Sometimes, you just need to pack up a few necessities, grab your loved ones, and head out for a small voyage. In that case, you’re going to want to use a recreational vehicle, commonly referred to as an RV.
No trip is foolproof, especially as it pertains to RV camping. You are bound to run into some abnormalities that can either make for a small nuisance on your trip or make it go completely astray. That is why initial preparation is paramount, especially as it concerns the RV. Get familiar with the vehicle as much as possible.
Check the data codes on tires, in addition to ensuring all lights and brakes are fully functional. Doing these, and getting a bead on RV etiquette, before you embark on your trip will guarantee a successful and enjoyable expedition in the long run.
If you are new to the world of trailer resort camping, here are the six best RV camping tips for beginners:
Tip #1: Take your RV for a spin.
Whether the plan is to camp out in the great outdoors for the first time, or if it’s your first time using an RV in general, testing is paramount. The first thing you should do is take it for a practice run. Usually referred to as a shake down trip, this entails taking the vehicle for a short trip close to your home.
This is done to guarantee that the vehicle itself runs smoothly. If any problem arises with the RV, you won’t be stuck in the middle of nowhere with no reception or Wi-Fi. The shake down trip also allows for you to plan your route in advance. It is a pretty obvious step, but a critical one no less.
Tip #2: Start packing for the camping trip
Now that you’ve got a handle on the wheel, you should consider what you’ll be bringing along for the RV camping trip. Space within most RV’s is not diminished, but it isn’t infinite either. You won’t be packing a washer and dryer inside for the trip, so it is important to only bring absolute essentials for your trip.
A first-aid kit, tools, perishable goods, blankets, and weather-resistant articles of clothing are a good start. Place these items into bins or containers in order to keep them in place while you are travelling.
Tip #3: Get familiar with the campgrounds
Although most campground hours tend to run virtually 24/7, it is still imperative to do some preliminary research into your destination. Failing to do your due diligence could potentially result in a precarious situation. Some campgrounds have quiet hours at certain periods of the late evening, and lock the gates as a result.
It is therefore vital that your research involves not only getting familiar with the route you plan on taking, but also with the end point itself. Call your campground to do a triple check if need be; you don’t want to have to park your RV in a nearby plaza for the night!
Tip #4: Stock up for the RV camping trip
During the RV camping trip, you’ll eventually have to make pit stops to stretch your legs and restock on some snacks. This is a perfect time to connect with available Wi-Fi over a meal and double check your route to ensure that it is still accurate. You’ll also be able to inspect all parts of the RV to ensure the exterior is in proper working condition after picking up a few miles.
In addition, this would be a great time to connect with locals who may be more familiar with the area that you are currently making a stop at. Don’t discount the human capacity for knowing the area. Sometimes, humans make for a better GPS than the apps we’ve all grown accustomed to.
Tip #5: Stabilize your RV vehicle
Upon arriving at your campground, the next step is to make sure your RV is properly parked. Find some flat ground to prevent the vehicle from moving. Next, unhook the tow vehicle and put the stabilizers up. The latter prevents the RV from bouncing unnecessarily whenever someone enters the vehicle.
In addition, you should park the RV near a spot that has the most power. Be aware of your vehicle’s amp service beforehand; most have a 30-amp service, but others have a 50 or 15-amp service.
Tip #6: Set up your campsite
After parking your RV, do a quick check to ensure that you are near the locations of the water, electricity, and sewer hookups. As for the interior of the vehicle, make sure all of your cabinet and room doors around slide-outs are closed. This will prevent open doors from being ripped right out of their hinges by a moving slide. As for the outdoor space itself, make it work for you.
Depending on what the grounds allow for, it is viable to spread a large RV patio mat near your vehicle door, to prevent the unnecessary action of cleaning dirt out of the RV.