If you're a new RV owner, you'll need to become educated and conduct research to ensure you know how to maintain the recreational vehicle. It can be easy to make many mistakes if you're new to the process and are still learning about your RV's ins and outs. If you want to ensure you provide a high level of care for your RV, there are a few main tips to follow.
1. Prepare for the Worst
Accidents can always happen when you're traveling the open road and are away from home, making it necessary to have a spare tire and an emergency roadside kit. The kit should include medical supplies, jumper cables, and flares. It's also necessary to have more than enough fuel at all times to avoid becoming stranded.
2. Understand the Cost
Understand the fuel cost expectations to ensure you can budget for each trip you decide to take, whether you're traveling to a campground on the beach or across the country.
3. Know How to Travel With Children and Pets
If you plan to travel with children or pets, pack enough snacks to keep them full in-between meals. Keep in mind that you'll need to stop more frequently at rest stops for breaks.
4. Learn the Different Components of the RV
Learn the different components of the RV and how they work to ensure you know how to maintain the vehicle's operations and can perform minor repairs when they're needed. Research how to run a generator, fill up the water tank and hook up electricity to the RV.
5. Camp Close to Home the First Few Trips
Avoid driving too far the first few times you use the RV to ensure you can gain confidence operating the vehicle and not overwhelm yourself. Booking a reservation at a private campground can allow you to obtain help with the hook-ups from the staff rather than staying at an understaffed public campground.
6. Don't Drive at Night
Driving at night is more of a risk the first year you own your RV when you're getting used to its size. Stick to driving and towing during the day when you have more visibility.
If you want to learn more about owning a new RV, reach out to our friendly team at our dealership. We'll answer your questions and can offer assistance with exploring our extensive inventory of RVs.