Quick Tips for Beginners to Recreational Vehicles
Whether you’re a retired couple that wants to travel full-time, a family that likes to go camping over the weekends or a group of friends planning a fun road trip: every person that’s unfamiliar with recreational vehicles needs to know a few basic things before embarking on your first voyage. Below are some tips that you need to consider before you hit the road.
Buying or Renting?
The answer to this question isn’t always easy, as there are pros and cons for both buying and renting. Some key factors to consider:
If your plans are to go traveling or camping your RV full time or often and you have a storage place for when you are not traveling, then buy a camper. If you are planning just a single trip, or want to test out the feeling of traveling and driving an RV, then rent before making your purchase.
Get to Know Your RV
Driving an RV is very different than driving a car. Therefore, if you have little to no road experience, it’s vital that you take some time and learn how the camper works, even if you’re just renting it. You should be able to evaluate the problem if something breaks down, and potentially be able to fix it. This will save you time and money, as you will not need to contact a mechanic to fix small issues.
The more you know your camper, the less likely you are to commit operational mistakes. For example, there’s a good chance you’ll blow your main breaker if you don’t know how many amps it can handle. Knowing your RV helps you avoid committing these potentially costly mistakes.
Take it for a Test Drive
Think about the types of roads you’ll potentially be driving on, and take a small trip on similar routes. As a camper beginner, you won’t have any idea of how and what the living area will move, how hard it will be to switch lanes, park and ascend hills.
Once you’re familiar with how to drive a camper, any necessary adjustments can be made.
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Before hitting the road, pack a tool-kit, adding things your camper may need, such as light bulbs, extra fuses, jumper cables, connectors and nuts, and bolts. Make sure also to pack any parts that are specific to your camper, so you don't have to risk any waiting times for the parts to ordered and shipped.
Plan in Advance
Beginner campers should not try to drive through a major city during rush hour or will find it difficult to drive down winding mountain roads. It’s important that during your first drive, you take your time and be very patient. After a while behind the wheel, things will start to become second nature, and you will be more focused on the fun aspects of the trip.
When planning your camper trip, take into consideration:
● Budget: What amount you can allocate for fun, food and overnight stays.
● Food supply: How much will you buy and when you will eat out.
● Route: Plan the one you want to take, as well as an alternate option.
● Stops: Where you want to stop along the way, or any landmarks you want to see.
● Campgrounds: Where you will plan to spend the night along the route.