If you are new to RVing, or considering it for the first time, you’re probably excited to get going, but a little overwhelmed by all there is to think about. Here are some top tips to help you get started.
To Rent or Buy?
RV’s can be expensive, so the decision between renting or buying can be a tricky one. At the end of the day, it’s up to you, but as a general bit of guidance, if you are only intending on making the occasional trip, renting is probably the best option and definitely a good idea to start with if you’re not sure. But, if you plan on making RVing a big part of your life, it’s best to buy. That way you can keep your RV set up and ready to go, personalize it, and be free to get out on the road whenever you feel like it.
Make it Comfortable
One of the best things about owning your RV is that you can make it your own. A home away from home. So, spend some time fitting it out with some luxuries and filling it with home comforts and things that make you happy.
Before every trip you make, go around your RV and do some basic safety and maintenance checks. Just like you would if you were traveling long distance by car. Be sure to do these checks in plenty of time, so you can make any repairs before you are due to leave.
RV’s are becoming much more fuel efficient, which is great, but there are other ways to make your money go further. Make sure you have everything you need to prepare food in your RV so you’re not always spending money eating out, and install an RV skylight to make the most of natural light when you are on the road.
The idea of setting off and going where the road takes you may be appealing, but in practice, it’s not the best idea. Instead, research destinations along your route and find places to park that are RV friendly and have any facilities you need.
Put Together a Setup Checklist
When you park up at a campground, there are a few things you should do and check. Having a list will help to make sure you don’t forget anything. Some things you might want to include are:
- Check for obstacles on the ground where you’ve parked
- Look for electric, water and sewage hookups
- Get plugged in and set up your appliances so you’re not wasting your battery now you’ve parked
- Secure your RV
- Attach your sewer hose to the on-site drainage
- Put out your awning and set up your outdoor space
Get a Toolkit
Having a comprehensive toolkit means you can fix any small problems that might crop up as you go. Try to include anything you think you could need and don’t forget a torch.
RVing can truly enhance your life. You’ll spend more time visiting new places and family across the country, more time outside, you’ll meet new people, and you’ll have some fantastic new adventures. Just make sure you are prepared and safe at all times and you’ll love it.