Top 5 Things New RV Owners Should Know

First off, congratulations on your new RV purchase! Here at Ernie’s Inc., we’ve been a part of the RV lifestyle for nearly ten years, and we’ve worked with RV-ers who have been driving around for much more than that. Embarking on adventures with your mobile home. It is an exciting journey with limitless possibilities. As you prepare for your first camping trips this summer, here are the top five things every new RV owner should know. 

1. Practice Driving and Maneuvering

Before hitting the open road, take the time to familiarize yourself with driving and maneuvering your RV. Unlike driving a regular vehicle, RVs require a different approach, especially when turning, parking, and navigating tight spaces. Consider practicing in an empty parking lot or taking a short driving course to boost your confidence.

2. Master RV Setup and Maintenance. 

As a new RV owner, learning how to set up camp and maintain your RV is not just a necessity, but also a source of pride and empowerment. Understanding how to properly level your RV, hook up utilities like water and electricity, and operate essential systems such as the refrigerator, stove, and heating/cooling will give you the confidence to handle any situation. Regular maintenance checks, including tire pressure, engine fluids, and roof inspections, will help prevent unexpected issues on the road, further enhancing your sense of control and preparedness.

3. Plan Your Routes

Planning your routes and making reservations in advance is a smart move that can save you from unnecessary stress. While spontaneity adds excitement to any journey, it's always a good idea to have a plan. Researching campgrounds along your route can be as simple as using online platforms that provide detailed information and reviews from other campers. 

Especially during peak travel seasons, it's advisable to make reservations in advance to secure your spot. Many campgrounds have online reservation systems that make the process quick and easy. Utilize RV-friendly navigation apps or GPS systems to find the best routes with suitable road conditions and campground amenities.

4. Pack Well

Efficient packing and Minimizing clutter are key to a comfortable living environment in your RV. Space is a precious commodity, so it's important to pack smartly to optimize storage and minimize clutter. Prioritize essential items like bedding, cookware, and toiletries, and consider multi-purpose items to save space. Organizational tools like bins, baskets, and hanging storage can be your best friends in keeping your RV tidy and functional throughout your trip.

5. Embrace the RV Lifestyle and Connect with Fellow RVers

The RV lifestyle is not just about the freedom to travel, but also about the community you become a part of. Whether you’re exploring national parks, beachside campgrounds, or quaint small towns, cherish the moments of adventure and relaxation with loved ones. And don’t forget to connect with fellow RVers at campgrounds or online communities—they can offer valuable tips, recommendations, and most importantly, a sense of camaraderie on your journey, making you feel part of a larger, supportive community.

With these top five tips, you’re ready to embark on unforgettable adventures as a new RV owner. Safe travels and happy camping! Please contact Ernie’s Inc. for more information on our services and how we can enhance your RVing experience. We're here to make your RVing journey memorable and easy, so make your appointment online today. Safe travels!


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