If you’re new to RVing, this video is for you. We’re sharing a few things you should know about getting started with the RVing lifestyle. From maintenance needs to campground bookings, these tips will help you get on the road and enjoy the wonderful world of RV ownership.
Here’s are a few things beginner RVers need to know:
Don’t skip the shakedown trip. No matter how excited you are to take off in your rig, take a shakedown that’s not too far away so you can get familiar with driving or towing your rig, setting up your campsite, and testing the ins and outs of your rig.
Maintenance. Don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your maintenance needs. RV service centers book quickly, meaning you could be waiting months to get your rig back if you don’t plan ahead.
Camping style. There are various ways to camp in your rig, from full-hookup sites and resorts to boondocking on remote public lands. By deciding how and where you want to camp, you can get a better idea of the gear you’ll need to make your trip a success.
Dump stations. No matter where you camp, be sure you know where the nearest dump station is so you can easily empty your tanks. While most developed campgrounds offer dump stations on-site, other locations might not offer any. Knowing where and when you’ll need to empty your tanks can help you plan your trip accordingly.
Campground bookings. Be sure to book your campsites as early as possible. Some campgrounds open reservations up to a year in advance, while others are first come, first served. Research what type of reservation (if any) is needed for your desired location, and book your stay as soon as you can.
Winterizing. If you’re not a full-timer heading south for the winter, chances are you’ll need to winterize your rig. Whether you’re taking on this task yourself or hiring a professional, make sure your rig is winterized before temps drop below freezing to help prevent any unwanted damage to your RV.