4 Huge Mistakes That Most RVers Make

4 Huge Mistakes That Most RVers Make

Regardless of how many hours we spend exploring the country and enjoying the open road in our recreational vehicles, each trip has the potential to challenge us with unique dilemmas, complexities and key considerations, especially when equipment fails or traveling plans fall through. Consequently, one simple lapse in judgment or vigilance is all it takes to make a simple mistake that puts a damper on your RV adventure. In order to protect your traveling party from the adverse effects of these mistakes, it’s imperative to understand the most prevalent RV blunders and how to effectively avoid them.

At RestoreRV™, we believe that learning from the mistakes of other RVers is one of the fastest (and least embarrassing) ways to master the art of traveling in a recreational vehicle. Today, to help you defend your RV excursions from the wrath of careless goof-ups and errors, we’ll be discussing four important mistakes that RVers commonly make and teaching you how to steer clear of them.

1. Bringing Too Much Stuff

When you’re planning out your upcoming RV journey and packing up materials and camper supplies, it’s incredibly easy to overestimate the amount of provisions and fun distractions you’ll need, particularly if it’s a long trip and you’re worried about bringing too little. And while there are obvious benefits to having a wealth of supplies and sources of entertainment during your trip, all of these objects and items take up precious space inside of your vehicle, making it harder to travel comfortably and conveniently. After all, there’s nothing worse than sleeping on water jugs and shoveling tech off of the dining table every single time you want to enjoy a meal.

Moreover, many RVers overestimate the number of fun activities they’ll have time to participate in during their travels, causing them to sacrifice even more of their storage space by bringing along more equipment than they’ll need or use. There are only so many hours in the day, and there’s no point in bringing along fishing poles, water tubes, life vests, inflatable toys and the rest of your fun water gear if you’ve only allocated a few hours of your trip to exploring the nearby lakes. By the time you unpack and prepare everything for use, you’ll almost be out of time.

Fortunately, the solution to this potential mistake is really simple. You just have to be realistic about what you need and what you have time for. Before you even think about packing, we highly recommend putting together a simple schedule for each day of your RV expedition. (These should include potential activities, travel time and meals.) That way, you’ll have a basic grasp of how much food and water you’ll need and how much time you can afford to commit towards each of your planned activities.

2. Rushing Into the Trip

At times, RVers get so caught up in the excitement of embarking on their next trip that they take off without sufficient preparation and planning. This mistake is particularly harmful to first-time RV travelers who aren’t very experienced with driving their new vehicles yet. Nothing will ruin an RV adventure faster than busted water pipes due to cold weather, a sudden shortage of toilet paper or a nasty collision or parking accident due to lack of RV driving experience.

In general, you can avoid this mistake by taking potential weather, supply requirements and refueling stops into consideration. You’ll want to outfit your vehicle with any equipment or parts it needs to endure expected conditions. Dealing with chilly environments? Then freezing water pipes are your biggest threat. Once you take care of that issue, you can invest in a high-quality electric RV fireplace to warm you and your traveling companions up during your rides.

Put simply, you need to study up on and address likely problems before taking off for your trip. If you do that well, you’ll have all of the tools and knowledge needed to mitigate these troubles when they pop up or prevent them from happening entirely.

3. Forgoing a “Drive-Off Checklist”

Once again, time is an invaluable commodity when you’re enjoying an RV vacation or getaway. As a result, at the conclusion of each activity, RVers are often eager to get back on the road to make a beeline for the next one. Unfortunately, this can be one of the most dangerous and embarrassing blunders you make during your trip. For example, if you hit the gas pedal without remembering to disconnect your vehicle from a source of power or water, you can severely damage your RV and put the safety of others at risk. Additionally, forgetting to check on your tires and complete other important maintenance tasks might just earn you a one-way ticket to a short stay on the roadside while you wait for a tow truck and a ride home.

Luckily, dodging this critical error is pretty simple, too. Take an hour or so to create a “drive-off checklist.” You’ll run through this list every time you’re about to take off in your RV to ensure that you don’t miss any imperative safety and maintenance steps. We’ll provide a short and simple example below.

  • Have all power, sewage, water and gas connections been detached from the vehicle?
  • Is the TV antenna down?
  • Are all of your outdoor supplies and equipment back inside of the vehicle?
  • Have you checked the pressure on all four tires?
  • Have you picked up the wheel chocks?

Feel free to expand this list to match the features and requirements of your specific RV. We know that following this procedure might seem tedious and pointless, but it’s definitely worth the effort to protect your family and your ride from harm.

4. Traveling Too Much

Many RVers are far too ambitious with their traveling plans. At first, it might seem like a great idea to travel across 12 states over the course of a week or two. Besides, huge excursions across the country are way more fun than simple retreats to a few select locations, right? Not necessarily. Remember, it takes time and energy to drive between all of those locations. What’s the point in traveling to 30 awesome spots if you can only spend two hours at each of them? Of course, this is a subjective topic, but we’d much rather spend our vacation experiencing everything that two or three locations have to offer rather than committing 70% of our time towards travel.

We recommend minimizing your time on the road by doing thorough research on each destination you plan on visiting during your RV trip. In many cases, these locations are packed to the brim with nearby attractions and interesting activities to invest your time in. Don’t cheat yourself out of a great trip in your eagerness to move onto the next city or landmark. You can always head to these locations on another trip if necessary

Dec 27th 2017

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