the chucks are removed, the lines are all detached from the campground and the doors and windows are securely closed.  The awning is rolled up and the steps pushed in. These sound like simple things, however, many many people forget something that can lead to disaster. Check under the RV, as this is a great place to store things when it is parked, but easily forgotten.  

 

Plan to have some Issues

If you plan for them, they won’t happen, right?  Great theory anyway, but a basic toolkit is a must.  Even if you are not the handy of all handymen, it is good to have on board as many other campers just might be able to help in a bind.  And, a small tire air compressor is another great investment! If you find yourself with a flat, it’s easy to blow up and get to a repair shop.  A simple screwdriver can be used to hooking up the hoses and such as well. So, plan to pack a basic tool kit, you won’t be disappointed.

We hope that some of these simple suggestions will make that first time RV trip fun and relaxing.  Remember a checklist is always a good thing to have, as it is easy to get distracted and forget something as simple as putting the awning up.  Take your time and be safe out there.

 

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico

Jim Sabellico is the founder of TakeMeCamping.org, and an avid outdoors fan who loves traveling the world with his family, cooking over an open campfire and all things outdoorsy. When Jim isn't camping, he's running his marketing agency J. Louis.

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