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Tips for First-Time RV Owners


While RVs make traveling more accessible than ever, there are some key things to remember before hitting the road. Of course, packing the essentials is vital; however, there are some key things you can do to ensure your RV trip goes off without a hitch. We’ve compiled the best RV owner tips in one place so that you can adventure without issue. So without further ado, let’s go over the best first-time RV owner tips to help streamline your next adventure and avoid beginner RVing mistakes. 

Read Up on Waste Management

Everyone thinks they know how to empty their waste containers until they try doing it for the first time. This is a messy part of RV management, but it needs to be done. The best thing you can do for yourself is to do your research before you’re up you-know-what creek and try to empty your RV at an unfamiliar location. 

There are plenty of videos, articles, and step-by-step guides to help you figure out the best way to empty your RV’s waste tank, so take the time to familiarize yourself with this less-than-glamorous part of owning an RV before the time comes to deal with a load of, well, crap. Thankfully, here at Good Sense RV, we can answer any RV questions you may have, even the less-than-pretty ones. So if you’re interested in learning how to maintain your RV, give us a call; we’d be happy to walk you through the process and show you what parts of your owner’s manual you should bookmark ahead of time.

Tools, Tools, and More Tools

While you do have to worry about overpacking in an RV, one thing you should always have space for is RV maintenance tools. From alan wrenches to tire replacement tools, ensuring you have everything you need on hand when you hit the road is crucial to maintaining your RV. 

Granted, you don’t have to be an expert mechanic to maintain your RV during your trip, but ensuring you have all the tools you need to make quick repairs in an emergency can save you a world of trouble. Keeping a multitool and essential toolbox in your vehicle can make a difference and help you out while camping. Duct tape, scissors, and a screwdriver should be standard in your RV, along with any other tools you might need while out on the road. 

Level Up Using Leveling Blocks

Trust us when we say leveling blocks are a game changer. While your RV is for adventure, nothing throws off a camping trip like uneven ground. Leveling blocks are made to fit under your RV’s wheels, allowing you to level out the entire vehicle. Not only does this make your camping experience more comfortable, but it can also help keep your RV secure and make less optimal camping sites viable. Leveling blocks can be found at most retail stores like Home Depot or purchased online or from RV supply distributors. Once you’ve used a set of these, you’ll never go back. 

Arrive Early

Setting up your RV at night is a real struggle, leading to simple mistakes and overwhelming frustration. While you might be tempted to pull out a flashlight and make the best of a late-night arrival, there are critical safety issues you may miss in the dark. In addition, ensuring your campsite is level, correctly installing hookups, and more can all be complicated by a lack of light and a tired driver. Planning to arrive at a camp early allows you time to set up your RV correctly and get a night’s rest before starting your camping adventure. 

Bathroom Essentials Are, Well, Essential

Yes, this is the second instance of us talking about bathroom maintenance, but when you’re traveling in an RV, keeping your bathroom well-stocked is necessary. You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, which applies doubly to toilet paper. While some RV campsites have additional bathroom facilities on site, you don’t want to find yourself stranded without proper bathroom essentials during your trip. Stocking your RV’s bathroom means more than having RV-safe toilet paper on hand. Scent capsules, a plunger, hand soap, and more are all critical resources for your next camping trip, so make sure you have plenty in stock before you hit the road. 

Stop to Smell the Roses (and Take a Nap)

While you may be tempted to optimize every second of your trip, remember that one of the best parts of traveling by RV is setting your schedule. While you may want to wake up and watch the sunrise, don’t deny yourself that mid-day nap later in the day. Getting an early start is great, but having a full night’s rest is also essential. Remember to stop and smell the roses, and take advantage of the best part of driving an RV: bringing your bed with you wherever you go. Nothing says you can’t pull over for a break on the way to your next destination, and allowing yourself the freedom and flexibility to stop when you’re tired, or add a new stop to your trip, can take a lot of the stress out of RV travel. 

Know Before You Tow

Our final advice is to know your RV’s tow limit before you hit the road. This also applies to other aspects of your RV, like clearance, turn radius, and total size. Sure, there are some cases where you’ll have to eyeball how much space you have to park your RV, but knowing your vehicle’s limitations ahead of time can save you a world of trouble. If you’re curious about the specifications of your RV, check out your user manual, or check online. Keep this information handy when you travel, as you may want to reference it when making a reservation or planning your next camping stop.

If you have any further questions about RV ownership or would like to schedule a pre-adventure checkup for your RV, give us a call. Here at Good Sense RV, we work hard to keep your RV in top condition so you can spend less time on maintenance and more time exploring the great outdoors. So call us today to schedule an appointment or check out any of the RVs we have on the lot. 

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